On Wednesday, at a seminar hosted by Academician Oleg Bogomolov* at the RAN, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Department for Church and Society, believes that capitalism in its present form is signing its own death warrant, saying, “Now, it’s time for us to give a moral judgement on modern capitalism, on the contemporary world economic system. This isn’t the first time that Christian circles have issued such a verdict, including those circles that historically, according to Weber, were the spiritual founders of capitalism”.
The seminar focused its activities on the prospects of convergence of different socio-economic systems in a globalising world. In Fr Vsevolod’s view, neither modern capitalism nor the return of Soviet ideology “can confront the great challenges now facing mankind”. He noted that the basis of the modern global economic system is the principle of “money makes money” and that this notion is deeply immoral, saying, “Liberal capitalism is doomed to kill itself, or, it’ll cease to be capitalism, or, it’ll cease to be liberal. It’s no coincidence that today’s crisis is pushing the global élite to try to implement a programme to control the chaos, a scenario of global electronic dictatorship, in which a total surveillance and control of all sides of human life would be accompanied by a uniform ideological monopoly”.
Fr Vsevolod believes that when Russia looks for possible ways of development for itself and the world, it shouldn’t reject any given possibility, “whether it’s an elected or hereditary monarchy, a convergence of capitalism and socialism, a parliamentary republic, or a strengthened presidential state”. In his opinion, you need to have an ability of listening to people to develop meaningful guidelines, “so that we can embrace those that would lead us to victory, and to avoid those rules that would lead us to defeat. Russia has always had a strong central government, with much power concentrated in the hands of the sovereign. Whether we like it or not, it gives priority in the social hierarchy to the sovereign ruler over the economic actors in society. Even more so, it doesn’t grant credence to all sorts of informal centres of power, whether it’s a criminal gang or some self-proclaimed group of ‘wise men’”.
In summation, Fr Vsevolod thought that the joint duty of the state and society is to combine these ideals with all possible new options for development, saying, “I’d hope that the leadership, including leading economic elements, would listen to the public and encourage a dialogue on the themes of economic and social policy in the mass media, which are overly-filled with vulgarity and porn at present”.
6 June 2012
American readers should note that Vsevolod Anatolyevich uses “liberal” in the Russian sense… if one were speaking Russian, one would describe Wafflin’ Willy and Rick Perry as “liberals” and their ideology as “liberalism” (no lie).
Rod Dreher’s attempted marriage of Orthodoxy and Western “conservatism” just bit the dust. That means that Paffhausen, Reardon, Freddie M-G, and all the rest are chock fulla shit, too. You have a choice. You can follow Rod Dreher et al or you can follow Fr Vsevolod. Vsevolod Anatolyevich is the closest confidant of HH… Rod Dreher is a self-important jumped-up fraud, with no Orthodox higher education and too much contact with the nasty oddbod Gleb Podmoshensky (which is also true of JP, too).
Choose well… the fate of your soul DOES ride on it. By the way… Fr Vsevolod’s viewpoint means that the present ideology of the Republican Party isn’t merely mistaken; it’s evil. What concord hath Christ with Belial… no man can serve both God and Mammon… have we forgotten that?