Kurginyan tells why a national strategy must be preeminent

02.06.2023, Moscow.

A national strategy should embrace everything: foreign policy, domestic policy, and everything else, the leader of the Essence of Time movement, philosopher and political scientist Sergey Kurginyan said on May 26 on the program Conversation with a Sage on the Zvezda radio station.

There is no domestic policy, no foreign policy, no policies of individual agencies or anyone else. There is a national strategy, an integral one. The leader is the actor of this national strategy. Putin. Right? First we must have a strategy, and then we can have a foreign policy, a domestic policy, a defense policy, and industrial policy, and everything else! Strategy is the first thing, because it embraces everything, Kurginyan said.

Using the pension reform as an example, the political scientist demonstrated what happens when we lack a national strategy.

What is being optimized? The spending of money. We get a gain in our budget. Perfect! Nobody argues with that. Did anyone say that our budget should be a hole? The Ministry of Finance sees everything as splendid, the political scientist said.

However, this kind of optimization has a cost, Kurginyan noted, because families lose their grandmothers who traditionally care for their grandchildren.

We lose these grandmothers, the population has no money to hire nannies, there are no nannies, and people do not trust nannies. Therefore, we are losing our demography. But this is a different authority’s responsibility, right? This means we put it from one hand into the other, the philosopher said.

Kurginyan noted that grandmothers are removed, and the state tells them that they have to work, and thus there is no need to bring up grandchildren.

Our demography worsens. And then they say, ‘Our demography is declining.’ A maternity fund is not something that can balance this. Grandmothers are something more than a maternity fund, because they are the ones mothers can trust, Kurginyan stressed.

According to the political scientist, grandmothers are the ones who prolong traditions; the work they do is of critical importance for the nation, and it is very expensive in monetary terms. Thus, when we deny grandmothers their work, the state “earns” money X, but it loses money Y, Kurginyan noted.

But these amounts of money are in different pockets: the demographic money is in one pocket, and the Ministry of Finance’s money is a another pocket. So every agency pulls the blanket. This reminds the tale about swan, the crawfish, and pike, doesn’t it? This is why a national strategy is the key thing, the political scientist concluded.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency