James D. Heiser, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America, writes on, as Dr. Robert Zubrin (president, Pioneer Astronautics and Pioneer Energy) calls it, “The dangerous dogma of the man who has become Putin’s Rasputin.”
Who was Grigori Rasputin? Born in 1869, Rasputin was a Russian peasant, mystical faith healer, and a trusted friend to Tsar Nicholas II’s family. Rasputin was assassinated.
Mr. Heiser writes about Aleksander Dugin’s aggressive effort to create a Eurasian empire centered on Russia:
Given the number of times that Dugin’s Eurasianism has been declared a fantasy from the “lunatic fringe” by various experts, one should be very circumspect when it comes to trying to guess how far Putin is prepared to go, when it comes to realizing the Eurasian Union.In a recent article for the Boston Globe, Leon Neyfakh noted that the two countries Putin has so far convinced to join Russia in the Eurasian Union—Belarus and Kazakhstan—were spooked by Putin’s decision to use military force in the situation with Ukraine.
There is a fundamental demonization of the West which haunts Dugin’s thought.
For those individuals who remember the cold war, the “geopolitical face” of Eurasianism is quite familiar because it has a strong family resemblance to the “geopolitical face” of Marxism-Leninism.
Western interpreters of Dugin have often been shocked by the occult character of his view of the world.
The incipient Eurasian Union is a far cry from the force, which was the Soviet Union, and it is no more invincible nor eternal than the denizens of the Kremlin imagined their last ideology would be.