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The Fourth Political Theory

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The Fourth Political Theory is the first book by the famed Russian political theorist to appear in the English language. It presents a summary of his basic ideas considering the development of a new political theory transcending the old categories of liberalism, Marxism and fascism.

All the political systems of the modern age have been the products of three distinct ideolog
Paperback, 211 pages
Published May 28th 2012 by Arktos Media Ltd. (first published 2009)
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Stephen Borthwick
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
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The compilation and translation of this work save it from a single-star rating; the team at Arktos is exceptional in this regard. The ideas expressed therein, however, are convoluted, deliberately obscurantist, and in many cases plainly nonsensical. Dugin's understanding of Orthodox Christianity is perhaps his greatest intellectual deficit, though he does no good service to the phenomenology or hermeneutics of Heidegger, either. His goal to overcome post-modernism with post-modernism has resulte ...more
"you [USA] are not anymore boss"

"nobody has monopoly of truth"

"we have our special Russian truth"

"The Most Dangerous Philosopher in the World", in:

Nora Gillespie
Nov 09, 2013 rated it did not like it
What do I think? Let me see...hmm...well I didn't want to purchase this book in the physical, so I bought it electronically so I could forget about it some day. Thus I forget when this book inevitably pisses me off, I have to remember to not throw my phone against the wall. This book is overly complicated and overly simple at the mind numbingly same time.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
It starts as a good critique of liberalism, but then it goes into a full rant mode that's nothing more than good old fashioned traditionalism. The funny thing is that in trying to overcome post-modernism, it uses one of its most significant features: mixing concepts. National-bolshevism is nothing more than the mix of fascism with marxism (crazy as it may sound).
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: political
What is perhaps initially most appealing about this publication – aside from the promise of an offer of a fresh, viable alternative to the present stagnant political void, this “end of history” in which we find ourselves – is the comprehensive critique of the prevailing liberal ideology from a perspective which neither wholly aligns itself with the traditional positions in opposition to liberalism, nor stations itself against these.

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Michael Kolczynski
An insufferable read. The entire book is essentially "It would be nice if we had a new theory to challenge liberalism because communism and fascism failed. I would like one because I hate liberalism. I hope people have some ideas."

It occasionally makes true observations about the world and then spends seven paragraphs being redundant and tautological before moving on to the next observation.
Martin Bassani
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Excellent criticism of the present with convincing arguments for action. I remain unconvinced by the proposed philosophical solution.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Dugin is a Russian political theorist/philosopher/troublemaker and this book sketches his hazy theory. He names Liberalism, Fascism and Communism as the (failed) theories one, two and three. The Fourth Political Theory generally resists definition in a positive direction, and can only be approached via negativa, by what it is not. He writes:
The Fourth Political Theory is the amalgamation of a common project and arises from a common impulse to everything that was discarded, toppled, and humiliat
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dugin, "Putin's brain" is an interesting character, and in my opinion certainly a bad actor on the world stage, but he does have a few relevant ideas here and there.

This book, which touts itself essentially as a critique of the three major political ideologies of the recent past (liberalism, communism and fascism) has some ups and many downs, with the highlight thankfully being the very last few pages on the metaphysics of chaos, a true gem of an essay. The analyses of conservatism and Marxism
Steve Middendorf
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Europe and its recent offshoot America, also known as “The West” is the tendency to speak and think of European experiences as if they were universal experiences. This is called Eurocentricism: that what the West thinks of as right and good is indeed right and good for the rest of the world. The practice recognises only European actors and actions as the primary driving forces in the world. It reinterprets all of humanity’s common history to present our (the West’s) superiority as both inhere ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dugin’s analysis of liberalism and post-modernism is spot on and refreshing. However his solutions in the Fourth Political Theory are lacking. Nevertheless this is an important read to make sense of the modern political landscape, particularly from a Russian point of view.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about this book. Dugin is undeniably brilliant whether you agree with his views or not. Dugin thoroughly outlines his views on the basis of the Fourth Political Theory and does so in a comprehensive and big-brained manner. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Shelves: russia, politics
Тази и съответно другите книги на Дугин са начинът да се запознае човек с голяма част от външнополитическите виждания на Русия за 21-ви век, без да се налага някой друг да му ги преразказва, украсява, изопачава, принизява, преувеличава и т.н.
Edgar Vilkonchus
Тем, кому лень читать книгу целиком, я настоятельно рекомендую прочитать хотя бы четвёртую часть (состоящую из одной главы под номером 11). Удовольствие от прочтения испытают и русофилы, и русофобы, и все, кто посередине.

How does one rate a book like this?
Jacob Aitken
This review has in mind St Cheetos the Prophet.

The phrase that best sums up Dugin's approach is "Negating the Logic of History." Dugin begins by listing the three most common (and modern) ideologies:

Liberalism: the individual is the normative subject
Fascism: race or nation is normative subject
Communism: Class

The second and third options failed, leaving liberalism in charge.
4th political theory: Dasein is the acting subject.
Liberalism is the broad, architectonic worldview that hinges on several a
Paul O'Leary
Once upon a time, before television and the internet, there had been in European history a fairly regular battle of the ideologies. Much attention, entertainment and wagering surrounded these fights. The oldest of the fighters was Liberalism. He had all the benefits of stern, scientific, and austere training; he generally packed the seats and was always good for the box office window. He was always an icon for "the better sort of folks" in society. The fighter of the people, though, was Communis ...more
Halvor (Raknes)
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: geopolitics
I was deeply impressed by the vastness of scope of which Dugin engaged in his analysis, his thorough understanding of the various ideologies he addresses and not least his ability for creative and sound synthesis when devising his fourth political theory. I've read a much outspoken commentator here in Norway refer to it as superficial. Nothong could be further from reality and only shows the ridiculousness and baseness of the current russophobic political climate in the West.

Still, I challenge D
Ian Williams
Some very useful, insightful, criticism of the ubiquity and pervasiveness of liberalism, though it would need a smarter man than I to decide whether the second half of the book is brilliant or lunacy.

One point: If the world is to be multipolar as the author suggests then one of those polarities should be liberalism, as some people will still wish to live that way and it will be all they have known. The author asserts that liberalism should, instead, be destroyed, and that this should be done by
Sep 15, 2015 marked it as to-keep-ref
Belyaev es miembro del movimiento euroasiático pro Kremlin del filósofo Alexander Dugin, que pide «la unión con nuestros grandes vecinos orientales» y que espera el «cegador amanecer de la nueva Revolución rusa; fascismo ilimitado como nuestras tierras y rojo como nuestra sangre». Su catecismo ofrece frases como «la fuerza engendra fuerza» y «¡nuestro objetivo es el poder absoluto!».

Viviendo en el Final de los Tiempos Pág.261
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Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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In my view, Alexander Dugin is a wise and somewhat obscure Russian guy with a pragmatic grip on reality that sumarize all European major thinkers of every tradition and political point of view in this magnum opus: The Fourth Political Theory. He's a structuralist philosopher who knows every European political philosophy of the last three centuries; most probably his importance in the History of Thought will be remarkable in the near future.
Leo deSouza
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Whats does this book makes clear? Nothing.

The only thing you can really get from it is that Russian soul is and will keep anti-west liberalism/capitalism. And there is no way to change that.

Besides, it only throw a lot of doubts about the future of Russia and what its leaders are really planning.

Only time will tell.

PS: I'm not saying the book it bad.
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Aleksandr Gelyevich Dugin (Russian: Александр Гельевич Дугин, born 7 January 1962) is a politologist, traditionalist, and one of the most popular ideologists of the creation of a Eurasian empire that would be against the North Atlantic interests. He is also well known for his proximity to fascism, he has had close ties to the Kremlin and Russian military. He was the leading organizer of National B ...more

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“The subject of Communism was class. Fascism’s subject was the state, in Italian Fascism under Mussolini, or race in Hitler’s National Socialism. In liberalism, the subject was represented by the individual, freed from all forms of collective identity and any ‘membership’ (l’appartenance). While the ideological struggle had formal opponents, entire nations and societies, at least theoretically, were able to select their subject of choice — that of class, racism or statism, or individualism. The victory of liberalism resolved this question: the individual became the normative subject within the framework of all mankind. This is when the phenomenon of globalisation entered the stage, the model of a post-industrial society makes itself known, and the postmodern era begins. From now on, the individual subject is no longer the result of choice, but is a kind of mandatory given. Man is freed from his ‘membership’ in a community and from any collective identity,” 1 likes
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