Staunton, April 28 – Vladislav Surkov attracted attention recently with his use of the term “the deep people,” a term that was introduced more than a decade ago by social thinker Vyacheslav Glazychev who though that it included rural Russians and those who had been in cities for only a generation or two, Pavel Pryanikov says.
That recollection, the Yekaterinburg commentator continues, led him to go back to Glazychev’s original formulation and to conclude that while the deep people may no longer number the 80 percent of the population the thinker believed, it still forms a majority of the population (rusmonitor.com/pavel-pryanikov-gorodskojj-kultury-v-rossii-eshhjo-net.html
signs suggesting public places. But this isn’t a city. A city arises when an urban community does. In the Middle Ages, the urban community was able to grow out of craftsmen; in our time, it can grow only out of zones of intellectual labor which draw within itself the services sphere.
“The power elite of settlements is at present the most serious opponent of the rise of the city as a social institution, organized in such way that it delegates ‘upward’ only those functions which cannot be filled at the level of self-administration.
“With certain exceptions of a personal character, the power elite as a whole is itself the clearest manifestation of this settlement consciousness.
“Settlement consciousness does not like itself, but it is completely hostile to all non-settlement phenomena, something that broke through in the 1990s in the publicist works of A. Prokhanov, Yu. Vlasov and collage-sharped little speeches of S. Govorukhin.”