To achieve import substitution, the national elite should recruit people with a will for self-reliant development of the country, said philosopher, political scientist and the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan in an interview to the BelTA Belarusian agency published on March 23.
Kurginyan indicated that over the post-Soviet, people with different qualities rather than those needed for building a self-sufficient state were deliberately promoted.
A “proper” person was one who lived in the West, who had a successful standing there, who shared the Western values, who was absolutely convinced that the global division of labor is the best thing. These people think according to the categories of dependent existence.
They “are not actors in what relates to the will for self-reliant development,” Kurginyan stressed.
However, import phaseout requires “an absolutely different thinking, a different axiology. In certain sense, even a different metaphysics. This self-reliance, which should not be confused with autarchy, requires people who love this, who want this, and who can do this.”
According to the political scientist, the will for self-reliant development is something that President of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko has. “One single nail on Lukashenko’s finger contained more will for this than all our economists had,” Kurginyan said.
Passion for independent development is something the Bolsheviks had, too. Lenin in 1818, in spite of a socialist-revolutionary rebellion and his severe wound, began the construction of electric power plants, and then he began the implementation of the GOELRO electrification plan. “All the time something new, new, new, faster, to the progress!” Kurginyan said.
“The Westernized colonial elite is lacking this will, this is not what it does!” he added.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency