Stanislav Ovcharenko. Nassim Taleb’s fatal fallacy regarding Putin’s Russia?

The defects of the theory of Nassim Nicolas Taleb we should see in the extension of economic regularities to the other aspects of social development especially in the realm of so specific sphere as culture. We argue that the West definitely cannot be pluralistic with the cultures that have quite other cultural code that involves the destruction of another, say, Western culture, including the carriers of a completely different culture.        Other thesis of our argument is the conclusion that the true fair pluralism can be pos-sible and adjusted only inside the same cultural code of the Western culture and civilization. The attempts of the fruitful cultural dialog between quite different cultures sinevitably lead to the defeat of the Western cultural code as the most developed. The sharp confrontations in Israel and even in Lebanon brightly show us the principal impossibility to enjoin one cultural code to another without the…

S. Ovcharenko. The impossibility of a fair universal suffrage in the post-Soviet transitional period

(The excerpt from the full manuscript of the book “Cultural Mutants from the Human Desert”) With the exception of the Baltic countries, all the post-Soviet states did not go through anti-communist revolutions, and the old elite kept themselves in power and engaged in the distribution of power and national property within their own class in all these countries. We can see the differences between nations and countries through the differences between the middle classes of different nations and post-Soviet countries. Above, we noticed that the middle class of Russia irrationally wanted and wants to return to the USSR. This is a paradoxical phenomenon exclusively of social psychology and cultural traditions. This “peaceful” transition of the party nomenklatura to an open society faced external obstacles from the West and was forced to imitate the structure of Western society in order to receive material assistance for the arrangement of a mutant oligarchic…

S. Ovcharenko. Ukraine: drama and tragedy of the transition period

Due to the deep pain and weakness, these possibilities and the positivity of the present existence of the nation were less noticeable. This course of healing from the closed past, most people interpreted as a social decline or death of a familiar civilization. In general, because of their own limitations, they can see everything around them as a world catastrophe and a personal tragedy. This tragic sense of self immobilizes to a state of inability to adapt to a new social reality. They are like employees who have lost their stable jobs due to lack of professionalism, narrow horizons, fall into deep social pessimism with a tendency to deepen their cultural degradation. Within the framework of deeply simplified ideas about the social structure, they were used to obtain a stable social status for the oligarchy due to the general degradation of the natural environment, human environment and psychological devastation of…

Stanislav Ovcharenko. Dictators in the Post-Soviet Period and the Resistance of the Middle Class. Part Two

In today’s history of Ukraine, we have a “Western” society that our neighbors in the European Union and NATO should have seen in their past. The scientific and technological revolution in the world and the emergence of a post-industrial civilization (in Ukraine we have only separate “spots” of this civilization) helps to overcome the natural limitation of a person’s ability to create a new way of life for the post-communist world. This fact should embarrass, annoy people who cannot change their life scenario and form life goals, make important independent decisions. This person is immersed, perplexed himself in this complex reality, which becomes inaccessible to the backward, limited consciousness of adults. So this is a stumbling block. From this historical moment, we have a fierce mutual hatred between creative and intermediate personalities as products of negative selection in past communist history. One of them – a devoted supporter of new…

Stanislav Ovcharenko. Dictators in the Post-Soviet Period and the Resistance of the Middle Class. Part One

(Exerpt from the book “The Mutants in the Human Desert”)       A lot of dictators in the world seek to adapt human nature to their own interests by several methods – from psychological or economic suppression to “simple” murders. First of all, the ultimate goal of any dictator is to weaken the human person, limiting his or her abilities at the cost of depriving him of private property, which, as a rule, does not depend on his arbitrariness, the dictator. He is trying to crush the resistance of this still free individual to a state of utter insignificance, enshrining this status in the relevant laws. Ultimately, this oligarchic dictator, such as Putin, can designate his violence as the “dictatorship of the law.” The ultimate goal is to weaken and simplify the average national identity. To simplify human nature, to reduce its historical memory, it instills an inability to…

S. Ovcharenko. How some American woman wants a renewed form of Communism

In the Facebook we can see renewed moods in favor of Socialism and Communism despite the bitter historical experience in practice… Stanislav Ovcharenko. I regret, Comrade Marta March, that you dream about the new variant of Communism, within which we have to see the absolute absence of private property and the right to have this private property. You know well that the personal freedom, independence is based on personal material independence, right and opportunity of the personal free choice despite the will of state officials. The other form of Communism is impossible because of exclusive weakness, helplessness of individual without private property and right of personal choice of way of life. The other, more “correct” forms of communism are impossible, irreal. The dream for Communism is possible only inside the capitalist society. The comprehensive situation of the technological revolution emerges the despair of so-called rednecks that back President Trump… I…

S Ovcharenko. Predictions and the Crisis of Contemporary Society. Part 2

(The exerpt from my book “In the Human Desert” If earlier some Africans left their continent irrevocably, now the continent always stands behind its back. Accordingly, the process of cultural integration of foreign citizens is incredibly complicated. In short, solving technological, scientific problems of Western civilization inevitably causes cultural clashes that put our lives on the brink of a sharp civilizational crisis. This is a huge panorama of conflicts, discussions and irrational wars, despite the fact that the main opponents are not extremists. Real extremists are just the tip of the iceberg. The main challenge is the composition of people who live next to us and do not violate the law. They are most problematic for a long period. Because they imperceptibly introduce old, backward cultural code, that is habits, customs, superstitions, fears that Europe has already experienced and experienced long ago. And now we have to oppose these cultural…

S Ovcharenko. Predictions and the Crisis of Contemporary Society. Part 1

(Exerpt from the book In the Human Desert) The basic meaning of any social theory is related to its prognostic function, to use it in political and cultural practice, especially in times of great technological and social revolutions. Russian philosophy, in a broad sense and even European philosophy, at the turn of the nine teenth and twentieth centuries did not yield successful theoretical and practical predictions. It is difficult even to imagine that these social dregs of society can practically realize everything in the political life of Russia, Germany and some countries of Central Europe as a result of the creation of a civilizational black hole. Gustav Shpet, an outstanding but yet forgotten Russian philosopher, also turned out to be an unsuccessful forecaster despite his exclusive creative abilities. The same deal was with also other Russian philosophers and sociologists. None could predict these so catastrophic aftermath of the grandiose Communist…

Karl Marx: The tragic mistake of his lifetime. Part 2

Then, in the middle of the 19th century, the situation of the working class in England and in the rest of Europe was really terrible. Therefore Karl Marx decided to dedicate his life to “liberating the working class from capitalist exploitation”. But not everything is as simple as it seems at first glance. To this end, bourgeois intellectuals, who took the side of the working class, unconsciously wanted not only to improve the position of the working class – but to overthrow the capitalist system and realize their coming to state power in their workers’ countries, being at the head of this liberation movement of the working class. They were fiercely opposed to the so-called “opportunists” who sought to alleviate the fate of the working class within the capitalist system itself. They called Wilhelm Liebknecht a “ram” (in personal correspondence with each other), who cooperated with Ferdinand Lassalle and his…

S. Ovcharenko. Karl Marx: The tragic mistake of his lifetime. Part1

2018: marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx. In the former USSR, this date went unnoticed – and it was in vain. The West continues to respect and consider a necessity to listen to the teachings, thoughts of Karl Marx and his friend and companion – Friedrich Engels (1820 – 1895). We are always rich in belated thought – and we are ready to lay the blame for our misfortunes on old and recent classics. My attitude towards the teachings and personality of Karl Marx is not ambiguous as I’m a consistent anti-communist. But I was born in our epoch, during the time of communist rule in the Soviet Union – and I do not to relate to it in theory – such sinners as Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels; these names cannot be separated. The life of Karl Marx we could describe as “the tragic mistake…