Thursday, April 10, 2014

Émile Durand on Ukraine and Russia

I've been as guilty as anybody else on the right of giving Putin the benefit of the doubt. I'm well aware of the meddling in the Ukraine situation by malignant entities like George Soros, the IDF, the EU, and John McCain, who never saw a crisis he didn't think he could make more critical. But I should take my own advice: When you walk in on a bar fight, don't try to automatically help the good guys. There may not be any good guys. My knee-jerk reaction, I suppose, was to come up with arguments for why we shouldn't intervene in the mess, so I naturally gravitated towards looking for justificationa for Putin's actions, since I'm a Buchananite at heart. I still think there is justification, but that's certainly not the whole story, because there's plenty of justification for Ukraine to resist his actions. And of course with the fall of the Soviet Union, I have a tendency to support anybody who tries to keep it from reverting, and again, I've been giving Putin the benefit of the doubt there, too.

Ukraine has been through the mill. It suffered tremendously under Stalin with Holodomor, so much that many Ukrainians welcomed the Third Reich armies as liberators. That had mixed results, to say the least, and after the war they returned to Soviet oppression. They muddled through till the fall of communism, and since then seem to have been jerked around by various Russian-puppet governments, corrupt and semi-authoritarian at best. Then they overthrew that and now have a central banker for Prime Minister, Arseniy Petrovych Yatsenyuk (Арсеній Петрович Яценюк), which is never a good sign. And now they've lost Crimea, which the Russians do seem to have a legitimate claim to. The country is between a rock and a hard place, sensibly fearful of Russia, but also vulnerable to exploitation by movers and shakers from the EU and Wall Street, as well as their own oligarchs and high-rollers.

Despite all that, or because of some of it, Émile Durand believes that we in the West (we, not our phoney-baloney governments) have a natural ally in the Ukrainian nationalist movement, if we play it right, not least because he sees Russia as not a possible ally of any kind. That's a downer, but reality is better than fantasy. At Counter-Currents, he writes:

Look to Ukraine

Previously, I wrote here extensively about the nature of Russian identity and how it crucially differs from European identity in many ways. In the present article I will discuss why it is naïve and delusional to expect Russia to help white Europeans in their struggle and, moreover, why Russia should not in principle be looked upon for any kind of help or spiritual guidance. 
In contrast, I will argue that it is Ukraine, and more particularly the recent Ukrainian Revolution, that should serve as a guidance and inspiration for western White Nationalists and by extension to whites all around the world.   
The Internal State of Russian Society
Contrary to what many distant observers may think, Russian society suffers the same decadence that is characteristic of the liberal West. Indeed, one can even argue that the situation in Russia is far grimmer.
For example, the disintegration of traditional family is being lamented in the West (and justifiably so). But the family has far more serious problems in Russia. For example, Russia has long had the highest divorce rate in the world. It may be partly attributed to economic problems. But this is still not an excuse. Many Third World countries are poorer than Russia. Nevertheless, they continue to preserve a firm, traditional family structure. Most importantly, according to a recent surveycheating turned out to be the main factor behind divorce (24%), followed by poverty (21%) and inability to compromise (19%). Although poverty can be attributed to harsh economic conditions, the other two factors are clearly indicative of a deep crisis of values within modern Russian society.
The ostensible attempts of the Putin government and the Orthodox Church to remedy the situation and reform Russian society in accordance with traditional values have had little, if any, success. Russian society — especially the youth — is fully in the grip of Western consumerism and decadence. Clearly, being patriotic and proud of one’s past does not in any way prevent one from succumbing to decadence. Sexual morals are as lax in Russian society as they are in the West, and Russian television is even more vulgar than in America. The majority of young Russians practice — or at least long for — a licentious lifestyle.
Like Catholicism and Protestantism, Orthodox Christianity is not strong enough to counter modern decadence. The church’s apparent rise in power and importance in post-Soviet Russia is only superficial. As with being a Russian patriot, being devoutly Orthodox is apparently not enough to prevent decadence in a person’s private life.
When the people look to the church and its leaders, they often see examples not of holiness but of flagrant corruption and hypocrisy. While the majority of the Russian population lives at the brink of poverty, many clerics, including Patriarch Kirill himself, are well-known for their opulence. Recently there was a controversy surrounding Patriarch Kirill after he was noticed wearing a Rolex watch. Many clerics are known to drive very expensive cars, live in sumptuous residences, and lead sybaritic lifestyles. Clearly, if they were concerned about uplifting social morals, they would be providing a better example.
The recent “anti-gay laws” will have little effect, because in Russia, as in the West, the breakdown of marriage and family life is the fault of the heterosexual majority. Prohibiting homosexual propaganda in the schools will obviously not turn Russian heterosexuals into better husbands and wives, fathers and mothers.
Moreover, in spite of its large oil and gas reserves, and in spite of not being governed by communism for more than 20 years now, Russia remains an essentially Third-World country with a weak economy and a crumbling infrastructure. In fact, it subsists only on its natural resources and nothing else. Many people live at the brink of poverty. Many towns, especially as one moves eastwards, still don’t have proper streets, electricity, and water supplies. Corruption, arbitrariness, and lack of humanity are rampant at all levels of administration. In the meantime, Putin and his entourage are only interested in increasing their ill-gotten riches and do not consider investing in the country and its people.   (Read the whole thing HERE.)
Quibcag: The illustration is the Hetalia personification of Ukraine, by NekoMayumi.


  1. Moreover, in spite of its large oil and gas reserves, and in spite of not being governed by communism for more than 20 years now, Russia remains an essentially Third-World country with a weak economy and a crumbling infrastructure

    Ukraine is far worse -- especially those portions that are not populated by Russians.

    1. This is something anti-Putinites conveniently forget. Russia's GDP per capita dwarfs Ukraine's.