Praise for the West: ‘Russia will be set 30 years back’

Of course there is a lot of cynicism and bitterness about the supposed inferiority of the Russian social system: “In Russia, the feeling of exclusivity comes only from belonging to the West, sharing its values ​​and serving its ideals. “The West is always right . He is stronger, better, richer, more interesting, more promising.. He has sweets and underwear.” She shivered with anger, noticing that the intelligentsia of both the West and Russia were always on the side of Ukraine.

“Intellectuals accuse Russia”

Osipova notes that Ukrainian artists were welcomed at the recent Cannes Film Festival and claims that Western publishers only print Russian authors who oppose Putin. Educated Russians are almost obedient to the West: “Many intellectuals sincerely accuse Russia, wish it would be defeated and hate their fellow countrymen, see the country as a dictatorship and wish us to be executed at Nuremberg.” The “liberal consciousness” is “motivated” by the idea of ​​standing up for truth and fighting evil. Russia lost the “information war” long ago, as well as the rule of interpretation.

Marxist philosopher Georg Lukács should help

Osipova sends only Marxist mastermind Georg Lukács (1885 – 1971) into the field to oppose the West, which she believes is victorious in all spheres of society. In his 1948 article “On the Responsibility of the Intellectual,” Lukacs claimed that the intellectuals did not see through the “substantive foundations of their social existence”: it was never examined: democracy for whom and under exclusion of whom? It is never asked what the true social content of a concrete democracy is, and this unquestioning is one of the mainstays of the neo-fascism that is now being prepared.”

The much-cited Lukacs was also disturbed by the “alleged strife of the people’s yearning for peace”, which, on the one hand, turned into “negativity” and on the other hand pardoned war criminals and thus prepared new wars.

A true homage to the West

But with Marxist slogans, it is unlikely that Russia will have the upper hand again. Quite the opposite: Andrei Kortunov, a Kremlin skeptic, director general of the Russian International Affairs Council, a kind of interest group for Russian diplomats, now feels compelled to make a real eulogy about the West in general and the United States in particular. Sanctions were imposed on Russia “with surprising speed”: “The collective West has been able to learn the right lessons from the difficulties it has faced recently, to mobilize quickly, to leave behind the differences and disagreements of past decades, and to act as a united front against common adversaries and competitors.”

Joe Biden in no way deserves “insulting and insulting” comments, but rather has “unified” the West once again, as he promised during the election campaign. The attack on Ukraine was “a long-awaited and literally priceless gift to Washington” because the United States was no longer the world’s “primary villain”: “There is no doubt that the White House will try its best to make this gift from heaven.”

Moscow’s position will become more difficult.

The West will place sensors beyond its former sphere of influence: “We will see a stubborn struggle for the ‘souls’ of countries such as India, Indonesia, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil and Mexico. It flirts with Turkey, leads to bridges to Venezuela, attempts to negotiate with Iran, etc. There will inevitably be a contradiction between purity professed ideological and political expediency, which, as has happened more than once in the past, is often determined in favor of the latter. ”

According to Kortunov, none of this bodes well for Moscow, quite the contrary. He sees not a “transformation” but rather a big step back: “In this ‘renewed unipolar’ picture, Russia is returning to the starting position it took thirty years ago, immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But its position has become more difficult, because Moscow is in the foreseeable future. You will not receive the “reward of confidence” from the West that it received in the last decade of the last century. Accordingly, the pressure on Moscow and the possible political and economic rewards will increase because the “good behavior” of the Russian side will become more modest and more backward.

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