by Tim Heydon.
One of the great ironies of modern times is the way in which the ‘West’ is committing suicide thanks to Cultural Marxism whilst the Russian Federation, the de facto core of the Marxist Soviet Union, has become robustly nationalist. As Western Civilisation disintegrates under the waves of alien immigration and the multiculturalism forced on it by its controlling and self-perpetuating political classes, the Russians are asserting their ethnic and national identity.
Vladimir Putin is not every one’s cup of tea. Nevertheless, he has his good points. One of them is straight talking and an absence of Western-style mealy mouthedness regarding ethnic minorities. This is what he had to say in an address to the Russian Parliament on February 4th, 2013 on the subject of ethnic tensions in Russia :
“In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law. Russia does not need minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We had better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation. Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians.”
According to MyFace, YourTube etc, politicians in the Parliament gave Putin a standing ovation for five minutes.
Nor is Putin alone in standing up for his own people. The contrast between the creepy, self-abasing attitude of churches in the UK with that of the Russian Orthodox church, is striking. Most British churches seem to take the anti-human attitude that one should have no particular affection for one’s own people. They seem to think that treating the stranger within one’s gates should involve inviting in so many others of his tribe that it is oneself who becomes the stranger. Here though is what the Russian Orthodox Church says on the matter. (Millennium Declaration of the Bases of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church):
‘II. 2. The universal nature of the Church, however, does not mean that Christians should have no right to national identity and national self-expressions. On the contrary, the Church unites in herself the universal with the national….. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself, the Divine Founder of the Church, had no shelter on earth (Mt. 8:20) and pointed that the teaching He brought was not local or national in nature…. Nevertheless, He identified Himself with the people to whom He belonged by birth.’
‘II. 3. Christian patriotism may be expressed at the same time with regard to a nation as an ethnic community and as a community of its citizens. The Orthodox Christian is called to love his fatherland, which has a territorial dimension, and his brothers by blood who live everywhere in the world. This love is one of the ways of fulfilling God’s commandment of love to one’s neighbour which includes love to one’s family, fellow-tribesmen and fellow-citizens. …The Christian is called to preserve and develop national culture and people’s self-awareness.’
What are the reasons for the strange reversal in attitudes between the West and the East of Europe? Very probably one of them is that, having had false and largely unwanted ‘equality’ shoved down their throats for generations by their own Marxist political class, the Soviet Communist Party, the Russians know what a nightmare of inhuman oppression it actually is.
Not for nothing did Pravda, erstwhile mouthpiece of that Party state on the Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009 that, ‘Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the EU is now a reincarnation of the Soviet Union’. Pravda should know if anyone does.
It is interesting to reflect that Putin, all the Parliamentarians who applauded his speech and the Russian Orthodox Church would all be castigated and reviled in the West as ‘Racists’ etc etc and quite likely indicted under some law or other if they were Western rather than Russian.
The Russians have learnt from the West. It’s time the West learnt from the Russians.