No More Doubt, Putin’s Annexation Speech Reveals His Unlimited Fascism.

 

Putin’s Kremlin annexation speech on 30th September 2022 is truly frightening on close examination. ( https://purposewithoutborders.org/2022/10/full-text-putins-30th-september-2022-annexation-speech ).

There is the obvious expected distortion of the Ukrainian situation. Then there is the inversion of geopolitics, so the dictatorial fascistic extremism of Putin and Xi Jinping regimes, is projected on to the democratic West. To quote:

“The US dictate is based on brute force, on fist law. Sometimes beautifully wrapped, sometimes without any wrapper, but the essence is the same – fist law. Hence the deployment and maintenance of hundreds of military bases in all corners of the world, the expansion of NATO, attempts to put together new military alliances such as AUKUS and the like. Active work is also underway to create a military-political link between Washington-Seoul-Tokyo. All those states that possess or seek to possess genuine strategic sovereignty and are capable of challenging Western hegemony are automatically included in the category of enemies.”

There is some more rhetoric, before he builds up to this madness:

“I repeat, the dictatorship of the Western elites is directed against all societies, including the peoples of the Western countries themselves. This is a challenge for everyone. Such a complete denial of man, the overthrow of faith and traditional values, the suppression of freedom acquiring the features of a “reverse religion” [the opposite of what the religion is] – outright Satanism. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus Christ, denouncing the false prophets, says: By their fruits you shall know them. And these poisonous fruits are already obvious to people – not only in our country, in all countries, including many people in the West itself.”

According to Putin it is the West that wants to destroy Putin’s virtuous regime. From this starting point, he can argue that his regime retaking control over all previous Soviet territory and beyond, is both an act of liberation and legitimate defense.

Putin’s rhetoric then presents his version of Russia as the savior of the world, before ending with this:

“And I want to end my speech with the words of a true patriot Ivan Alexandrovich Ilyin: ‘If I consider Russia my Motherland, then this means that I love in Russian, contemplate and think, sing and speak Russian; that I believe in the spiritual strength of the Russian people. His spirit is my spirit; his fate is my fate; his suffering is my grief; its flowering is my joy.’ ”
Ivan Ilyin was also a 1920s pioneer of Russian fascist thought (see Prof Synder on Ilyin https://purposewithoutborders.org/2022/02/ilyin-putin-philosopher-fascism/), who presented dying for Russia as an individual’s greatest privilege. This is Puitn’s model of a “true patriot”. This is Putin.

The consequence of this speech is that no one can argue that Putin has limited aims anymore. This is openly fascism without constraints, with an economically powerful China run by a fascistic Xi Jinping dictatorship as an ally.

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