Kurginyan tells about late Soviet elite’s attitude to Marx

28.03.2023, Moscow.

The top elite of the late Soviet Union was full of desperate belief that the country would be part of the West with equal rights, said political scientist, philosopher and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan in an interview to Vyacheslav Manucharov published on March 13 on the YouTube channel of the Manuchi’s Empathy program.

That was a fanaticism, a fanatic belief that we would be the West. A fanatic, desperate belief,” Kurginyan said.

The theater director remembered how back in the Soviet period he had a talk with a high-ranking Komsomol official. Kurginyan mentioned Marxism and pointed out that scientific Marxism remained incomplete; for example, it was lacking the concept of “alienation from human essence” as a key component of Marxism. The Komsomol elite official, according to Kurginyan, interrupted him abruptly.

Man, you are good at making theater production. (…) But I am begging you, (here he used a stronger expression) please do not pull that Marx stuff on us. We, the Soviet establishment, cannot stand that. Now you may think that you flatter me by talking about Marx. But if you say this in higher offices you are dead, and you will not even know for what, Kurginyan remembered.

When the theater director argued that he personally knew people who still believed in communism his opponent answered, “I know some, too, they are very old and very narrow-minded people, but they are not in the Political Bureau anymore. No one in the Political Bureau believes in communism.”

Kurginyan has repeatedly stressed that exactly the rejection of communism and its development and the passionate desire to merge with the West led to the collapse of the Soviet Union, to the rejection of empire ambitions, to the wars and disasters of 1990s, and, finally, to the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

On March 14, 2023, President of Russia Vladimir Putin said at a meeting on the development of the Far East cities, “All the problems began after the collapse of the Soviet Union.” Putin reminded that after the death of the Soviet Union the West began putting pressure on Russia despite the fact that any ideological confrontation between them was gone.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency