Quote: Alexandr Dugin on the Evil of the West


In a 2013 interview with Dimitris Konstantakopoulos, which you can find here, Alexander Dugin expressed his sense of the metaphysical evil of the Western capitalist system in no uncertain terms. Although one of my favourite Dugin quotes, these words almost give the impression that in Russia they have abandoned money long ago in favour of a system of virtuous barter.

"The digitalization of Money is one more step towards their real nature. Plotinus called the matter 'the being of no-being' and 'the truth of the lie.' Or elsewhere 'the phantasm of the mass.' So the order of Money is the extreme form of degradation, dehumanization and global hallucination. It is the most unjust and corrupted form of existence. Money is the limit of decay and degradation. It is not just an instrument; it is the metaphysical evil itself. So the civilization that put itself under the power of Money will perish as Atlantis did. But I am persuaded that the struggle of Man against Money, of authentic Dasein against the Gestell and techne, of the Athenian order of things against the Atlantic seduction has not finished yet. Not in Greece nor in the other parts of the world. Speaking neoplatonicly: we are in the extreme phase of progress (πρόοδος), where the noetic Principle reaches the material periphery. The modern world is profoundly stupid and banal. It is the material world, the world of Money, the kingdom of evil and apostasy, the Antichrist. But that is the last call to switch the regime of existence. It is the time of epistrophe (επιστροφή), the Great Turn (Kehre) and the Event (Er-eignis), the time of Other Beginning (Andere Anfang)."
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