Staunton, November 8 – In an essay posted on the RT portal yesterday, Vladislav Surkov argues that the West is suffering from “a crisis of hypocrisy” in which people are no longer prepared to accept the shibboleths of the past and are demanding a clearing away of the existing political and social system (russian.rt.com/world/article/446944-surkov-krizis-licemeriya
On the one hand, and despite his qualification that such an outcome is only one of the possibilities, Surkov is clearly enamored of the idea that the way out of what he calls “the crisis of hypocrisy” is through a dictatorship of one kind or another rather than through the expansion of political participation.
And on the other – and this is Inozemtsev’s more serious objection – Surkov acts as if this crisis affects only the West. In reality, the Moscow economist says, Russia is in no way an exception – and in fact can’t be, as Surkov has implicitly acknowledged elsewhere by arguing that Russia is part of European civilization.
What the Russian leadership should be doing, Inozemtsev continues, is proposing to work together to understand and then recover from “the spreading epidemic of post-truth, political correctness and inconsistencies” rather than doing exactly the opposite and promoting those things in the belief that they won’t harm Russia too.
Unfortunately, and this is the real tragedy, the Moscow economist concludes, Surkov instead of being informed by his own logic on this issue has devoted enormous effort to doing what should not be done and what will ultimately harm Russia even as it continues to harm the West.