By INS Contributors
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: A significant part of Putin’s speech at the Valdai Forum was devoted to the civilizational approach to international relations.
Putin postulates the diversity and equality of civilizations, which are based on culture, traditions, historical experience and values. In full accordance with the traditions of the Russian civilizational school, he advocates an organic approach, according to which strong statehood grows from “civilizational roots” and cannot be implanted from the outside. Putin reminds that “one cannot betray one’s civilization - this is the path to general chaos, this unnatural and disgusting."
From these positions, Putin enters into polemics with two “pillars” of modern Western thought - Francis Fukuyama and Samuel Huntington. The “guru” of globalists, Fukuyama, proclaimed the end of history, after which the whole world will be unified according to Western standards.
Huntington, on the contrary, recognized the diversity of civilizations, but saw in this a danger, a threat to humanity. The American philosopher put forward the theory of a “clash of civilizations” in which the West must certainly win. In the late 90s, Huntington became popular in Russia, because he recognized our country as having a special civilizational identity.
However, the West never does anything for nothing. In his book “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order,” Huntington painted a detailed scenario for the Third World War.
It is noteworthy that in Huntington and Fukuyama, the West positions itself as the only possible “civilized world,” and those who disagree with this, according to Putin, are driven into “civilization” with the baton of an “enlightened master.”
Putin contrasts the doctrine of the “clash of civilizations” with the idea of a “synergy of civilizations.” In essence, he proposes to go between the Scylla of the globalist world dictatorship and the Charybdis of the “war of all against all”, to enter the trajectory of building a just world order.
It is worth recalling that Putin consistently calls Russia “a distinctive state-civilization.” Now this formula has acquired a new meaning: Putin believes that it contains “the basic principles of the world order, for the victory of which we hope.”