The year 2019 witnessed a historical stage that can be defined as the rehabilitation of ideology. The need for an open discussion of Russian ideology was clearly expressed in the presidential address to the Federal Assembly in January 2020. The taboo on discussing state ideology has been lifted, which means that the elites are ready to express themselves directly in a forthright conversation with the people.
Five Theses on the Bills on ‘Family and Domestic Violence’ Prevention in Russia
Our whole country seems to be discussing bills on ‘family and domestic violence’ prevention. As of now, there are two projects, created by the State Duma deputies and Federation Council members, circulating on the internet. I am sure they will come out with more. Both projects reveal the same conceptual character, and both aim to make the family and family relations subject to legal regulation at the legislative level, that is, to allow third parties to interfere in the relationship of husband and wife. These bills have come to be called ‘family dissolution law’ or ‘Pavlik Morozov law’.
Orthodox glamour and the dictatorial practices of the new bohemia
"Glamour is one of the key concepts of contemporary culture, yet it remains largely unexplored. Glamour falls into the category of taboo subjects. In the 1990s the needs of bosses (managers) came to set the society's agenda. Magazines, books and films were churned out to provide entertainment for this privileged class. This conspicuous trend was even more pronounced in Russia than in the West. Glamour became the discourse of the minority which the latter imposed on the majority..."
The confrontation (supposedly spontaneous) between anticlericals and religious persons is just one of the points of protest activity application in the Russian ‘non-systemic' politics. The opposition insists that there is a conflict between the authorities and the civil society it claims to be by putting forward demands on behalf of all citizens, whom it does not represent in fact. This is a false mediation...
Euroexit and Russian Avant-Garde Traditionalism
For a long time, it had looked as if the European values had ended in the 1990s. ‘The End of history’ did not take place and it was allowed to further run its course. Everyone could guess the direction of this trend: rights, freedoms, technologies, information, multiculturalism... unless we are forgetting something from the liberal list...
The threat of secular reformation is hanging over Orthodoxy. We have written about this more than once, but just a few years ago we could not have supposed that through the efforts of the Constantinople Patriarchate this threat would take on a completely new form, the form of Greco-Protestantism, about which we will speak more particularly below. The Russian Orthodox Church is at the moment not being accused of servility and phytelitsm, since against the background of the Ukrainian government’s interference in church life such accusations simply pale. Nevertheless, the general traits of many statements now coming from ideologists of religious reformation are the same as before proposals to reorganize the entire church structure...
On the Concept of the Social Tradition
The article deals with a systemwide crisis that the liberal capitalist model of society is currently going through, and examines the archaization and ideological deconstruction of this pattern. The author considers the present to be a transition period. The author describes the synthesis of traditionalism and the ideas of the social justice the Social Tradition as the most likely alternative to neoliberalism in the near future. The continuity of such a model of society is based on the agreement between generations. From the author's point of view, abandoning the neo-colonial ideology of superiority and returning to the Christian tradition values are necessary for the shift in the development paradigm.
The New Russian Conservatism
"A state can only achieve the true sovereignty and world leadership, when its internal and external political agenda is consistent with its traditional national values. This is the main thesis of the article titled The New Russian Conservatism. These are the times of great changes: economic, social, religious, cultural and ideological. We live in the anticipation of the world reconstruction. What is the current state of the modern society? The 'end of history' promised by American political scientists did not occur. They made a mistake..."
Political Particularities of the Liberal Orthodox Subculture
Advisor to the Chairman of the Russian State Duma, doctor of political science Alexander Shchipkov talks about the liberal Orthodox subculture and the political phenomenon of a "church within a Church", and explains how the idea of the secular reformation in Russia is bound up with postmodernist practices. In his opinion, structured liberal Orthodoxy has a direct relationship to the Constantinople Patriarchate’s aggressive schismatic actions.
Aleksandr Shchipkov. Oleg Okhapkin’s poetry as the fusion of archaism and avant guard
Oleg Okhapkin’s biographers never fail to mention his religious family and the influence that his grandmother’s friend Evdokia Ivanovna Gorshkova, who was a Joanite and was somehow reminiscent of Pushkin’s nanny Arina Rodionovna, had on the future poet. Nor do they overlook his singing in the choir of the Alexander Nevsky Lavra and watching the monastic activities...
"Patriarch Bartholomew will be remembered as a teacher of schism"
The First Deputy Chairman of the Synodal Department of the Moscow Patriarchate for relations with Society and the Media, and member of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Professor of the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University – Aleksandr Shchipkov, in an exclusive interview with RIA Novosti, commented on the latest actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, and in light of them – the theme of Ukrainian Autocephaly. Interviewed by Sergey Stafanov.
2017: The Year of Ideology
Pre-New Year analysis is a popular mass media theme that is equally welcomed by the public. It is customary to review the expiring year and to make an assessment of its victories and failures, expectations, fate’s ironies and happy endings. Frankly speaking, I am not over fond of the genre. I am always the one for discussing the future as opposed to reliving the past, for the simple reason that wherever the coming year is concerned, we still retain our freedom of choice and act. This is precisely the reason I am going to ignore Donald Trump triumphing over the financial oligarchs, the mysterious Brexit, the troublesome Turkish Stream and will forego starting my analysis with the historical meeting at the Havana airport and ending it with the demise of the meeting’s no less historical host.
Mankind Is at a Historical Crossroads Once Again
On March 17, we mark the 25th anniversary of the all-union referendum on preservation of the USSR as a renewed federation of equal sovereign republics. What are the lessons to be learned from our recent past? Five years ago, the question of the future ideology could be attributed to the field of pure futurology. Today, it is filled with specifics and impossible to ignore. A society that does not answer this question runs the risk of being marginalized in history...
I would like to talk about the Russian "Bronze Age" without euphemisms, political correctness and other political tricks beclouding Russian people's vision of their own cultural history. Let's start with memories. Let's recall the situation of the late 1980s - early 1990s. Philological conferences, literary magazines and festivals explicitly favor the topic of the Silver Age slightly "diluted" by Brodsky. Forgotten and under-appreciated in Soviet times, this era needs to be urgently remembered and appreciated...
Tradition and modernization: is it possible to intercross the object fields of these concepts?
Nowadays, a clear definition of criteria and markers of such a concept like "tradition" is required from a conservative thought. This, in turn, requires the parameterization of the social and cultural balance the balance of stabilization processes (tradition field) and evolution (innovation field). It is one of the most significant theoretical problems in the modern world...
Tradition in politics: theory and axiology
Against the background of social crisis, tradition is associated not only with antiquated forms described in school textbooks but also with a dynamic link between the past and the future. It is a part of a self-protection mechanism of Western society such as the Christian and post-Christian civilization. As a result, tradition is increasingly becoming the basis of social innovations...
Đolitical discourse and practical politics
"The triumph of information means the death of politics," Politicians and journalists turned this statement by Pierre Bourdieu into a catch phrase. However, the following fact is often overlooked: this statement was made by a left philosopher and is not just an aphorism. It characterizes the whole recent epoch. The epistemological conflict designated by Bourdieu is, in fact, an old problem of correlation between "words" and "things" set up by Michel Foucault, This problem reaches logical conclusion when dealing with the situation of complete separation rather than types and degree of conformity...
Conservative Socialism: ideological features in modern Russia
The political situation in Russia has accelerated the formation of a new, timely and reasonable ideology social conservatism. Politicians and political writers have not yet built a sustainable attitude to it. The new trend is likely to reveal the long-standing separation between Social Democrats and Populists within the left-wing environment. Generally speaking, this separation remained unchanged throughout the twentieth century, although it was buried under the concrete slab of the Soviet ideology...
Russian Identity and Russian Heritage at the Turn of the Globalization Era
The issues of identity and heritage are becoming increasingly pressing as the globalization reveals its limits. Moreover, local and regional processes are becoming increasingly important. Let me remind about an event that happened a few years ago in Germany and provoked a lot of emotional and contradictory responses. I mean the famous statement by Angela Merkel about the end of the multiculturalism era, made in 2010 at a meeting of the youth organization of the Christian Democratic Party in Potsdam, Germany...
Typology of Conservative Thought in Modern Russia
The conservative movement is the most problematic in Russian politics. Unlike liberals and leftists, Russian Conservative constantly faces the problem of self-identification: which values should be upheld, saved and "conserved"? After all, the national tradition, any way you look at it, comes off as a negation of the values of the previous historical period. How can we talk about preservation then? First of all, it is necessary to make sense of a paradoxical situation, when the break of the tradition has become a tradition itself and is repeated from period to period...
The Phenomenon of Social Orthodoxy
In our modern attitude toward church history in Russia, ideological clichés are being willingly distributed. Sometimes, someone still meets with the absurd claim that the Church in Russia is the servant of the state, the herald of its secular ideology and, ultimately, that it maintains the alien cult. As soon as it comes to restitution, someone be sure to tell: the estates belonging to churches are returned in exchange for loyalty. Once the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) offers to teach children the standards of Orthodox culture, someone certainly says, "Pardon me! Don't you know? ROC is a new regional 'governing party committee' in Russia"...
Maxim Kantor's Novel Red Light as a Destroyer of Political Myths
The circle of independent intellectuals is small. Maxim Kantor has long belonged to this circle, but this fact has only been known to a wide audience since 2006, when he novel Drawing Textbook was published. This novel was about the long-overdue deconstruction of myths of the intelligentsia, and was destined to cause a scandal. In Russia, in contrast to say, the USA, such statements are tantamount to sedition. Furthermore, Kantor, whose first and primary profession is that of an artist, saw the mores of the art scene from the inside, and he had something to say about lackeys of the intelligentsia and artists who have been bought by the new regime.
Dzhokhar and Aleksandr. Clash of Civilizations
I happened to serve in the Turkestan Military District. It was as far back as 1978-80, in Soviet times. I commenced in Ashgabat, in the elite NCO school of chemical defense corps. When it was discovered that I was an Orthodox Christian, I was transferred to an artillery regiment, and then to a construction battalion building the Tyuyamuyun hydroelectric powerplant in the Kyzylkum desert. It was the very border between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It was an experimental battalion consisting of three troops. One troop included the Turkmen, the second included the Georgians, and the third one, the Ossetians. Water was in short supply. Marijuana was rife. For the night, our barracks were locked from outside in order to prevent drugged-out soldiers from killing each other...
Orthodoxy in Karelia
The national autonomous republic of Karelia, with its capital in Petrozavodsk, is situated north of St Petersburg, around the huge navigable lakes of Ladoga and Onega. As well as Russians, who today comprise the majority of the population, Karelians, Finnish Ingermans and Veps, related peoples of the Finno-Ugrian group, live in Karelia. Karelia is a border territory which in the course of history has gone now to the Swedes, now to the Finns, now to the Russians. This history has shaped the religious situation in Karelia today...