We don't need lessons in civilization, not even from the West.
Vast majority of minority groups are loyal to Russia and fought side by side with us when the Nazis tried to exterminate Russians, and continue to serve Russia.
So yes their problem is my problem. Of course not all of them have a problem, most don't care themselves and are mentally just Russians. But still everyone's a Russian citizen and has to have the same rights.
Well it is an issue everywhere... here in New Zealand the local Maori demand their language is taught in schools... the problem is that some tribes are stronger than others so essentially the Maori language that is taught in New Zealand schools is North Island Maori... if it is worth saving then I think it all needs to be saved, but the obvious problem to start with is that the schools now have to teach Maori... who is going to teach them?
Not everyone who speaks a language is a good teacher.
The point if I want to learn South Island Maori I need to organise that myself and then put up with pricks who learned north island maori and think that is the correct maori and the dialect I am using is wrong, but if it is worth keeping the language and culture alive doesn't that apply to all regional types?
My family tree includes welsh and scottish and irish as well as english branches but I only ever learned english at school... would I be a better New Zealander if I learned those other languages as well. If I wanted to learn them I could but should I expect the New Zealand School system to provide it? There were japanese and chinese and people from other countries around the world in my classes at school... how many languages should a school cater to?
From a schools perspective do they teach the local languages and Russian only... what if they have a class of children from other areas would they need to get teachers in that speak those languages too... it is a huge can of worms.
If you make it optional and no one chooses the option what then.... if no one chooses the option for the next 20 years and then you get someone who wants to learn but there are no teachers to teach it...
Personally I would take it out of schools and build museums and research centres for culture where they could run teaching classes in the language and culture and anyone who wants to go gets funding from the state. It could be like a university type thing that includes research and preservation so information is collected and kept for future generations that might become interested in their past... especially when they lose their connection to the present.
But Russia is different in that's it's a colonial empire that instead of collapsing started the transition into a socialist state before that, and now we're reverting to the empire model which will inevitably lead to dissent and collapse in the long-term. This trend must be reversed.
New Zealand is a former colony, and we have no plans to collapse... I don't think of myself as white... I am just a New Zealander, and when I see other New Zealanders I really don't care what their skin colour is or how their last name sounds to me... a New Zealand citizen is a New Zealander as far as I am concerned and I expect no less in return.
But as you say, the west is not something Russia should emulate... which is why I approve western sanctions on Russia... it is tough love but it also protects you from following a road that leads to a cliff and a fall.
The situation is not uniform; in some republics everyone learns the native language including Russians, whereas in others they've been removed altogether. This violates the constitution, as there is clearly demand for non-Russian language education
I would think the situation would be based on the situation wouldn't it? If everyone speaks Russian and few speak the local language then there is less reason to teach the local language. If everyone speaks the local language and Russian then teach everybody both.
I'm a patriot of Russia and I see where the country is heading, making the same mistakes as the Russian Empire and the later half of the Soviet Union, and all because our dickhead leaders don't want what's best for the country and are afraid of leaving power, as they'll be prosecuted inevitably afterwards.
Who is going to lead a country when there is a witch hunt at the end to prosecute afterwards?
I would say of all the politicians around the world the only ones that have stuck to their guns in the interests of their people were Russian.... even China gave in to some sanctions...
This whole tribalism thing is a result of all this bureaucracy, all these oligarch groups, lobbies, filling people's minds with backwards nonsense to subjugate them to their own business interests. Tribalism will always exist but it's inflamed exactly by people who install themselves in power and then eye a comfy seat for themselves as the heads of some community or independent Bantutistan loyal to NATO and American business interests.
Isn't having local languages promoting and enabling tribal differences?
Remove the intellectual vanguardism that modern governments are ruled by, when the people in power decide they know what's best for the population instead of asking the people themselves, presenting their theories and discussing counter-theories.
That is all well and good, but asking the people is not always the best solution... examples would be the election of Trump, and Brexit.
The real problem is supply of honest information, and with the BBC and Brexit the BBC was for remain... the fact that the people voted to exit suggests the people don't trust the BBC any more than I do... but there never seemed to be any proper debate and discussion about what it would all mean just each side trying scare tactics to get people to vote their way.
In the same sense elections in the west have become popularity contests... you can promise anything you like... there is no accountability once you are in...
And there are usually only 2 candidates to choose from and often one is total shit but you vote for them because the other one is worse.
The western model is no better even though you are using it now technically.
The USSR's achievements were not because of the Russian people, or the wider Soviet people. The achievements were because of its social order, its economic order, it's education system. Whatever all that is, is what society of people you get. What I see between then and now is a steady degradation of people in knowledge, critical thinking abilities, and so on. We're becoming serfs.
Well I thought in the early 1990s that it would be rather better to change from communism to a more socialist structure with elections and then decide which way you want to go... instead you pretty much went through the fire sale slash and burn process that has killed smaller countries like the Ukraine...
I might move this and other posts to the western decline thread as I would like to read about FPs thoughts on a better society model... certainly the everything is for sale US model doesn't work.