MOSCOW (Realist English). Sanctions will not have an effect on a morally motivated society with good experience in countering – the one, which is armed with a specific goal, says Oksana Loboda, Candidate of Sciences (Sociology), Head of the Primorsky regional branch of the Russian Society of Political Scientists.
“The sanctions, which have been incessant for at least about eight years, have contributed to moral immunity. It did not happen, no matter how much the “sanctioners” had hoped, that the people would become the object, there is no panic in supermarkets, pharmacies, ATMs. The most “vaccinated” by the post-Soviet “reforms” have traditionally bought sugar and flour, believing that this will be enough for the time being.
The sanctions could be most disastrous for the young people who have received this “brave new world” in imported packaging and with a content almost completely made not in Russia – from clothing, entertainment, education to role models and strategies. This is the actual ethos of the “user” of all world goods – an ersatz of which are represented by global networks fueled by opinion leaders, idols. Probably, young people are no exception. Today, the society without its own industry to some extent began to resemble the islanders, who stopped bringing beads and bracelets in exchange for loyalty, worship and invaluable raw materials here,” she notes.
According to Loboda, it’s time to close the “thirty-year gestalt of an economically undeveloped country and start with a re-industrialization program that guarantees the restoration of a viable industrial economy without losing the frontier level of global competition”:
“This, in my view, is the only chance to ensure moral and ideological solidarity by taking a sober look at the destructive consequences of neoliberal morality in the relations within the society.
During the Great Patriotic War, every day a factory was being put into operation in the territory beyond the Urals. These were colossal human sacrifices that no one should demand today — from this practice it is necessary to understand the essence of those meanings that the government produces and that the people are aware of. We need a clear and visible strategy for building a new Russia – self-sufficient, not hiding from enemies, not shunning friends, open to the global world, which also needs “airing” and updating.”
The sociologist believes that it is necessary to stop “playing” education according to Western models:
“Our young people spend two years in the secondary school to prepare for the university, and then at the university they spend another two years on general “ideological” courses. Now, let’s lay down the state goal and the resources that we are nipping in the bud — the country should be built by the young people who are ready, professionally trained, motivated to live in the country they have built.”