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Russian Conception of Globalization - Sustainable Development of Humanity or another Alternative to Western Globalization?

Monday, 09 November 2015 22:11 | Hits: 7629 |

What is Russia?

The Russian Federation is the largest state in the world, consisting of more than 80 regions, and is home to over 145 million people. It is composed of many nationalities and religions, all of whom comprise the multinational Russian people.

However, Russia is not only a state, but it is also one of the regional civilizations, of which there are currently three on our planet: the Western civilization, which we wrote about in the article “Anatomy of the Dominant conception of Globalization” http://newyouthpolicy.org/en/articles-en/195-dominant-conception-of-globalization, the Eastern civilization, which we wrote about in the article dedicated to the question “What is the East suggesting to the World at the new stage of Globalization?” http://newyouthpolicy.org/en/articles-en/207-east-project-of-globalization-en. Nevertheless, the foregoing articles did not deal with the question of what a civilization really is,how one civilization differs from another or how civilizations can develop.

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The Saint-Petersburg Consensus – a new economic policy for the World

Tuesday, 23 December 2014 02:08 | Hits: 12574 |

This document in Russian, English and French languages has been sent worldwide to the largest international organizations, heads of state, financial ministries, ministries of economic development and international affairs.

We are the Eurasian youth represented by a social, international, non-profit organization “New Youth Policy” (Brussels, Belgium) who are proud to present a new international consensus “The Saint-Petersburg consensus” (henceforth — “the Consensus”), the principles of which may come into effect after you, Madam/Sir, have read this letter. 

We believe that the principles expressed in the “Saint-Petersburg сonsensus” are much fairer than the currently existing ones, and represent a roadmap for sustainable development.

Links to the document as PDF:

Russian languagehttp://newyouthpolicy.org/images/FILES/Sankt-Peterburgskij_konsensus-novaya_ekonomicheskaya_politika_dlya_mira.pdf

English language: http://newyouthpolicy.org/images/FILES/Saint-Petersburg_consensus-a_new_economic_policy_for_the_World.pdf

French language: http://newyouthpolicy.org/images/FILES/Le_Consensus_de_Saint-Petersbourg-la_nouvelle_politique_economique_pour_le_monde.pdf

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Energy, Science, Education: Issues and Interdependencies

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:00 | Hits: 38797 |

This article was written based on the presentation given by Alexei Mankovski at the international conference “Youth, Science, Innovation” that took place on April 21-23 2014 in the city of Kazan, Russia, and was attended by representatives of “New Youth Policy” from Canada and Germany.

The Mission of Science

When discussing any subject, it is essential to start by laying out the key concepts. Thus it only makes sense to start the discussion of a topic directly related to science (as an aggregate of social institutions) by answering a very important question: what is science and what role does it have in society?

Science is a means of controlling (managing) all areas of social activity and, respectively, science is a product of the society’s culture. Science is tasked with solving cultural problems and crises, within the conception (the long term goals and the means of realizing them) of a given culture. Thus the fundamental question is, “What should the mission of science be?” - what problems will it be aiming to solve, with what intentions. Only after addressing that question can we give the answer to the other question, “What should science be like?” - i.e. which methods and means can science use to reach its goals, and which it cannot.

Science will be shaped one way if it’s generally oriented towards generating profits for private corporations and individuals, and quite differently if it’s generally oriented towards developing the creative potential of each person, as well as that of humanity as a whole, while facilitating an ecologically safe and sustainable way of life. Moreover, if science is truly oriented towards welfare and development, then regardless of various good-willed declarations on the subject, humanity would not be continuously dwelling in a crisis, and most definitely would not be aggravating it.

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Revolution for Dummies. On air in Ukraine.

Monday, 17 March 2014 21:35 | Hits: 7894 |

This series of articles is aimed to offer an alternative analysis of the 2014 ‘Maidan’ revolution in Ukraine. We’ll look through technologies of revolution making in a particular country and analyze roles of geopolitical stakeholders of the Maidan revolution.

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What is the East suggesting to the world at the new stage of globalization?

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:26 | Hits: 55984 |

When new problems arise in one particular country or a regional civilization, people escape the region, hoping to find peace of mind and wealth abroad. Many social groups in the Western society have adopted Eastern philosophic systems at the end of last century. Shops with ritualistic merchandise had started springing up in European capitals and around the world, like mushrooms overnight. Dalai Lama had been published in many languages and had become well known everywhere. The West would have never achieved the same quality of life, as it has now, without economic cooperation with China. The East had opened up to the general public of the West. While the East had been learning the West through technologies and business cooperation, the Western individual had been more interested in the Eastern philosophical traditions in hopes of solving problems related to one's mental state. At first sight, it seemed that the Eastern approach to the world and humanity has all of the advantages.

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Anatomy of the dominant conception of Globalization

Sunday, 08 December 2013 17:20 | Hits: 29341 |

The notion of Globalization

Nowadays, the term “globalization” is used quite often, but seldom there is definite understanding behind it. Therefore, before discussing problems concerning globalization, a definition of the term should first be given.

Globalization can be looked at as the process of construction of a culture uniting all of humanity. It is characterized by the integration of different countries and peoples into some common culture, where culture should be understood as all information, that is not transferred genetically in a ready-to-use form in the succession of generations.

Throughout human history, globalization manifests as the process of mutual influence of national cultures on each other. In the past, globalization was stimulated more by international trade and policies of conquest of other territories, whereas today it is stimulated more by technological consolidation of national economies into a single world economy.

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Who is winning at the new stage of globalization?

Friday, 29 November 2013 00:41 | Hits: 11463 |

 

On November 22, 2013 a conference held by the international non-profit organization “New Youth Policy” took place at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Brussels. The subject: “Globalization — the new stage”. Participants had the opportunity to view presentations on the topics of what is globalization itself as a process, and what are the currently existing scenarios of globalization: the currently dominating, Eastern (Chinese and Japanese) and Russian.

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What kind of candidates do we need?

Sunday, 15 September 2013 12:08 | Hits: 6035 |

On the occasion of the past local government elections in Estonia

Every autumn campaign posters of candidates for local government could be seen everywhere. The posters show that the number of politicians is off the normal scale.

“Proud throughout Estonia”, “Works”, “We will do it”, “New blood”. If any of the parties would restrain from posting wastepaper, then they could straight away be respected at least for not wasting financial and human resources. In essence, the time of slogans is irrevocably gone and such meaningless howls only prove it right.

Politics means many interests (from Greek: poly - many and tech - interest). So when there is no significant difference between interests of candidates, there is no politics. Right now, there is very little domestic politics in Estonia, instead there are many inter-party squabbles. Lets look at fundamental preconditions of the current state of affairs.

Throughout centuries, Estonia has been tossed from the Russian civilization to the Western civilization, and back. For the last 20 plus years, Estonia was allowed to be part of the EU with the condition of maintaining a certain political discipline. This political discipline involves a radical reduction of cooperation with Russia, de-Russification of the local population and refusal of concentration of any high-tech production and processes in the country. For doing all of this, Estonia is granted funds from the EU treasury that are significantly superior to Estonia’s economic results. With such great amounts of money, the national “elite” has completely imagined themselves as being "celestial", and for the commoners they have created a good enough infrastructure: lit up sidewalks, gifted new trams and trains, gave an opportunity to quickly earn some extra cash in the neighboring Scandinavia.

Understanding this, it is ridiculous to hear from candidates puny promises of improvement of living conditions: “The newborn benefits would be €300 more”, “We will repair Intra-district roads”. All of these would be done anyway, not because of a high quality of government domestically, but because of subsidies from EU in exchange for the aforementioned discipline of the local “elite”. Furthermore, this will not relieve the discomfort of residing in the country.

The social discomfort is conditioned, firstly, by the concessions described above, which the “elite” agreed to out of their own gain and comforting of the population by the European subsidies. Secondly, by the fact that European social problems are replicated by Estonia with the same speed as the Euro-integration process.

Countries of the Western civilization, including European ones, are inevitably coming close to the social and biospherical collapse. The reason for that is the version of globalization accepted by them. This version allows:

  • opposition of humans and the biosphere;
  • usury and, hence, economic slavery;
  • social divide by the principle of crowd and “elite”.

We could, of course, continue to Europeanize, but we have to clearly recognize the consequences of the chosen way of globalization. These consequences could be easily predicted by watching the Russian film “Kin-dza-dza”[1].

China and Japan have tried to propose their own values as global values in a series of state documents and actions. However, by looking closer at what keeps the Chinese and Japanese societies together, we can understand, that the same slavery and nature-fighting ambitions exist in those countries. Only these ambitions are practiced based on the local social doctrines and scriptures, and not based on the Bible, like in the West.

Russia, on the contrary, has always strived to live by conscience, in harmony with Nature and on principles of social justice. Of course, the Russian version of globalization is in no way tolerant to those living off of collected interest, and, therefore, for some the version of globalization based on usury has always been unacceptable. Also the Russian version of globalization requires from each individual certain efforts in restructuring his/her own psyche towards Humaneness. But putting efforts into improving oneself is also not to the liking of millions of ordinary people of all nationalities[2].

When there are no meaningful discussions of these conceptions of globalization at a state level, there is no domestic political debate, but only inter-party squabbles and intrigues.

In conclusion, the process of globalization has entered such stage, that even small countries and even local governments need such managers, that recognize existing conceptions of globalization, are capable of making a conscious choice between them, and capable of acting locally for the realization of the chosen conception into reality. So far, Estonian politicians have the worldview of "little people" and have discussions more suitable to janitors: “Our cause is small, and what do we care about various conceptions of globalization?”. But these are politicians, what about the people?

 

[1] Kin-dza-dza is a film about two people from the Soviet Union unexpectedly being transported to another galaxy, onto planet Pluke where a strict form of oligarchy rules. The civilization on the planet is highly developed technologically, possessing teleportation, time travel, and advanced weapon technology, but is devastated ecologically and socially as a result of the depraved moral state of its inhabitants.

[2] It should be noted that the far from prosperous state of the majority of the Russian population, of Russia itself, is due to the fact that Russia has not determined which way of globalization it will take, which currently makes it subject to the principles of globalization accepted by the West.



Initially published by our representative at https://medium.com/in-russian/e827cafe1c56 (original Russian version).

 

Russian Academy of Sciences reform

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 00:20 | Hits: 41475 |

Foreword to the English-speaking reader:

Although this article is largely specific to matters in Russia, many of the discussed problems  relate to scientific-research activity and education in general, and you are therefore encouraged to read it.

Now, after emotions concerning the rather unexpected announcement of the Russian Government about the proposed reform of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) have calmed, it’s a good time to try and understand the essence of the problem.

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Spoiled by USSR

Sunday, 01 September 2013 22:55 | Hits: 7172 |

Человек Человеку — Друг, Товарищ и Брат!

Translation of the picture: "Humane relations and mutual respect between people: Human to Human is a friend, comrade and brother!"

Vikenty Veresaev has noted about Leonid Andreev, that he does not acknowledge “the scariest and the most saving human feature — ability to get used to anything.”

This feature makes people’s life easier and more difficult at the same time. They get used to good and bad. After some time they start treating it just normal. People accustomed to good are called spoiled, accustomed to bad - corrupted.

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What is “Seliger”?

Monday, 19 August 2013 18:55 | Hits: 5010 |

The yearly youth educational forum “Seliger” traditionally gathers a huge number of youth. This year the forum welcomed around 6 000 people. Participants of the “New Youth Policy” were at the forum as regular participants, as well as educators of the “Working Youth” shift of the “Civil Forum”.

The audience at the forum was variegated. The organizers have tried to gather maximum number of people from various youth movements and organizations, mainly patriotic or pro-socialism directions.

So what is the all-Russian youth educational forum “Seliger”?

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