We are reaping the fruits of the so-called “postmodernism”, which, as if in a blender, mixed various ingredients, distorting the truth, calling outright lies “post-truth”, erasing the boundaries of good and evil, destroying the limits of what is acceptable, emasculating the essence of universal human values.
As long as this happened at the level of art practice or personal experience of individuals, it was considered normal that everyone has the right to freedom of thought and speech, even if these thoughts and words were then embodied in things that were not very tolerable. We had Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City, Andres Breivik with his “2083 European Declaration of Independence”, the Oslo bombings and the mass shooting on the island of Utoya.
In the end, the symbol of the era became the Joker from the eponymous film by Todd Phillips, a mad rebel who took on a mission to decide the fate of others.
But it turned out that this is not an unhappy ending, it is only the first flowers of a real apocalypse, initiated by the same crazy dictator from the Kremlin. Putin is a Joker on a global scale, and his “personal post-truth” is beyond any written or unwritten laws, rules, values, ultimately, even his beloved “scrap”.
The symbol of the era was the Joker from the eponymous film by Todd Phillips, a mad rebel who took on the mission of deciding the fate of others
As long as the world speaks to the bunker grandfather in a language acceptable to normal people, Russia, led by him, will go further and further in its virtually unpunished aggression. Norms and conventions of international law, agreements and memoranda, pacts and resolutions are “in the furnace”. Putin’s revisionism extends not only to the global order, it encroaches on a unipolar world, which will be dominated by totalitarianism, contempt for human rights and freedoms, and the right of force and the strong. His goal is not so much Ukraine, it just unfortunately turned out to be close at hand, he is targeted against democracy as a system that is a priori unacceptable for dictatorships.
All the crazy ideas from Ilyin to Dugin, all these mysteries of Eurasia, are the spewing of the Horde psychology that accumulated in the imperial brains of Russian rulers for centuries. From the oprichnina of Ivan the Terrible to wild Stalinism, reanimated by Putin and the Chekist gang. Boris Akunin, in a conversation with the editor-in-chief of “The American Interest” Geoffrey Gedmin and the correspondent of “Le Figaro” Laura Mandeville, convincingly argues that “this is not Putinism. This is a 500-year-old system of governing the state, which is based on the monopoly of the executive power and on hypercentralization. I tend to think that any new leader or new government, even a democratic one at first, will soon reproduce the same matrix – unless the system is fundamentally changed.”
We are now wondering what else Putin and his camarilla are capable of? For a nuclear strike? To repeat Stalin’s crime with the Dnipro HPP in Kakhovka? For the use of chemical weapons? What will you decide after Buchi, Irpen, Mariupol, Olenivka?
Putin does not need diplomats, but paramedics, not ultimatums or conditions for negotiations, but a straitjacket. And even better – the gallows after the international tribunal
Naive questions, like how a crazed maniac would behave under certain circumstances. We don’t have a comprehensive answer to any of these questions because there are no answers. Such questions contain more meanings than the answers to them.
What various experts and specialists tell us concerns, I emphasize once again, an adequate responsible person-leader. And when it comes to Putin and his “deep people”, it’s useless to talk about normality.
Putin does not need diplomats, but paramedics, not ultimatums or conditions for negotiations, but a straitjacket. And even better – the gallows after the international tribunal.
But the postmodern world seems incapable of such an option. Then everything falls on the shoulders of Ukraine and its Armed Forces. And, I believe, we will cope with this mission.
About the author. Ihor Hulyk is a journalist, editor-in-chief of the website “Espresso. Zahid”.
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