Thursday, December 20, 2018

In Putin’s Russia, Even the Fascism is Fake, Eidman Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, December 19 – In Putin’s Russia, Igor Eidman says, “even fascism is fake” but the brutality of the people, the chauvinism, the xenophobic hysteria and war are unfortunately “completely real,” a threat to the country’s own people and to all those who come in contact with it abroad.

            This is obvious to anyone who cares to look, the Russian sociologist who writes commentaries for Deutsche Welle says. “Hatred of Western countries is promoted by those who long ago took their children and money there; homophobia by not terribly well concealed gays, and the cult of the traditional family by those who divorce regularly” (

            Moreover, Eidman continues, Russian nationalism is promoted by “participants of criminal groups of various ethnic groups, and Orthodoxy by Chekists and Komsomol activists.”  None of what is on offer is genuine. Instead, it is invented by those who do not even believe in what they are saying and promoted by others who do not understand what they are doing.

            The Putinists, he says, go into hysterics “about the attack of migrants in Europe but act so that there are more illegal immigrants in Moscow than in any other European capital. They condemn Islamists but themselves crawl on their bellies before Kadyrov; and they tell horrific stories about financial oligarchic regimes (of various Rothschilds and Rockefellers) bu themselves shamelessly serve the Russian oligarchs.”

            According to Eidman, “only one thing in this ideology is genuine: its anti-liberalism behind which is concealed anti-humanism, a deep contempt of the human personality, his worth, rights and freedoms. This is of course fascism all the same, but it is at the same time completely fake.”

            It is real in that it has many of the same consequences of genuine fascism even though its authors believe in none of the causes that fascists do, only in the ends that fascists both real and fake inevitably contribute to.

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