Sergey Kurginyan: It is time for a dialogue between the left and the conservatives

06.11.2017, Russia.

The political scientist, the leader of the Essence of Time social and political movement Sergey Kurginyan in his opening speech at a meeting of the Sofia international club told about the absence of a dialogue between intellectuals and about a need for a left-wing conservative alliance. The meeting was held on November 5 in the premises of the Experimental Creative Centre (ECC) International Public Foundation in Moscow, the Rossa Primavera Information Agency reports.

According to the political scientist, there is no dialogue of either power or intellectual elites on strategy issues. In the world (in the West), in Europe today, a terrible situation is forming when there is nobody to talk with. There are many politicians, security service officials, and diplomats, but intellectuals capable of discussing a national strategy with a true interest are increasingly few.

“Russia in its current state is not interested in governing them, either in Europe or globally. What we are interested in is the implementation of a national interest there; we are interested in the emergence of a group of people for whom the subject of strategy would be genuinely important,” Sergey Kurginyan said.

Our time is characterized by a very small number of people who can discuss strategic matters, the political scientist said. “The reasonable word, the responsible word of intellectuals has been devalued,” he concluded explaining that it was an intellectual discussion that was the purpose of the meeting.

Sergey Kurginyan added that Europe’s future is currently unclear as both the left and the right have chances of coming to power. “Or maybe the future, as we believe, belongs to a paradoxical left-wing conservative alliance which does not exist yet.”

At the same time, the left often becomes “a synonym of Postmodernity” and get involved in strange issues.

As the classical “left wing” and conservatism in their fundamental qualities “are the same to some extent”, in a situation when a new, dark, post-capitalist newness is coming, “it is time for a dialogue between something that has never been capable for a dialogue,” Kurginyan believes.

As an example of this kind of a dialogue with traditional capitalism, a member of which, according to the political scientist, is Vladimir Putin, S. Kurginyan recalled the rally at the Poklonnaya Gora against a Maidan [the Ukrainian kind of a color revolution ― translator’s note] in Russia, which was then successfully rebutted even without a consolidated alliance between the left and the conservatives.

On November 5 in Moscow, a meeting of the Sofia club was held on the subject “Left Alternatives for Europe”. The Sofia club was established by the initiative of the European Parliament members Tatjana Ždanoka and Giulietto Chiesa in 2013. The club gathers politicians from Italy, Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, and Russia.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency


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