I was VERY impressed by the speech delivered on the occasion of a “Franz-Josef-Strauss-Prize” of the Hans-Seidel-foundation granted to Mr. Michail Gorbatchev on Saturday 10th Dec. 2011 in Munich and braidcasted by BR-Television.
In quoting from memory of the German translation of the original speech held in Russian – of course! – I invite the international audience to think over some of points made by the former President of the Soviet Union (of Russian type):
1. “We are all ILL and NEED procurement ” … especially in the here context of EVERYDAY HORROR as was COMMON in times of cold war. Well, the SCENARIOS of that time were ILL! Remember that Russian officer that in a situation of HIGH running nervosity INTERPRETED a signal on screen as TECHNICAL FALSE ALARM – such PREVENTING THE ORDER FOR ATOMAR ANSWER ON GLOBAL SCALE. Remember for instance the incident of 1967 or so with camouflaged Israelian air-planes attacking an US-espionage tawler, who wrongly came to the conclusion to PREPARE BOMBING OF KAIRO WITH NUKES, with was stopped only in last second! We are ill perhaps in the sense of being POISONED by the AXIOM – which was NOZ only prominent in communist theory -, the axiom of NECESSITY OF FIGHT AND REVOLUTION, from which sprang of an PATHOLOGICAL DICTATE OF FEAR, poisoning EVERYTHING especially of NORMAL LIFE.
2. Any ECONOMICAL ORDER, which would NOT MEET THE BASIC NEEEDS – should be held UTTERLY NONSENSE, because something that does not deliver necessary goods and supplies would be of NO USE TO ANYBODY. In our own estimation at present stage of our studies we perhaps may add: THIS IS A CRITICS NOT ONLY ON PRACTICAL QIRKS in ECONOMICAL SYSTEMS in place, but has some PHILOSOPHICAL IMPACT, namely that this view of Mr. Gorbatchev expressis verbis DOES NOT SUPPORT the BRUTE-FORCE LIBERAL MARKET as especially propagated in the U.S..! Mr. Gorbatchev went as far as to give as an exemple the story of a Russian super-rich, who not only build ONE submarine for his own personal use, but went on to a SECOND submarine – to which Mr. Gorbatchev commented, that such may be IMPRESSIVE, but somehow SENSELESS, even more NOT USEFUL TO ANYBODY and therefor SUPERFLUENT!
3. The socalled Western-type Democracy becomes NOT more convincing, if NOT discussed nor reflected, if QUESTIONS omitted. To this we humbly may recall here OLD books from EARLY 20th century, in which you wil find ALL the MAJOR possible CRITICS on PATTERN OF WESTERN DEMOCRACY, such as for instance in Schumpeter , Vilfredo Pareto and others, among which even Max Weber. Well, you see, things get NOT better, if we EXCLUDE SCHOLARLY ARGUMENTS from discussions, which VERY WELL WOULD MAKE SENSE in the case of the NEW RUSSIAN-type “GOVERNED DEMOCRACY” …
4. OF COURSE Mr. Gorbatchev commented on the NEW U.S: ROCKET-DETERRENCE which is going to be installed in imminent future from Spain to Poland and Roumania, Tshechia, which provoced very recently a FUNDAMENTAL SPEECH of Russian President Medwedev, which included DECISIVE ORDERS to the Russian Forces to COUNTERACT propperly! If I am reading Mr. Gorbatchev correctly, the Russians are not only complaining, that a fundamental speech with strategical orders of their actual president NOT TAKEN SUFFICIENTLY into consideration -. which indeed is a STRATEGICAL FAULT of SUPERSTITION in the WEST – but Mr. Gorbatchev was stressing the point, that on PRESENTDAY LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGIES FOR MASS-DESTRUCTION ANY REAL GREAT WAR IS NO OPTION ANY LONGER – and by any means among CONSIDERATE people should be avoided!
5. Well, this may be considered the HEAVY STUFF of RUSSIAN and VERY INTELLIGENT CRITICS on the SELF-CONFIDENCE of the socalled SUPERIOR WEST, which in itself in a world of REAL GLOBAL CONNECTIONS would be pnly COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE! Because this so, we feel especially as German inclined, to add the following: I, AS A BORN GERMAN – acoording to may FATE and not to free choice – NEVER EVER will forget, WHAT THE RUSSIANS DID TO END GERMAN DIVISION and to ENABLE GERMAN REUNIFICATION AGAINST ESPECIALLY BRITISH (Maggie Thatcher) and U.S.-American critics!!!! And I really somehow cannot understand a situation, in which the SOVIET TROOPS left Germany WITHOUT BLOODSHED – but with AMERICAN and BRITISH troops nevertheless on German soil??!!
6. Although it somehow is VERY UNPRACTICAL may be even to the point of not sensible, we nevertheless have to REPEAT here:
6.1 Because the Buike-family suffered both from NAZISM and COMMUNISM, we never should FORGET that there is a option to FIGHT SECOND WORLD WAR ANOTHER TIME!
6.2 Rather casual a British officer in retirement recently mentioned something, that “nobody would help the Russians” (add: because they are not loved … especially because of Soviet Tyranny). Well, to this British officer I now would like to object, THAT I MYSELF NOT ONLY CHANGED TO EASTCHRSTIAN-ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY OF RUSSIAN TYPE, but that I HELPED RUSSIAN and would COUNTINUE to help Russians – and THAT I NEVER WILL FORGET RUSSIAN HELP FOR GERMAN REUNIFICATION! Because, as Mr. Gorbatchev today pointed out, “history is NO MATTER OF CONJUNCTIVE SPEECH or PARLANCE in if-clauses”!!!!
6.3 I personally tend to become more and more CONCERNED about the UNCRITICAL U.S.-approach, the TENDENCIES to IDEOLOGICAL NARROWMINDED ESPECIALLY IN EVANGELICAL U.S.-groups like TEA-PARTY. I furthermore ESTIMATE THE RUSSIANS as one of the MOST LITERATE and MOST EDUCATED and MOST ENGENEERICAL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, which EXPERTICE SIMPLY CANNOT BE OMITTED IN THE SITUATION OF KATAKLYSMICAL PROBLEMS IN THIS WORLD OF THIS MANKIND.
6.4 Mr. Gorbatchev today AGREED to the ASSESMENT of former U.S.-President Mr. Eisenhower, who is on report with a 1953 or so remark on “DANGERS COMING FROM THE QUARTERS OF THE MILTARY-INDUSTRIAL-COMPLEX“!! About which Mr. Galbraith wrote a short book-pamphlet under title similar to “How to control generals and prevent them from evil-doing” …
7. Mr. Gorbatchev -as is obvious from these short remarks – VERY CERTAINLY HAS SOMETHING TO TELL THE NEXT GENERATION, namely that this new generations SHOULD NOT FORGET THE SORRORS and sufferings OF THEIR ANCESTORS especially in First and Second World War! Meaning perhaps, that the new generation should NOT GAMBLE all the time. Meaning perhaps, that MANKIND has something VALUABLE TO LOOSE, which is the MEMORY NOT TO REPEAT ALL THE BYGONE EVIL over and over again!
8. Finally: And well. I WAS IMPRESSED – as was the audience – among which I missed folks from the Social-Democrats – if they from Social Democrats KNOW ALL and HAVE NOTHING LEFT TO LEARN or to LISTEN TO – or to become VERY RESPECTFUL of, which would not be restricted to Mr. Gorbatchev in person, but which rather would to be extended to the LEADIND INTELLIGENTSIA of THE RUSSIAN NATION, because THEY ARE AWARE OF THE PROBLEMS OF THIS PLANET!
With deep respect and congratulations to the Russian Nation and their traditional ability for in-depth-analysis
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