A few of my Australian friends and colleges have found the sole existence of my recent pro-Russian conversations and publications rather surprising or even irrational. After all, why would a person with a reasonably successful 20 years+ professional career in Australia, happy family and a nice house in Sydney be so often so anti-Western?
Why indeed? Maybe because I am Russian? But this can hardly be the main reason… According to my own experience a vast majority of ex-USSR residents of Australia are either rather apolitical (partially because of their inherit disbelieve in the “freedom of speech” concept and reasonable suspicions that any frank anti-Western comments may damage prospects of finding a better paid job or deteriorate relations with a substantial share of locals) or even aggressively anti-Russian. Sometimes these aggressive anti-Russian views (communicated by ex-Russians themselves) are indeed because of their previous troubles in Russia, but far more often such an attitude is due to infamous cognitive dissonance phenomenon – “I’ve left Russia for Australia, thus Russian life must be awful and Australian / Western life must be beautiful, otherwise I would have made a rather bad choice.”
Thus, being Russian (especially Russian outside Russia) is hardly the main reason to have anti-Western / anti-USA views. There must be some other reasons too and, indeed, there are a few. I do not have any intention to outline all of them here and now, as it may take far too much of our time, so that I will limit my criticism to only one aspect of the problem – an extreme, very inflexible (and, as a result, often destructive) dogmatism of the modern Western rule of the world. Sometimes it seems to me that the current Western ideology eclipses late ideological dogmatism of the USSR in its persisting stubbornness… Currently Western ideology displays a critical lack of evolutional flexibility and does not demonstrate much ability to change / adjust even when it is clearly failing.
The first and probably the most important failing pillar of Western dogmatism is an axiomatic claim that even a forceful introduction of certain types of parliamentary democracy will always provide a better living for any nation in a rather timely fashion. The “need for democracy export” slogan was around for quite a while, but during Cold War era this “perfect drug” was prescribed only selectively and administered in reasonably small doses. For example, introduction of anything remotely similar to democracy for a super-close American ally South Korea (some would even call this country “a USA puppet”) took … decades. Situation has changed dramatically after the collapse of Soviet Union, when Western block decided that now there is hardly any reason to be slow and careful in introduction of “democratic institutions” for other nations. Indeed, West acted arrogantly and carelessly in most of recent “democratic” transformations creating long-lasting anarchy, chaos and bloodshed in a few places, most notably in Iraq and Libya. On the other hand, USA was hypocritical enough to backflip, where it was possible (e.g. in Egypt, by allowing a bloody military coup led by general El-Sisi to overthrow democratically elected, but misbehaving regime of president Morsi), but unfortunately for most of the countries under “democracy export treatment” the already induced damage was irreversible.
The second failing pillar is a rather well advertised Western strife for tolerance (towards gay & lesbians, various religious groups, ethnic minorities, peaceful protests, etc). The origin of this idea is rather understandable – West tries to be attractive to a broader support base by promising to accept and protect “everyone” and to defend unfairly disadvantaged. I admit that the idea of tolerance can be both powerful and useful, if one does not push it far beyond its reasonable applicability limits towards defending clear sickness and perversion. Unfortunately, exactly this is happening more and more often in Western countries. Great example for Australia is a well-advertised “Safe Schools” program (fortunately currently suspended and under-review), which, among other things, was intended to introduce teaching pre-school and primary school kids “various techniques to emulate the opposite gender appearance” for gender-confused individuals. True, in theory this program may be helpful for a tiny minority of genuinely gender-confused students. In reality, however, it most likely would seriously confuse and upset a substantial share of young kids (and I am not even speaking about confusion and sadness of their parents…). To summarise, in a constant attempt of making yet another small group (and sometimes, even a group of genuinely sick people) a bit happier, the “infinite tolerance” paradigm at the same time often humiliates and disrespects the overwhelming majority of others.
Interestingly enough, the same tolerance principle is regularly ignored, when politically necessary, even within Western countries (recent violent police crackdown on French protests against an unpopular labour reform is a great example). Moreover, if we move just a step away from the Western world itself… none of tolerance and fairness is left and an opportunistic political convenience rules the day entirely. Indeed, pro-Morsi protests of 2013 in Egypt were smashed with brutal force, leavings hundreds dead, but without much notice in Western press (“These protests were inconvenient for us, so why should we care?”), whereas president Yanukovych (Ukraine, 2014) was constantly reminded to be tolerant to pro-EU “peaceful protests”, even when these protests left dozens of Ukrainian police dead.
The third area of Western dogmatism, which I am much worried about, is related to economics. Here dogmatism has a few facets, but I will discuss only a couple of them to just give you a fair idea. First of them is a rather well-known “undisputable” principle, which claims that private ownership is always better, than public. This principle justifies constant need for privatisation and outsourcing of government services to private enterprises. Again, in certain areas of economy such an approach can provide substantial benefits and quick wins, but recently the privatisation dogma often gets out of control, being used as a cover-up for high-level corruption (leading to quick wealth-building of a few at the expense of many) and destroying public value in the long term. Good example of an unreasonable privatisation is outsourcing of the USA government space program into private hands. It saves US government from being accountable in this area, yes. It most likely will make (if not already have made) quite a few entrepreneurs / top managers a lot richer soon, yes… But will it, say, bring people to Mars and other planets sooner than under public ownership? I doubt this very much – so far private rockets largely failed to impress me despite all creative advertising of Mr. Elon Musk…
The second failing economy-related dogma of modern Western world is linked to Chicago school of economics and its core theory (which somehow now turned into a dogmatic axiom) which argues, that very loosely controlled monetary supply (aka money printing) is the best and only correct way to handle any crisis or recession. Unfortunately, as it is often the case for many other creative theories, the expanding money supply idea was also gradually pushed beyond its applicability limits… Initially it used to work rather well: mildly increasing money supply put some inflationary pressures on prices, but these pressures only stimulated technological advances to cut costs. Lower costs, in turn, kept prices of commodity goods low due to competition of suppliers. At some stage, however, gradual money supply increases became unreasonably high and technological advances alone could not cope with price rises any longer. Nowadays the only way to compete on price in ever-increasing money supply environment is seen … in outsourcing of all production to countries with cheaper workforce (and looser environmental controls for manufacturing). Bit by bit we have come to the situation when almost everything around is already “Made in China”, whereas Western economy is running on “essential services” + advertising, entertainment and fashion companies like Google, Facebook and Apple… The sad reality, however, is that all these Western “essential services”, sales and marketing tools and fashion goods, like iPhones and iPads, are far less essential to China, than Chinese everyday use goods to the West. And I don’t even want to start discussing the potential scenario, in which one day China will decide cutting these essential supplies to enforce its newly found political ambitions…
This is about it. To put it simple, I strongly dislike arrogance, stubbornness and hypocrisy of Western dogmatism. Not that Russia is completely free from its own illusions and its own stubbornness, but let us all agree – at the moment it is doing far better in this particular area. I am not very keen to see the whole world inside a “glorified democratic prison of tamed/tolerant consumers” (run by outsourced USA-based private warden company with infinite money supply), and I do believe that the current Russian efforts in her stand-off with the West may help us all to avoid this sickening scenario.
This is why I firmly stand with Russia.
By Alexander Buryak – Sydney, Australia
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