My new article on the virtues of right-wing anti-liberalism is up at IM-1776. Read it here: https://im1776.com/2020/09/16/the-virtues-of-right-wing-anti-liberalism/
Alex Priou (Twitter @alexpriou) has written a response to my Athwart article on Leo Strauss and Martin Heidegger. Take a look: https://www.athwart.org/how-political-is-philosophy/
I’ve been away from the blog for a bit. But it’s back, baby. Watch out for some new courses, seminars, livestreams, publications, and more. Meanwhile, feel free to browse previous blog posts and other parts of the website. Reach out if there’s anything I can do for you.
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
This clip discusses the connection between the fourth political theory and the idea of Noomakhia. It also includes a brief introduction to Heidegger and his importance for Dugin’s philosophy of multipolarity.
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.”
The recording of my reading group on the first two chapters of Leo Strauss’s Liberalism Ancient and Modern, “What is Liberal Education?” and “Liberal Education and Responsibility” is now available.
Another one of my translations of Alexander Dugin’s political theory has been published by Arktos. https://arktos.com/product/ethnosociology/