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What If Vladimir Putin Does Know a 'Third Way' for Society?

New Eastern Outlook |14.06.2016 Author: Phil Butler


Vladimir Putin saved Russia from the scavengers of
the Yeltsin era. What's more, he's fundamentally reforming the world's biggest country in ways few
understand. Unfortunately, Russia has enemies bitterly opposed to the idea of Russians
taking a leadership role in the world once again. While think tanks and 'new world'
evangelists in the west promise change and progress, Putin and his colleagues are at
work, resolutely forging a new Russia.
Many people believe that Russia under Putin is a totalitarian regime. Meanwhile, fanatical
followers of the Russian president defend his moves as an effort to hammer out some
pseudo-American form of democracy. But neither of these characterizations of Putin are
accurate. Many have sought to study Putin, while simply applying their own ideologies
either 'for or against' what they believe Putin is. The reality is, there is a 'third way' of
reshaping Russia's future. It is abundantly clear that Putin, by far the best read leader in
the world, is forging a new Russia politic, derived largely from the teachings of the
Russian religious and political philosopher, Ivan Ilin..
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The Spirit of Law


Most reading this will not be familiar, but Ilyin's ideas on the 'conscience of law' were seeming
logic, but utter genius. His belief that the need for people to understand laws in order to
validate a legal society, they now reverberate in the civil uneasiness that prevails today, and
especially in the so-called 'west'. Ultra-liberalism, and the fuel of ultra-capitalistic trends as we
see gripping the United States, would for Ilyin signal an apocalypse. There is no arguing that the
law of and for any people, has to be understood in order to stand. Without delving deeply into
Ilyin's theories, the philosopher believed that 'the people' can never identify with be part of 'the
system' under rigid democratic forms of government. In contrast, Ilyin believed the right
monarchy tends to unite people to identify the state as 'family'. Interestingly, Ilyin's being a
monarchist mimics some of the founding fathers of the United States, in that the values he
espoused were based on religious piety and the family.
If we look down into the crevasse in between the forward ideals of Vladimir Putin, and America's
President Barack Obama, we can readily see Ilyin's notions at work. Obama's America, as liberal
as any government in history, is on a collision course with deconstruct. America values today are
nave, irresponsible, and destructive of everything Americans have stood for for generations.
Family is only a word, religion is worn like a badge of shame, and a free lunch ticket has been
issued for conscience. Laws in America are changed at the whim of a special interest.
Conservative people there hold back their fear the United States is becoming a modern day
Sodom and Gomorrah, and only the neocons truly believe government is for them.
Misunderstanding their law, precedence, and its own governing principles, Americans do not
even understand this disintegration. Similarly, Russians do not yet grasp what Putin and his
fellows are up to. Somehow, they trust to be led though, and not because they are complacent
like Americans.
'I have spent all my life under a Communist regime, and I will tell you that a society without any
objective legal scale is a terrible one indeed. But a society with no other scale but the legal one is not
quite worthy of man either.' - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Machiavelli Knew All Along
I don't want to dig too deeply into Mr. Putin's passion for the study of Ilyin, or Vladimir Solovyov,
or Nikolai Berdyaev, or even Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, but these idealists' brilliance are integrated
into who the Russian president is. More importantly, a 'third way' of government is the goal
Putin, Medvedev, and even the powerful oligarchs of Russia seem bent on. In order to see this,
one has to realize the Russia that Vladimir Putin rescued from dissolution. In his
characterization of Putin, the article 'Vladimir Putin - The Prince', Christopher Caldwell frames
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perfectly Mr. Putin's Russia today:


'Had Russia been led by someone steelier than Mikhail Gorbachev when falling oil prices
drove it into crisis in the 1980s, the collapse of Communism 'might have happened only
two or three decades later in a world situation quite different from the one in 1991.' Putin's
Russia is a system of 'sovereign democracy' moored between Orthodox Christianity and
Machiavellian realism.'
Caldwell 'nails Putin' in his review of 'The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin', by
Steven Lee Myers, and 'Putinism: Russia and Its Future with the West, by Walter Laqueur.
Or I should say, Meyers and Laqueur collectively understand Russia's leader. What we see going
on in Russia, in the world, is a metamorphosis. Those who examine Putin or Russia, with a
mindset fixed on 'what is', have no understanding of Putin at all. In order to fully understand
Putin's 'end game' here, researches need to see the transformation as if from a train window,
not from the 91st floor office window of study.
I found a reference to the 'third way' in the book 'Metaphor and Gender in Business Media
Discourse: A Critical Cognitive Study', by V. Koller this morning. While I can assure you it is not
light reading, it does shed light on the realm of study Putin and Kremlin officers are engaged in.
The author analyses cognitive change within the context of business and societal strategies, and
even Sun Tzu's war arts. My point here is, while western mainstream media parrots simplistic
Russophobic chatter, Putin's administration has set course toward real change. The Hillary
Clintons of the world compare Putin to Hitler and Stalin, and try and strike fear into people over
a new Soviet Empire. Meanwhile, the real ideologies are far from fascism, totalitarianism, or
even formal democracy as the neocons running the show in America define it. So the overriding
question; 'What is Putin's third way', is never asked, it's never even hinted at. Instead,
independent journalists like me are often cajoled into studying the so-called 'New World Order',
the George Soros, David Rockefeller, and Jacob Rothschild machinations. When in truth the role
of these men is simply part of a mechanism of decaying imperialism. The beliefs of these people
are as archaic and juvenile, as those of the Soviet system of things, or of Rome itself. The fact
that westerners 'believe' in democracy at all, is proof enough that failed systems die hard.
Understanding Putin is impossible, for people in the other worldly view. This is evidence in a
New York Times piece by David Brooks from 2014. 'Putin Can't Stop' shows us the faces behind
western media and hegemony. Brooks mimics the 'think tank' view with:
'To enter into the world of Putin's favorite philosophers is to enter a world full of
melodrama, mysticism and grandiose eschatological visions.'
Brooks is not unlike other self proclaimed conservatives in the United States, for he appears to
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live under the cloud of his own delusions, of a kind of ideological kinship with founding father,
Alexander Hamilton. I call his ideas delusions for the simple reason, that Alexander Hamilton
was closer ideologically to Vladimir Putin than anyone in the United States system of governing.
Brooks has to know this, so making the mysterious villain of Putin must have other
consequences. There is no mysticism in Russian ideals at the moment, which is unless you are
an atheist or Satan worshipper.
Like Alexander Hamilton and others 'monarchists' of that time, Putin has to wrestle with the
dilemma confronting his Russian people. Democracy clearly will not work, for the world is lucky
to still be partially in tact, even despite Wall Street and Arab Spring melting points. Debt creation
and well oiled printing presses at the US treasury cannot be 'the way'. Just as certainly as
believers in God will eventually rebel against agnosticism or devil worship, the people will one
day soon abandon failed economics models. Putin and his advisers know this. We all do. Paul
Craig Roberts' proclamation that we have entered the 'Looting Stage of Capitalism', is the most
poignant evangelical point for 2016. To synthesize his comments:
'Everywhere in the Western world a variety of measures, both corporate, and governmental,
have resulted in the stagnation of income growth. In order to continue to report profits, megabanks and global corporations have turned to looting.'
So, Putin's Russia, even China and the other BRICS, are gravitating away from the rapidly
disintegrating capitalist/democratic experiment. And this is the root of today's crises, but there
is something more, and the 'third way' is both emblematic in humanity's legacy, and from within
an ethereal context. 'Spirit' and enlightenment are a component of Putin's 'New Russia'. And to
grow such a construct will require a Machiavellian heart, only directed for a brave cause. Unlike
his western counterparts, Putin is a religious man, bent on defending Orthodoxy, as well as
'third way' ideas.
Against an Illegitimate Enlightenment
Just as the European Enlightenment undermined ideas of morality, and the notion of 'Lucifer',
the new age ultra-liberalized western world has been on a mission to revamp spirituality and
morals. The idea 'everything is alright if it feels good', has been fed the intravenous drug of
public acquiescence, especially in America. But the reality of human spirituality cannot be
legislated out, media cannot propagandize an ancient tenant out of our systems. Just as 19th
Century artists recollected the mysteries of God and the Devil as a counterinsurgency against
the theoretical justification of evil's passing, so too Putin and modern players rekindle our
imaginations. Excuse my metaphors again, but our spirituality has been under assault for
decades now. To quote Mark Hackard's translation of an essay entitled 'IVAN ILYIN: ON THE
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DEVIL', by Ivan Ilyin:


'There appears the demonism of doubt; negation; pride; rebellion; disappointment;
bitterness; melancholy; contempt; egoism, and even boredom.'
And isn't this the 'demonism' that now grips the western world? One does not have to be a
philosopher to see, the New World Order is a very old order. Contemptuously, New York Times
authors mimic the minions of banished ruthless Russian oligarchs like Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Anyone observing these people can, with a silent prayer to the almighty, lift the veil on a real
Lucifer among us. But the Biblical allusions do not stop at spotlighting soulless leaders and
societies. Ilyin continues, reflecting on how the waiting word is drawn toward demonic idols.
'Byron; Goethe; Schiller; Chamisso; Hoffman; Franz Liszt; and later Stuck, Baudelaire, and
others display an entire gallery of demons or demonic men and moods. Moreover, these
demons are intelligent, witty, educated, ingenious, and temperamental, in a word,
charming and evoking sympathy, while demonic men are the incarnation of 'world-angst,'
'noble protest,' and some 'higher revolutionary consciousness.'
The author opens for me, a window into the back lot of some Hollywood studio lunch counter,
where celebrities chat glowingly on their own leftist melancholy. They are idiots in the court of
lunatics, led by a whore named Lucifera, the anti-heroine of the Italian comic book. Goodness is
turned upside down, and it's clear humanity needs to escape the cycle. What humankind is
experiencing today is one segment traversing from demonic self satisfaction into utter
Satanism, confronted by men like Putin who would assert another regime. As conspiratorial and
medieval as this may sound, the world has traversed this territory many times before. Now the
stage is set. Now we can understand if we watch.
'Satanic men are recognized by their eyes, by their smile, their voice, their words and
deeds. We, Russians, have seen them alive and in the flesh; we know who they are and
whence they come. Yet foreigners up to this point have not understood this phenomenon
and do not want to understand it, for it brings them judgment and condemnation.' Ivan
Ilyin (1883-1954)
Interestingly, amazingly, 'the third way' is a mirror image of what American neocons express.
IIyin's third choice, Putin's, is the only logical solution for government for and by a people.
Classic liberalism, being no more valid that the failed conservative manifestations, leaves us
with this 'third way', which is a more flexible, if complex model. In another ironic twist, both east
and west have already visited IIyin's concepts, if only briefly. Russia first ventured into 'third way'
concepts before the October Revolution, while western democracies toyed with, then developed
past a balanced ideal. Russia revolted out of 'the way', and America sprinted 'past' the solution
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to the problem of governance. The 'third way' reconciled good and evil, and the rational versus
the irrational. What New York Times scholars write off as hocus pocus mysticism is in reality
reconciliation. In short, Putin and his experiments may provide the answer. For example, author
Alexander V. Zenkovsky attempts to reconcile mystical realism as:
'Acknowledging all the reality of empirical world, but also another reality behind; the two
domains of being are real but not equal: empirical being can only exist for the account of
mystic reality.'
The 'Oh So' Peculiar Russian Way (It may be 'the' way)
As to Mr. Putin's enacting this 'third way' liberalization of Russia, his nation's peculiarities and
history, the whole (Russian idea), demands a more flexible system for realizing the application of
liberal principles. This is something Putin has tried to explain to westerners many times, but
which is also purposefully overlooked. This Foreign Affairs piece lets us know western think
tanks fully understand Putin's strategies, but choose to convolute them for obvious ideological
reasons. Author Anton Barabashin is the Managing Editor of The Intersection Project, which
partners with the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding, which is affiliated with
George Soros' Open Society Foundations etc. And his co-author Hannah Thoburn is an Adjunct
Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., which is closely tied to the Rockefeller family
(see 'Agency of Fear: Opiates and Political Power in America', by Edward Jay Epstein). Make no
mistake about it, everything is being thrown against the notion of change, by western
institutions vested in their own logic. We cannot expect western capitalistic democracy to
willingly deconstruct its ideals, now can we?
So, the political immaturity of Russia, is reflected in the metamorphism we see Russia
undergoing now. It is this 'immaturity', and the necessary experimentation by Putin, which
present the biggest hurdles, and greatest potential for Russia and the world. Yes, Putin's
government takes on the cloak of totalitarianism at times, but this is a transient necessity.
Remember, Russia is as much a 'process' as a thing. In my view, we shall soon see 'Putin's
philospher's' ideas transform not only Russia, but the world system we currently live under now.
In fact this is already apparent, looking at how pitifully ineffective leaders in the west have been
in curtailing Russia's progress. Sanctions don't work, vilifying Putin only makes him more loved,
NATO cannot advance, Soros and the others are being kicked from Russia, at every turn the
inevitable gets more real.
Finally, IIyin wrestled with the idea liberal values could be reconciled with the public will via
another approach. The civil core of society needs the lawful understanding of an authoritarian
construct, while at the same time spiritual and other freedoms finalize the Utopia. Put simply,
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Russia is in the perfect position to experiment with a sustainable model for humanity. And Putin
is the perfect blacksmith for forging something new and improved. The people must really
understand any system, in order to trust the system. And the system cannot survive in the chaos
of ramped self interest. Communism and socialism won't do, and neither will dictatorships, or
the capitalist devil. I say we give Putin a chance. If there is no 'third way', we can always restart
Babylon.
It's been done 100 times before.
Phil Butler, is a policy investigator and analyst, a political scientist and expert on Eastern
Europe, exclusively for the online magazine 'New Eastern Outlook'.
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'Natural law as a necessary form of spiritual being is the most precious possession of
humanity.
Outside of this form there is no path either to wisdom, to virtue, to Divinity, or to the ultimate
and highest satisfactions of spirit.
Every diminution of natural law degrades human worth; each violation of it is spiritually
contrary to nature.
Therefore it is essential to guard and to uphold it against those who violate it and dont
recognize it; it is essential to protect it, affirming it through collective, organized recognition,
proclamation and realization'
- Ivan Ilin Aleksandrovich: conscience of law
'Das Naturrecht als eine notwendige Form des geistigen Seins ist das wertvollste Gut der
Menschheit.
Auerhalb dieser Form gibt es keinen Weg entweder zur Weisheit, zur Tugend, zur Gttlichkeit,
oder an die letzte und hchste Zufriedenheit des Geistes.
Jede Herabsetzung des Naturrechts degradiert menschlichen Wert; Jede Verletzung ist geistig
gegen die Natur.
Daher ist es wichtig, es zu bewahren und gegen diejenigen zu verteidigen, die sie verletzen und
es nicht erkennen; es ist wichtig, sie zu schtzen es durch kollektive organisierte Anerkennung,
Bekanntmachung und Verwirklichung bekrftigen'
- Ivan Ilin Aleksandrovich: Recht des Bewusstseins

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