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ALEXANDER ZINOVIEV

Zinoviev: what's wrong with the West


The veteran Soviet dissident, Alexander Zinoviev, has explained why he is returning to his native Russia after an exile of 20 years. "The fall of communism has been transformed into the fall of Russia. The Russian catastrophe was deliberately planned in the West. I say this because I was once involved in these plans which, under the pretext of fighting an ideology, in fact prepared the death of Russia.

Contrary to a widely held view, communism did not collapse for internal reasons. Its collapse is the greatest possible victory of the West. This colossal victory has created a planetary power. The end of communism is also the end of democracy: our era is not only post-communist, it is also post-democratic.

This is because democracy means pluralism: that requires the existence of at least two more or less equal powers.

During the Cold War there was democracy at world level, a global pluralism within which capitalism and communism coexisted.

Now we live in a world dominated by a single force, by a single ideology and by a single globalist party.The Western countries are dominant but they are also dominated, because they are progressively losing their sovereignty to what I call "supra-society". This planetary supra-society consists of commercial enterprises and non-commercial organisms whose zones of influence are superior to those of nations. The Western countries are subjected, like other countries, to the control of these supranational structures. But the sovereignty of nations was a constituent part of pluralism and democracy at world level. The present dominating power is crushing sovereign states. The process of European integration which is taking place under our eyes is causing the disappearance of pluralism within this new conglomerate, to the benefit of a new supranational power." [Figaro-Magazine, 24th July 1999]



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