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What fills the ideological vacuum ("The American Conservative", USA)

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There is growing anxiety about events abroad on our television shows, in newspaper commentaries and in research centers. And President Obama, many are accused of a noticeable decline in respect for the United States around the world. However, we do not hear any calls like Action This Day from Central America to correct the impression that America is retreating. If it was possible in one sentence to express the seeming indifference of the silent majority of America about what is happening abroad, then this might be a simple question: is this our problem?


If the Russian or Ukrainian flag flies over Simferopol, then why should it bother us so much that we are ready to send American warships, cannons and soldiers there? If Japan and China are fighting over small islands located 16 thousands of kilometers away from us — most Americans cannot find them on the map — then why should we interfere in all this? And, to be honest, the answers of our elites cannot be called convincing. One explanation for the turning away of America from these wars is that we do not see our vital interests in these conflicts - from Syria to the Crimea, from Afghanistan to Iraq, from the South China Sea to the Senkaku Islands.

Moreover, the main motive of the sacrifices made during the half-century of the Cold War (it cost us trillions of dollars and 90 thousands of soldiers killed in Korea and Vietnam) was the belief that we are heading the forces of light in the struggle against the forces of darkness who ruled Sino-Soviet empire, which today no longer exists. The great ideological battle of the 20 century between totalitarianism and freedom, communism and capitalism, militant atheism and Christianity ended. The communist empire collapsed. It is possible to observe only its remnants in such stagnant pools as Cuba. Marxism-Leninism as an ideology leading the great powers turned into a dead faith. The Communist Party, perhaps, rules in China, but state capitalism spawned Chinese billionaires who no longer brandish a little red book. The remains of Lenin still lie on Red Square, and the remains of Mao are on Tiananmen Square, but today they are tourist attractions, not holy relics for secular saviors, remaining objects of worship.

The only region where religion or ideology forces people to fight and die to build a world based on the commandments of the faith remains an Islamic region. However, as former CIA director Richard Helms noted, the Taliban Afghanistan, Iran and Sudan ayatollahs are all failed states.

At the same time, at the moment when the faith or ideology of a civilization or a state dies, something must replace them. And what people and regimes around the world are turning to is called nationalism.

Vladimir Putin returned the Crimea and declared himself the protector of Russians in the former republics of the Soviet Union. China’s claims in a dispute with Japan in the South China Sea are rooted in 19 cards and 21 nationalism, fueled by hatred born of Japan’s brutality during the conquest of China from 1931 to 1945. Japan’s answer is not to reaffirm the emperor’s divinity. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeals to nationalism, trying to break out of the limitations of the pacifist constitution imposed on the country after the Second World War.

America also seems to be trying to find a substitute for anti-communism in order to justify global responsibility, which, as far as can be judged, has less and less relevance to vital national interests. Bush, about whom I spoke, created the “new world order”. This phrase today sounds like an insult. George Bush Sr. stated that the mission of America should be "deliverance from tyranny in our world." It seemed that the new deity, worshiped by America, would become the golden calf of democracy. However, when democracy (one person - one vote) highlighted Hamas in Palestine and the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, doubts and apostasy began.

At the end of the Cold War, Francis Fukuyama declared that we were approaching the “end stories»When liberal democracies prove the viability of the final form of government adopted by all mankind. But not only in Russia and China, but also in many countries of Europe and the third world, apparently, democracy itself is not a goal for people, but a means for promoting a greater idea. The voice of the tribe and the nation seems more attractive. And the Western gospel, which states that all religions, races, nations and tribes are equal, and should be treated equally, is supported in words, but there is no faith in it.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called democracy a bus from which you get off at your bus stop. His stop was a moderate Islamist state that responded to his personal principles as well as the attitudes of his party. It is clear that countries around the world want America itself to wage their wars. Such an option may be in their interest, but is it now ours?

The American empire, the last of the great Western empires, may soon come down from the stage as unexpectedly as the other empires of the 20 century.
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  1. Same lech
    Same lech April 16 2014 11: 53
    +2
    Yes, faith and faith gives strength in the most desperate moments in life.
  2. razv35
    razv35 April 16 2014 11: 55
    +3
    Goodbye America ...
    1. Denis
      Denis April 16 2014 12: 06
      +27
      Quote: razv35
      Goodbye America ...
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      2. alexng
        alexng April 16 2014 12: 22
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        In vain you, Lamb Obamovsky, angered Volodka. Pray, if of course you know how to do this, of which there are great doubts. There will be no condescension. America will get it with all that it deserves. Obama is the last president of this dastardly education, which is now in a state of agony and kicks hard, trying for the last time to spoil the world.
        1. seller trucks
          seller trucks April 16 2014 13: 28
          +1
          Quote: alexneg
          In vain you, Barashka Obamovsky,


      3. koshh
        koshh April 16 2014 14: 02
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        And what angry at him, wretched. No, GDP is not angry. For a long time, everything has been calculated, almost everything is provided for. Therefore, the Americans rush about in impotent anger, impose some kind of sanctions, try to pit Europe with us. But in vain, the GDP is watching, waiting and waiting.
        1. Ased
          Ased April 16 2014 14: 42
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          An ordinary American now resembles an ostrich who, on a command from above, "Red alarm !!!" hides his head in the sand and no longer sees what is really happening in the world.
          To explain somehow ...
  3. moremansf
    moremansf April 16 2014 11: 57
    +2
    History will put everything in its place ... and the greater empires fell apart ...
  4. rassel0889
    rassel0889 April 16 2014 11: 57
    +2
    Rather, America would have pulled off at its stop
  5. pensioner
    pensioner April 16 2014 11: 59
    +1
    Marxism-Leninism as an ideology governing the great powers, turned into a dead faith
    stop Calm down. This "dead faith" will take you by the throat yes . And Patrick Buchanan - MO-LO-DEC!
  6. KAPITANUS
    KAPITANUS April 16 2014 12: 00
    +2
    The United States has not yet realized that their hegemony is leaving. Another empire is collapsing and this is true historically.
  7. Buran
    Buran April 16 2014 12: 01
    +11
    Soon, the whole world will turn into a Russian electric train for amers
    1. Ulairy
      Ulairy April 16 2014 12: 11
      0
      belay He .. what is he? Crying ?? !! laughing
      1. Buran
        Buran April 16 2014 12: 44
        +2
        No, Captain America is calling. A broken face and howl is such a secret sign. wassat
  8. Klepa
    Klepa April 16 2014 12: 02
    +1
    I did not understand the promise of the article or the title. Who lacks ideology? Do u have? or Russia (China, Japan - underline what is needed).
    1. Orc-xnumx
      Orc-xnumx April 16 2014 15: 06
      0
      The article was written for American readers.
  9. bif
    bif April 16 2014 12: 05
    +1
    By Patrick Buchanan, author of Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Live Until 2025?

    "Will not live and write a whole book is not necessary!" Vanga
  10. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. April 16 2014 12: 06
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    But the Western gospel, which claims that all religions, races, nations and tribes are equal, and should be treated equally, receives support in words, but there is no faith in it.

    Especially when, allegedly the main one, the democratizer of the USA lies at every step and declares war, with or without reason, for the sake of his exclusivity and preferences for himself.
    1. stalkerwalker
      stalkerwalker April 16 2014 12: 28
      +2
      Quote: Yuri Ya.
      Especially when, allegedly the main one, the democratizer of the USA lies at every step and declares war, with or without reason, for the sake of his exclusivity and preferences for himself.

      The American people are unhappy in their own way. VVP said this directly in an article published in the "Times" article about the "false exclusivity" of the US establishment. The answer of Abamych, like that of other "world democratizers", only confirmed the diagnosis. And it all began on 11.09.2001 ...
      1. GRune
        GRune April 16 2014 12: 54
        0
        In my opinion, there is a direct correlation between the diagnosis of the establishment and the elites and the general diagnosis for the whole society. Moreover, it is not entirely clear that the elites infect society or vice versa, but those who are ill always suppress the healthy ones.
        1. stalkerwalker
          stalkerwalker April 16 2014 13: 09
          +2
          Quote: GRune
          but those who are ill always suppress those who are still healthy.

          Heal yourself ... Who didn’t hide ...
          Time cures...
          And so on.
          An exclusive mattress drives itself into a coffin. And trying to grab others along the way.
  11. pOpolzen
    pOpolzen April 16 2014 12: 07
    +2
    A completely philosophical substantiated article. +
    From myself I’ll say - as it were, history would not judge. The role of the world club or ruler in modern history is simply nonsense, a state that has taken on such a role will not stand and will not be able to survive for any long time. Which has proved to us. A country with a powerful army, with powerful political pressures, and so liquid @@ was justified.
    Is this not evidence?
  12. andj61
    andj61 April 16 2014 12: 07
    +3
    "The American empire, the last of the great Western empires, may soon disappear as unexpectedly as other empires of the 20th century."
    Lord, how many people around the world are waiting, not waiting for this moment.
  13. Ulairy
    Ulairy April 16 2014 12: 08
    0
    And the Western gospel, which claims that all religions, races, nations and tribes are equal, and should be treated equally, is supported by words
    Of course, they are equal ... In its inferiority and under the control of "divine America", which affirms in blue dreams "a single world government, a single world currency, a single world center and even a single world culture" (obviously, comics and movies about Superman). Only with this "global plan" did the striped sha.ava begin to cope badly! The world began to turn in the other direction. So I see, a schoolboy is sitting on the Canadian-Mexican border and reading in an old American history textbook: "Interference in the affairs of the Russian peoples was, perhaps, our biggest mistake" (signed: The last US President A. Schwarzenegger) ...
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  15. Grenz
    Grenz April 16 2014 12: 10
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    But the Western gospel, which claims that all religions, races, nations and tribes are equal, and should be treated equally, receives support in words, but there is no faith in it.

    Patrick argues, as befits an outspoken anti-communist and Russophobe.
    "Vladimir Putin returned Crimea and declared himself the defender of Russians in the former republics of the Soviet Union."
    he claims. How else. You and your gospel consider only your gay race and religion equal. And you do not consider Orthodox tribes in the East to be people, and therefore they have no right to European values.
    And while Patrick preaches equality of life, the Russians in Ukraine today are denied this right with the approval of the United States and Europe.
    So what should Putin do?
    Communism did not lose the war against capitalism, it was simply betrayed.
    But the most dangerous, yes Patrick is right, he is being replaced by National Socialism, and this is religion and ethnos and past insults and humiliations in one bottle. Such a cocktail is much worse than imperial ambitions.
    1. pensioner
      pensioner April 16 2014 12: 21
      +1
      Quote: grenz
      Patrick argues, as befits an outspoken anti-communist and Russophobe.

      I don’t know ... All the materials that I came across from him, well, I just can’t call Russophobic. He is quite a sane and deeply thinking person. Sometimes it brings, not without it, but who is not without sin ??
    2. koshh
      koshh April 16 2014 14: 15
      +1
      Quote: grenz
      "Vladimir Putin returned Crimea and declared himself the defender of Russians in the former republics of the Soviet Union."

      He declared himself not just a defender of all Ruuski people, but also a defender of conservatism, of all that is always dear to the people of the normal state - a defender of family foundations, a defender of faith, a defender of everything that we call the "Slavic World".
  16. mamont5
    mamont5 April 16 2014 12: 14
    0
    "The American empire, the last of the great Western empires, may soon disappear as unexpectedly as the other empires of the 20th century."

    It’s time, or else her agony has dragged on. Itself falls into the abyss and tries to drag others behind itself.
  17. Stinger
    Stinger April 16 2014 12: 21
    0
    It seems to me that some Arab leaders began to use Americans as mercenaries to solve their interests. The arrogant nature of the foreign policy is used by arrogance. And for the American money. Fighters for democracy smoothly became gendarmes. We have also been used in the recent past. But, demobilization is inevitable, as the author of the article correctly noted.
  18. polite people
    polite people April 16 2014 12: 40
    0
    All evil all the same, sooner or later comes to an end.
    http://youtu.be/rR4jT3_lOas
  19. SHOCK.
    SHOCK. April 16 2014 13: 01
    +2
    America is hated by the whole world, including Europe, which is essentially under occupation. Why is all this cheese boring about Ukraine? Because Russia dared to disobey, and this is a precedent, you look and others will follow this example. Therefore, they try to punish somehow but ... hands are short. You cannot embrace the immensity, and the good and the bad will come to an end sooner or later. Here, for Russia, the time of humiliation and kicks has ended, but for America it is just beginning.
  20. Sergey Sitnikov
    Sergey Sitnikov April 16 2014 13: 04
    0
    Who is in such a big deal ... just not to return the money to the rest of the world, America will go bankrupt, or the idea will lose and go bankrupt, start a war and go bankrupt, sell the fleet and go bankrupt, the volcano will burn it and go bankrupt - the end is one and it’s close as many people write including buchanan!
    The situation is frightening, but I already experienced 41 winter in the Urals and I will certainly survive one long one - a dugout in a mixed forest and thousands of hares around, and the main supply - cartridges, d / t, the right clothes and shoes! But how Florida or Ibiza, the Cote d'Azur, Thailand or Japa will interrupt: I will listen on the radio!
  21. jktu66
    jktu66 April 16 2014 13: 16
    0
    But the Western gospel, which claims that all religions, races, nations and tribes are equal, and should be treated equally, receives support in words, but there is no faith in it.

    What an undisguised lie ... The Western gospel is hatred and intolerance of dissent, everything that contradicts the interests of the policy of expansion and robbery of neocolonies. All words about democracy and equality are empty words. The policy of double standards is proof of this.
  22. Giant thought
    Giant thought April 16 2014 13: 29
    0
    In fact, we do not advise anyone to meddle in our affairs, otherwise it will be possible to get on the nose, or even in the jaw, it will not seem enough.
  23. Andrey L
    Andrey L April 16 2014 13: 54
    0
    Quote: rassel0889
    Rather, America would have pulled off at its stop

    ... on a high bridge over the abyss ....
  24. yana532912
    yana532912 April 16 2014 14: 22
    0
    Churchill once said, I can’t vouch for the verbatim, but "democracy is like that, but unfortunately nothing else has been invented."
    As for religion, my own opinion, monotheism brought the world much more suffering and grief than polytheism. Maybe not right?
  25. Turkir
    Turkir April 16 2014 14: 24
    0
    Buchanan - well done. Sobering up American chauvinists.
    War is not computer toys.
  26. DimYang
    DimYang April 16 2014 14: 34
    -1
    Let him reason for himself. As there one movie hero said: "Kirdyk will soon be your America."
  27. JoylyRoger
    JoylyRoger April 16 2014 14: 34
    0
    America has already passed its stop
  28. federal
    federal April 16 2014 14: 46
    0
    Yes, what America is a nation, there is such a compote that even Russia is resting. Only we have equal rights, and seriously, the oppression of the national and state-forming people, and in the United States, reservations for indigenous peoples and their planned destruction.
    But in moderately nationalist views I do not see anything bad, but this should not turn into genocide.
  29. kodxnumx
    kodxnumx April 16 2014 15: 26
    0
    but they shit oh how will RUSSIA! And the fact that they take up positions on all fronts is a FACT!