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Foundations of Geopolitics

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    bilbodwyer
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    Some of this feels particularly spooky given the events of the last five or more years (and more recently in the case of Ukraine).

    Some of this feels particularly spooky given the events of the last five or more years (and more recently in the case of Ukraine).

    The United Kingdom, merely described as an "extraterritorial floating base of the U.S.", should be cut off from Europe.

    Ukraine should be annexed by Russia because "Ukraine as a state has no geopolitical meaning, no particular cultural import or universal significance, no geographic uniqueness, no ethnic exclusiveness, its certain territorial ambitions represents an enormous danger for all of Eurasia and, without resolving the Ukrainian problem, it is in general senseless to speak about continental politics". Ukraine should not be allowed to remain independent, unless it is cordon sanitaire, which would be inadmissible.

    The book emphasizes that Russia must spread anti-Americanism everywhere: "the main 'scapegoat' will be precisely the U.S."

    Russia should use its special services within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke "Afro-American racists". Russia should "introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics".

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    1. JoylessAubergine
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      Dugin is a bit of a boogyman in the west who gets trotted out every few years when they want to show how scary Russia is. Very few people in Russia take him seriously (or have heard of him) and...

      Dugin is a bit of a boogyman in the west who gets trotted out every few years when they want to show how scary Russia is. Very few people in Russia take him seriously (or have heard of him) and even fewer in places of power, until Russia invaded Crimea he was just a fringiest of the fringe academic. He's still well away from any power or influence but more well known.

      His ideas contain vague parallels, from a 20,000 foot view, but when you focus on them you can see how far of the mark they are in reality. He's a bit deluded when it comes to Russias power since the fall of the Soviet Union (he should know better as he wrote this in the late 90s after Russia got spanked in Chechnya). Russia could not annex Ukraine since the fall of the soviet union, Ukraine was closer to Russia before Crimea and nothing is going to bring them back to that relationship. Even a full "annexation" would be a disaster for Russia. It's laughable for him to think Russia can offer spheres of influence when the EU is gobbling their western spheres and China is gobbling their eastern spheres, all while Russia is trying to resist, what does Russia have to offer? Far from an Islamic-Russian axis, the Islamic world hates Russia because of the Chechen Wars, the Afghan War, the current meddling in Syria, Russian support of Israel. His views on China were out of date 40 years before he wrote the book, it's going to be China eating the Far East rather than Russia taking Manchuria (lmao!). etc.

      I think his most accurate point is with America but there he is getting credit for things America is doing to itself. Russia hasnt made the US the worlds scape goat, America did by acting as a completely chaotic actor on the world stage. It isnt Eurasianism or RussiaToday that unites the Islamic world against america, it's Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and the dozens of Tinpot dictators it has propped up over the years.

      Even identarian destabilising in America, which is a Soviet play that Russia actually has the power to use. Let's be honest, America is already a destabilised mess because a divided America works for damn near everyone except the American public. The American elites like it, the Chinese like it, the Russians like it. I'm sure Russians are playing a part but they are chucking firewood onto an already blazing housefire.

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