19 April 2012, 13:03
Russia could get back to socialism - Russian Church
Moscow, April 19, Interfax - Russia could resume efforts to put the state system on foundations alternative to capitalism, said chief of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin.
"A lot of good things were done in the Soviet era. Russia's heroic feat in the Great Patriotic War, the nation's outstanding achievements in science and technology, and a social model based on the idea of social justice, which caused such a resonance in the world, rank among our indisputable accomplishments," Father Vsevolod told students of the State Governance University.
Society and the state, built then, collapsed logically, because they rested on an atheist ideology, "pursuant to which society cannot develop for long," he said.
"But the idea of a society where money, profit and private economic interests do not dominate, was very important as such. It is not accidental that capitalism was developing and adjusting itself all through the 20th century, inspired precisely by the system, built in the Soviet Union," he said.
The Soviet Union's breakup did not bury the search for an alternative to capitalism, in the form of a society that does not see private economic interests as the main locomotive of progress, and it will make itself felt repeatedly in the 21st century, Father Vsevolod said.
Economists, politicians and intellectuals have agreed in that capitalism is going through a crisis and is moving towards an historical deadlock, he said.
"I do not rule out that Russia, with its powerful drive for justice, is destined to give its own recipe of social set-up to the world, in which money, the private economic interest and egoistic sides of the personality will not be the main asset," the priest said.