By Alexander Dugin for Katehon
The XXIV World Russian People’s Council on the theme “Orthodoxy and peace in the 21st century” was opened with speeches by people of great significance to Russia: spiritual leaders, politicians, philosophers, and statesmen. All of them noted the importance of creating a state ideology for the preservation of Russian statehood.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia noted the dangers of globalism, which “organizes integration and unification processes through weakening and breaking the deep spiritual ties between people, and between God and man.”
“Globalization does not make the world more united. The external unification of lifestyles in different parts of the globe is accompanied by the alienation of people from one another, the disintegration of communities and families, and a pandemic of loneliness,” the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church said in his report to the plenary session.
The First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Sergei Kiriyenko, read out Vladimir Putin’s message to the Council’s participants. The President called for the preservation of our spiritual values, and also mentioned the consolidation of society, because, after all, this is what will help us to achieve all our strategic goals and resist external pressures.
Minister of Education Sergei Kravtsov noted that we are living in a critical historical moment and are entering a new era of moral awakening.
Below is the full speech of Alexander Dugin, who also spoke at the Council:
Honest Fathers, brothers and sisters,
We are, of course, in a very real war. This war is not only a war of armies, of men, it is also a war of the spirit. This is very important. We can say this: we see a horizontal confrontation – our army/our opponents, us against NATO (of course, not against Ukraine, needless to say). But there is another dimension to this war – the vertical. It is a war of Heaven against Hell. It is a war of the angelic armies. It is a war of the army of the Archangel Michael against the devil. This vertical dimension is ideology, the realm of ideas. It is the realm of the spirit in which this war, its main substance, unfolds. And the speech of our president on September 30spoke to the satanic nature of the Western civilization. This is not a metaphor.
Today, the Holy Patriarch in his wonderful report, gently hinted at the figure who stands on the other side, who defines, inspires, organizes our enemies. This figure is very close: we do not know the times, no one knows, even the Son of Man does not know the end times. But we can know by the signs, we can see how close they are.
In this respect, it is very important that we are confronted with an idea. The West is an ideology. Liberalism, globalism, secularism, and posthumanism are ideology. This is the realm of ideas, not the realm of matter, bodies and technology. Above all, it is an absolute lie: it is the overturning of the true proportions of the mind, of ideas, of religious foundations. That is why two ideas, two armies (because angels are spirits and minds) are colliding today: angels and demons. The battlefield is just Ukraine. On the one hand, we are Holy Russia, as His Holiness the Patriarch says, and we are confronted by forces of absolute global historical evil. Hence, more and more often we are talking about Armageddon, the end times, and the Apocalypse. This is all taking place before our eyes. We are taking part in the final (maybe the penultimate – no one knows) and very important battle. Without a spiritual, ideological, intellectual dimension, we cannot win.
And here I would like to draw attention to a very important thing: secularism, about which His Holiness the Patriarch spoke. The fact is that the enemy came to us before he revealed himself in the face of LGBT, transhumanism – that openly satanic anti-human civilization with which we are at war today. He once came neutrally. He said: let’s leave Heaven, let’s leave God in the name of man, in the name of the earth. And many believed him.
Averroes had the idea of two truths: theology was built on one truth, and the study of the world, human society, nature, on another, autonomous truth. Then secularism and humanism emerged, and it was said, “eternity is far away, we live in time.” And gradually, while we were living in time, only in human material concerns, trying to arrange the world according to liberal, communist or nationalist principles, we were moving deeper and deeper away from God, moving further and further away. We were not sinking into the horizon: we were sinking below the horizon. We were going into the abysses of hell. If not with God, then with the devil. And this is what the Gospel says: your “yes” must be “yes,” your “no” must be “no.” The Laodicean church is rebuked by the Lord for being lukewarm, neither cold nor hot. This is the mix under which humanism, secularism, globalization, economic progress, comfort, and capitalism came into our world. They said: we don’t mind God, just let us get down to earthly things. And it turned out that when we were distracted from God, we were not dealing with earthly things, but with subterranean things.
It is impossible to stand on this horizontal plane. And it is impossible to defeat the one we are fighting today without God’s help. Asserting this vertical, spiritual, heavenly, Christian, deep, angelic dimension of being – without this we cannot win. It seems to us that we are pitting normality against pathology – but we will never win unless we stand for Truth, the fullness of Christian teaching, the religious teachings of other traditional faiths, unless we stand for the Divine vertical. This is the most important thing. Accordingly, science, politics, the constitution, and ideology must be based on this vertical. Science, if it is not based on Christ, on Truth, on morality, is already diabolical. Nothing neutral exists. There is a battle between Heaven and Hell. And we are Holy Russia, as His Holiness the Patriarch says in his message, in beautiful words, in the prayer we say. We are Holy Russia. But are we such saints? Look at yourselves, at us. If we are not for Holy Russia and do not head towards holiness, we will not prevail in it.