of America's Demise Damages Russia's Reputation
initiatives border on masochism, inflicting harm and reputational damage on the
Russian government. One shouldn't think that Western - in particular American
journalists - consider this gibberish any kind of scoop. They simply perceive
it as a reflection of the thinking of the Russian authorities."
Igor Panarin: According to Wikipedia, a Russian political scientist, Candidate of Psychological Sciences, Doctor of Political Science, Academician of the Academy of Military Sciences, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow and Professor in its Department of Mass Communications and Public Relations. His theory that the United States in on teh verge of breakup has created tremendous controversy.
correspondent Mike Eckel visited the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for a 20 minute lecture by Professor Igor Panarin.
For the benefit of foreign journalists, the Foreign Ministry organized this free
session of pseudo political-science. From Eckel's
account, I couldn't gather whether the session made any lasting impression
on him or if perhaps, he was already familiar with Professor Panarin's ideas. The
American press has paid considerable attention to Panarin's fantasies, most
likely believing that in some freakish way, the Kremlin buys into these
A more detailed examination
of Panarin's ideas is hardly unnecessary. First of all, he has a Web site.
Secondly, the professor refers to phenomena, the social significance of which
increases only in the process of discussing them. In short: students,
journalists and diplomats heard on March 3rd that the United States will cease
to exist in 2010. It will break into six parts. In its place will emerge
Atlantic America, which will perhaps join the E.U., a pro-Mexican Texas
Republic, a pro-Canadian Central North American Republic and pro-Chinese
California Republic. Alaska will return to Russia. Hawaii will go to either the
Japanese or the Chinese. And there is little time left: 2010 isn't far off.
Already this year, Barack Obama will declare martial law throughout the
The reasons for the imminent
dissolution - the crisis, will be the (projected) collapse of the U.S. dollar, and,
of course, moral decay. Shootings in schools, a large number of prisoners and
gay men - are, according to the "Panarian scenario," obvious signs of
the end. Mormon Utah will orient itself toward China. Conservative Kentucky is
already now prepared to join the E.U., and soon will only be able enter the
state with a Schengen
RUSSIA TODAY: IGOR PANARIN ON AMERICA'S DEMISE
The American map “according
to Panarin” has one, (to be more precise, only one) advantage: it's visually appealing.
It is reminiscent of the breakdown of divisions in the U.S. National Basketball
Association or some other sports league. If the key concern in the process of
forming new countries was their appearance on a map, the scholar's project
would be a great blueprint for Americans to act upon.
To comment seriously on such
obvious ignorance is impossible and uninteresting. More interesting would be to
comment on how such absurdity functions in society. In this instance, two
aspects of this trigger my indignation. I say indignation, not surprise - because
unfortunately, there is nothing to be surprised about.
Alexander Dugin is a Russian political scientist and influential promotors of Russian expansion and nationalism, and has close ties to the Kremlin and Russian military intelligence.
One is incensed, for example,
that a government agency, a ministry, would invite foreign journalists to a lecture
by Professor Panarin. Not just Mike Eckel (although this alone would be enough
for indignation). Aside from The Associated Press correspondent, the
Diplomatic Academy was visited by representatives of the Deutsche Welle,
The Wall Street Journal, Prensa Latina, and along with them - staff
from foreign embassies. Such initiatives border on masochism, inflicting harm
and reputational damage on the Russian government. One shouldn't think that
Western - in particular American journalists - consider this gibberish any kind
of scoop on themselves. They simply perceive it as a reflection of the thinking
of the Russian authorities- and draw the appropriate conclusions. This is not in our nation's interests and is akin to inviting
guests to observe an obscene side of ourselves.
Igor Panarin is a professor
and a doctor of science [PhD]. This isn't surprising if we recall that the
pride of the Russian education and science, Alexander Dugin [see photo box, above left] lectures at the Department
of Sociology at the country's most prestigious University, Moscow Government
University, which has secured a solid reputation as a nest of obscurantism and a workshop
of nationalism. These are the realities of modern Russia with which it seems one
must make peace as we do with yearly flu epidemics, corruption and alcoholism.
Nonetheless, what is truly revolting is that Russia's future diplomats are
educated by “specialists” like Panarin. This is a matter of the country's face
- or at least one of its faces. And applying the makeup, as one can see,
is entrusted to people who are incompetent and irresponsible.
Russian mathematician Anatoly Fomenko is a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the International Higher Education Academy of Sciences, as well as a doctor of physics and mathematics, a professor, and head of the Differential Geometry Department of the Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics in Moscow State University.
Legislation cannot prohibit
or restrict stupidity. One must simply make peace with the fact that it exists.
One has to make peace with the existence of academics like Anatoly Fomenko (not as
individuals, but as a phenomenon). One must tolerate professor Panarin as well.
But this doesn't mean that the government should embrace his gibberish. The mad
man himself doesn't understand he is mad. But from another's perspective, it
should be obvious …
[Editor's Note: Mathematician
Anatoly Fomenko (photo box, right) is a
supporter of drastically revising chronological history. He claims he has
discovered that many historical events do not correspond mathematically with
the dates they are supposed to have occurred. He asserts from this that all of
ancient history (including the history of Greece, Rome, and Egypt) is a
reflection of events that occurred in the Middle Ages and that all of Chinese
and Arab history are fabrications of 17th and 18th century Jesuits. He also
claims that Jesus lived in the 12th century A.D. and was crucified on Joshua's
Hill; that the Trojan War and the Crusades were the same historical event; and
that Genghis Khan and the Mongols were actually Russians. Fomenko also disputes
more objective dating techniques such as dendrochronology
dating. Some Russian scientists consider Fomenko's
work to be pseudoscience.]
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