EGI Notes

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Russia and Europe: The Putinista View

An important subject with no easy answers.

A certain blog has, in recent weeks, featured essays by a writer attacking the notion that Russians are "White."  We are told that the Russian Identity is non-Western and anti-Western, non-European and anti-European, and that any Russians who are sincerely pro-White and consider themselves "White" (i.e., European) have to explicitly reject a specifically Russian identity.



"Russia must be viewed as a unique and original civilization that cannot be reduced to 'East' or 'West,'" reads the document, signed by Deputy Culture Minister Vladimir Aristarkhov. "A concise way of formulating this stand would be, 'Russia is not Europe,' and that is confirmed by the entire history of the country and the people."
Russia's non-European path should be marked by "the rejection of such principles as multiculturalism and tolerance," according to the draft. "No references to 'creative freedom' and 'national originality' can justify behavior considered unacceptable from the point of view of Russia's traditional value system." That, the document stresses, is not an infringement on basic freedoms but merely the withdrawal of government support from "projects imposing alien values on society."

A rejection of multiculturalism and tolerance (not characteristics of the true West, but of its modern , deracinated degenerate form) would be good things, if they were actualized in policy. Unfortunately, Putin is a dedicated multiculturalist aiming at a mixed, Eurasian Russia.  Further, if Putin's Russia was to truly follow the independent Third Rome path of a unique Russian High Culture, then there wouldn't be this agenda to worship at the altar of Asia, and promote a "Eurasian Union."

Well then, the Putinistas would argue that the "Eurasian Union" is just pragmatic politics.  Fine.  Let's be pragmatic.   Let's start by accepting the theoretical premise that Russia is neither East nor West, but its own "unique and original civilization."  The problem is - pragmatically - Russia could actualize that "unique civilization" only if the nation had booming demographics, racial homogeneity and a commitment to maintain that homogeneity, as well as a robust civic culture that could maintain and promote Russian interests as an original, independent civilizational entity.

None of those attributes hold.  I'll agree that Russian Identity is not Western (despite the fact that ethnic Russians are racially European), certainly not in the sense of those Western European nations Yockey identified as the West: Germany, England, France, Italy, Spain, etc.  And, not even Western in the sense of those westernizing (in a modern sense at least) ex-Warsaw Pact nations of Eastern Europe.  We can agree on this.

But, again, pragmatically, Russia doesn't seem to have the stamina and bright demographic/racial future to make it alone.  I do think that eventually Russia needs to choose between West vs. East.  Here, West = the true West, what was, and what could be in the future with a new High Culture.  As a nation that was a pioneer of space exploration, as a people that are racially European, the Russians can be partners in building the Overman High Culture.  Therein, their existence would be secure - and the unique aspects of the Russian civilization can exist alongside that of the traditional Western, as a whole greater than the sum of the parts.

But if Russia chooses East, then Russia is doomed, and the Russians are doomed.  They'll be swallowed up by the Yellow and Brown tides of color.

A choice needs to be made.  West or East.  Survival or Death.

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