Wow ?????? These Chinese kids seem to have a better historical understanding of geopolitical conflicts than 90% of western “experts” that bombard us with propaganda about the threat of the Russian invasion of #Ukraine to transgender freedom and gay parades. pic.twitter.com/7BPfTtFGp2— Sniper (@Sniper02020) March 18, 2022
I largely agree with these takes.
Obviously, Putin’s ideology is in conflict with neoliberalism, modernism, globalism and the “rules-based international order.” I don’t see how it is in conflict with my own worldview. Liberalism is a universalist ideology. It is what animates these American crusades to impose “freedom” and “democracy” on distant parts of the world. I have never had any interest in militarism or world domination. We have our own continent and our own part of the world and that should be more than enough.
I’ve been saying the same thing for about twenty years now. It has nothing to do with Vladimir Putin and Ukraine.
“On Feb. 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin falsely claimed that a Ukrainian “genocide” of Russian-speakers was happening in the eastern Donbass region of Ukraine. He repeated that lie in his speech announcing the “special military operation” on Feb. 24 as his troops invaded Ukraine.
Putin believes an invasion of Ukraine is a righteous cause and necessary for the dignity of the Russian civilization, which he sees as being genetically and historically superior to other Eastern European identities. The idea of protecting Russian-speakers in Eurasia has been a key part of Putin’s “Russkiy Mir” worldview and 21st-century Russian identity. Under the rubric of Russkiy Mir (Russian World), Putin’s government promotes the idea that Russia is not a mere nation-state but a civilization-state that has an important role to play in world history.
Beginning in 2012, Putin began to refer to a distinct Russian civilizational identity and explained that “the self-definition of the Russian people is that of a multiethnic civilization.” Included within this civilizational framework are ethnic Russians and Russian-speakers in former Soviet republics that extend beyond Russia’s national borders. In 2020, Putin appeared on state television and said that Russia’s unique civilizational identity needed to be protected via genetics and technological sophistication. This ideology positions contemporary Russia as a global bastion of traditional values and national conservatism. Most of all, it argues that the Kremlin has a duty and right to defend the interests and culture of Russian-speakers all over the world. Putin rejects the Westphalian state system for an irredentist vision of an expansionist Russian civilization. …
For the last 20 years, Putin has sought closer ties with Russophone “compatriots” in former Soviet republics and has occasionally used the concept of Russkiy Mir to justify the 2008 invasion of Georgia and the 2014 annexation of Crimea. In the Russkiy Mir worldview, Ukraine plays a special role. It is the cornerstone of Russian civilization and culture. For example, both governments in Kyiv and Moscow claim to be the rightful descendants of Kievan Rus, the first East Slavic Orthodox state, and its ruler Volodymyr the Great. The history wars between Russia and Ukraine heated up in 2016 after the installation of a statue of Volodymyr the Great in Moscow, which angered Kyiv. In his recent speech, Putin explained, “Since time immemorial, the people living in the southwest of what has historically been Russian land have called themselves Russians and Orthodox Christians. This was the case before the 17th century, when a portion of this territory rejoined the Russian state, and after.” For the Kremlin, without a Russophone Ukraine, there is no Russian World. …
Under Lenin, the Soviet regime emphasized national self-determination. Putin’s desire to cement his place in Russian history is a backlash to the Leninist historiography of the Soviet period, which promoted ethnic particularism. Putin’s fondness for Russian history is not a mere hobby but an important part of the way he sees himself and the role that Russian civilization will play in the 21st century. Putin wants to right the wrongs of the Soviet experiment, which he believes ripped away the ideological core of the Russian civilization—Ukraine. As Putin said in his July 2021 article, “The Bolsheviks treated the Russian people as inexhaustible material for their social experiments. … It is no longer important what exactly the idea of the Bolshevik leaders who were chopping the country into pieces was. One fact is crystal clear: Russia was robbed, indeed.” …
Simply put, Putin and his circle genuinely do not believe Ukraine is a real country. To them, Ukraine has become too linguistically, culturally, and spiritually separated from Russian civilization. In the paranoid and Manichaean worldview of the Kremlin, the renegade region known in the West as “Ukraine” needs to be reconnected with its motherland, Russia. Russian history and civilization demand it.“
Putin loves history.
That’s why I relate more to Putin > Zelensky.
When I look at Putin’s Russia, I don’t see Aryan women in wheat fields. I don’t see the savior of the White race and Christianity. I see Russia as it has pretty much always existed except during the Soviet era. I am content to leave it alone and mind my own business and not meddle with it and antagonize it. The fact that Russia is recovering from a period of weakness and is bent on dominating and securing its near abroad isn’t a threat to me. The fact that Russia is struggling IN UKRAINE shows it isn’t a threat at all.
“Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, recently described the war in Ukraine as nothing less than an apocalyptic struggle between good and evil. Its outcome, he said, will determine “where humanity will end up, on which side of God the Savior.”
Some Ukrainians—those whom President Vladimir Putin claims Russia is liberating with its invasion—have rejected “the so-called values that are offered today by those who claim world power,” the patriarch explained. Those values are exemplified by gay pride parades, he said, which serve as admissions tests “to enter the club of those countries,” by implication the European Union and more broadly the West. …
In a speech last fall, Mr. Putin deplored what he identified as prevalent cultural trends in Western Europe and the U.S., including transgenderism and “cancel culture.” “We have a different viewpoint,” Mr. Putin said. “We believe that we must rely on our own spiritual values, our historical tradition and the culture of our multiethnic nation.”
The Kremlin and the patriarchate have framed Ukraine’s western ties and aspirations for membership in the EU and NATO not only as a geopolitical concern but as a threat to the spiritual integrity of Russkiy mir, according to Regina Elsner, a theologian and researcher at Berlin’s Center for East European and International Studies. A video posted last month on the website of the World Russian People’s Council, a Moscow think tank headed by Patriarch Kirill, makes the connection explicit: “If the actions of our president to recognize [separatist regions in the Donbas] relate to the political, military sovereignty of Russia—that is, we are trying to stop the advancement of NATO, missiles on our borders—then the moral problems associated with the protection of traditional values are aligned, and they are no less important than political and military aspects.”
I have absolutely no desire to force Western liberalism on the “Russkiy mir.” It doesn’t make me a “Russian asset” or a “Putin stooge.” It just means that I am not a rightwing liberal. I don’t have anything like the same mindset of the neocons who blew up Iraq in order to spread a mushroom cloud of “democracy” in the Middle East. This was actually their strategy and what they thought would happen.
Before all this happened, post-Soviet Ukraine was known for basically two things in the West: corruption and sex trafficking / mail order brides. Kyiv or “Keev” has been a regional launching pad for all sorts of mischief in that part of the world. George Soros had his fingers into Kyiv or “Keev” before even the fall of the Soviet Union and has spent years lobbying us to “save Ukraine.”
What exactly are we saving there? Are we saving “democracy” as it has existed there for the last thirty years? Are we saving the “values” that have been associated with Kyiv in recent years?