by Greg Krehbiel on 9 February 2017
There’s this guy named Alexander Dugin who is alleged to have an out-sized influence on Russia, and on Putin. If you can believe this article, he’s trying to create a Eurasian Union based on chaos and Satan worship, and his goal is the destruction of the west and the end of the world.
It sounds more like a comic book than real life, and it’s hard to know how much of this Alexander Dugin fear mongering to credit and how much to write off as crazy talk.
How should I know? But it got me thinking about the bureaucracy of intel. Specifically, for every up and coming lunatic out there (beyond a certain threshold of influence, of course), somebody has to be an expert on him — to dig into his mind, understand his influence, and worry about what Bad Things might come of it.
That person will tend to regard the lunatic as a Very Serious Threat, and will tend to harp about how we have to worry about him. (Nobody wants to spend their life studying an irrelevant lunatic, so the analyst will err on the side of taking him too seriously.)
Right down the hall from the Dugin expert you have the expert on the Trilateral Commission and the expert on The Family.
This is straight out of my imagination, but I’m seeing a whole wing of analysts who are experts in various fringe groups and ideologies, and are very agitated about them. Sitting above these concerned authorities on lunacy are a series of people who have to weigh whether any of this is serious or not, and pass on recommendations to people who actually do stuff.
Then … something happens. Lunatic group 714C pulls off some crazy stunt, and — to the chagrin of the chattering classes — we find out that “the American government was warned about 714C years ago.”
2017-02-09 » Greg Krehbiel