Svyatoslavich wrote:Anatoly Karlin has said that in the last 20 years Russia and the West switched roles: the USSR was a profoundly ideological country, which sought to impose its system to the entire world, while the West was much less ideologized (not totally, though), much more reality and interests-oriented. The end of the USSR brought an euphoria in the US that seemed to confirm their old ideology of "manifest destiny", that their country was undefeatable and the only "benign superpower" in history, that gave justifications to neocons (who had been around since the 50') that US capitalism and democracy was the perfect regime and that its role was to export it to the entire world. Add to this the spiritual crisis that began in the 60's, when Christianity was almost entirely abandoned. Russia went the opposite path since the fall of the USSR: desideologization (Putin is not "rightist" nor "leftist", not "capitalist" nor "socialist"), stromg assertment of Russian interest over any "guiding idea", and a partial restoration of Christianity. So I agree with Karlin.
The "non-ideology ideology" of post Soviet Russia is brilliant. It cuts the zealots off at the neck from engaging in any excesses
(massive human rights abuse) in the name of the ideology. I see it as a natural defense mechanism of Russian society which
threw off an ideological yoke and was not about to replace it with another one. Although it is clear that a lot of effort is made
to foist ideology (e.g. monetarism at the CBR and Finance Ministry) on Russia even today.
Political correctness has taken over not just the USA but all of NATO. This is not some soft "tolerance". As pointed out in the
video this is rapid totalitarianism. Laws are being foisted on Canadians and Europeans (eventually America) which make any
criticism of Islam (e.g. Sharia) a hate crime and illegal. There should be open season on Salafi Islam and in particular the heretical
branch known as Wahabbism. Christian fundamentalists don't get special protection in the law. But then, they don't engage in
head chopping. When you see feminists dressing up in hijabs and praising Sharia, you know something is f*cked up and seriously.