For Kremlin ideologue Alexander Dugin, "Bulgaria is ours and will always remain so". The same philosopher Alexander Dugin who declared a Russian Jihad on the West in mid-September 2022. Saying that the world "More essentially we are in a state of World War III. We are introducing martial law, we are readjusting the policy to the clear thesis: "Everything for the front, everything for victory!" Repeated just a week later in an official address by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who for the first time began to openly use Dugin's rhetoric, familiar from Middle Eastern terrorist organizations, collapsing the war with the West as a battle with the Devil.
THE GREAT AND WONDERFUL BROTHERHOOD BETWEEN BULGARIANS AND RUSSIANS BRINGED FREEDOM TO BULGARIA! reads a headline in the Bulgarian press of March 3rd, 2023, on the occasion of the celebration of the National Day of Bulgaria (liberation thanks to Russia).ВЕЛИКОТО и ЧУДОТВОРНО БРАТСТВО между БЪЛГАРИ и РУСИ донесе СВОБОДАТА на БЪЛГАРИЯ! - Informiran.net
Although Bulgaria is part of the EU and NATO, most of its citizens and elites, unlike the rest of Eastern Europe, directly and indirectly support Russia. A significant part of Bulgarian elites and society has prerequisites for expressing loyalty to Russia. They consist of decades of political, economic, historical and personal ties between countries and nations. Says a 2023 report by the Ukrainian Foreign Policy Council. But to understand the true state of Bulgarian society, there is no need for expensively funded reports, which in most cases tell the pleasant truth.
Russia's role in the election of Rumen Radev as President
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev during the celebrations on March 3, 2023:
In June 2016, a forum of the ruling United Russia party was held in Moscow, attended by Malinov and BSP and ABV chairmen Kornelia Ninova and Georgi Parvanov. Shortly thereafter, the Reshetnikov Institute commissioned a poll for the upcoming presidential elections in Bulgaria, seeking to profile the future BSP candidate. Nikolai Malinov, on behalf of Reshetnikov, commissioned the survey from G Consulting, whose CEO is Zhivko Georgiev. The survey was conducted between 1-15 July 2016. The results show high distrust of institutions and dissatisfaction, a solid potential for a protest vote and "levels of anxiety unusual for the last decade". The data also show growing support for Russia and declining support for the US, EU and NATO. 12% say they are strong Russophiles and 25% say they are moderate. Two-thirds of respondents say that "Bulgaria should restore and maintain friendly relations with Russia to the maximum extent possible."
Finally, the profile of the "winning candidate from the opposition (or BSP) side" was described: Rather male, No older than 60, With a successful career but not intellectual, Uncorrupt, Demonstrates courage, backbone, Advocates greater sovereignty within the EU and NATO. Two weeks after the survey was completed, on 1 August, General Rumen Radev resigned as Air Force Commander. A few days later, BSP and ABV were already talking about him as a presidential candidate. Rumen Radev met all the recommendations in the study commissioned by Reshetnikov.
After Rumen Radev won the election, Leonid Reshetnikov announced that he had discussed his candidacy with BSP leader Kornelia Ninova. After a series of mutual accusations of lying, the two finally agree that there was a meeting and that Rumen Radev's name was mentioned. According to Ninova, she only informed Reshetnikov of her choice. According to Reshetnikov, the two discussed Radev's candidacy and several other names. Leonid Reshetnikov gave a series of interviews in which he expressed hope that Bulgaria's new president would reorient the country away from NATO and the EU towards Russia.
As of January 4, 2017, Reshetnikov is no longer the director of RISI; his place was taken by the director of foreign intelligence, Mikhail Fradkov. Reshetnikov became the initiator of the creation of the Double-Headed Eagle movement, financed by 45-year-old oligarch Konstantin Malofeev. The reserve general is also a member of the supervisory board and a regular contributor to Tsargrad TV, owned by the "Orthodox oligarch". Among his favorite topics are "the West's war against Russia," "the greatness of the Russian people," and "ungrateful nations" like Bulgaria. In 2014, the Russian newspaper "KPR. Ukraine" launched a criminal investigation against Malofeev for financing "illegal military groups" in the east of the country. For this reason, Malofeev was included in the EU sanctions list. Bulgaria, Russian Media Environment (theangel.today)
Leonid Rechetnikov is a specialist in the Russian Foreign Intelligence, with huge interests in Bulgaria and the region. He was born on February 6, 1947 in Potsdam (GDR), in a military family. In 1970 he graduated from the Faculty of History of the University of Kharkov, from 1971 to 1974 he was a post-graduate student at St. Petersburg University. He defended his dissertation and became a candidate of historical sciences. From 1974 to 1976 he worked at the Institute of Economics of the World Socialist System of the Academy of Sciences (AS) of the USSR, from April 1976 also until April, but 2009 - in the Foreign Intelligence Service. His last post there was Head of the Information and Analysis Department, he was a member of the College of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia, Lieutenant General (since 2009 - from the reserve). On 29 April 2009, he was appointed Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies by Decree of the Russian President. He has received many state awards as well as honors from the Russian Orthodox Church. He is the head of the board of trustees of the Novospassky male monastery of Moscow. He was the founding father of the Russophile movement in Bulgaria.
Bulgaria in the Shadow of the Two-Headed Eagle
Why it is Important to understand the Philosopher Dugin and what is happening in Bulgaria.
Society Tsarigrad (Constantinople), which unites the orthodoxy of the media magnate Malofeyev, the KGB general Malofeyev, the philosopher of Putin Dugin, and the proprietor of the private army Wagner, "gotvacha na Putin" Prigozhin.
Малофеев привлек Дугина, Скуратова и Глазьева для «народосбережения» — РБК (rbc.ru) 22/06/2020, a new public association appeared in Russia - the Tsargrad Society, which aims to represent the interests of the Russian people, fight Russophobia, and support candidates for parliament who are committed to the traditional family, religious, and cultural values of the Russian people. The news was reported to RBC by the press service of Konstantin Malofeyev, founder of Tsargrad TV and chairman of the Dvuhlavy Orel Society for the Development of Russian Historical Education. The association also includes former Belgorod Oblast Governor Yevgeny Savchenko, the last Yeltsin governor whom Putin dismissed in late September.
The decision to form the association was made at a congress of the Dvukhlovy Oryol (Two-headed Eagle) Society in Moscow on November 22. The association is created on the basis of this society. The congress was attended, among others, by representatives of the Union of Volunteers of Donbass, the Union of Cossack Warriors of Russia and Abroad, and the Union of Orthodox Women. "We are the largest independent conservative media resource in the country. In recent months, especially during the quarantine, we have received thousands of appeals about the need to unite our supporters under the auspices of a single powerful organization. And today, such an association has been created," he said.
Malofeev was elected chairman of the Tsargrad society. Members of the council included Oleg Nilov, first deputy chairman of the Duma committee on control and regulations; Nikolai Zemtsov, member of the Duma committee on civil society, public organizations and religious associations; Senator Evgeny Savchenko from Belgorod region; lawyer and former prosecutor general Yury Skuratov; Sergey Glazyev, minister for mainstream integration and macroeconomic issues at the Eurasian Economic Commission; Vladislav Shafalinov, PhD in medicine; philosopher Alexander Dugin; and the head of the Caspian Institute for Strategic Studies. The expert council included Mikhail Remizov, president of the National Strategy Institute; political scientist Bogdan Bezpalko; Anatoly Antonov, professor emeritus of Moscow State University and sociologist; journalist Edward Chesnokov; Alexei Demin, editor-in-chief of EADaily; and journalist of Syrian origin Abbas Juma.
Bulgaria - one of the many events in honour of the Russian Liberators:
For decades under the USSR in Bulgaria the synonym of Russia was the word "Bratushki"- which literally means brothers. Even today, this Russian word is fully recognizable in Bulgarian society and fully associated with Russia.
Although at the time of the USSR, "Bratushki" was an unconditional term associated on the basis of Russian Liberation and Bulgarian Appreciation. Today it is enriched with Pan Slavic ideas and the Russian variant of Orthodoxy.
Bulgaria is an important point in the resurgent Russian geo-political interests after the collapse of the USSR. In the new Pan-Slavic world of Russian propaganda, Bulgaria is perceived as a de facto Russian territory that has been re-enslaved by the Western powers. According to Kremlin ideologue Alexander Dugin, Bulgaria belongs to Russia and the Slavic World. In Bulgaria, every year there is a national summit of Russophiles (feeling themselves part of the Russian World). The leader of the Bulgarian Movement, as well as of the international movement is Nikolay Malinov. Bulgarian Russophile teams up with Steven Seagal to set up an international movement – EURACTIV.com
At these meetings, which are covered as normal on national television, one can also see footage of NATO and EU flags being burned and torn.
When one speaks of Slavic Brotherhoods, one should not adopt only the template forms of far-right formations. Russia operates in an extremely flexible manner, with the forms of Brotherhoods ranging from People's Diplomacy(People's Diplomacy from Pazardzhik (theangel.today)) to Footballs Fans and Political Youth Schools.(Pazardzhik - Serbia - Gazprom (theangel.today))
In general, throughout Eastern Europe, in various forms creeps Pan Slavic organizations, whose ideological basis lies in the extremely fruitful work of academician Alexander Dugin.
As in Bulgaria, various Russian-Bulgarian Para Military formations not only operate extremely successfully but also enjoy enormous media influence.
As well as establishing formal Educational Exchanges with the Russian Educational System.
The Father of Pan Slavism Alexander Dugin
Alexander Dugin is a controversial Russian far-right academic and public intellectual known for his anti-Western, anti-Jewish and anti-Ukrainian views. According to him, the goal is not the incorporation of new territories into the Russian Federation, but "the restoration of the old Russian Empire." Alexander G. Dugin is the son of a lieutenant general of the GRU (special service, foreign intelligence agency of the USSR Ministry of Defense), a disciple of the mystic Evgeny Golovin, a PhD in philosophy, doctor of political science, doctor of sociology, professor, former acting head of the department of sociology of international relations at the sociology department of Lomonosov Moscow State University (2009-2014). He was dismissed for his adamant position on the creation and support of Novorossia. Professor Emeritus of the Gumilev Eurasian National University and Tehran University. Speaks more than 10 languages. Daughter Daria, philosopher and publicist, was killed on 20.08.2022, presumably by Ukrainian special services.
Dugin was born in 1962 in Moscow into the family of general lieutenant of GRU (special service, foreign intelligence organ of USSR Ministry of Defense) Geliy Dugin and candidate of medical sciences Galina Onufrienko (maiden name). According to his words, he was baptized at the age of 6 in the Orthodox Church of Michurinsk by his great-grandmother Elena Mikhailovna Kargaltseva. At a mature age he became an Old Believer.
In 1979 he entered the MAI, but was expelled from the second year for failure to pass. He graduated from the Novocherkassk Melioration Engineering Institute by correspondence. Together with Heydar Jemal, Dugin joined the national-patriotic front "Memory" in 1988, but was expelled for the fact that he "was in contact and contact with the representatives of dissident emigre circles of occultist-satanic persuasion, in particular with a certain writer Mamleyev. Together with Eduard Limonov and Yegor Letov, he created the NBP, but soon broke with it and became (in 1998-1999) an advisor to Gennady Seleznev, chairman of the State Duma. In 2016-2017, he was editor-in-chief of Tsargrad TV.
"Deutsche Welle" presented him in the summer of 2014 as follows. His biography is more than checkered: he is a member of the national-patriotic Memory Front and the occult Black Order, founded the National Bolshevik Party, lectures on conspiracy theories at the Russian Army General Staff, and propagates various religious teachings.
Dugin is the man who managed to dust off the literary ideas of "Eurasia", popular mostly among the former Russian emigration in Paris and Berlin. It was Dugin who elevated them to the status of a visionary doctrine for the future of the Russian Empire. In one of his works he wrote: "After the collapse of Marxist ideology and the victory of the West in the Cold War, no meaningful and stable ideology that could compete with liberalism appeared in place of Marxism. And at that moment the thirstiest minds for knowledge, the purest hearts and the most passionate souls turned to the heritage of Eurasia."
"Cyril and Methodius of Fascism."
The contemporary Russian writer and opponent of the Putin system Eduard Limonov calls Dugin "the Cyril and Mephodiy of fascism". "It was exactly twenty years ago, in 1992, at an evening of the pro-Khanov newspaper "Den" in the Oktyabrsky Cinema. "A fat, brash, pot-bellied, bearded young man with wide hips." In 1994, Limonov recalls, Dugin was wearing breeches and shoes at the Extremist Fashion Festival! "In such an outfit, his toe-up foot looked ambiguously like an Oscar." One of Dugin's closest associates wore a black SS uniform borrowed from the theatre.
Part of the Nationalist Protests in Russia in the early 2000s. Navalny was also an active participant. Navalny, Russian style Opposition, Nationalists and Bulgaria (theangel.today)
In his book of reminiscences, however, Limonov calls Dugin "the Cyril and Methodius of fascism" not at all because of this masquerade or the outward resemblance to Ernst Röhm, Hitler's friend. The reason is that Dugin "lived in a fascist environment at the time and therefore wore right-wing fascist colours. He was studying fascism at the time, devouring every book he came across about fascism, National Socialism, the right in general."
"Dugin's knowledge of fascism," Limonov writes, "was of high scholarly quality, since he knew at least four operative languages of European civilization and thus had access to primary sources..."
The "Black Order of the SS", created in the early 1980s by the poet and expert on occultism Yevgeny Golovin. The "order" had its own hierarchy copied from the SS "matrix". The highest rank of Reichsführer was, of course, held by Golovin himself. It is true that the ritual of initiation (initiation) into the "Order" differed considerably from its Himmlerist prototype and could shock you by its immorality or, as the intellectuals say, by its direct appeal to the "bodily bottom." Thus, from innocuous treatises on Blavatsky, table-turning and alchemy, the Reichsführer led his exalted admirers further and further towards what Dostoevsky called demonism. His disciples began to speak of the Order of Thule, of the Holy Grail, of the great Atlantis - in short, of what Hitler's ideologues revered as sacred symbols. Eventually, Golovin published a magazine with the SS abbreviation "Splendor Solis" ("Splendor of the Sun") and composed a hymn for the "Black Order of the SS" in which he romanticized the "supermen" in Waffen-SS uniform.
Deep research into Nazi Germany, secret occult societies and religions, Dugin came to develop a scientific current in Russia, studied in academies- Conspirotology:
Scientific Work by Alexander Dugin: Conspiracy: The Science of Conspiracies, Secret Societies, and Occult War
Knowledge which he harnessed in the development of the Pan Slavic religious element. As Orthodoxy for him was the instrument on the basis of which he developed his scientific work:
In Orthodox Pan Slavism, Dugin uses elements from the Revolutionary movements of the mid-19th century in Eastern Europe. The slogan Freedom or Death has been replaced with Orthodoxy or Death. The interchange is widely used in Bulgaria, and rest of East Europe today.
After Dugin published a 600-page geopolitical treatise, with Lt. Gen. Klokotov, head of the Department of Strategy at the General Staff Military Academy, and collaborated with several other senior analysts from the General Staff and the Presidential Administration he became integrial part of the system. He also serves as an advisor to Gennady Seleznyov, the Duma speaker, and is head of the political council of the Eurasia Party. At one time, in an interview with the Eurasia news portal, Ivan Demidov, a senior official in the presidential administration, made it known that Dugin was unofficially the ideologue of the United Russia party.
Dugin on Bulgaria
On his Facebook page, he also shares the opinion of an associate from Belgrade, according to whom "the pro-Russian General Rumen Radev defeated a candidate of Washington and Brussels, which is a new success for Vladimir Putin and another failure for Barack Obama." What really happened with the election of Rumen Radev in Bulgaria as President. There followed a term in which he established himself and a Second Term during which the COWID pandemic, the War in Ukraine and the World Financial and Food Crisis began, events which plunged Bulgaria into political chaos. As well, for more than two years, in waiting, power in Bulgaria was handed over to Rumen Radev, who promoted more than one and two governments. Why the West is Failing(was it failed by...) in Bulgaria (theangel.today)
Bulgaria either as a friendly state or as a neutral state, because Bulgaria does not threaten our national interests, does not represent a stronghold of Russophobia, does not support destructive tendencies within Russia, and the Bulgarian people are one of the friendliest and closest to us. Therefore, we can have neither possibility nor wish to interfere in the Bulgarian politics. If Bulgaria meets the Bulgarian national interests, that is enough for us...Bulgaria and Russia are two Orthodox Slavic nations with extremely close ties in the past. It should not be forgotten that Russia made enormous efforts to make the Bulgarian state at all
NATO is not saving Bulgaria from threats, it is creating those threats. Incidentally, Turkish President Reget Tayyip Erdogan faced a similar problem: Turkey is a NATO member, and yet America was behind the 2016 coup attempt. Therefore, today NATO is not a security tool, but the main source of danger and threat to Bulgaria - both from a strategic and cultural perspective - it is a betrayal of the Bulgarian people.
When I am told that there are Russophiles in Bulgaria, it is understandable - all Russians are Bulgarianophiles. But when I am told that there are Russophiles in Bulgaria, then I stop and try to understand what they are talking about, because it is unnatural. For this there must be some artificial political direction or it is said by people who received western education and who look at both Russia and Bulgaria with the eyes of the West. There was no reason for the West to dislike us either. We were not loved because there were two branches of civilization - the Orthodox and the Western Christian Catholic, Protestant. Initially, the two worldviews argued with each other, but the Bulgarians were always on our side as part of the Orthodox Byzantine world. There was the idea of Veliko Tarnovo as heir to the Byzantine Empire, at a time when the Bulgarian kingdom was stronger. And in this respect, the proximity of the Orthodox post-Byzantine nations keeps us in the same camp.
Volen Siderov is the leader of the far-right Ataka Party (which is in coalition with two Bulgarian Communist Parties) In 2017 when the politician did the interview with his friend Dugin on whether Bulgaria is Russian, on Orthodoxy and the new Bulgarian slavery. Dugin in the interview claims that Preslav (the old capital of Bulgaria) is the first image of Moscow. As well as that the medieval historian Paisy Hilendarsky, who wrote the first Bulgarian history, was Russian.
The Bulgarian politician invites Dugin to Bulgaria for the celebrations of the 140th anniversary of Bulgaria's liberation from Turkish rule. Siderov is from the ruling government coalition together with GERB and Patriots, which will take over the European presidency in just a few days.
Radical conservative ideologues of the Kremlin today are, Malofeev, Dugin, Prokhanov and Baghdasaryan. They help the Kremlin draw the basic contours of a new ideology. The views of the four aforementioned figures differ in nuance (Prokhanov is a Stalinist imperialist, Malofeev is an anti-communist and a supporter of absolute monarchy, Dugin radically rejects the West and its values), but are united by the fact that they believe the current war in Ukraine is primarily a confrontation between Russia and the West on a civilizational level. Like Alexander Dugin, they have recently argued that the war in Ukraine is analogous to the "Last Judgment" and that Russia is confronting the "Antichrist" in the face of the "collective West." In a less radical form, the same ideas were expressed in recent statements by Patriarch Kirill and in Putin's own speech on the annexation of Ukrainian territories. A month after Darius Dugin's death, on September 30, 2022, Putin used for the first time in a public speech one of Dugin's favorite terms, "Anglo-Saxons," drawing a dividing line in the West itself-Old Europe and the New Liberal World. As an associate, Malofeev has exclusive media business interests in Bulgaria.
"MP Peter Tolstoy of the ruling United Russia was asked on Bulgarian television whether his country would continue with its favorable policy towards Bulgaria if his party won Sunday's elections (September 18th). "Of course," said Tolstoy, adding, "We will just buy it all."
We've already bought half of its coast. " The MP also said that the EU must stop expanding at the expense of countries in the "zone of national interest of Russia".
Although according to official statistics Russia is not among Bulgaria's main economic partners, if Bulgaria is perceived as a Russian Corrupt Proxy or just an offshore company, Russia has no interest at all to be among Bulgaria's leading official partners. Bulgaria- Easy Corrupt Prey to Russia (theangel.today)
The New Bulgarian Intelectual Identity
What is important for Russia is to maintain a public intellectual framework that does not allow Bulgaria to separate itself from its sphere of influence by sharing similar civilizational principles. And this Russia does more than successfully in Bulgaria.
In Bulgaria a partly fundamental partly occult framework of Dugin's ideology, which is much more radical than the Fascism we know, has successfully developed.
A small summary of the dominant Cult White Brotherhood in Bulgaria, whose foundations were laid during Communism by the Minister of Culture Lyudmila Zhivkova, daughter of Todor Zhivkov :
The Mission of the Bulgarians
The sixth culture of the White Race asserts its constructive laws mainly through the Slavic peoples, and this is not chauvinism, for the mission of Slavism is not racial but universal. In building up the Sixth Race, Slavonicity will use all the spiritual and cultural values brought forth by the advanced European nations. These peoples have built and are building the external conditions, the external forms in which the content of Slavic spirituality is unfolded and infused.
What is the place of the Bulgarians in these processes? Let us retrace the epochal diagram of spiritual teachings and join the lines of Bulgarian participation: Melchizedek - Orpheus - Boyan Maga - Beinsa Duno. There is no other nation on the face of the earth that has developed such spiritual evolutionary activity, except the Bulgarian. From the mystery-filled past, through the mystery-impoverished present and on to the cosmic mystery-characterized future, Bulgaria occupies an important place in the world Unification.
The Bulgarian people have been given a Teacher, have been taught and written down in the Bulgarian language the Teaching of the New Culture, based on Love that gives warmth, Wisdom that brings light and Truth that liberates. The Bulgarian people have the task of accepting the New Teaching and transmitting it to the Slavic peoples, and through them to the other peoples of the earth.
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Georgi Gospodinov: If financiers read books...
In Sofia, Georgi Gospodinov declares himself as a Pacifist, bringing to the fore the peace-loving character of the Language. "Today we celebrate the everyday miracle of language. Happy language, happy alphabet, happy miracle." The event was celebrated on May 24 - the Day of Bulgarian Education and Culture and the Day of Slavonic Literature.
According to Gospodinov, the Slavic Language celebration is not of arms, of some glorious victory or defeat, there are no battle scenes, betrayals and rivers of blood, which human history is full of." The Language Expert and Professor was critical of financiers and capitalists and their lack of culture. "And if financiers read books, our crises would really be different"
About Georgi Gospodinov, a little more
Vladimir Trendafilov, who is a Bulgarian literary critic, poet, translator and author of materials in academic collections and periodicals, writes an open letter in the newspaper Kultura about Georgi Gospodinov's growth through full state funding and political patronage:
Култура :: Дебати :: Поредното ми писмо (kultura.bg)
What notions and stereotypes literature created in Bulgarian society
Bulgarian literature in Europe as a "Spiritual Gateway" to Russia (theangel.today)
The Unmaking of the West
Interview by Ivaylo Tsvetanov Tsvetkov (known as "Noisy") with Georgi Gospodinov.
Bulgarian Literature is not only Russia's Spiritual Gateway to the West but also a Project for the Disenchantment of the West
These are excerpts from the most extensive interview done with the most renowned contemporary Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov. Whose discoverer is the most successful Bulgarian publisher, who gained his opportunities through business with Russia.
The problem with Bulgarian Socialism is that it was not like German Socialism, but turned out to be Patriarchal Traditionalist
The second half of the Bulgarian twentieth century happened in a kind of pattern that I would call "patriarchal-socialism": a mixture between continued heavy patriarchy and socialism. This is a paradoxical combination because socialism is a modernist project. A particular culture of silence within the Bulgarian family. A particular schizophrenia in which you are one in the kitchen, in the family, and another outside on the square and at the rally. A schizophrenia that has persisted until now, and which is part of the things that do not happen to us today. This was particularly evident in the collection I Lived Socialism - how, for example, you, inside your family, never seemed to know where your father was for five years - and he was in a camp. And he himself kept that secret. And the system pressured him to keep quiet. And man's own fear. And you're right that guilt is unspoken - precisely because of patriarchal socialism, as opposed to, say, the German reworking of the past - and only the Germans have a whole term for that.
Post Socialism in Bulgaria- simplistic consumers
Everything is the latest, nothing has a story - and nothing has a specific taste. One is constantly tripping over some information rivers and losing direction - losing the hunger for anything that one had in the 90s. There's an episode in The Physics of Sadness where the character says, "well, now you've got everything, you've got the bananas you wanted then, the Coke, everything, what do you miss," and the answer is, "well, I miss that hunger." Actually we got everything, and we lost the hunger.
Self, Selfhood and Self as Jihadism- refracted through Confucian wisdoms
It is, on reflection, Confucian - within its practical ethics. We concern ourselves mostly with Virtue or the lack of it, and yet leave the question of attaining Truth open. Our big question is at the cultural boundary. What does, say, the native reality format teach you? "Be what you are, bastard." That's its mantra. If you feel like shouting, shout; if you feel like fucking, fuck; if you feel like fighting, fight. What if I want to shoot people? Whereas culture teaches you the opposite: curb your instinct, don't be what your instinct makes you be.
"Be yourself" versus "Know yourself." Exactly. The deception is that there are actually convenient ideological or advertising matrices behind this "be yourself". To "be yourself", they say, you have to be so and so - offering you this matrix, this model, this ready-made template. And that in itself is a contradiction in terms, selling prefabricated authenticity. The goal is clear - reduction of reflection, of deliberation and hesitation, of just "knowing yourself".
I'll call it the "jihadism" within us. I mean the sharp radicalization of opinions, mainly on Facebook, among us. It comes through several channels. First, the sense that Facebook gives is that we are more avatars and less bodies. Fewer real people - with biographies, children, bodily ramifications like that. When you think of the other as an avatar, Facebook is some kind of perfect comic book. A picture that drops a word bubble.
Bulgarian Occupy Wallstreet
The protest of 2013, yes, I think that protest will remain one of the most unconventionally bright episodes in recent Bulgarian history.
With the Occupy Wallstreet library. The sign itself is pretty and timeless.
Intelligently Said That Modern Existence Is Meaningless
Here's something for you to think about from Gellner: socialism failed not only because it lost the technological, economic, etc. wars, but also because it left little niches for the individual to save himself. Yeah, I like that observation. The socialist cruelly underestimated everyday life. It never figured out what to do with man after 5pm.
For me, I have to add a story from "I lived socialism": in short, the man had formulated everything like this, ingeniously simple - "when there are no onions, there are nowhere, when there are onions, there are only onions". But the difficult story, the good story, which might also explain this question about nostalgia in depth, is precisely about the existential gap, the deficit of purpose and meaning in that living. A deficit, in fact, whose abundance delights us even today.
The West- material, consumer, cargo, business, no magic and intellectual meaning
Yes. But let's look at it through the small stuff first. I have one such text, "Souvenir and Symbol," about how the West's inaccessibility was actually a major part of that magic. As kids, we were very hesitant about whether foreign countries existed as a separate country - where they made tolerons and chewing gum and so on.
Yes, abroad! There they had cigarette gums as long as a cubit, two-foot chocolates, etc. Our parents explained that we had nature and yogurt, but we didn't like nature and yogurt (laughter). It was good that there were truckers connecting the two worlds, flying over like...
Disenchantment comes logically - through accessibility. Conceived space is somehow always more beautiful. My father, who had only been to Finland once - his only trip abroad - had brought some glasses, glass, Finnish, and he was there telling me how he lost his wallet one day, but found it the next day in the same place, how the saleswomen were smiling, imagine that shock too. And for this man Europe is still a myth. There is no disenchantment there - as with all those who stayed in the invented Europe of a time, of the 70s and 80s, who, because of poverty or other reasons, never saw it again.
Islamists as non-people- simply used to kill themselves
We missed the death of this newspaper. Recent events - new migration, ISIS, Brexit, Trump - show that the world is driven by other, far from rational mechanisms. And we should already be aware of that. After Nice, I thought, and wrote, and rubbished such things. The battle is now about very simple things - preserving human nature. Whether the driver is part of ISIS or not. I don't care about that, but it will turn out he isn't either. But either way - it's the work of a brutal, transgressed human nature no-longer-human. Squashing 2 km of living bodies is truly beyond human. How did this departure from the human come about? Twenty years ago these people were just jumping off the top floor of some hotel. Now they use them as free mass murderers.
The interview was done by the famous journalist Ivaylo Tsvetanov Tsvetkov (known as "Noisy"), one of the 100 intellectuals who signed a declaration in 2023 to form a coalition between Boyko Borisov's party GERB and the new Reformers of Kiril Petkov(promoted by President Rumen Radev).
The National Socialist Ideology of Putin's philosopher Dugin, the Orthodox radical strivings of media oligarch Malofeev and the patriotic circles around them, including the private military outfit Wagner of Putin's "cook" Prigozhin, may have seemed frivolous a few years back and were treated with irony. But the war in Ukraine, has completely confused the cards and allowed this group and their current to germinate into a leadership position. Today, one year after the beginning of the military conflict against Russia, to look down on them is impossible. Not least because, the attitude towards Hitler and his National Socialists was no different from the underestimation in the early 1920s in Germany. The fact is that the world today is facing a new form of National Socialism that is pushing us toward a new world war. The big question, in what soil was this culture planted and was able to sprout and bear its first fruits undisturbed.
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