Thursday, May 31, 2018

Russians aren’t Becoming a Nation: They’re Degenerating into a Population, Sycheva Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 31 – The current Russian regime talks a lot about promoting the development of a civic Russian nation and takes the existence of an ethnic Russian nation as a given, Lidiya Sycheva says; but in fact, it is systematically destroying the Russia people as a collective identity and transforming its members into a more easily manageable population.

            In a commentary for Moskovsky komsomolets, the journalist-observer argues that this can be easily seen if one looks at people in the rural areas of the country and contrasts them with the increasing number who have moved into major cities (ru/social/2018/05/30/naselenie-vmesto-naroda-tak-ubivayut-rossiyu.html).

                The former display a certain “calm dignity” and look at the world directly, she writes. “Young and old, ill and healthy,” one can see “an honest life of labor. What confident faces! Rural people look at the world in the broadest possible way.”  Those in the cities are different, homogenized, atomized, and without the spiritual world of those in rural areas.

            In contrast to people on rural bus routes, those who ride the Moscow metro “in the main are weighted down by the contents of their mobile telephones. The virtual world dictates their agendas and drives out their own space of spiritual life … Instead of life, they live in a space of news about others, primarily political people.”

            Indeed, Sychev says, “90 percent of the lead news stories in our country concern 20 or 30 people from the ruling class.” Its all about them, and everyone else is to take his or her lead from the way they live rather than from living and breathing people around them as do people in rural areas, a condition that deprives them of independence and makes them easier to rule.

            “The natural feeling of a motherland tells an individual: ‘where you were born is where you must learn to deal.’ But the reality of physical survival drives Russians into a multi-story ghetto. The urban man is economically and politically suitable to the ruling class. Its cheaper to feed him, educate him, and cure him.”

            “Besides that,” she continues, “the overwhelming majority of urban resident do not own anything besides their modest apartments. Where there is no property, there are no rights – or even certain feelings.” Without property, people grow up without the feeling of being master of something and responsible for it.

            As a result, the journalist says, “the people, deprives of the feelings of being masters is converted into a population, into a society of separate and synthetic spiritually and materially individuals who are held together only by television and propaganda.” And media surveys show that they are told far more often about bureaucrats than about the people.

            The resulting population, having displaced the people, “forms and advances out of its milieu a ruling class which is even less attached to its native hearth than its atomized ‘parent.’”  That class, Sychev says, “does not feel any attachment to ‘simple people’ other than disdain.” It truly consists of “’princes who have come out of the dirt.”

            “Such a ruling class can retain power only by one means – the consistent fulfilment of a given ‘program’ that continue to degrade the people into a population. Any other legitimation for it is simply impossible for objective reasons.” 

            According to the journalist, “self-administration, collectivism, cooperation, entrepreneurialism (but not ‘business’), good sense, and a moral view on people and actions are part and parcel of the life of the people.” These values have been “reduced to a minimum in today’s Russia because they are “dangerous for the people on top.”

            “The formalization of spiritual life in the form of state religious customs” leads to all kinds of perversions, including the notion that God will forgive us if we steal and the view of those on top that the people below are “slaves.”  And that in turn is why the powers that be talk so much about “’bindings,’” the chief content of which is shamelessness in all its forms.

            The language of mass culture and of political debates show this. The former has no real voices of the people and the latter is full of “imitation, emptiness and scandal.” Indeed, “our television is poison wrapped up as candy.” Many mistakenly think this is a spontaneous process, but in fact, it is organized by those on top  to serve their interests.

            “Villages have been almost destroyed, national culture has been replaced by state financing, and there is no strategy for the development of the economy.” Instead, those on top do whatever serves their interests regardless of what that means for everyone else.

            “The ability to think independently and to act in the interests of the Russian people aren’t qualities you can impose by force,” Sychev say. “They can arise naturally and organically only on a healthy basis.” But Russia doesn’t have this: Millions of the best people have left,  and the Russian people have suffered as a result.

            According to Sychev, “the main task of the current historical period is the restoration of the vitality of the Russian people in three areas – natural-demographic, socio-political, and spiritual-moral.”  A leader needs to emerge who can speak for the Russian people which still exists. Soon it may be too late entirely.

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