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...
Ðolitical 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...