Brain Jack Part II: It starts with a man named Dugin
Dugin is a Russian political scientist that is well known for a book he wrote that was published in 1997 titled The Foundations of Geopolitics. In the book, Dugin outlines how Russia can return to the world stage as a global superpower with minimal military conflict, relying primarily on subversive tactics such as covert operations in nation states adversarial to Russia’s interests. He outlines both overt and covert means including hacking, propaganda, psychological subversion and other forms of espionage. While the book outlines a variety of goals with nations around the world, the primary intention is creating extreme, reckless partisanship, racism and other forms of discord in the USA.
“Russia should use its special forces within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke “Afro-American racists”. Russia should “introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements — extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics”
Additionally, Dugin provides a blueprint for reclaiming certain sovereign states from the former USSR, namely, Georgia (see Russo-Georgian War) and Ukraine (see Orange revolution and Annexation of Crimea) among others. It is also of course notable that the Brexit event lines up with the book’s states goal of cutting the UK off from Europe. While Dugin’s subversive plans seek to undermine the integrity of American hegemony and power structures with its left hand, it builds Russia’s interests with its right.
To understand the manifestation of Dugin’s plan in the United States on a practical level we first have to acknowledge that the current divisive environment within the USA was not created by Russia. Racism, partisanship, and other forms of cultural and political strife have always been a wedge in the United States of America.
Despite this, it seems that Russia has been hitting that wedge with a propaganda hammer by leveraging paid trolls to influence online opinions. If you’re new here, I highly recommend reading the first post in this series that outlines the tactics being used on Americans in online communities to change how people think.
Dugin’s subversion cuts straight to the heart of the American soul
A pro-Russian think tank called Katehon to which Dugin belongs published an article demonstrating a keen interest in the American ethos and “cultural subconscious”. From an article published January of 2016:
“Moreover, North American folklore absorbed the history of the first frontier pioneers, and they are still very popular and are considered as symbols of American spirit. The first US historical characters, Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink, Pecos Bill, etc., are the quintessence of adventure, deception, vulgarity, brutality and cold-blooded swindle. Moreover, these characters have fantastic strength and health that can easily swallow lightning or lasso a tornado. Even their private stuff has distinctive names: Crockett’s weapon was called The Death of the Devil, and Fink’s ones — Old Bang-All. While the German people read Thumbelina, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow Queen and Snow White to their children, Russians are imbibed with mother’s milk tales about Ilya Muromets, Ivan Tsarevich and Vasilisa the Beautiful, and the American standard were these ordinary, but strong men, and the wonders, if they happened, were associated with conquest and struggles, usually cruel and merciless.”
The article demonstrates the way that Russian strategists interpret American cultural roots as well as an underlying interest in American culture. The article’s first sentence reveals the agenda behind the interest :
“It is often said that every nation has a unique cultural code, and if the enemy manages to break it, he can easily defeat the nation”
At this point a few important elements of the narrative should seem clear:
- Powerful and influential Russians want to sew political and idealogical discord in the United States of America to weaken the nation on the world stage.
- Discord is being sewn in the United States with what looks alarmingly like thought reformation tactics in online political communities. (See my first post in the series).
While these two elements are certainly enough to speculate about Russia’s nefarious involvement in US politics, we need to find links between the two. We will do this in the next and final post in the series.