I was alerted to this speech by the usual email from a regular reader and article-submitter here, K.M., and I decided to go to the original text of the speech and not the Twitter tweet which references it. The speech was given by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at this year's Valdai conference, and it's worth reading in full, the more so because of the warning it contains:

Vladimir Putin's Full Speech at Valdai Discussion Club 2023

Shortly into his speech, Putin comes directly to the point, and addresses the off-the-charts hubris of the West and the  United States, whom he now addresses, let it be noted, no longer in the terminology of "our partners in the West" but as "our so-called partners in the West"; in other words, the former era of pretended good-will between Russia and the West is over:

When we met for the first time at the club’s meeting nearly 20 years ago, our country was entering a new stage in its development. Russia was emerging from an extremely difficult period of convalescence after the Soviet Union’s dissolution. We launched the process of building a new and what we saw as a more just world order energetically and with good will. It is a boon that our country can make a huge contribution because we have things to offer to our friends, partners and the world as a whole.
Regrettably, our interest in constructive interaction was misunderstood, was seen as obedience, as an agreement that the new world order would be created by those who declared themselves the winners in the Cold War. It was seen as an admission that Russia was ready to follow in others’ wake and not to be guided by our own national interests but by somebody else’s interests.
Over these years, we warned more than once that this approach would not only lead to a dead-end but that it was fraught with the increasing threat of a military conflict. But nobody listened to us or wanted to listen to us. The arrogance of our so-called partners in the West went through the roof. This is the only way I can put it.
He then comes to a crucial point, blaming the endless rapaciousness of a consumer society and the colonialism it engendered, and its need for constant expansion at everyone else's expense:
The history of the West is essentially the chronicle of endless expansion. Western influence in the world is an immense military and financial pyramid scheme that constantly needs more “fuel” to support itself, with natural, technological and human resources that belong to others. This is why the West simply cannot and is not going to stop. Our arguments, reasoning, calls for common sense or proposals have simply been ignored.
He even reminds the West that he once proposed Russia itself as a member of NATO:
I have said this publicly to both our allies and partners. There was a moment when I simply suggested: perhaps we should also join NATO? But no, NATO does not need a country like ours. No. I want to know, what else do they need? We thought we became part of the crowd, got a foot in the door. What else were we supposed to do? There was no more ideological confrontation. What was the problem? I guess the problem was their geopolitical interests and arrogance towards others. Their self-aggrandisement was and is the problem.
Following this reminder, he then reprises the Russian point of view of the recent years' history of geopolitical affairs in the Ukraine:
We are compelled to respond to ever-increasing military and political pressure. I have said many times that it was not us who started the so-called “war in Ukraine.” On the contrary, we are trying to end it. It was not us who orchestrated a coup in Kiev in 2014 – a bloody and anti-constitutional coup. When [similar events] happen in other places, we immediately hear all the international media – mainly those subordinate to the Anglo-Saxon world, of course – this is unacceptable, this is impossible, this is anti-democratic. But the coup in Kiev was acceptable. They even cited the amount of money spent on this coup. Anything was suddenly acceptable.
At that time, Russia tried its best to support the people of Crimea and Sevastopol. We did not try to overthrow the government or intimidate the people in Crimea and Sevastopol, threatening them with ethnic cleansing in the Nazi spirit. It was not us who tried to force Donbass to obey by shelling and bombing. We did not threaten to kill anyone who wanted to speak their native language. Look, everyone here is an informed and educated person. It might be possible – excuse my ‘mauvais ton’ – to brainwash millions of people who perceive reality through the media. But you must know what was really going on: they have been bombing the place for nine years, shooting and using tanks. That was a war, a real war unleashed against Donbass. And no one counted the dead children in Donbass. No one cried for the dead in other countries, especially in the West.
This war, the one that the regime sitting in Kiev started with the vigorous and direct support from the West, has been going on for more than nine years, and Russia’s special military operation is aimed at stopping it. And it reminds us that unilateral steps, no matter who takes them, will inevitably prompt retaliation. As we know, every action has an equal opposite reaction. That is what any responsible state, every sovereign, independent and self-respecting country does.
With this resume, the conclusions begin to be drawn, and hear, whether one agrees with Mr. Putin thus far or not, one should heed his next words very carefully:
Everyone realises that in an international system where arbitrariness reigns, where all decision-making is up to those who think they are exceptional, sinless and right, any country can be attacked simply because it is disliked by a hegemon, who has lost any sense of proportion – and I would add, any sense of reality.
Unfortunately, we have to admit that our counterparties in the West have lost their sense of reality and have crossed every line. They really should not have done this.
In other words, folks, the President of the Russian Federation, and - incidentally - the commander-in-chief of the world's largest thermonuclear arsenal - has concluded that the leadership of the West is self-righteously and abyssally corrupt, boundlessly evil, and, quite frankly, just plain nuts.   And do not think for a moment that this is merely the personal view of Mr. Putin,  for he would not have spoken these words at Valdai without having the rest of the senior Russian leadership approve of at least their general tenor, if not vett the ipsissima verba themselves. At the very minimum such a speech and its contents would have been very carefully measured and reviewed by the Russian Foreign Ministry.
In short, you're not just listening to Vladimir Putin. These are the words of the senior Russian leadership.
Then comes a bit of very strange language from a Russian leader, language indeed so strange that, while it can certainly be interpreted as being directed towards those anti-globalism factions and circles in the West, can also be interpreted as perhaps originating from a careful study of, and appeal to, those advocates of states' sovereignty in the narrower sense of the American constitution. Indeed, if one did not already know these are the words of the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, one might have cause to believe they might have been penned or spoken by John C. Calhoun or Jefferson Davis:
A bloc-based approach, if we call a spade a spade, limits individual states’ rights and restricts their freedom to develop along their own path, attempting to drive them into a “cage” of obligations. In a way, this obviously amounts to the dispossession of part of their sovereignty, often followed by the enforcement of their own solutions not only in the area of security but also in other areas, primarily the economy... .
Of course, the context of that remark indicates that Mr. Putin's primary target is Mr. Globalooney and his policies, but a sizeable part of me also still thinks it's being addressed to that growing part of the west that is utterly disenchanted with its leadership which clearly no longer represents it; if the language as such was deliberate in this sense, then Mr. Putin seems to be saying that "no union is an enter-but-never-be-able-to-leave-suicide pact."
Mr.Putin even goes so far as to attribute part of the insanity of the West - in particular the United States - not just to a childish and patronizing colonial mentality, but very suggestively, to mind manipulation:
I will say more: for centuries, such behavior led to the replication of one thing – big wars, with various ideological and quasi-moral justifications invented to justify these wars. Today this is especially dangerous. As you know, humankind (sic) has the means to easily destroy the whole planet, and ongoing mind manipulation, unbelievable in terms of scale, leads to losing a sense of reality. 
But what is lurking in between the language of these lines?
Here I'm indulging, of course, in more high octane speculation, but in the context of statements from other senior Russian leaders, most notably former Prime Minister and President Dmitri Medvedev, I believe Mr. Putin's remarks should be understood as another warning to Mr. Globaloney: persist in this path, and you yourselves become the targets.   From the standpoint of history, it's one of those "final warnings" before the "War of the League of Cambrai" moment, when, finally, Western Europe had had it with the Mr. Globaloney bankster center of the day: the Repulica Serenissima di Venezia...
When K.M. shared the original tweet that led me to go looking for the actual text of Mr. Putin's remarks, the suggestion was made that perhaps Mr. Putin should hold public discussions on the Russian media about the laws of war, and lay out the evidence against the globalooneys of the West, individually and by name, and their front organizations, individually and by name...
It's a thought...
...See you on the flip side...
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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".

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  1. Coon on October 10, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    Not agreement capable.

    It’s already been said.

  2. FiatLux on October 10, 2023 at 6:41 am

    Whatever one’s opinion of Russia, the eloquence, pertinence, and finesse of Putin’s speeches are utterly remarkable. It saddens me that contemporary American culture seems incapable of producing a leader — or even a speechwriter — of a similar caliber. Or, at least, no one of a similar caliber is allowed access to political power. Equally sad is the fact that what Putin says in the excerpts reproduced above is true.

  3. Terminal Tom on October 10, 2023 at 5:36 am

    Dear all,
    I recently discovered the Apocalypse of Yajnavalkya, which is available on Amazon.
    I am NOT the author, nor do I have a financial interest in recommending this book,
    however I feel that it is important to pass my discovery on
    the book is absolutely current, as it refers to historical events as recent as a year or so ago.

    Facit: The Apocalypse explains the unrecorded past of humanity, and the existence of the global civilization that preceded us, and it’s disappearance from the planet. It puts our present-day Age of Iron in a historcal perspective (as opposed to the preceding ages of Gold, Silver and Bronze) and provides a concise explanation of why the world today is the way it is – full of suffering, exploitation, cruelty and sadistic, satanistic action on the part of “men.”

    I highly recommend it to any seeker of Truth.. it is not for the faint of heart or spirit, but it is valuable to the seekers.

    I continue to recommend the complete works of Castaneda, which incidentally are in absolute harmony with Yajnavalkya.

    Fear is our first natural enemy. As we begin to overcome it, the door slowly squeaks open and a ray of light shines through.

  4. Terminal Tom on October 10, 2023 at 5:26 am

    Dear Dr. Farrell,
    I enjoy visiting this site, and I respect your willingness to go out on a limb and think outside the box. You refer to this as “high octane speculation,” and it has a place in the discussion, even though others would simply dismiss it as “batshit crazy.”
    I don’t, and I think it is a serious mistake to dismiss anything without giving it serious consideration first.
    unfortunately, your site, like Zero Hedge, also attracts a whole rat’s nest full of immature, reckless and sometimes ugly personalities who insist on cluttering up the dialogue with their insane comments and display a terrible lack of judgement.

    Having said that, I commend you for offering a discourse platform. You are doing god’s work, even if it does remain mysterious and difficult to fathom… good day to you sir and thanks!


    Terminal Tom

  5. Michael UK on October 10, 2023 at 4:41 am

    “big wars, with various ideological and quasi-moral justifications invented to justify these wars. Today this is especially dangerous. As you know, humankind (sic) has the means to easily destroy the whole planet, and ongoing mind manipulation, unbelievable in terms of scale, leads to losing a sense of reality”.

    Well this is happening again right now in the Middle East. As usual, the USA is running to the rescue of its main business, financial and intelligence partner with the Gerald Ford carrier fleet assembling in the Eastern Mediterreanean. The Western media is giving the USA its full backing and support. There is no mention by the USA or the Western media of a lasting and solid peace plan, only revenge and more war.

    • Terminal Tom on October 10, 2023 at 5:27 am

      The western media is the propaganda arm of the UK, US, Israel and the EU (slave lackeys) what do you EXPECT them to do?

  6. Robert Barricklow on October 9, 2023 at 11:48 am

    Regrettably Russia entered into a pack with the devil. Players in the USSA hooked up with players in Russia to rape the country. Regrettably; more or less, what is happening under China Joe here, the USSA.
    Those “trusted” inst1tutions were; both in the USSA & Russia were anything but honest. All “they” wanted was to strip Russia bare. Fortunately, Russia had patriots who saw what was happening and laid the groundwork to fight the treasonous acts. The USSA can only hope; the same is happening here, as the rape of the USSA continues unabated. Trump being played as trump card for those stripping the nation[a trump bankruptcy card]?
    The West’s expansion, based on a debt system of finance with a insatiable, bottomless pit appetite. Expansion is baked into the cake’ even if its asteroids in the quad-trillions of dollars.
    There’s a monster on the loose. Only satisfied by those willing to feed at any cost.
    An insane monster, requiring fools with absolutely no moral compasses
    Unfortunately, those fools are countless – being socially engineered by, the Westernized cognitive dissonance score.

  7. Randy on October 9, 2023 at 11:46 am

    If Mr.Putin obviously thinks/ knows that the West’s so-called ‘leadership’ is 🦇-sh#t crazy …Y is he taking so longgggggg ta ‘flush’ these turds …down the drain ? Some hope that ‘our’ evil crazy murdering ‘elites’ …R gonna see the 💡 ? I keep saying unless or until I 👀 slipping on bars of soap in the shower or lawnmowers accidents ? toasters somehow ending up in the 🛁’s ??? …start ‘hunting’ MR PUTIN …how longggggggg !

    • Terminal Tom on October 10, 2023 at 5:29 am

      you don’t know how difficult it was to keep from beginning sarcastic and hurtful when I read that…..

      • Terminal Tom on October 10, 2023 at 5:39 am

        sorry for the typos I get a bit excited sometimes and forget to proofread. Too much coffee

      • Randy on October 10, 2023 at 11:59 am

        Terminal Tom r u referring to me ?🙃 lmao respectfully if you are ? Course umm paraphrasing…🤫 Ancient Chinese sayings says …If you don’t like cheese burgers 🍔 Y r u in the Burger King drive thru ? Dude leave me alone lmfao Or anyways if yer not Oops 😎 hehe 🙃

        • catsmeow23 on October 10, 2023 at 9:43 pm

          Not much to add, everything succinctly covered. But tonight I am focused on his comment about mind manipulation. Even Twitter/X is fully aware of the psyops and making snarky memes about them. Speaking of which, one take on the horrible current situation vis-a-vis Israel & Iran is that Iran is (memory fails here) #2 in the world in natural gas reserves and #3 in oil (I’m sure someone will correct me if needed) and this would never escape the notice of our geopolitical class. Thank you to Dr Farrell for reminding us of history; it isn’t the first time.

  8. eddyminimum on October 9, 2023 at 10:42 am

    Dr. Farrell, I always enjoy your books. They resonate to the core of my own curiosity. I also appreciate your take and speculation on current events. And I particularly appreciate you taking the time to dive into Putin’s latest speech and provide this annotated executive summary. Thank you.

  9. CaireannW on October 9, 2023 at 8:57 am

    It’s a thought indeed.

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