Kurginyan explains why authoritarianism has become a hostile ideology for the West

25.04.2023, Moscow.

The West is halting the development of the periphery, therefore, all authoritarian leaders of the third world countries who modernize their states have become enemies of the West, said philosopher, political scientist, the leader of the Essence of Time movement Sergey Kurginyan on April 6 in the Conversation with a Sage program on the Zvezda radio.

Discussing the issue of why the West declared “authoritarian regimes” to be its enemy, Kurginyan recalled that countries belonging to the world’s periphery can catch up in their development only with a strong, authoritarian leader. Previously, these authoritarian leaders, in particular, ex-Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and many others were staunch allies of the West.

However, when the West has realized that the development of the third world countries threatens the leading position of the US, they made a radical turn in their policy. Since then, the authoritarian regimes, modernizing their countries, became enemies, and the main allies were the forces that lead the country into regression, into the archaic. In particular, it is Islamism.

“This too must be recognized. Islamism has become an ally, ISIS (an organization banned in Russia) has become an ally, Al-Qaeda (an organization banned in Russia) has become an ally, the future caliphate will become an ally,” said the expert.

Thus, Turkey under Erdogan abandons the policy of Kemalism, which means that Turkey will no longer develop according to Western patterns. And such a rejection has been done not without the participation of the British intelligence service MI6 and its head Richard Moore.

“What is happening in Turkey now? There was Kemal Atatürk, the great Turkish leader, who said: ‘Turkey will be modernized, I will undertake the authoritarian modernization of Turkey.’ What is Erdogan saying now? The fact that he is abolishing Kemalism seemed impossible,” said Kurginyan.

“Kemalism was necessary for the development of Turkey according to the Western standards of Modernity, a modernizing authoritarian state or semi-authoritarian Turkey was needed, in order to, supposedly, join Europe,” explained the political scientist.

In Syria, the Assad family was much closer to the French elite than to Russia. However, Bashar al-Assad has became an enemy of the West because he was modernizing his country.

The Shah of Iran was also a pro-Western ally. However, he was overthrown in order to establish an Islamic republic, where its religious leadership was not expected to bring development into the country. However, Iran with the religious authority has started its development. As a result, Iran became an enemy.

“Everything that modernizes, gathering resources, creating a bourgeois dictatorship, putting forward strong leaders – becomes an enemy, because the very development of the periphery has become an act of hostility. The periphery is not allowed to develop. The Club of Rome explained this by saying that technologies must be environmentally friendly, otherwise everything will perish. Does anyone explains it somewhat differently? And, the ban on development has become the formula for the West, which has made a 90,180 degrees turn, it has become completely different, it has changed beyond recognition,” explained Kurginyan.

In Russia, such a change was not recognized. And the fact that the West does not need the development of Russia was not realized either.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency