War for Eternity by Benjamin R Teitelbaum – starstruck by Steve Bannon

A US scholar speaks to global far-right figures and argues that they are linked by an obscure philosophy, traditionalism

In late 2018 two far-right figures meet in a Rome hotel. The first is Alexander Dugin, a Russian philosopher. With his long wispy beard, Dugin looks as if he might have fallen from the pages of Crime and Punishment. The second is Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump and an unashamed nationalist.

The pair speak for eight hours. On the face of it they have much in common. Both are leading exponents of radical anti-liberal thinking who serve powerful masters. The list of mutual dislikes is long: globalism, international institutions, universal human rights. Neither is exactly a fan of immigration. Their vision is a world of sovereign and culturally specific nation states. It has a religious element, too, with lots of talk about the “Judeo-Christian west”. Bannon has repeatedly mooted an alliance between the US and Russia, seeing both states as natural partners in the struggle against godless cosmopolitanism.

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A US scholar speaks to global far-right figures and argues that they are linked by an obscure philosophy, traditionalism In late 2018 two far-right figures meet in a Rome hotel. The first is Alexander Dugin, a Russian philosopher. With his long wispy beard, Dugin looks as if he might have fallen from the pages of Crime and Punishment. The second is Steve Bannon, former adviser to Donald Trump and an unashamed nationalist.The pair speak for eight hours. On the face of it they have much in common. Both are leading exponents of radical anti-liberal thinking who serve powerful masters. The list of mutual dislikes is long: globalism, international institutions, universal human rights. Neither is exactly a fan of immigration. Their vision is a world of sovereign and culturally specific nation states. It has a religious element, too, with lots of talk about the “Judeo-Christian west”. Bannon has repeatedly mooted an alliance between the US and Russia, seeing both states as natural partners in the struggle against godless cosmopolitanism. Continue reading…

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