Have you ever wondered where we are going? In a sense, where is the development of our society? What is our ultimate goal and what do we want to achieve at the end of our movement? And whether we will reach, moving in the chosen direction to the intended goal?
At the beginning of 90, the majority of the population, under the influence of sophisticated purposeful propaganda, had the strong conviction that capitalism is our ideal, and with it we will live. We'll be like cheese in oil ride. Under this idea, cunning and knowledgeable guys, such as Gaidar and his team, all the oligarchs without exception, and a number of comrades who joined them with the silent connivance of the EBN and his security guard actually ravaged the country and robbed the already poor population. Entire advanced industries (electronics, precision engineering, machine-tool construction, aircraft manufacturing and many others, especially the military-industrial complex), those that form the basis of any normal civilized state, and especially those claiming to be a world power, were devastated and virtually abandoned. It’s just a miracle and the GREAT merit of many managers of these enterprises, that these enterprises survived and retained at least some personnel who later became the crystallizers of the revival of these enterprises. These leaders, the captains of the Soviet school of management, the golden fund of the nation, perfectly saw where the country was heading. But, unfortunately, with no real political levers of control, they really could not do anything.
I remember very well how new chiefs and heads of ministries from Moscow came to us and began to teach these past fire and water and copper pipes of the “red” directors how to work and live. And those who are accustomed to listen and not like that, sullenly silent and listened to the frank nonsense of people who made a turbid wave of change to the very top of power, but, in general, absolutely random, worthless and by and large criminal personalities who sat in the executive chairs only for one purpose - to grab. Our first president, on whom we pinned great hopes, was just an accidental and unprepared person. Apparently, realizing this, he was almost all the time in a state of drinking, which the whole country observed with absolute despair, despair and shame (as he could not get out of the plane, he conducted the orchestra very cheerfully, danced awkwardly on stage and much, much more) . All of his "exploits" were savored by the West many times and were the best propaganda material against Russia and its leadership, introducing into the minds of citizens the idea of general alcoholism, degradation, unpredictability and aggressiveness of Russians. The only right step he took was renunciation of power.
The new president (more precisely, first the acting president, and then the elected president) turned out to be just a gift of fate for Russia and managed to turn the situation in the right direction and honestly began working for the country. The people see everything, and in response, they began to consolidate and support the new leadership. Actually, the high ratings of the president speak for themselves. In the area of ideology, virtually no change has occurred.
As it was at the beginning of 90, and now the question "Where are we going?" In the society tacitly prevails with the chosen course towards capitalism. Actually, the question of changing the course has never stood apart. Yes, like there is no alternative.
What is capitalism? In Russia, then (yes, by and large, and now) very few people really imagined it. Because if they were, they would immediately ask themselves the questions: “And are we going there? And why are we going there? ”For some reason, Russia decided (or rather, Gorbachev and EBN decided) that the West - he is such a“ nyashka ”, as they say in Japan and Russia, should be taken only a few steps in the right direction, indicated by our partners, and everything will be just great. Life will improve, and we will be taken into a friendly family of capitalists with open arms. Apparently, no one explained to Gorbachev and EBN, and besides, they probably didn’t want to hear much about it, that the capitalists have no friends, but there is only one and only goal, which they pursue very persistently, not stopping at anything and before anyone - MONEY. Yes, you will be smiling and talking generously about human rights, dictators, democracy and a million more important and not so different things, various politicians and politicians who are mostly employees who serve the interests of a very narrow group of those who pay them and really owns MONEY and burns with BIG desire these MONEY to increase in ANY WAY. Actually, all these presidents, prime ministers and ministers are hired precisely by these real capitalists with BIG money to protect and promote their vested interests. Watch the film “Murdoch” on occasion, in which it is openly told about methods of duping the population with the help of mass media in the West. And how the decision of one person through propaganda can influence the decision of the population of the whole country on the choice of a particular party or a particular person. After all, in order to control a certain media, you do not need a lot of leverage, you only need to control the chief editor of this media, clearly giving him very specific instructions about what is expected of him. And the correspondents ... let them write what they please, but if what they write does not correspond to the instructions issued by the owner and relayed through the editor-in-chief, it simply will not be printed. And if you aren’t typing, then apparently you don’t write or write about that ... So think yourself, dear writer, how and what to write about, or listen to the recommendations of the editor-in-chief - and immediately become a talent, and you will start typing .
Actually, the mechanisms of influence on society and public opinion in recent decades have increased, and brainwashing has reached a new level, when the citizens' desire to learn the truth comes across information, veiled under the objective, slipped every time you try to find something in almost any search engine. . A good example is the sensational case of Google, when during the last election campaign in the United States, it deliberately issued suggested query options with a positive result for Clinton and a negative result for Trump. Actually, it was natural for a commercial company, since its main objective function is to increase profits without any moral restrictions and obligations. That is, if tomorrow all the sexual minorities of the world unite and order, and most importantly, pay for such a campaign, "Google", then in a few years we will be surprised to find that these ideas are very acceptable for our children and, moreover, firmly implemented in their consciousness. Actually, there is a purely economic explanation for this - a decline in the birth rate. Modern capitalist society is INTERESTED in this. After all, now many countries do not need so many new workers, especially those who are not burdened with special education and therefore are low-skilled. Or, if they are needed for the time being, it is only for work in the most under-prestigious and difficult jobs where there is a serious shortage with employees. But more often, many new emigrants, especially refugees, become the yoke on the neck of the host country’s budget, forming fairly compact enclaves from which all other citizens run and thereby cause social discomfort.
To see where we are going, just look at the leader of the Western world - the United States. From a once progressive and rapidly developing country, they turned into an aggressive, fattened state, openly parasitic and hindering the development of many states and territories.
Maybe few people know, but it was the United States that put the question of abandoning the colonies to Britain as a condition of its military support during the Second World War. Now the United States themselves are the largest neo-colonizers on the planet.
They say, and this has been heard many times already from the lips of our liberals practically on all channels of central television, that, they say, look where we (Russia) are and where they (the West) are in economic terms. And this justifies the need to be equal to the West! But after these calls, they completely forget to give an honest and frank analysis of this “paradise” on earth. And after that, answer the simple question: “Should we strive to go there?”
There are many contradictions in the West, and many representatives of this very West, including at the highest level, say such as the newly elected President Trump, speak very frankly about this. Actually, as a businessman, he sees the whole situation in a completely different light than politicians sitting on Capitol Hill. After all, for the constant development of business, consumption growth is needed, especially in such sectors as construction and hotel business. With the fall and the withdrawal of production in the third world countries, real wages decrease, respectively, and effective demand decreases, and as a result, business opportunities also decrease. I remember well how, at the height of the 2008 financial crisis, in depressed areas of the United States, catastrophic prices dropped at home: they cost almost nothing. In order to improve matters in this sector of the economy, one of the congressmen even offered to let rich Chinese (and there are millions of them) and give them citizenship subject to an investment of a million dollars or so. In conditions when the whole country lives on credit, people, being unable to repay a loan for a house, simply brought the keys to the bank and moved to caravans. That is, we want it?
If you walk in the evening in the center of almost any city in the USA or Europe, then you will immediately be struck by the huge number of homeless people of different ages and sex, sleeping in cardboard boxes or sleeping bags on the streets of these western cities. It is generally better not to walk late at night, especially in some areas where they can easily be robbed or even killed. But we have fallen behind the West on 20-25 (as our liberals say). So here it is, our future: come and see. Do we want this?
I doubt very much that this picture will please the ordinary Russian.
With innovative companies in general, everything is not so simple. As soon as any company grows to a certain size and becomes dominant in the market, it turns into a brake on progress in this area, buying practically all more or less innovative companies and putting all their achievements under control. Very often, a few months after the purchase, the company is simply bankrupt and thus inhibits progress, destroying potential competitors. Or, if the purchase was unsuccessful, begin to drag on the courts. Naturally, this leads to the bankruptcy of a small company.
By the way, Russia turned out to be a very capable student in this field: she uses the same methods with the same result.
Of course, any manager will tell you that he is paid for the way he manages only this company, and everyone else is not interested in him. And then, it is his direct duty - to take care to destroy competitors. Those. In the future, if nothing changes, we will have one giant company for each industry, which, in fact, is happening now, and the functions of the sectoral ministries will be transferred or have already been partially transferred to these companies.
But we have already gone through this. If you remember, more than 80% of all industry in the USSR was a monopoly. And they are pulling us in again, just under a different signboard.
I look with interest newswhere they show how our president holds meetings and manages the construction of a cosmodrome, bridges, stadiums, factories, agriculture, aircraft building and other important and necessary objects. Almost as in the CPSU ... Well, of course, that he is interested and he is up to this until the matter. And what will happen after his fourth term, or earlier, if he suddenly gets tired of leading? Have you thought? And if after him another EBN comes, or, God forbid, Gorbachev? What then? Again 20-30 years of non-existence? But even if we assume that everything will remain as it is now, what awaits us?
If you want to know, go to Europe for a month or two. Walk yourself, with your feet, in remote areas in the evening, and not in tourist places, after having learned from local residents whether it is safe in the evening. See how ordinary citizens live somewhere in Italy, England, France, Spain or Croatia. Look at the crowds of vagrants, prostitutes and street vendors, immigrants in the evening in the center of Rome, Athens, Paris, Las Vegas and other cities. After all, it can be our friends, acquaintances, children, ourselves at last. After all, life from the window of a tourist bus looks quite different ... This is where we will be in those very 20-30 years, if nothing happens. Do we want this? But no, we will not. With a reduction in the cost of medicine, education and science, even this “future” does not shine for us. We will at best work in the enterprises of monopolists, serving the interests of a very narrow group of top managers and owners living in the West in 20-30, and maybe 40 in the future from our future. Basically, these will be plants that use Western technologies and equipment (their education will not be enough), and we will live or, more precisely, live up to retirement age or a little more (medicine and science are not at that level).
Capitalism is only a temporary episode in the long chain of the historical development of society. All its advantages and disadvantages are already visible. And capitalism is also different in different countries, just compare Spain and Norway. Maybe it is time to think and adjust our model of social development, deploying the entire system towards all citizens of Russia, rather than a handful of oligarchs and other nouveau riche, in order to achieve an evolutionary way to significantly higher acceleration of development and a more equitable future for us, our children and grandchildren ? Lessons stories must be finally learned. Indeed, with a uniformly accelerated motion, the distance only increases. Especially if you run along the same path.
In pursuit of a mirage
- Just a citizen
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