Kurginyan: West is betraying progress and humanism, while Russia defends them

18.04.2018, Moscow.

The fact that the West is destroying nation states across the globe means that it has abandoned the project of Modernity along with progress and humanism, the leader of the Essence of Time movement, Sergey Kurginyan, said on April 16 on the Evening with Vladimir Solovyov TV program at the Russian Channel One.

 “If the goal is progress, then at certain phases, countries engaged in accelerated development adopt mechanisms of authoritarian modernization,” this is how Kurginyan answered the question of whether authoritarian principles of government may be used. If the West wants progress, then it must say that its goal is Modernity, with the nation state as its actor, the political scientist believes. However, the West is destroying nation states everywhere. “To them, the term ‘authoritarianism’ is a way to start a war against nation states that want to develop. To destroy development!” Kurginyan said.

According to the political scientist, this means that “they have betrayed Modernity, betrayed progress, betrayed humanism in this sense because they have started talking about the end of history.” Kurginyan stressed that Russia today “defends Modernity, defends progress, defends humanism, defends history as a super-value,” and “this is its traditional existence.”

In 2005, the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said at the Cairo University that the United States of America would no longer ensure stability in the Middle East and that it would open the way to “the hard work of democracy”. The invasion of Iraq by the US and its allies, as well as the orchestrating of coup d’etats in a number of authoritarian countries in the Middle East and North Africa, have resulted in the collapse of the region’s nation states and a wave of terrorism on their territories.

In 1989, Francis Fukuyama published his article “The End of History?” in the US journal The National Interest. In his article and later in his book The End of History and the Last Man Fukuyama introduces two main signs of the end of history. One is the ultimate victory of liberalism (making liberalism universal). The other is the universal culture of consumerism. On March 30, speaking at the Atlantic Council in Washington, Fukuyama said that the main impulse in the struggle for democracy in Ukraine took place during the Orange Revolution, which was part of the global process of struggle for democracy against authoritarianism and populism. In particular, he stressed that Russia obstructs Ukraine’s democratic path.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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