Shameful article by Vladislav Surkov, which shows levels of delusion of once main adviser to Putin on question of Ukraine and before that one of the main ideologists in Russian government establishment. To think that this person was once called "gray cardinal" and was main architect of "Ukrainian question" is outright scary.
Birth of the North
When Vasco da Gama went to look for a waterway to India in 1497, King Manuel ordered him to get an audience with the powerful overseas rulers of — Presbyter John and Raji Kalikut.
The order was only half executed. They made contact with Raja, but it didn’t work out with the presbyter. And it was especially annoying, because John was the king of a powerful Christian power that flourished « somewhere beyond the Nile », and Portugal expected, that he, as a co-religionist, will support her in the fight against intrances for control over the routes of spices and gold.
The alliance with the kingdom of presbyter was an essential element of the Portuguese expansion plan.
In the end, I had to adjust the plan. The Portuguese, to their credit, more or less managed alone. But their « dashed » empire in the Indian Ocean, for all its success, was still not as strong, vast and durable as it could, with the amount they attracted the resources of a major ally.
To blame Vasco Da Gamu for this half-failure would be, however, reckless. He did not make an alliance with the kingdom of John, not because he was negligent or insane, you can’t say such a thing about him. But because the kingdom never existed anywhere. Unfortunately.
King Manuel let down his studies — he relied on strictly scientific data and the most reliable sources in his plans. That time, of course.
Confidence that either in Africa or in Asia there is a fraternal superpower of the priest king, gave vigor to the crusaders of the twelfth century. They « knew » that he could speak to Palestine on their side. Then the Pope sent an embassy to John. Which, however, did not return. Later, Marco Polo reported on the « four » presbyter. Was his country « known to » Arabs, Byzantines, Persians, Mongols... « Familiar » and ancient Russian tradition called the Kingdom of Ivan.
The fact that this bright geopolitical hallucination for four hundred years to one degree or another influenced the behavior of serious states is not unusual. And if geopolitics is indeed « granular chessboard », then, in addition to completely wooden kings and pawns, there is always « present » ghostly, nonexistent, but naively intended for « strong moves » the figure of Ivan.
Each strategist has his own « pop Ivan », his favorite illusion, his own intoxicating error, freely located among sober calculations. Ivan's factor is the driving force of any big game. Without this false figure, no player would start the game. Just because I would not believe that you could win.
And the point here is not the desire to deceive or deceive. This is not cheating, but rather, simplicity.
Human thinking as such does not perceive reality in its pure form, but always as a reality supplemented. Complemented by what is unrealistic. Fiction works as a catalyst for action. And as a manifestation of truth. There is no movement without fiction. And the subsequent meeting with reality. Sometimes not joyful: « it was smooth on paper ... »
Reason generates errors as generously as true judgments. Unmistakable is unreasonable. ( artificial intelligence only then will be equal to human and surpass it when it learns to make mistakes )
In each ambitious plan of two or three fulcrum, through which it is supposed to turn the Earth, at least one is by definition fictitious.
In the current redistribution of the world, geopolitical hallucinations play no less role than in the Vasco da Gama era. And it’s not so important whether Washington strategists saw a embroidered print with « we will win ». Or the strategists of Berlin imagined that they « as always » with the supposedly characteristic « German pedantry » decisively understood everything and provided for everything. Or all of them together took Ukraine for the kingdom of Ivan, for the wonderful and ready-made abroad, which will help them.
It is important that in their bloody game goals will be achieved that no one is striving for today. And everyone will not get exactly what or not at all what he seeks. And momentary delusions will show a distant truth.
What can be distinguished in front if you try to look over the mirages? What happens if you remove false figures from the chessboard?
There will be the Great North — Russia, the USA and Europe, forming a common sociocultural space. Triune northern geopolitical cluster.
The foreboding of the North has already been identified in the increased use of the term « global South ». But there is no south without the north.
Once the concept of « the global North » was virtually synonymous with « West » and due to obvious duplication did not take root. Now the contours of the Great North, although barely visible, are passing and have a completely different meaning.
Now it’s hard to believe that conflicting systems will eventually reach a high level of convergence. But it was also difficult to believe in a single Russia when Mikhail Tverskaya fought with the Moscow principality. It was also difficult to believe in a united Europe during the time of Wallenstein. Or in the union of the states of America — at the beginning of the Yankee war with confederates.
We are facing a turbulent reaction of the synthesis of civilizations. Its result will be when all false things precipitate, dissolution of both the West and the East in the Great North.
All participants in this process are experiencing and will experience tragic transformations more than once, until they begin to approach each other for a joint historical project. It has already taken centuries and will take many decades.
Yes, soon. Yes — « not in our shift ». The chance of creating a large northern union was lost at the beginning of the zero, when our President invited the Americans to think about Russia's accession to NATO. The offer was rejected. Most likely, due to fear that inside the new security circuit, Moscow will be able to challenge Washington's hegemony and intercept leverage over « Jr. » alliance members.
Twice such offers are not made. The United States continues to live with its chronic phobias and mania. The EU is not yet independent, remaining an expanded version of Bizonia.
The path of Americans and Europeans from paranoia to methane dolog and gyrus, soon they will reach the right world. But never means soon.
The Great North is not utopia or dystopia, it will be neither idyll nor a gloomy place. — will be full of contradictions, and at the same time obsessed with the unifying idea of collective leadership.
The common future is predetermined by common roots.
The three largest northern civilizations, Russian, European and American, draw inspiration from the image of Pax Romana in their political development. The word of the elder Philotheus still implicitly directs Russia. The European Union proclaimed Karl the Great as its forefather, « Emperor of the Romans ». Washington's most famous hill is named after the legendary Capitol.
The source code for these three metacultures is laid in Iliad and the Gospel. Their relationship is obvious.
Our victory will change both us and the so-called West. It will be a new step towards the integration of the Great North, where our country will act as a solid for the global triumvirate.
The anger of this day will be replaced by creation. And this will merit not so many politicians of the future as Homer and St. Brand.