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Slavoj Žižek, one of many main thinkers of the West, who has his origins within the “Communist East”, wrote the opposite day in The Guardian:
‘Sure, the liberal west is hypocritical, making use of its excessive requirements very selectively. However hypocrisy means you violate the requirements you proclaim, and on this manner you open your self as much as inherent criticism – after we criticise the liberal west, we use its personal requirements. What Russia is providing is a world with out hypocrisy – as a result of it’s with out international moral requirements, practising simply pragmatic “respect” for variations. We’ve seen clearly what this implies when, after the Taliban took over in Afghanistan, they immediately made a take care of China. China accepts the brand new Afghanistan whereas the Taliban will ignore what China is doing to Uyghurs – that is, in nuce, the brand new globalisation advocated by Russia. And the one technique to defend what’s value saving in our liberal custom is to ruthlessly insist on its universality. The second we apply double requirements, we aren’t any much less “pragmatic” than Russia.’
Russians worry they’re shedding Ukraine for good
One of many nice causes of conflict – the Russians say it out loud – is the worry of shedding Ukraine for good. That’s, Ukraine has entered the section the place will probably be misplaced ceaselessly. And never essentially within the sense of an administrative territorial part, however in a a lot deeper sense.
We’re speaking about Ukraine being minimize off from Russia in an nearly metaphysical sense: of whole alienation, of getting radically completely different values. That, from a standard cultural house, it turns into a international and even enemy house. And it’s the similar with Belarus. Russia fears that it’s shedding its affect and attraction in an area it considers to be intimately part of itself. And that lack of identification is their abyssal worry.
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This worry of a complete lack of Ukraine, out of attain of the “Russian world”, is a horrible Russian dread and anguish. Ukraine is a symptom of their worry of self-destruction. How actual this worry is I can’t inform. However there is a crucial trigger right here. In truth, there may be a couple of.
I’ve had these discussions many occasions with Russian, Belarusian and Ukrainian associates. For greater than 15 years.
Greater than ten years in the past I had espresso in Kiev and Minsk and talked with associates of my technology. The factor that stood out to me was that each one the youth and all of the city hipsterism was linked to Warsaw, Berlin, London, Budapest, the Central European College, the USA.
Moscow and Saint Petersburg, which is simply across the nook from them and is their former previous capital, was of their creativeness one thing additional away than New York. This distancing occurred in simply 20 years. Their dad and mom and grandparents who have been educated within the two capitals of the empire had grandchildren and youngsters who needed nothing to do with the 2 new centres.
The place is your tender energy?
I repeat, this occurred in 30 years at most, throughout the Putin regime, even when it began within the Yeltsin period. The break started radically, with my technology within the perestroika period, after we declared ourselves to be “the final People” – we have been extra American than the People. It is a lengthy story: in my e-book, The Final Dingo Kids, I clarify this phenomenon.
My line is straightforward: rebiata, my expensive ones – you’ve got bought the technique all mistaken. Which means that you Russians, the Russian state, the 2 capitals, the main city centres, don’t have anything to supply them: “love by drive is rape” says the Russian proverb. The place is your tender energy? Vâ je Imperia, sila? as Pelevin says in Technology P – aren’t you the Empire, a smashing drive?