06 March 2007, 16:26
The Russian TV observer: Western model of economy is pseudo-Christian and should not be copied
Moscow, March 6, Interfax - Mikhail Leontyev, a well-known TV observer, has urged to realize in Russia an economic model based on values traditional for the country rather than copying the Western one.
‘Our culture, civilization and values have nothing to do with the culture which claims to be Christian. We know that ‘in God we trust’ is inscribed on the dollar but I have an impression that it is not our God’, he said addressing one of the sections of the World Russian People’s Council on Tuesday.
Leontyev has urged to realize an economic development model that is not optimized by profit or money-grubbing. ‘The axioms of the liberal Western market economy will take us nowhere. Moreover, we ought not to discuss such a paradigm at all; for the very idea is poor’, he said.
Leontyev has subjected to criticism the view of the human being as consumer whose main task is ‘to devour as many goods as possible’ and to get as mush pleasure as possible for his money. ‘It is a kind of drug. Clearly, this arrangement is morally unacceptable’, the journalist said.
This model is believed, by pragmatically-minded economists among others he said, to be deadlock as it ‘leads to depletion of both resources and the human being’, he maintains.
‘The refusal of liberal communities to reproduce themselves is a doom because, motivated by hedonism, they destroy the very basis of reproduction of human beings as species’, he noted.
When attempts are made to make up for it with the help of migration, the dilemma arises: either migrants will have to adapt themselves to hedonistic values and get assimilated, or the native population will have to lose their own culture. According to Leontyev, both ways are unacceptable for Russia.