Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dugin makes Newsweek

A milestone of sorts... Alexander Dugin has at last drawn the attention of Newsweek.

"A selection of young activists from Kremlin-created youth groups like Nashi and the Youth Guards join the leaders and activists of Ukrainian pro-Russian movements to listen to lectures by the likes of Aleksandr Dugin, a leading light of the Eurasia movement, which preaches a Russian-led power block as an alternative to the West."

Owen Matthews, "A Respectable Russia: Vladimir Putin's war has intensified the debate over his nation's future." Newsweek September 1, 2008, published online August 23, 2008.

Newsweek, then The Economist, and now a full length interview in the Los Angeles Times!

--MS September 4, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The early life of Seraphim Rose

A correspondent, Alexandra Koltun, has drawn my attention to an interesting detail in the early life of Seraphim Rose, the Russian Orthodox monk in America who was not exactly a Traditionalist, but for whose spiritual life and teachings Traditionalism was of great importance.

According to an article in the Pomona College Magazine (the magazine of Rose's alma mater), as a young man, Rose was gay. As a monk, of course, he would presumably have been celibate. Koltun wrote, "it may be that people who feel out of synch with the surrounding world may unconsciously welcome an ideology that validates their unease." Indeed.