Thursday, July 12, 2018

Alexander Dugin — Liberalism Is The ‘Third Totalitarianism’

What Dugin is calling "liberalism" is the modern Western version of the liberalism of the 18th century Enlightenment, which as Marx showed is not liberalism in a universal sense but really bourgeois liberalism. 

Enlightenment liberalism aka classical liberalism was devised as a rationale for the transition from feudal age that was dying to the industrial age that was being born as a result of technology and the harnessing of carbon-based energy sources such as coal and oil to drive machines with steam power, and eventually the use of electricity in electric motors. The owners of capital goods, and technology in particular, which constituted industrial capital assumed, along with finance capital, assumed control from the "landlords" that had previously had held the reins owing to granting of land title under feudalism. 

Enlightenment liberalism was inherently conservative in the sense of holding that while all are free and equal in principle, only some are fit to participate in governing owing to unequal qualifications. Women and the uneducated and propertyless were not fit, but rather only male property owners that had thereby demonstrated fitness. In other words, the bourgeoisie. The voices that opposed this view were in the minority, and even then were far from being inclusive.

As a result, Western (bourgeois) liberalism is illiberal in it roots, Being being based on a Western bourgeois world view that favors Western bourgeois values and property ownership, especially "capital." It is now tending toward transnational corporate totalitarianism as a world system, almost accomplishing what fascism and international socialism failed to do under the hegemony of the Atlanticist Empire under the leadership of the United States. This is the Bush Doctrine that was bluntly stated as, "You are either with us or against us." It was formalized as the Wolfowitz Doctrine of not permitting challengers to arise.

This is the liberalism that those the West considers illiberal are opposing, while calling for multipolarism and national sovereignty as the real basis of a genuinely liberal order instead of the unipolarism of empire and the internationalism of institutions controlled by transnational capital that supersedes national sovereignty, liberal democracy based on popular sovereignty, and the moral sovereignty of persons.

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