Contemporary Russian Thinkers Series – Russian Anti-Liberal Philosopher Alexander Dugin Articulates Russia’s Unofficial Ideology: Eurasianism

My recent article on neo-Eurasianism as Russia’s unofficial ideology:

“There are great powers on the world stage. But not all of them are ideological powers. The U.S., as the heart of the contemporary West, forms the ideological core of Western liberalism. Liberalism had pretensions to global hegemony after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when there were no other ideological competitors left standing. Today, however, there is a growing consensus that the unipolar moment has ended.”

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The Heideggerianization of the Right

In his surprising 1987 best seller, The Closing of the American Mind, Allan Bloom identified a phenomenon he called the Nietzscheanization of the Left. Bloom observed the strange fact that Nietzsche, though of the Right, had been appropriated by leftist academics, who took him into their service and repressed the incompatibilities between his philosophy and their leftist aims. The context was the post-war consensus that the Right had become totally discredited and could be ignored. Political practice had reconfigured the terrain of political life to exclude the Right from polite society.

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TekWars Interview: Millerman on Dugin, Heidegger and Strauss

I was grateful for the invitation to speak with TekWars about Dugin, Heidegger and Strauss. Follow them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/autisticmercury and check out their magazine, https://autisticmercury.com/. We skipped the preliminaries on this one and jumped right into Ethnosociology and other works by Dugin. One personal highlight of this interview for me is that I got the chance to explain in part the dual significance of Strauss and Dugin on my research interests and pedagogy. That discussion occurs towards the end of our conversation. Find more TekWars podcast episodes here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/tekwars/id1464427103

Noomakhia Seminar: A Brief Update

Hi everyone – it’s been a while since my last post as I’ve been completely immersed in preparing and delivering my seminar on Alexander Dugin’s Noomakhia project. You can learn more about that project here: https://eurasianist-archive.com/item/noomakhia/. The site also has some English translations of the introductory chapters from the first two methodological volumes, which are the focus of the intro seminar. I might make a Millerman Talks video on Noomakhia soon or release an edited version of the recording of the first session, which includes a crash course in Heidegger. So watch out for that in the next few weeks. By the way, I also had a good interview recently with Tekwars / Autistic Mercury that should be coming out any day now. I’ll post it here when it drops. Meantime, do check out the Noomakhia site and feel free to comment! You can also purchase access to the session recordings here if you want to go deeper into the conversation.

Here’s a nice snippet from the introductory section of volume 1. It showcases the depth and breadth of Dugin’s conception:

Excerpt from Noomakhia, Volume 1

The title Noomakhia, which literally means “war of the mind” [or wars of intellect, nous] – and which can also be conceived of as “war within the mind”, “war of minds”, or even “war against the mind” – is intended to emphasize the conflictual nature of logoi structures as well as the multiplicity of noetic fields in each of which surprises, conflicts, aporias, struggles, contradictions, and opposition lie in wait for us.

The field of thinking is the field of warfare: thoughts wage ceaseless wars not only against phenomenality, matter, and their own reorganization into elements (whether existing or not is an open question), natural law, dispersion, non-structurality escaping the “control” of multiplicity, etc., but also against other types of thoughts, other thoughts, and the complex diversity of vertical and horizontal, noetic and noeric  [intelligible, intellective] chains which permeate the reality of the world on different planes and different geometries.

Wars between people, including even the most cruel and bloody, are but pale comparisons to the wars of the gods, titans, giants, elements, demons, and angels. And these, in turn, are but figures illustrating even more formidable and profound wars unfolding in the Mind, in the sphere of the Nous and its limits in which the Mind itself borders the zone of Madness. Thus, everything is Noomakhia, even that which is bigger and came first of all – ϋπερπαντα. War, according to Heraclitus, is the father of all (πολεμος πατηρ παντων). Indeed, it is about this, the “father of all”, that Noomakhia is written.”

Source: https://eurasianist-archive.com/2018/04/03/introduction-the-aims-and-tasks-of-noomakhia/

The Academy, Mainstream Conservatism, and the Dissident Right

The Agonist recently published my essay “The Academy, Mainstream Conservatism, and the Dissident Right.”

Have a look.

http://www.theagonist.org/essays/2019/06/28/essays-millerman.html

Here’s an except:

If the exile of dissident academics continues, then it is unlikely that they will remain isolated individuals, each carrying his or her own burden privately. There will be more journals like The Agonist, more publishing houses like Arktos Press (which publishes Duchesne, Schmitt, and other anti-globalist thinkers), more conferences like the Mencken Club, and new institutions and organizations, designed to capture the “brain drain” effect that comes when thoughtful persons are forced into silence. A parallel university-in-exile of sharp young dissidents will attract students past and present, dissatisfied with mainstream academia’s ideological proclivities.

The rise of alternative educational channels staffed by academics of the dissident right—a distant prospect, but one that I believe is to come—will understandably frighten and offend both the left and the establishment right. But it should inspire hope in anyone concerned with big picture philosophical and theologico-political questions, because those questions are not likely to receive their due treatment in a post-purge environment.

The Fourth Political Theory Reading Group

Millerman PRO presents: The Fourth Political Theory Reading Group!

Are you interested in Alexander Dugin’s The Fourth Political Theory? I am offering an online course and reading group dedicated to studying it with you.

The course features:

  • 12 weekly sessions starting June 17th
  • Video recordings if you can’t make a live session
  • Analysis, interpretation, discussion, Q and A
  • Reference to other writings by Dugin (including untranslated texts)
  • The most comprehensive overview of The Fourth Political Theory in the world

 

I encourage you to sign up to the mailing list if you want to stay informed about this course and want notification when I launch the next one.

If you already know you’d like to study Dugin with me, please register for the course here.   

Registration is now full!

A few spaces might open up depending on how many people attend the video sessions live, so check in here from time to time for updates.

The course costs $49 and begins June 17th. Feel free to email me for more information at millermanmichael@gamil.com.