“Who do you want the world to be run by? The Americans or the Russians or the Chinese? Because it will be run by someone.” Something of this extent asked Konstantin Kisin, a Russian born Ukrainian and a first generation UK immigrant, in a recent interview about the Russian invasion of his homeland.
This is an important question, one which people from “third world” countries have been asking Westerners for years now, seeing that the realities of the geopolitical realm – land, military power and border expansion – were ignored in favour of senseless political gambles, corporate welfare and ideological indoctrination, which turned out to be self-inflicting wounds that weakened the West’s position on the international stage so much that it emboldened dictators like Vladimir Putin to invade a sovereign nation.
One can highlight a number of dynamics that have been embraced and promoted by Western intelligentsia since the end of WW II and which have done more harm than good to West’s role as a world “leader”.
From the destruction of Western nation’s currencies ushered by the adoption of fiat-based, credit-skewed money since the decision taken by US President Richard Nixon on the fateful day of 15th August 1971, the financialisation of their economies (a process through which economic activity has been enslaved to unproductive financial products that have been reflecting increasingly little of what has been happening in the real economy), the outsourcing of their manufacturing sectors to other places (such as China) and thereby creating national security risks, the destruction of their labour markets by advocating and pushing for increasingly global “talent pools”, being strangely kind to the Chinese government despite its abuses of international law and human rights, fostering consumerism that domesticated its citizens, to illegal wars in the Middle East, massive financial crime that saw entire countries plunged into economic hardships, a lack of unity around what values the West stands for, a lot of self-hatred promoted by sickening ideologies that have been designed to cast the West’s past and culture as vile, the demonisation of liberal capitalism, the submission to Marxist organizations like Black Lives Matter, the indoctrination with critical race theory, the obsession with how many genders there are, the pathological empathy that has been promoted as the fuel on which the world runs, the strange but very clear authoritarian behaviour of Western elites, both from the public and the private sectors, which was displayed over the last two years, the savage propaganda from the main stream media, the censorship by technology companies, the lies about bodily autonomy and the management of the healthcare crisis, the hatred towards patriots who took a stand for their countries against foreign interests, and many more such items have weakened the West to the point of now being a pathetic joke in the eyes of Vladimir Putin and, unfortunately, soon it appears, in the eyes of Xi Jinping.
The West needs to recover and the strong again, or other (much more illiberal) powers will fill the void left by a wounded West on the international stage. Russia and China are waiting to take the big prize: to be the captains of the new world order. Do you want to live in a world where these two governments, with their values, decide your life? I do not. I reject that world.
I was born in the Winter of 1992 in a small town called Focsani, three years after the 1989 Revolution which liberated Romania from the communist regime and a few months after the USSR finally collapsed. I was fortunate enough to not live under the communist dictatorship, to grow up with freedom of speech, of thought, of expression, to be able to read what I wanted, to listen to what I wanted and to say what I wanted.
As a child and as a teenager I looked up at the Western values – built on the beauty and might of classical Greece and Rome, forged through the fire of reason and critical inquiry brought by the Enlightenment which, for all its faults, provided men with a more tempered attitude towards life, and advocated patriotically by Western figures.
However, that West seems to be gone now – and this was my continuous impression since I moved to the UK, back in 2011: here, in a Western nation, on the campus of the University of Sheffield, I found an environment hostile to Western values, with people hating their own homeland, without any gratitude for the sacrifices of their elders to defend their ability to speak such nonsense, without any knowledge of what authoritarianism and totalitarianism is, except from what the curated textbooks told them. This behaviour has only proven true in the ten years since I have lived here. Now, that world of liberty which I dreamed of growing up, as dim as it was back then, appears to be disappearing fast. But its flame still burns in the hearts of those who love freedom, even if it is suffocating by the darkness of our cowardice, of our ignorance, of our comfort.
If you still see that fire inside you, take the torch and be the advocate for the West, for its values, for liberal capitalism, for freedom, push back against globalisation, against large corporations and governments that have traded off the important virtues of the West for cheap money and labour, reject ideologies that provide nothing but a dark abyss of nihilistic subjectivity and moral relativism, stand for the West, stand for national sovereignty, oppose any manifestation, no matter how vague or weak, of authoritarians and totalitarianism.
Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has sent all of us in the West a clear message: Wake up! Wake up from our comfortable, delusional slumber and face reality! Wake up, Western world!