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Theses of Dugins address to the Political Conference of the Pan-Russian Social-Political Movement EURASIA (March 1, 2002)

1. Eurasism and foreign policy

Main principles of eurasism (general observations)

1) The path the West has taken is destructive for itself and for all those who are tempted to follow it. The same West must be saved. Its civilization is spiritually empty, false and monstrous. Behind economic prosperity there is a total spiritual degradation. We do not need prosperity at the price of losing our human face. If the West insists on this road, let it fall alone into the abyss.

2) The originality of Russia, its difference from both West and East, is a positive value. It must be saved, developed and taken care of.

This implies evaluating the international political situation.

What do we see in the world?

Globalization
Americanization

Both these process are extremely negative from the point of view of eurasism. We can see their progress and, in parallel, the mounting resistance against them. This is OUR resistance. We contribute to it as much as we can, and we must rise to the vanguard of this process not only in Russia, as also across the world.

Some concrete events:

September 11 2001. We issued the booklet «The Geopolitics of Terror » – it contains a detailed evaluation of such events.

We feel sorry for the thousands innocent victims, we condole those who suffered. But the US with their typical hypocrisy turned the tragedy into a reason for expansion: they redeem their sufferings by causing tenfold suffering to the others and reinforcing their own positions. The US exploited sorrow in order to strengthen their positions in Central Asia, with no ceremonies, under the cover of the fight on terrorism, taking roots in the Russian zone of influence, in the Asian countries of the CIS. This was a heavy blow against the eurasist strategy. American bases have come to stay for a long time. Our regional influence is being undermined.

The continuation of strategic aggression against Russia is in the events of the Pankisi Gorge. The West protests against Russia hardening its operations in the fight on terrorism, while the West itself it is ready to fight against it.

This is an open usurpation of the monopoly on violence by the Americans. Who will come next? And what if they declared that Bin Laden is hidden in the Moscow hinterland?

It is high time we gave all this a decisive rebuff, we revise our positions on Lurdes and Kam Ranh, we put an end to the infamous fraternization with the West, which – while only yielding negative results and pleasing a handful of urban civil rights campaigners – is but a source of despair and rage for the majority of the Russians.

Another subject is Catholic expansionism. Here the geopolitical sense is more complex. Catholicism symbolizes Europe, the same way as Orthodoxy symbolizes Russia. The provoked conflict hinders the development of Russian-European relations. These relations are very relevant for eurasism.

The contemporary united Europe became a new geopolitical subject after the end of the cold war.

From the cultural, social and political points of view, she is close to the US, but her geopolitical, geostrategic, economic concerns, on the contrary, are close to Russia-Eurasia.

Europe has severe cultural, social and political differences with Russia, yet also has common geopolitical and economic concerns, especially in the field of common resources.

Here is the key to the strange untimely decision of the Vatican. It is a step aimed at distancing Russia from Europe through emphasizing the gap of spiritual values. Who stands to gain from this? Neither Europe, nor Russia, nor the Vatican, nor the Russian Orthodox Church. Only the US do.

We are for dialogue with Catholicism: but in this case there is no dialogue but provocation, analogous to NATO eastward expansion.

2. Eurasism and domestic policy

The main theoretical theses of eurasism in domestic policy are:

1. Reinforcing the strategic unity of Russia, her geopolitical homogeneity, the vertical line of authority, curtailing the influence of the oligarchic clans, supporting national business, fighting separatism, extremism, localism.

This line is consequently shared by President Putin. A system of Federal districts is being developed.

In this direction there have been substantial achievements.

2. Eurasist federalism. Conferring the ethno-cultural formations the status of political subjects, enforcing the principles of the «rights of the peoples».

Little has been done in this direction, for the time being. This autonomist moment must find compensation in geopolitical centralization.

Little has been done yet. But this is a vanguard idea, and we shall develop it.

3. Eurasist economics

Autarchy of the great spaces, economic nationalism, subordination of the market mechanisms to the concerns of the national economy. Mikhail Leontiev [Russian journalist and political analyst] calls it: «de-privatization of the strategic sectors of the economy».

This process is going through its initial stage, it is now not very consequently carried on.

The eurasist image of Putin

Here it is necessary to enter into details about the way the eurasists look at our President, V.V. Putin, whom we radically support.

We, the eurasists, have our own image of Putin, his eurasist image.

In our eyes Putin is a supporter of an étatist power policy, a patriot strengthening the vertical line of authority, an Orthodox Christian, true to the Russian spiritual roots but loyal to the other eurasian traditional confessions. Putin is for us the one who saves the country from separatism and disruption, and encourages the integration processes within the frameworks of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the CIS; one of the pioneers of the creation of the EEU.

Putin is for us a president above the parties, embodying the hopes and expectations of the Russians majority – the so-called «Putins majority». According to an opinion survey led by the VCIOM (Pan-Russian Centre for the Study of Social Opinion), 73% of the Russians consider Russia as an Eurasian civilization, while only 13% consider her as a part of the West.
Putin is for us an eurasist, majoritarian, popular president leaning on 73% of the population and trying to change the opinion of the remaining 13%.

This eurasist Putin enjoys full and radical support from EURASIA.

But some definite forces in our society try to build a different, much less attractive image of the President: «Putin as the leader of a handful of urban civil rights campaigners», «Putin as a good old friend of Bush jr», «Putin as a follower of the Gaidar-Chubais reforms», – i.e.: «Putin as the President of the pro-western atlantist minority ». These image-makers calculate to compensate for the faults of such rather unattractive image using political know-hows and totalitarian p-r. This is a dangerous road, a bad service, if not something much worse.

The best p-r and the most efficient political know-how is Truth, Good, Rightfulness, sincere service to our great people and state.

We are ready to fight for Putin. We need a president of the majority. A president who is popular, eurasist, above the parties. And we do believe that such is the true Putin.

3. The Pan-Russian Social-Political Movement EURASIA: stages of our path

During its nine months existence the movement EURASIA has reached the maturity required for becoming a Party.

The eurasist idea proved surprisingly attractive.

It attracted intellectuals, scientists, youths, it was enthusiastically greeted by the believers of the traditional confessions. Many representatives of national movements – including the Russian – found in it an ideal tool for the accomplishment of their political aspirations. EURASIA became the voice of the «pan-Russian nationalism» (according to Trubetskoys expression), of the creative aspiration of every Russian ethnos to express, to save and to strengthen its own identity.

According to a sociological survey, 100% of the representatives of the humanist intelligentsia acknowledge eurasism as a philosophy of ideology and a political phenomenon. Approximately 50% of them either identify themselves with eurasism, or sympathize with it. From the remaining 50%, half of them considers it as an interesting yet disputable phenomenon, the other half has a negative attitude. The numbers are exciting.

We achieved serious successes also in the mass sector. The best situation is in the Urals, in the Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk areas, in Voronezh, in Kursk, in the Krasnoyarsk district. As we could observe, the Urals seem to be densely populated by eurasists. Today more than 5,000 members, that is about half the movements members, are from the Urals, Sverdlovsk and Chelyabinsk (including the province). This phenomenon has cultural, ethnic and historical roots. But much depends and on activity of the leaders. In the Urals are our most active cadres – Aleksandr Ivanovic Baraksin, Leonid Grigorevic Zvezdin, Galina Vladimirovna Sachko, Stanislav Nikolaevic Nekrasov.

A very great success was achieved in the direction of traditional confessions.

We actively participated to the 6th Universal Russian National Council (December 13-14 2001), headed by the Patriarch. President V.V.Putin took part in the initiative. We published the digest «The Russian Orthodox Church in the space of Eurasia » with the Councils materials. [see Dugins address at the round table on globalisation of the Council]

We have rather special connections with the Central Spiritual Management of the Muslims. We look at the Russian Muslims as to an organic part of EURASIA. Our Conference «Islamic Threat or threat to Islam?» proved, alas, prophetical. We have shown that various extremist sects are acting as the agentsprovocateurs of the West, discrediting the whole Islam. Much has been said at the conference about the provocative role of wahabism and personally of Bin Laden. All this was fully confirmed on September 11, 2201 and by the following events. The conference digest became a best seller, its reprint is already disappearing from the shelves.

Our connections with other confessions – with Judaism and Buddhism – grow stronger. Among the other initiatives we issued books by the Jewish eurasist Yakov Bromberg («The Jews and Eurasia») and by the Buddhist Kalmyk eurasist Khara-Davan «The Mongolian Rus». We shall organize public presentations of these books in the near future.

Great success of eurasism in the CIS countries.

Eurasist movements, now on the verge of joining the party EURASIA, exist in Kazakhstan, Armenia, Ukraine, Belarus, Tadjikistan and Georgia. The party EURASIA is officially registered in Latvia.

Even in more distant foreign countries there are eurasist currents. In England («Eurasian Movement»), in Italy («Archivio Eurasia»), in Israel, in Pakistan, in Austria. Groups in France, Belgium and Spain are preparing for registration.

We have issued a significant amount of theoretical literature with world-view materials. Many texts have been translated into foreign languages, so it is possible to speak about the first steps of the true Eurasist International.

4. The building of the party and the electoral outlook

Let us state here once again our party principles. Starting from them we may draw our plans concerning our electoral outlook.

We elaborated five different directions, showing what the EURASIA party is all about.

1. The EURASIA party is the party of the patriots of Russia, of the étatists. Our patriotism is not only emotional, but scientific, founded on geopolitics and its methods. Eurasism = scientific patriotism. We might say that ours is a geopolitical party.

2. The EURASIA party is a social party. Eurasist economics rejects liberal dogmatism and believes that the development of the market must serve the national interest, rather than the opposite. Our authorities in economics are neither Marx nor Friedman, they are John M. Keynes, Friedrich List, François Perry, Sylvius Gesell. It is the economics of the «third way», where State interest are in the place of command, where administrative resource are de-privatized. Following List, our eurasist pattern might be called as «economic nationalism».

3. The EURASIA party is a traditionalist party. It is founded on a system of values elaborated through the centuries by the traditional Eurasian confessions – Orthodoxy, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism. This is a very important point to us. We do not simply pay lip service to religion as to a cultural relic, as a tribute to polit-correctness. To revive the traditional faiths, to establish the dominant and founding role of religious values in the society, to fight for spirituality, intellectual development, higher ethic ideals – this the axial and main task of the party EURASIA. Our Church is separated from the State, and this is right; but she is inseparable from the society, culture, education, information. We stand today in a total crisis of moral and spiritual values. We resort to the traditional confessions as to a safe haven, we trust only them in this issue. The overwhelming majority of the members of EURASIA are believers, first of all Orthodoxes, then Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and so on.

4. The party EURASIA is a national party. In it the representatives of the national movements – first of all, Russian but also Tatar, Yakut, Tuva, Chechen, Kalmyk, Ingush and all the rest – can find a way to express their political and cultural aspirations. For eurasism the people is the highest value. According to Herders words, «the peoples are the thoughts of God» .We stand for the conservation of the peoples before the levelling global pseudo-culture, before economic genocide and legal violence. The national movements of the peoples of Russia have positive creative features. The party EURASIA is the ideal political platform for their realization. At the same time, we strongly oppose every kind of chauvinism, xenophobia, extremism, racism, national exclusiveness. Against negative nationalism and separatism we shall lead an uncompromising struggle.

5. The party EURASIA is the party of regionalists. Life in the megalopolis corrupts the people. The big cities are the seminaries of sin. People have but alienated relations within them. Manipulations, adventurism, outrage, violence prosper. We believe that the rectification and salvation of Russia will come from the regions, where the people have saved their roots, solidarity, the sentiment of the land, nature, fellowship, family values. The scarce attention thet the megalopolis and the capitals pay today to the regions raises «from the deep» of our people disgust and rage against the federal centre. Its image is repelling. But such rightful hostility turns into localism, and is used by the local bosses for fuelling artificial separatism. So positive regionalism turns into negative. In the party EURASIA every positive regionalist tendency will find its platform. We shall be the spokesman of aspirations of the real Russia to the federal centre, always overlooking what happens beyond the borders of the «great Moscow».
In the long run all megalopolis must be partitioned. Our slogan is: «Forward – to the land»!

From this review one may easily conclude about the enormous electoral perspectives of the EURASIA party. Especially in the regions and national republics.

We are not and we do not aim to be a party of power. To an even lesser extent we belong to the opposition. We are neither the former, nor the latter.

We are the party of an Idea.

Just in this direction we must go during the next three months, to May 30 2002 – on this date is scheduled our constituent congress, if, of course, the Political Council will make today the decision to back the resolution of the leadership of the Movement EURASIA about turning into a party.

Thanks for your attention.

Original text published by EURASIA
http://www.eurasia.com.ru/dugin0103.html

Trans. M. Conserva



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