Is isolation good for Russia?

Autarky - a system of closed reproduction of the community, with minimal dependence on the exchange with the external environment. Recent events: scandals at the Olympics, sanctions, hysteria of the British premierissa and many other acts of Western countries, pushing Russia towards isolation. Yes, and many elements of our government and a large proportion of the people support this path. We will grow the bread ourselves, we will assemble the machines ourselves and fly into space ourselves. Events of this kind happen to great nations with some degree of regularity. But care in the shade may be different.

As the late Mikhail Zadornov joked: “In the very center of Europe, Belarus is a partisan detachment among the marshes and does not surrender to the West” ... Well, or somehow close to the text. So this is an example of isolation. Another bad example is North Korea. Good examples of countries seeking autarky are the Russian Empire of the middle of the 19 century and the British Empire of the same period, which surrounded itself with protectionist barriers.

Yes, of course full autarky does not happen. In the DPRK, GDR cars roll, and Russia, even with complete political isolation from Europe and the United States, will continue to sell gas, as was the case with expensive Leonid Ilyich. But this is a lyrical digression. What is the difference between good and bad autarky? Between the DPRK, Zadornovskaya Belarus and the Russian Empire Nicholas I?

Bad autarky she defends herself. Good, it develops and covers with its cocoon new territories, markets. It reproduces the culture, competitive culture. After all, the autarky (and quasi-avtarki) century is not long, and it will be published either hopelessly backward or ready to become a leading power politically, culturally, economically.

So, what is now looming on the horizon is the ghost of bad autarky for Russia. We are leaving, we are leaving not to forge the intergalactic fleet, not to grow trillions of tons of rye and not to make film masterpieces. We are leaving, so we are silent. To completely disappeared. And we leave exactly for this. Sometimes isolation can be extremely useful, sometimes even necessary. China went into isolation in the middle of the twentieth century, but it went under the slogans of the Cultural Revolution, monstrous in its destruction, but nonetheless having a powerful charge to accomplish and overcome these destruction.

There is nothing like this in modern Russia. At best, we have a slogan: "We will preserve the legacy of the USSR," although there is no legacy of it.

If we are thrown into isolation, if we go ourselves into it, then we must go not to rot in the cell, but to become stronger.

Artem Birlov

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