Putin invited the liberals to make friends with the native people

If by liberalism we mean copying someone, “what in some countries is understood by this, this is not the best option,” Putin said. If we are talking about freedom of thought and choice, then in Russia “it has always been”, he noted

Pavel Zarubin and Vladimir Putin

If liberals “ want good for their country, '' they will quickly find a common language with the native people, President Vladimir Putin said in the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin '' on the Russia 1 TV channel. He expressed this opinion after visiting the Museum “ Moscow House of Dostoevsky '' on the day of the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth.

Dostoevsky is considered a Slavophile. When asked whose position & mdash; Westernizers or Slavophiles & mdash; closer to him, Putin replied that this is a “ slightly superficial discussion. ''

“ When we say: 'Have we had liberals, and in general, should we support liberal thought?', we must first define the concept. If freedom of thought, freedom of choice, freedom to seek a solution is considered liberalism, then, of course, we have always had this, '', & mdash; he said.

But if by liberalism we mean copying someone, “ what in some countries is understood by this, then this is not the best option, '' Putin said. In continuation of his thought, he quoted the words of one of the main characters in Dostoevsky's novel The Demons. Ivan Shatov, in whose mouth, as contemporaries believed, the writer put his ideas.

“ In this regard, I recall, Dostoevsky said that our liberals & mdash; these are footmen who are looking for komuba to clean their boots. But this is not true liberalism, '' & mdash; said the president.

He noted that if the Slavophiles and Westernizers set themselves the task of finding the best ways for the country's development, then “ they have a common goal. '' And if the liberals “ do not become like lackeys, but want good for their country, they will quickly find a common language with the so-called soil people, '' Putin said.

Westernism, Slavophilism, soilism & mdash; these are the directions of social thought that took shape in the 19th century. Westerners advocated the abolition of serfdom and the development of Russia along the Western European path, while the Slavophiles protested against the one-sided imitation of the West and set their task to find the “ beginnings of Russian enlightenment '', different from the “ enlightenment of the West. ''

Pochvenniki, in Unlike the Slavophils, they did not consider it necessary for Russia to return to the moral and spiritual foundations violated by the Peter's reforms, and did not insist on a complete rejection of the positive perception of the experience of Europe. They believed that the Russian people must save humanity, and also preached the idea of ​​bringing together an “ educated society '' with the people, on a national or national basis, a religious and ethical basis.

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