This is a terrific collection of essays that is difficult to fault, and it is my sincere hope that it finds both audiences that it seeks — the movement veterans and the everyman confused about the state of his culture and nation. One might argue that it is too heavily focused on the American context at the expense of other Western nations, but it is the American context that really gave birth to the Alt-Right, especially in a stylistic sense.
The multiplicity of views and backgrounds of the Alt-Right are well captured in A Fair Hearing. As one would expect from this American manifestation of the European New Right, albeit with origins going back to the Old Right in the USA, it has its own foci.
Lauren Southern and Brittany Pettibone interviews Alexander Dugin about millennials, liberalism, identity, and the future of conservatism. (Two parts.)
Dr. Ricardo Duchesne is a historical sociologist, a professor at the University of New Brunswick and the author of “The Uniqueness of Western Civilization,” “Faustian Man in a Multicultural Age” and “Canada In Decay: Mass Immigration, Diversity, and the Ethnocide of Euro-Canadians.”
Without a doubt, Runes and the Origins of Writing fails to disappoint, and in fact opens up a new front for looking into the history of Europeans and the mystical links between practice and metaphysics that seem to be a hallmark of Indo-European philosophy and its pagan religions. de Benoist writes in a fluid, easily-readable style that includes a high degree of rhetorical devices designed to open up areas for future thinking, making the book seem like a Socratic dialogue composed of questions based on the interpretation of fact more than an argument from selected facts. This opens up the topic and lets it breathe.
Linkola lives as a model for his own beliefs, having given up his nascent biology career in favor of making a living as a fisherman. As of the English publication of Can Life Prevail?, he eschews all modern technology save for a cell phone. His lifestyle is a deep ecologist’s daydream. No mainstream environmentalist will admit to supporting his work, but he gives voice to a thought that has crossed every green’s mind at some point: Wouldn’t things be better if there were far fewer of us?
I also think that Sunic strikes the proper balance, and indeed far better than most of the European New Right, by stressing both the newness and antiquity of the American policies and attitudes under discussion. Instead of dumping on the Protestant, moralistic culture out of which America grew as a nation, Sunic believes that culture had its strengths before it became secularized and corrupted.
Heritage and Destiny readers are already indebted to Dr Tomislav Sunic, a former Croatian diplomat, for his wide ranging analysis of the European New Right, Against Democracy and Equality, reviewed in issue 20. Dr Sunic has now produced what many will regard as a doubly dangerous book.
Dugin’s study is a gold mine. His dialectic approach and comprehensive knowledge make it a fun and useful read, but the book also contains several crucial insights and perspectives that can be used to understand and change our time. (Translated)
Some of the most interesting essays in A Fair Hearing were contributed by authors I had never heard of before, and there are no real “duds” in the book. It offers exactly what its title implies: an unbiased look at the Alt-Right such as the movement’s opponents are simply incapable of providing.
One does not even need to get beyond the cover to have one’s thinking processes activated. The adage, “one cannot tell a book by its cover”, is not quite correct in this instance. The cover art is a clever juxtaposition of a conservative looking white, middle aged male in a business suit with a fleur-de-lis lapel pin. In the background a city is engulfed in flames. The “conservative” looks ahead, not behind, as the “old” (that is, “modern”) world falls.
Dugin makes it clear that he supports Putin not only as the most suitable leader in Russia, but also because he is closest to the authentic state man in the world at the moment. … [I]n his view, Putin is currently the best leader in Russia, but Putin also has some shortcomings. For this reason, the title of the book is Putin vs Putin: it depicts two sides of a man who strives to balance in the arenas of internal and foreign policy, while maintaining Russia’s sovereignty, but without a more precise ideological basis.