PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN’S “STATE OF THE UNION” ...
Recently I had a private conversation with a friend of mine about what is going on in Russia, and the West's assessment of it. During our conversation, I stressed that one of Russia's principal assets is a kind of "soft power" that the modern post-Christian West has little understanding of. Indeed, I stressed that in a certain sense, the Russian Federation is probably the only genuinely "post-secular" state in the world, having lived through the horrors of Communism and Marxism, which, let us recall, were "post-Christian" western imports imposed on Russia by force (and considerable Western financial backing, a story the Russians know all too well). In a sense, then, Russia understands something about the inevitable outcomes of the type of materialism reigning in the contemporary "post-Christian" secular West that the West itself has not yet reached. In essence, in our conversation I was arguing for the hypothesis that Russia was, from a certain point of view, further down the path of history than the West. Russia lived through its "post-Christian" stage and has emerged on the other side of it, and is engaged in something entirely new, and it is this "something new" that Western analysts, with their secular and "scientific" outlook, are missing entirely.
No sooner had we concluded our conversation (On Dec. 2), than Mr. Putin gave what, in effect, is the Russian equivalent of the State of the Union address before the assembled deputies of the Russian State Duma(and I must kindly thank Ms. D.O., a regular reader here, for bringing this to my attention):
Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly
I want to draw your attention to the opening remarks of Mr. Putin's address:
"Of course, we will talk about this year’s landmark events. You know that a referendum was held in Crimea in March, at which its residents clearly expressed their desire to join Russia. After that, the Crimean parliament – it should be stressed that it was a legitimate parliament that was elected back in 2010 – adopted a resolution on sovereignty. And then we saw the historical reunification of Crimea and Sevastopol with Russia.
"It was an event of special significance for the country and the people, because Crimea is where our people live, and the peninsula is of strategic importance for Russia as the spiritual source of the development of a multifaceted but solid Russian nation and a centralised Russian state. It was in Crimea, in the ancient city of Chersonesus or Korsun, as ancient Russian chroniclers called it, that Grand Prince Vladimir was baptised before bringing Christianity to Rus.
"In addition to ethnic similarity, a common language, common elements of their material culture, a common territory, even though its borders were not marked then, and a nascent common economy and government, Christianity was a powerful spiritual unifying force that helped involve various tribes and tribal unions of the vast Eastern Slavic world in the creation of a Russian nation and Russian state. It was thanks to this spiritual unity that our forefathers for the first time and forevermore saw themselves as a united nation. All of this allows us to say that Crimea, the ancient Korsun or Chersonesus, and Sevastopol have invaluable civilisational and even sacral importance for Russia, like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for the followers of Islam and Judaism.
"And this is how we will always consider it."
In short, Mr. Putin was drawing attention to the central defining role that Eastern Orthodoxy has always had and played in the formation of the Russian national and cultural identity, and we would do well to mark his words, for they are most decidedly not the words of a typical American Dummycrook or Republithug "pimping God" during an election cycle. These are most decidedly not the words of a man in a weak position simply appealing to the only thing he has left: religion. These are not words intended solely for a domestic audience or consumption, but for a global one. As I put it long ago in another of my works, Russia is a mystery and enigma to the West not because it is Russia, but because in spite of all efforts to squelch and destroy it, it is Orthodox.
In this light, consider the following remarks:
"It is true that we condemned the government coup and the forceful takeover of power in Kiev in February of this year. The developments we are currently witnessing in Ukraine and the tragedy unfolding in the country’s southeast prove that we were right to take such a stand.
"How did it all begin? I will have to remind you what happened back then. It is hard to believe that it all started with a technical decision by President Yanukovych to postpone the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. Make no mistake, he did not refuse to sign the document, but only postponed it in order to make some adjustments.
"As you recall, this move was fully in line with the constitutional authority vested upon an absolutely legitimate and internationally recognised head of state.
"Against this background, there was no way we could support this armed coup, the violence and the killings. Just take the bloody events in Odessa, where people were burned alive. How can the subsequent attempts to suppress people in Ukraine’s southeast, who oppose this mayhem, be supported? I reiterate that there was no way we could endorse these developments. What’s more, they were followed by hypocritical statements on the protection of international law and human rights. This is just cynical. I strongly believe that the time will come when the Ukrainian people will deliver a just assessment of these developments.
"How did the dialogue on this issue begin between Russia and its American and European partners? I mentioned our American friends for a reason, since they are always influencing Russia’s relations with its neighbours, either openly or behind the scenes. Sometimes it is even unclear whom to talk to: to the governments of certain countries or directly with their American patrons and sponsors.
"As I mentioned, in the case of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, there was no dialogue at all. We were told that it was none of our business or, to put it simply, we were told where to go."(Emphasis added)
Note that what Mr. Putin is doing here is very significant: he is calling out the political and moral hypocrisy of the West, and in particular, that of the United States of America, and its constant interference in the internal affairs of other nations, an influence that introduces confusion on the geopolitical stage, an influence making it impossible to negotiate in good faith overtly because there is always a covert factor undermining the conditions of trust and mutual respect that must be in place in order for diplomacy to succeed and for conflict to be averted. And his conclusion is that in the long-term the people of the Ukraine will come to understand this themselves, and that there is little, culturally, that they have in common with the USA and its allies.
In the face of all these things, note again Mr. Putin's emphasis on Russian culture and hence, identity and nationhood:
"If for some European countries national pride is a long-forgotten concept and sovereignty is too much of a luxury, true sovereignty for Russia is absolutely necessary for survival.
"Primarily, we should realise this as a nation. I would like to emphasise this: either we remain a sovereign nation, or we dissolve without a trace and lose our identity. Of course, other countries need to understand this, too. All participants in international life should be aware of this. And they should use this understanding to strengthen the role and the importance of international law, which we’ve talked about so much lately, rather than bend its standards to suit someone's strategic interests contrary to its fundamental principles and common sense, considering everyone else to be poorly educated people who can’t read or write.
"It is imperative to respect the legitimate interests of all the participants in international dialogue. Only then, not with guns, missiles or combat aircraft, but precisely with the rule of law will we reliably protect the world against bloody conflict. Only then, will there be no need to scare anyone with imaginary self-deceptive isolation, or sanctions, which are, of course, damaging, but damaging to everyone, including those who initiate them.
"Speaking of the sanctions, they are not just a knee-jerk reaction on behalf of the United States or its allies to our position regarding the events and the coup in Ukraine, or even the so-called Crimean Spring. I’m sure that if these events had never happened – I want to point this out specifically for you as politicians sitting in this auditorium – if none of that had ever happened, they would have come up with some other excuse to try to contain Russia’s growing capabilities, affect our country in some way, or even take advantage of it.
"The policy of containment was not invented yesterday. It has been carried out against our country for many years, always, for decades, if not centuries. In short, whenever someone thinks that Russia has become too strong or independent, these tools are quickly put into use."(Emphasis added)
Now compare this rhetoric with that of Mr. Obama or other American politicians in recent history, who are always reminding us, and the rest of the world, that the USA is "the indispensable nation." There is none of the "Aryan hubris" in Mr. Putin's remarks. He is not arguing for Russia's indispensability, but merely for its cultural identity and uniqueness. Rather, there is a solemn rehearsal of the West's recent activities since the fall of the Soviet system, and Russia's response, and a warning:
"Despite our unprecedented openness back then and our willingness to cooperate in all, even the most sensitive issues, despite the fact that we considered – and all of you are aware of this and remember it – our former adversaries as close friends and even allies, the support for separatism in Russia from across the pond, including information, political and financial support and support provided by the special services – was absolutely obvious and left no doubt that they would gladly let Russia follow the Yugoslav scenario of disintegration and dismemberment. With all the tragic fallout for the people of Russia.
"It didn’t work. We didn’t allow that to happen.
"Just as it did not work for Hitler with his people-hating ideas, who set out to destroy Russia and push us back beyond the Urals. Everyone should remember how it ended."
And later, the warning is strengthened:
"We have said much about this. I will not go into details now. I will only say this. Maybe I am repeating myself. We have no intention to become involved in a costly arms race, but at the same time we will reliably and dependably guarantee our country’s defence in the new conditions. There are absolutely no doubts about this. This will be done. Russia has both the capability and the innovative solutions for this.
"No one will ever attain military superiority over Russia. We have a modern and combat ready army. As they now put it, a polite, but formidable army. We have the strength, will and courage to protect our freedom.
"We will protect the diversity of the world. We will tell the truth to people abroad, so that everyone can see the real and not distorted and false image of Russia. We will actively promote business and humanitarian relations, as well as scientific, education and cultural relations. We will do this even if some governments attempt to create a new iron curtain around Russia.
"We will never enter the path of self-isolation, xenophobia, suspicion and the search for enemies.
"All this is evidence of weakness, while we are strong and confident."(Emphasis added)
Observe the reference to "innovative solutions." In my opinion, notwithstanding the many indicators within his address of significant problems within Russia, Mr. Putin has already given a hint of what some of those 'innovative solutions" to Russia's geopolitical situation are, for he has outlined a propaganda program of cultural offensive: one based on dealing in good faith, while pointing out Western institutional, moral, and geopolitical hypocrisies. To be sure, his own speech outlines salient features of corruption within Russia.But he is absolutely clear and consistent in his messages to the West: Russia intends to wage a propaganda and culture war, and will not tolerate, for an instant, cultural absorption into some post-Christian western New World Order. That is why the western elite so hates him, and Russia.
And that means an asymmetrical war, one that reaches out to the disenchanted elements - of which there are a plenty - in the West itself. As I've said many times, covert operations are a game two (or more) people can play. Russia, I believe, is set to begin playing the game very differently than it has ever been played before. Forget about the Marxist dialectic. There's a whole new dialectical game in town. Russia is engaged in a grand experiment, one few understand, and that experiment is, can a fusion of democracy, capitalism, liberty, be accomplished while preserving that unique and deeply rooted cultural identity that Mr. Putin refers to at the beginning of his speech?
The west, for reasons that are all too obvious, desperately wants the answer to be "no." But whatever the answer to that question ultimately turns out to be, what one must understand is that this is a very long-term game. Sadly, few in the West get the grand nature of the experiment under way in Russia, even though there were indications all along, indications that were, typically, mis-read. Of course, Soviet armies did not "liberate" Eastern Europe, except to get rid of one form of tyranny to replace it by another. But even here, one would do well not to mis-read Mr. Putin's words. They contain yet another subtle warning, one that is not, ultimately, a throwback to Stalinism.
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I smell a time loop! An exponentially speeding kinetic spiral.
If Putin and Russia really wants to get the kohanim monkey off its back, they will have to end the kohanim empowering child murder practice we know as abortion instituted immediately upon the bolshevik conquest of Russia. Since that time millions upon millions of Russians babies have been slaughtered allowing the kohanim to reign supreme… except for a brief interval when Stalin cut a deal with the Orthodox Church in 1936 and one concession was the cessation of state sponsored (kosher) abortions. State sponsored abortion was re-instituted upon Stalin’s death. (The history of abortion is really the true measure of who is in charge oof a nation. In the case of Russia it has been either the kohanim or the Orthodox Church).
I would also like to state that by kohanim I am referring to carriers of a pathogenic DNA who embed themselves, for the most part, inside yahwehistic religions. This is not to suggest all members of any yahwehistic religions carry this malevolent gene.
At least someone has his eyes open.
“The history of abortion is really the true measure of who is in charge oof a nation.”
Putin said he will promote education, ensuring his people will be able to read and write, which goes against our system of dumbing down. The elite don’t want intelligent people out there.
Dr Farrell, thank you so much for posting your thoughts on Mr Putin’s speech. And for confirming for me what I believe, and hope, about Putin’s Russia.
I too think that Russia has been through hell for a long time, both with the revolution which came from outside, and the dreadful war that was waged by the Nazis on Russia, killing an unimaginable number of soldiers and civilians.
Then they went through such extremely difficult times when the soviet system fell, again brought on by outside influences, and knew poverty like I hope we never experience.
And it seems to me that they have risen above all their trials. I have heard that a huge number of new (or renewed) Orthodox churches are being built now. Not that they will all suddenly become believers, but while our churches are dying (except for the fundamentalist, pentecostal type ones) it appears that theirs are growing. Whether or not a person actually attends church, its Christian values will influence the whole country.
Thank you again for your wonderful summary of the important points of Putin’s speech.
That WWII was fought against russia primarily is now obvious to the Russian people . That the bankster criminal elements of the west headed by the financial managers of the royal fortunes financed and continue to finance global wars is slowly becoming the meme of our current society. Nations world wide are beginning to understand this as they are directly becoming involved in the forced financial disasters as well as the wars themselves.All mafia’s are financed through the hidden system of finance. The hidden system of finance is as old as royal families historical control of governments are. Royalty always had a hidden financial system,and still do. Royal houses are tax excempt,always have been,this alone keeps their hidden sources of wealth buried,like the treasures they’ve stolen and kept hidden for centuries in some cases. This kind of accumulated wealth cannot be measured ,only guessed at. Think of the Rothschild fortune estimated at more than 100 trillion swiss francs at his moment,then consider that the rothschild family fortune was accumulated from the handeling,usage of the royal family’s fortunes of europe,so calculate how much the royal fortunes must total if their “employee” has so much equity,the leftovers from their major investment returns.
The Rothschilds are not the royals’ “employees”; it is the other way around. The old royal families stupidly placed themselves in *DEBT* to the Rothschilds (at which point the Rothschilds *owned* them) to the point that the Rothschilds (and the bankers of Amsterdam before them) gradually overthrew all the old monarchies and usurped their power.
Where LAND had always equaled power throughout the history of Western civilization (and mankind, generally speaking), now MONEY does. And since money appeals in this way specifically to the lowest rung of the human ladder, this is how every sector of modern society has gradually fallen under the control of psychopaths and sociopaths.
We were quite frankly doing a whole lot better before roughly 500 years ago when political power had always been divided in some way between the priesthood and the warrior aristocracy to the specific exclusion of the merchant class. But that all changed about 500 years ago with the repeal of the old Usury laws. That sealed our fate that we would inevitably fall under the power of money-grubbing, psychopathic human garbage.
With the repeal of those old Usury laws, Western civilization really ceased to be Western civilization; and ultimately Christianity, to a very large extent, ceased to be Christian. Muslim banking, which is so maligned by the PTB today, is nothing more than Christian banking from the time when Christianity was still Christian. We will not regain our civilization until we reenact those Usury laws which never should have been repealed in the first place.
According to _Forbes_ magazine, you and so many of the rest of us must be “internet trolls” since, per _Forbes_, nobody in their right mind would question the blatant propaganda and obvious, incessant lies put out by the US regime against Russia, quite transparently to gin up a conflict where quite obviously none should even exist:
I cannot believe people still pay money to have their intelligence insulted so openly like this! If the author is not yet another “dual citizen,” then the State of Rothschild has been remiss and needs to confer citizenship immediately!
Just viewed the Dec 11, News & Views.
Looks like the tip of the hidden financial system is showing a little of the ongoing economic warfare that’s been flying below most radars. The oligarchs know how to plug holes with deadly accuracy & do so by messaging in bold blood red. Ni doubt there is a lot of tit for tat going on. BP oil spills & Fukushima are, perhaps explosive examples hidden by there sheer size & audacity. This global poker match keeps raising the ante. The pot has literally become the globe. And all bets are off the table.
Thank you for this post, dr. Farrell. It fill in to this “puzzle”, the same topic what “The Saker” discussed in his latest podcast.
His, The Saker, original view was that Putin, as he arrived from the ranks of FSB, would be a continuation of the sovjet system, or area, because he, The Saker, had been a strong opponent to this system. But, he made a point, that Putin had met with A. Solsjenitzyn, and maybe this could explain, Putin and his views of Russia, and subsequently, The Saker´s view of Putin.
But, I remember the great entertainer and singer, Tom Jones, was interviewed, he told us that even his father had a better voice than his, but he was not comfort to perform.
My view is that, when the true russians (the military,the academia, the business community, the ranks of the FSB, all fed up with the western interfering to destroy their country) decided that he could their best choice.
And he has proved, I assume, by a solid backing, kind of an informal bridge club.
Also, to add, he has a PhD in economic. And he has showed us by his address to the union and open discussions with people from academia and common folks, he can articulate with both, and with reason, not by slogans.
The demoniacalization of Russia and Putin in western BSM today is far above what we experienced during the cold war. It is a travesty, and it is manufactured so poor.
History will learn us if he is a greater, or lesser statesman than Cameron, Hollande, Obama or … Stoltenberg.
As Putin’s Russia becomes what the US formerly was during the Cold War (only better!), so the US increasingly becomes what Russia formerly was in the Soviet era (only worse!). And in both cases, the tyranny was/is imposed from without by the very same psychopathic human garbage. May Putin bring down today’s “Evil Empire,” the hollow, occupied shell that once was the US of A.
As freedom breaks out all over Russia, watch below to see where we are today in the US as a concerned father, who quite understandably does not want his daughter reading the graphic pornography dictated by the school board, gets ARRESTED for violating the “TWO-MINUTE RULE” at a school board meeting:
Does that cop still have his job? If so, why? Obviously none of us are safe from tyranny so long as he is on the beat.
Oh, it does not matter anyway. We are past the point of no return and human garbage can no longer be restrained in this country.
Go Putin! Go Russia!
This is without doubt one of Joseph’ best blogs, and to boot his analysis is supported by many. Here in Australia I have recently asked people about their opinion on Putin, and they all said that they think he is a statesman. The onion layers of the American oligarchy have been laid bare, the recent race riots and now the CIA torture revelation has exposed the true state of what America has become. I have lots of friends in the US, and in the mid 70′ I lived there for a while, and all of them have expressed their dismay at what their politicians have become. In essence, this unipolar foreign policy is nonsense and just like Venice, it will be judged by the world to be a danger to world peace and stability, if it hasn’t been already.
My congratulations to Mr. Putin, for he has VERY BIG BRASS ONE’S, and has shown Obama and Kerry for what they really are, PUPPETS.
What we have in the CSA is what the indigenous people call us Wasichus Wannabis. What To Be Jews, Romans, Greeks anybody but what they really are and they are doing to the rest of the World what was done to them. They have had the past stolen from them and have been train to do it to everybody else. A zombie nation of Gabbishs like from the Earthsea book series to be exploited by it’s masters to enslave and destroy the rest of humanity and the other life forms on this planet. And no Aridzonan_13 Obama is not Nero just another unfortunate puppet used by our masters to torture and fool us for their twisted idea of fun.
There is a spiritual center w/in Putin that reflects as a one for all towards an all for one. Where all are one and Putin is expressing it as one, indeed as if anyone Russian would do & think the same “in spirit”. And that “yearning to be free spirit” is NOT going to become “corporatized” unit of the New World Order(which is in reality the same old female dog dressed up in new technologies).This an international Law based upon Law NOT men with guns & missiles. NOT an International Corporate Law, i.e., TPP, WTO, IMF, etc.,(corporate speak for NOT human[e]).
Putin’s not perfect, of course, but at least he is reflective, smart, & most importantly – human.
Definitely, NOT a corporate speak of a…
New World Order puppet on a string.
Serendipitous – Max Keiser Report focused on Russia.
Oh forgot – 2nd half is on Porn; or simply, censorship.
It goes against my nature to indulge the feelings of optimism for the future I get from reading Mr. Putin’s words, but it is gratifying to know other, smarter people than myself are viewing things in much the same light as I am.
There is a reappearing “meme” within the evangelical Christian community that consistently equates Gog and Magog with ‘Eastern’ nations, most specifically Russia. This has been preached for decades by John Hagee, Jack Van Impe, and the others of their ilk in the ‘Rapture’ crowd. This is how the majority of middle America views foreign policy: Israel BFF, Europeans flaky, rest of the world either evil incarnate or not worth caring about.
I don’t think the Communists even at their lowest could compete with the shameless intellectual vapidity and plain brutishness of modern Western “culture”.
You are so correct. When I was in the “evangelical Christian culture” that was how I perceived their “prophesy” too. Russia was always the “bad guy”. Not that this was preached in my congregation, but any books (coming out of the US I suppose) always had Russia as Gog/Magog.
Russia has learned about listening to the one per centers, the ancient brotherhood of the robots. Great news for earthers, and a bright future for mankind. Putin has no tolerance for parasitical agitors in the form of news speak with the purge of reporters in the last few decades. America will continue to be the great Satan trap, the honey trap for unsatiablee human greed as was planned a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. The Russian revolution was not a western idea, but a intellectual bankers plan too plunder Russia and thrawt the ancient brotherhood in its tracks. This was foreseen and a war of attrition and resource destruction was implented and most importantly, the one per centers were isolated and targeted in the west. With the mob in control, led by pseudo intellects it was just a matter of TIME, while the mobs numbers increased expotenially and the one per centers were targeted for extinction.
One example, Americas salmons stocks were fished to extinction. The fisherman put a trap across the river, not allowing one fish upstream to spawn. After four years the species went extinct. Even though the owner of the trap was warned of this he continued unconcerned as he was per occupied with materialist pursuits. This type of programming was hard wired into the American mind set….and with a arrogance that became typically entrenched into the mindset of humans as the American dream.
As buck an hour chinks jump out of factory windows of the world only to be dropped back into an even worse world…..squaring the circle…..bricking the circle of life….and here we go again…maybe there was something about reincarnation that has been overlooked by the parasitical intellect group . ……that serves the golden tried angle….imposters perhaps?
Mom and apple pie, we are not. Putin is channeling Reagan and we’ve got Nero running the show over here.