Structural analysis of the eschatological scenario, the "antichrist calendar", the morphology of the end of the world In developed theologies - and especially in the context of monotheism - the final battle and the timing of the arrival of the 'Antichrist' take on a special significance, distinct from the general context of time. In a sense, the words of the Russian Old Believer "We have all our faith in the Antichrist" apply to all monotheistic traditions, where the drama of confrontation with the enemy, with the spirit of evil overthrown, is a central issue. The very theme of the 'end times' is highlighted in a separate direction: eschatology, the doctrine of the end.
We cannot fully comprehend what happened on 24 February 2022. Although it has been a long overdue event since Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin came to power in 1999, when the future arrived everyone refused to believe in it out of inertia.
Currently, the authorities and society, beyond the war, are mainly concerned with how to adapt to the new conditions. What is new about these conditions is that we have been excluded from the West and have excluded the West from ourselves. Not that this is something completely new and unprecedented: in our history, we have very often found ourselves in this kind of relationship with the West. It is no big deal, and nothing terrible will happen this time. However, our lives will change significantly.
The country [Ed. note: Russia] is in a very peculiar state today. It is like being poised between a past that has already ended and a future that has not yet begun, or rather has begun but has not yet been realised or accepted. These are fundamental questions: Russia's attitude to global processes and, above all, to the collective West.
The Ontology of the Denoted in Traditionalism
What is the semiotic structure of Traditionalism, i.e. of Tradition - or, if you like, of the 'primordial tradition'? This structure represents, with respect to specific traditions, a kind of meta-language that generalises the paradigmatic properties of specific traditions as specific languages. That is, we are dealing with a generalising set of signs, which we can try to ascribe to the field of the signifier.
The fact is that the only branch of the US government that has not yet discredited itself was until recently the courts. Their authority was unquestionable for all political forces. It is believed that corruption and ideological lobbying in the judiciary failed to take complete control. And now the judges appointed under Trump have made their move. All this requires very serious reflection.
Traditionalism and Semiotics
The purpose of this article is to examine the figure of "the Antichrist" and the semantic field of "the end of times" without reference to any one particular religious tradition.
But the figure of the "Antichrist" (Ο Αντίχριστος) has such a tie - to Christianity. Consequently, we can say that we are considering not only and not so much directly the Christian figure of the Antichrist, but also his analogues. This leads us to the theme of traditionalism.
Russia is very big, a huge continental ship. It is difficult to move it quickly onto a different course because of its bulk, but continuing inertia towards the abyss is also not an option. There is therefore a very complicated problem of the timing of Eurasian reforms (and there is no other in our situation).
Until 1991, the Soviet Union followed a single path, it was going in an unknown direction.
At that point a dilemma presented itself: change course
Let us talk about the rejection of the Bologna Process [Editor's note: This is the reform process of the higher education system at international level, which began in 1999 at the University of Bologna, from which it takes its name. This agreement has enabled an almost unified system of recognition and equivalence of academic qualifications. Many European States adhere to the Process, but for the last three years there has been a gradual abandonment of the convention]. The focal point is a question of principle. The introduction of the Bologna System was part of an overall project: the full integration of Russia into the global world, which means adopting all the norms and rules of the West. This was not just about education, but has been the main strategy of the Russian government since 1991. The adaptation of all standards of living - education, economy, culture, science, politics, technology, fashion, art, education, sports, media - to the norms of the modern West was the main goal of all reforms. This applied to everything and was the main goal of the authorities under both Yeltsin and Putin. The implementation of the Bologna system is an infinitesimal element of this overall strategy.
By engaging in direct confrontation with the West during the SMO, even though the West itself participates through its Ukrainian proxy structure, which cannot be called a 'country', Russia is forced to defend its sovereignty on all levels. In terms of military, economic and formal policy, this is quite obvious, but the West is much more than a political-military-economic structure: it is a civilization with a fundamental program code. Everything else is derived from this code: weapons, economy, politics, culture, education, science, media, etc. Russia is now forced to confront the whole spectrum and, in general, the Western code itself.
The elites have their backs to the wall: the special operation requires patriotic reforms now, immediately, but whether they will be implemented 'from above' or become a necessity due to the imminent collapse of the old system, it is impossible to say. After all, the 'wild 1990s' have not yet disappeared completely.
Few people feel what is happening today more acutely than Alexander Dugin. Few people have been more deeply immersed in the events in Ukraine all these eight years. Some follow him, defending the Russian idea, others consider him almost the incarnation of evil. But no one is indifferent to his ideas.
In the case of network technologies (technology) - Google, twitter, youtube, facebook, instagram, etc. - we see a very important phenomenon: they do oppose Russia not because they depend on the U.S. government. They do not depend on it. They are the tools of the globalists, of a supranational oligarchy that no one elected. And no one gave them the right to set their own rules on a global scale.
End of History thesis
From an ideological point of view, the world is still living in the shadow of the controversy of the 1990s between Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington. Whatever criticism may be levelled at the theses of both authors, their importance has not been diminished in any way, as the dilemma still remains and, moreover, is still the main content of world politics and ideology.