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Putin’s Favorite Philosopher Discusses Fascism (Ivan Ilyin) This Russian Philosopher Believed Russia Was Made Great by Its Orthodox Faith (Ivan Ilyin). The Russian president’s favourite thinker is Ivan Ilyin, one of the intellectuals the Bolsheviks deported on one of the “philosophers’ ships” in. Who is Ivan Ilyin, and why is Putin so indebted to this marginalized Russian figure?

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You can help by adding to it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Ilyin wrote that many Russians believed that private property and large estates are gained not through hard labour but through power and maladministration of officials.

Next, when you look at the bits of Ilyin which Putin has quoted, they are definitely not the more authoritarian ones.

Instead, what I want to address is a broader issue — how should one write history? There is the Konstantin Aksakov who supported centralized state power.

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Next, focus on their more extreme and reactionary ideas — throw in some anti-Semitic comments, for instance. You look at all sides of conservative thought. The New York Times. In the first place, you have a cast of characters who can easily be manipulated to look decidedly odd.

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Open Culture editor Dan Colman scours the web for the best educational media. But it would be preposterous to call all the legal scholars who cite him fascists. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.


First, develop a clear overall thesis which fits with the current zeitgeist.


Snyder, however, seems to prefer simplicity to complexity, and so misrepresents both Ilyin and modern Russia. In he entered the Law faculty of the Moscow State University. Russian TV and social media would create a climate in which news became entertainment, and nothing would quite seem factual. He disputed that an individual could choose their nationality any more than cells ivqn decide whether they are part of a llyin. Eltchaninoff mentions six main thinkers whom Putin has cited: Which Aksakov is Putin?

The Ivan Ilyin bandwagon continues to gather passengers.

Ilyin developed his concept of the conscience of law for more than 20 years until his death. It is at best a lesser evil. So, a thorough study of the subject would require one to examine all the tensions and contradictions, all the multiple interpretations.

The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder review – chilling and unignorable

Operative in the Kremlin. According to Ilyin, the main distinctions were the following:. Pinging is currently not allowed. Iluin Ilyin was born in Moscow in an aristocratic family that claimed Rurikid descent. He answered that the reason was “the weak, damaged self-respect” of Russians. On the Second Moscow Conference of Public Figures he said, “The revolution turned into self-interested plundering of the state”.

Retrieved September 21, In fact, he lost his job lecturing in Berlin in the s because he refused to teach anti-Semitic doctrines.

They must acknowledge their guilt. This is an abuse of history. Those facts are disgusting and of no value whatsoever. First, the thesis that Putin is pursuing an empire by means of war is highly debatable as a matter of ivah.


Snyder explains all this in his new book, The Road to Unfreedom: In the end he had to flee Germany.

Suffice it to say that Snyder and I seem to be reading a completely different Ilyin, and my previous complaints on this subject made here and here still stand. Nor was he a conspiracy theorist, let alone, as is suggested above, an anti-Semite. Infor instance, Putin cited comments by Ilyin about the need to limit state power; and in he cited a statement by Ilyin about the importance of freedom. This did not happen in Russia. Ignore all they say about the limits of authority and their repeated stress of the dignity of the person and the need for freedom.

There is the Aksakov who backed autocracy.

As a result, mutual distrust and suspicion between the state and the people emerged. One cannot simply defeat ISIS and return to the status quo ante. Timothy Snyder is at it again. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. There are occasions when one regrets putting an idea out there, as everybody else jumps on the bandwagon but then gets it all wrong.

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