Alexander Dugin and Political Platonism

Matthew Raphael Johnson brings another broadcast on the misunderstood work of Alexander Dugin. Plato is the foundation of western thought and western religion. His work is the intellectual scaffolding of ancient Christianity. It is based around the idea of unity, or the truth as one. God is truth, beyond space and time, the “Being of Being.” Logos is the unity of all Archetypes in the divine nature of Christ from whom all things were made. This means all science is based on logos with truth as the foundation. Dugin, a man often condemned and almost never read, bases much of his political ideas on Plato and Platonism.

Plato’s core is the Archetype, or Idea: the truth of anything in particular. Justice is one transcendental aspect of the good that can manifest in different ways. Modernism rejects this, claiming that there is no “justice,” just specific, different just acts we all call “justice.” The Postmodern idea is that not only is there no justice, but there aren’t even just acts. All is language; all is image.

Truth is reason and freedom: man derives from the same source and creator as everything else, so we can learn. Because this source is spiritual, our freedom makes sense. If something is true, then it is unchanging. If its unchanging, then it cannot be physical. If its not physical, then it is spiritual. If it is spiritual, then it can only be known by the soul. Our problem is that we live in an age where reason and freedom are nothing but words without referents. They are marketing gimmicks. Only mindless consumption matters, and those who can consume the most are the “most successful” in society and should be envied. There is no truth here. As society gets more and more insane, those who love the truth – Logos – will be marginalized and hated. Knowing the truth is a revolutionary act.

Matthew Raphael Johnson

Matthew Raphael Johnson is a scholar of Russian Orthodox history and philosophy. He completed his doctorate at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1999. He is a former professor of both history and political science at the University of Nebraska (as a graduate student), Penn State University and Mount St. Mary’s University. Since 1999, he was the editor (and is presently Senior Researcher) at The Barnes Review, a well-known renegade journal of European history. Dr. Johnson is the author of eight books. Six are from Hromada Books, "Sobornosti: Essays on the Old Faith;" "Heavenly Serbia and the Medieval Idea;" "Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality: Lectures on Medieval Russia;" "The Ancient Orthodox Tradition in Russian Literature: "The Foreign Policy of Mass Society: The Failure of Western Engagement in the Middle East;" and "Officially Approved Dissent: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Strategic Ambiguity in His Critique of Modernity." And two published by The Barnes Review, "The Third Rome: Holy Russia, Tsarism and Orthodoxy;" and "Russian Populist: The Political Thought of Vladimir Putin."

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