22 juli 2016

Why is Russia dismissing every criticism, like the WADA-report on doping, as Russophobia? The problem with Russia, writes Russian cultural critic Andrei Arkhangelsky, is that the authoritarian ethics system of the Soviet Union was not replaced by a humanistic set of values. In stead we witness a dangerous nihilism, when war becomes an attractive cleansing principle. 

by Andrei Arkhangelsky

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When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, so did its authoritarian ethics system of self-sacrifice and collective responsibility. At the time, everyone expected that capitalism would bring with it a new, humanist system, focused on the individual, their life, freedom, and liberties. But the unrestrained consumption of the 2000s affected neither the ethics nor the mass consciousness of post-Soviet Russians. The paradox of the 1990s is that in place of the Soviet authoritarian ethics, nothing appeared at all. There’s a huge hole at the center of Russian society where ethics should be.


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