Vladimir Putin to the Rescue: “A Healthy Conservatism!”

Vladimir Putin to the Rescue: “A Healthy Conservatism!”

From a Speech to the Valdai Discussion Club, by Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, Oct 22, 2021

[President Putin’s speech covered a lot of topics with respect to economics, war, global politics, international co operation, climate change, Covid, and other matters. Below is the section of his talk on the family, and family values. Western progressives, radicals, leftists, the whole smarmy lot need to heed the words of a man whose country was ruined by exactly the sort of dreamland they imagine, and is only now returning to normal.]

Ladies and gentlemen,

To begin with, I would like to thank you for coming to Russia and taking part in the Valdai Club events…

              We look in amazement at the processes underway in the countries which have been traditionally looked at as the standard-bearers of progress. Of course, the social and cultural shocks that are taking place in the United States and Western Europe are none of our business; we are keeping out of this. Some people in the West believe that an aggressive elimination of entire pages from their own history, “reverse discrimination” against the majority in the interests of a minority, and the demand to give up the traditional notions of mother, father, family and even gender, they believe that all of these are the mileposts on the path towards social renewal.

Listen, I would like to point out once again that they have a right to do this, we are keeping out of this. But we would like to ask them to keep out of our business as well. We have a different viewpoint, at least the overwhelming majority of Russian society – it would be more correct to put it this way – has a different opinion on this matter. We believe that we must rely on our own spiritual values, our historical tradition and the culture of our multiethnic nation.

The advocates of so-called ‘social progress’ believe they are introducing humanity to some kind of a new and better consciousness. Godspeed, hoist the flags as we say, go right ahead. The only thing that I want to say now is that their prescriptions are not new at all. It may come as a surprise to some people, but Russia has been there already. After the 1917 revolution, the Bolsheviks, relying on the dogmas of Marx and Engels, also said that they would change existing ways and customs and not just political and economic ones, but the very notion of human morality and the foundations of a healthy society. The destruction of age-old values, religion and relations between people, up to and including the total rejection of family (we had that, too), encouragement to inform on loved ones – all this was proclaimed progress and, by the way, was widely supported around the world back then and was quite fashionable, same as today. By the way, the Bolsheviks were absolutely intolerant of opinions other than theirs.

This, I believe, should call to mind some of what we are witnessing now. Looking at what is happening in a number of Western countries, we are amazed to see the domestic practices, which we, fortunately, have left, I hope, in the distant past. The fight for equality and against discrimination has turned into aggressive dogmatism bordering on absurdity, when the works of the great authors of the past – such as Shakespeare – are no longer taught at schools or universities, because their ideas are believed to be backward. The classics are declared backward and ignorant of the importance of gender or race. In Hollywood memos are distributed about proper storytelling and how many characters of what colour or gender should be in a movie. This is even worse than the agitprop department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Countering acts of racism is a necessary and noble cause, but the new ‘cancel culture’ has turned it into ‘reverse discrimination’ that is, reverse racism. The obsessive emphasis on race is further dividing people, when the real fighters for civil rights dreamed precisely about erasing differences and refusing to divide people by skin colour. I specifically asked my colleagues to find the following quote from Martin Luther King: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by their character.” This is the true value. However, things are turning out differently there. By the way, the absolute majority of Russian people do not think that the colour of a person’s skin or their gender is an important matter. Each of us is a human being. This is what matters.

In a number of Western countries, the debate over men’s and women’s rights has turned into a perfect phantasmagoria. Look, beware of going where the Bolsheviks once planned to go – not only communalising chickens, but also communalising women. One more step and you will be there.

Zealots of these new approaches even go so far as to want to abolish these concepts altogether. Anyone who dares mention that men and women actually exist, which is a biological fact, risk being ostracised. “Parent number one” and “parent number two,” “’birthing parent” instead of “mother,” and “human milk” replacing “breastmilk” because it might upset the people who are unsure about their own gender. I repeat, this is nothing new; in the 1920s, the so-called Soviet Kulturtraegers also invented some newspeak believing they were creating a new consciousness and changing values that way. And, as I have already said, they made such a mess it still makes one shudder at times.

Not to mention some truly monstrous things when children are taught from an early age that a boy can easily become a girl and vice versa. That is, the teachers actually impose on them a choice we all supposedly have. They do so while shutting the parents out of the process and forcing the child to make decisions that can upend their entire life. They do not even bother to consult with child psychologists – is a child at this age even capable of making a decision of this kind? Calling a spade a spade, this verges on a crime against humanity, and it is being done in the name and under the banner of progress.

Well, if someone likes this, let them do it. I have already mentioned that, in shaping our approaches, we will be guided by a healthy conservatism. That was a few years ago, when passions on the international arena were not yet running as high as they are now, although, of course, we can say that clouds were gathering even then. Now, when the world is going through a structural disruption, the importance of reasonable conservatism as the foundation for a political course has skyrocketed – precisely because of the multiplying risks and dangers, and the fragility of the reality around us.

This conservative approach is not about an ignorant traditionalism, a fear of change or a restraining game, much less about withdrawing into our own shell. It is primarily about reliance on a time-tested tradition, the preservation and growth of the population, a realistic assessment of oneself and others, a precise alignment of priorities, a correlation of necessity and possibility, a prudent formulation of goals, and a fundamental rejection of extremism as a method. And frankly, in the impending period of global reconstruction, which may take quite long, with its final design being uncertain, moderate conservatism is the most reasonable line of conduct, as far as I see it. It will inevitably change at some point, but so far, do no harm – the guiding principle in medicine – seems to be the most rational one. Noli nocere, as they say.

Again, for us in Russia, these are not some speculative postulates, but lessons from our difficult and sometimes tragic history. The cost of ill-conceived social experiments is sometimes beyond estimation. Such actions can destroy not only the material, but also the spiritual foundations of human existence, leaving behind moral wreckage where nothing can be built to replace it for a long time.

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  1. Vladimir Putin is a articulate,smart and a fine leader.Sadly these days in the western world homosexuality is extremely promoted especially lesbianism,naturally if all women were only practicing lesbians the human race would of died out long ago.One lesbian activist and actress bragged on a tv show that alittle boy had 7 mothers and the audience applauded of course in reality all kids whenever possible deserve both a mom and a dad not just a bunch of moms.Just last week in my area the local newspaper had a article of a lesbian woman new children book promoting homosexuality in Christianity but the real fact is Saint Paul informed same sex sex acts is not natural and unGodly even the universal King Jesus Christ declared marriage is exclusively for one man and one woman I think Saint Paul and Jesus Christ know more about Christian sexual morality then that pro lesbian Christian author.Thus it’s nice to know their still a few world leaders with good sexual morality common sense. Victor Orban the Prime Minister of Hungary is another fine leader.Vladimir Putin supports the Russian Orthodox Church and that is really something great considering after the many years Russian communism tried to destroy the Church.Mr.Putin even now has the Russian constitution declare marriage is exclusively for one man and one woman and he did this fairly by simply asking Russian citizens if they want marriage to be for one man and one woman or to include homosexual couples and the Russian citizens freely voted by a large majority that is marriage is for one man and one woman.Also I do not hate homosexual people whatsoever but people should be allowed publicly to disagree to homosexuality or agree homosexuality this would be real freedom !.

  2. In one of Martin Gilbert’s books on the life of Winston Churchill, he said that, with respect to the Third Reich (a regime that Winston spoke out against and unfortunately was not listened to), “Nazi Germany was not for everybody, just everybody that wanted to live”. Much the same could be said about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. It is not a democracy, there is no independent judiciary or rule of law, and he is not our friend. So with all due respect to Larry, he is not “a fine leader”. Canada has troops in the Baltics to protect those nations from Mr. Putin’s Russia. Mr. Putin is just doing what the Soviets did; attempting to destabilize and divide their Western opponents. That isn’t to say our country is above criticism, or that the current political and cultural environment in Canada has become rife with what is referred to as “Wokeism” (it has), but I would not ascribe any altruistic motives to President Putin. Forewarned is forearmed.

  3. Actually Russia does have a constitutional court and it’s a separate independent court.As for democracy Russian citizens elect their president directly through a popular vote every six years and Vladimir Putin has now made it so that a Ruusian president has a limitation of no more than two six years terms.Russia now has a more honest way of electing their president than Canada does electing a Prime Minister, a popular vote meaning who gets the most votes wins in Russia whereas in Canada the last two elections the Conservative leaders received more votes from Canadian citizens than the feminist Liberal leader Justin Trudeau yet Justin Trudeau won both times.

  4. Would also add,here in Canada the Prime Minister appoints Senators,Lieutenant Governors and the Governor General and the province of Quebec has it’s own immigration system plus at least three of the nine Supreme Court Justices have to be from Quebec this is not exactly democracy.Also in 1967 the Liberal Party of Canada officially introduced Canada’s new flag a “RED” maple leaf,maple leafs are green the reason for the RED maple leaf is because that’s the official color of the federal Liberal Party now that’s politics over reality.In fact the federal Liberal Party in Canada has done a long list of forcing their ideology onto Canadian citizens without democracy.Justin Trudeau when first running for PM in 2015 said he would balance the federal budget by 2019 he did not do it and that was before covid 19.The United States at the end of WW2 by force changed much of Japanese culture to the United States likening and the United States have stuck their noses into many countries around the world to suit ther own benefits and interests and poor Vladimir Putin is constantly being knocked down and often unfairly and out of context by the Western World mainstream media because he has Russian interests hey he is the Russian president but Vladimir Putin is a compassionate man too he recently brought in about 10,000 refugees also Vladimir is straight forward he is pro Russian culture he is not sly about that and his Russia is better than the previous Soviet Union and he’s a better leader than Justin Trudeau in my opinion.

    1. Matthew 7:15-20

      Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.

      Canada isn’t perfect, but it is the best country in the world and I’m proud to be a Canadian. If Putin and Russia are so great, why are there international sanctions against Russia? Why is Russia meddling in Ukraine? If he is better than Prime Minister Trudeau, why don’t you move there? Japanese culture was changed to the benefit of the Japanese. The Bushido culture was warlike. Japan became a democracy. Japan attacked America and they got what they deserved.

  5. The west and organizations constantly puts their noses into other country’s,governments and peoples business.Native Indians,LGBT,China Iran ect.,do so constantly.Since Validimir Putin became the Russian president he has lowered the Russian poverty level from 40% to 20% and Validimir said this is better but still not good enough thus Validimir is working hard to improve Russsia’s economy plus Putin has revitalized Russia military so it’s no long a joke the way it was at the end of the Soviet Union era,for Validimir Putin’s side of the story checkout Russian Insight on youtube there you’ll find what Vlaidimir Putin says and how the west and the western liberal media portrays him are often much different !.The Russian Collusion where the Democracts in the United States blame Validimir Putin for getting Trump elected president however after almost a two years investigation with millions of dollars spent with a democrat heading up the team of investigaters Valimimir was cleared the thorough report found to real evidence Putin interfered with the U.S.2016 election.Lets go to the 1998 Iraq Liberation Act that ACT was endorsed by the U.S.Congress and sighn by then U.S.president Bill Clinton in 1998 and that Act was for the U.S. to remove the then Iraq president and create a democracy in the Iraq.How about Iran their leaders publicly saying they what to blow Isreal off the map and death to the United States.My point again all countrys and organizations have their own interests.As for the Ukraine their a lot of Russians in the Ukraine who want to join with Russia plus the Ukraine has a powerful connection and history with Russia by way of the Soviet Union the west likes to put sanctions on Russia because they don’t like Putin.And yes Validimir Putin is a fine Russian and world leader line up how Putin gives speaches and answers questions compared to the west top leader Joe Biden if Joe Bidens telepromptor is removed Joe Biden is often lost and the liberal media in the U.S. has been easy on Joe too.Validimir Putin was informing the world transgenderism should not be taught to kids because little kids are not yet at mature mindset to decide to be changed into the other gender whereas Justin Trudeau and Joe Biden are in favour of trangenderism being taught to kids.Also i’m not Russian I was born in Canada I’m half German and half Chinese.As for China their now the biggest polluters in the world plus they have slave wages for many of their production labour workers.Mike you say Japan deserved what the United States did to them Japan attacked a United States military base killing about three thousand mostly U’S’ military personal, the U.S. attacked two large nonmilitary cities with atomic bombs killing hundrens of thousands of Japanese citizens and causing sickeness and diseases to hundrens of more Japanese citizens for years due to radiation from the U.S. atomic bombs.The United Stated could have won the war against Japan by destroying Japans military without dropping atomic bombs on Japanese cities.Am I against the United States no the United Stated have also done lots of good too.As for moving to Russia I know no one there I don’t speak Russian and I have a job here in Canada just because I defend Validimir Putin against the west misinformation about him and because I like the guy does mean I have to move there in fact I still like Canada I just don’t like the road the federal Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau is taking Canada down too.Excample the serb I know a woman who has not worked for years and years yet she told me she collected two thousand dollars a month from serb for something like nine months,Trudeau government did not even checkup her situation no doubt Trudeau was trying to buy his reelection with other peoples money.SimplyJustin Trudeay is irresponsible with tax payers money and often has wacky ideas that most Canadians are not even interested in.

  6. You seem to be very concerned with “whataboutism” Larry. Do you also defend the Holodomor? Isn’t Ukraine an independent country? With respect to Japan’s conduct during WW2, perhaps you should check their record with respect to civilians in China. Are you familiar with the Rape of Nanking? In any event, whether or not you like our current PM, he has won 3 elections do somebody voted for him and his party. I would repeat there are Canadians and other members of NATO defending small countries from Mr. Putin. If he is such a great guy, why are there so many countries who fear Russia?

  7. The Ukraine was part of Russia within the Soviet Union also their’s alot of people in the Ukraine who love Russia not the Ukraine government because if the Ukraine rejoined Russia those Ukraine government personnel would lose their government jobs.Does Validimir Putin have a interest in the Ukraine yes because if the Ukraine rejoined Russia,Russia would become about 25% more stronger and powerful plus the Ukraine would benefit too kind of like if the New York Rangers had join the the Montreal Canadians hockey team in the mid 1970’s then the Montreal Canadians would have had even a greater hockey team.The western world does not want the Ukraine to rejoin Russia because the western world is afraid of the power and influence that would create in Russia thus the sanctions against Putin plus the western world is now sadly going into wokeness and Vladimir Putin is not just earlier today in the UK some members of that parliament now wants the word Christmas removed because it offends some minority groups.It seems Vladimir Putin Russia is kind of like the United States of the 1950’s and the western world especially now the United States is kind of like the Soviet Union of the 1950’s of course not exactly but their is some direction in that area.Another example say California separated from the United States this year then 30 years from now a U.S.president wanted to get California back into the United States and a fair amount of Caliornians wanted this too but then comes along China putting sanctions on the United States because they don’t want the United States president inferring with the country of California but really what is happening is China is afraid if California rejoins the United States the United States would become more powerful thus China wants to block it this is kind of what the western world is doing to Vladimir Putin from the west now regarding the sanctions the west has imposed on Russia.

  8. Just another example of Vladimir Putin straightforwardness and honesty he does not like the Soviet Union former KGB he even publicly stated the KGB had done some terrorism and Vladimir should know because he was the head of the KGB at it’s end he is glad the KGB is gone.Vladimir Putin also has a sense of humor during a press conference one of his ministers probably his minister of trade had mentioned exporting Russia pork to a Islamic country Vladimir starting laughing and corrected his minister informing no Russia will not be exporting pork to that country.Checkout Russian Insight videos on youtube especially Vladimir Putin’s speeches and his answering questions clearly whether you agree with him or not he comes across as knowledgeable,informative,smart and articulate head over shoulders to Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau.But their is no doubt the North America liberal media is against Vladimir Putin they favour Joe Biden just checkout Hunter Biden who is Joe Biden’s son laptop computer situation.A computer repair shop owner stated Hunter brought his laptop computer into the shop and sighn a invoice his signature is there also their’s hundrens of photo’s of Hunter Biden smoking crack cocaine and with Chinese hookers ect.,even Hunter’s former friend and business partner stated that was Hunter laptop computer also on that computer is some damaging information concerning very likely connected to Joe Biden himself yet with the exception of the New York Post the U.S.liberal media almost entirely ignored that news Hunter himself later said after his dad was elected president during a tv interview that laptop computer most certainly could be his or it might be Russian propaganda.In my opinion I strongly suspect that is Hunter Biden computer.

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