by Miles for the Saker Blog
If you look at western press and punditry as of late in regards to Russia or Putin (which, for some reason is basically the same in western MSM’s perceptions) or, more specifically, in regards to Putin’s address to Federal Assembly of Russia, you would inevitably get the impression that all he talked about was weapons. Russian media (those that took note of the Address, that is) unfortunately, are trailing not far behind.
In reality, though, the address was almost evenly split between internal politics and weapons. And in, my view, the first part was waaay more important because if at least half of the tasks he set out in the first part of the address would be carried out, Russia (and world alongside with it) would be drastically transformed.
To say that goals set by Putin in the address is ambitious would be a massive understatement in my opinion.
If you rip out substance out of political smooth talk, what Putin ordered was massive overhaul of infrastructure (primarily transportation, utilities, communication sectors) and radical ramping-up of acquisition and implementation of new technologies across the board. The end goal is, to quote, “breakthrough development of Russia”. And those orders are very concrete and specific, not allowing (at least, at a first glance) “virtual” execution, consisting purely of bureaucratic paper-pushing and reallocation of existing finances (which was, sadly the case with 2012 May decrees).
Without further ado a list of marching orders for the new government (and he said “new government” several times, I’d return to it a bit later) in direct quotes // My comments would be one of an official on a receiving end of those orders, official that only wants to get its pay and do as littles as possible – i.e. assessment of “sabotage potential”):
1. Upgrade the employment structure that has become inefficient and archaic, provide good jobs that motivate people, improve their well-being and help them uncover their talents. We need to create decent well-paid jobs ((more like a general order, giving waay too much leeway for a government in executing it, unless follow-up decrees would detail it down Too much a field to freely understanding it as you wish).
2. Reduce the poverty rate by at least one half over the next six years (down from 20 million as of present) (could be manipulated unless controlled tightly – via lowering poverty line bit by bit over allotted time. Though some effect would still be present – you could not simply lie to President’s face – lie without a grain of truth in it, that is. Plus, item 4 severely limits down space for maneuvering, since it is a very explicit order).
3. Raise pensions and index them regularly, so that they outpace inflation and to reduce the gap between the size of pensions and pre-retirement wages (at present, pensions are indexed for inflation, not above it, first part are fairly clear – indexing should be at least some percentage points above inflation level although as of now it is unclear just how many points. Second is more prone to sabotage as it stands, since there are no hard set waypoints on closing the gap. Again, hoping for a decree detalization).
3(a). New Government will have to draft a special programme for the systematic support of senior citizens and for improving their quality of life (that is a direct and explicit order here, one that entail MASSVE spending even at a minimum increase in social support to be present in the would-be programme, given age structure of population in Russia).
4. Per-capita GDP must increase by 50 percent by the middle of the next decade (Again. Direct order, and while increasing GDP is not new, adding “per-capita” to it changes very much everything, since you can increase GDP tenfold but if income inequality gap is high, laypeople will see very little of it. Per-capita formula at least limits the possibilities for a government to weasel its way out of executing order as planned. Those of you more well-versed in statistics methodology of per-capita GDP calculation, please correct me if I am wrong in the assumption that per-capita GDP is less prone to miscalculation as representing increase in income of general public then just GDP)
5. By the end of the next decade, Russia must confidently join the club of countries posting a life expectancy of 80-plus years (very explicit, entailing healthcare upgrade, much harder to fabricate – unless of course, you’d drastically increase lifespan in one part of the country while neglecting the rest – but it is too obvious a ploy to try in my opinion).
6. Large-scale spatial development programme in Russia, which would include developing cities and other communities by at least doubling spending in this area over the next six years. (as of now only several cities like Sochi, for example has undergone renovation, results are… grey, so execution should be monitored very closely to avoid misappropriation of funds and outright stealing).
7. At least five million families must be able to improve their housing conditions annually (up from 3 million now, and in Russian legalese it means either buying a flat/house or affordable social rent) (This directive can hardly be played with. Only way I see to avoid actually doing what is ordered is to raise criteria to be counted as family needing improvement so high that almost nobody would get on the list and then report that problem is gone altogether, but it is way too transparent. Plus, follow-up directives are limiting it down too.
8. Lower the average interest rate (on mortgage) to 7–8 percent (now it is just below 10, and order that hardly can be sabotaged as it is very clear. It also means lowering key CB rate too, or execution would be unfeasible and lover CB rate means cheaper credit in general).
9. Increase volume of housing built every year from 80 million to 120 million square meters (no sabotage here, short of directly falsifying of reports, and one hell of an order to carry out considering item 8. New and cheap construction technologies (like 3D printing) widespread use are needed, which he also mentioned).
10. Proceed from unit construction to project financing, when developers and banks, but not people, shoulder the risks (already in the works).
11. Revise the mechanism for calculating the tax and also the calculation of the cadastral value of property. One way or another, it must not exceed the real market value. All decisions regarding this must be taken without delay in the first six months of this year. (no comments, very explicit and gives no time to weaseling).
12. In the next six years, we must almost double the spending on road construction and repairs in Russia and to allocate more than 11 trillion roubles for this from all sources (up from 6.4 trillion from 2012-17 period. He also demands use new tech, infrastructure mortgage loans and life cycle contracts – as opposed to non-stop road repairs in the middle of December due to fiscal income being through for spending only by around November. Highly sabotage-proof – as it is too detailed – and we are not down to decree yet.).
13. The throughput capability of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railway will grow 1.5 times, up to 180 million tonnes, in six years (no comments. Of course you could screw with reporting, but only so much, being given EXACT target tonnage).
13(a) The volume of transit shipments on our railways must grow almost fourfold (this is even worse for weasels – here he talks not capability but ACTUAL transit volume, meaning ones responsible for reaching this goal will have to create an environment where this volume will come in, not just build up rails to nowhere).
14. Increasing the capacity of railway links to ports in the Azov and Black Sea basin 1.5-fold to 131 million tonnes (very little to distort, given exact geography and tonnage provided).
15. By 2025, cargo traffic along this [Northern Sea] route will surge tenfold to 80 million tonnes (No comments. One hell of a megaproject in the Arctic).
16. Renovate and expand the network of regional airports across Russia. In six years, half of the regions will be connected between each other by direct flights. (right now state of the regional aviation is abysmal. Infrastructure is down, regional air fleets are either non-existent ore aged beyond reason. Basically it need to be built from the ground up. Can be tampered with via creating conditions to radically decrease number of regional flights and then repair some infrastructure. Have to be closely watched over).
17. Introduce new technologies for the generation, storage and relay of energy. In the next six years, we plan to attract some 1.5 trillion rubles in private investment for modernizing our power generation sector. All power systems throughout the country must convert to digital technology. We must use the so-called distributed generation method to supply electricity to remote areas. (I wonder what new energy-generation tech he was talking about. Renovation of power grid is WAAAAY overdue and also a massive undertaking.)
18. By 2024, high-speed Internet will be available throughout the country. We will complete the construction of fibre optic lines in the majority of populated areas with a population of more than 250 people. (Really, no comments. It is dumbfounded even me, Putin supporter. Given the size of Russia… HOW?! The amount of funding necessary is stratospheric. Especially if you count in his directive to guarantee satellite-provided Internet to remote areas).
19. In 2019–2024, we need to spend over 4 percent of the GDP each year to develop the healthcare system. At the same time, the goal we must bear in mind is 5 percent. In absolute terms, this means that healthcare spending must double. (Great, just one condition – watch the money like a hawk or it’ll line someone’s pockets).
20. In the period from 2018 to 2020, we must ensure that each small town with a population of 100 to 2,000 people has a paramedic station and an outpatient clinic. (counter-measure to botched execution of 2012 May decrees, which ordered rise in doctors’ wages and in reality resulted in closing down rural clinics and firings to meet the criteria without raising a finger to attract additional financing. This one is precise enough to be reasonably sure of REAL execution).
20(a). To provide all people with a real opportunity to have a complete physical at least once a year (Currently, it is done only when prescribed by law for different categories, civil servants, for example. He does not say that it should be free of charge, though, and “real opportunity” is a term that could be strained…)
21. Starting a new early career guidance programme for schoolchildren, Ticket to the Future, from the next academic year. The programme will allow kids to try out real jobs in major Russian companies. We will allocate 1 billion rubles for this project this year alone. (also way overdue, if not measurable in execution. although monitoring is possible. Also he gives general orders on increasing quality of education across the board, starting with very early age but they are too general to quote and assess here).
22. Develop a progressive legal framework and eliminate all barriers for the development and wide use of robotic equipment, artificial intelligence, unmanned vehicles, e-commerce and Big Data processing technology. (Russia is really lagging here, so godspeed… I just hope they do not formalize spirit out of the idea. He also calls for extensive uses of AI in streamlining logistics in Russia).
23. By the middle of the next decade, their [small-sized enterprises] contribution to the country’s GDP should approach 40 percent (ambitious to say the least. Can be sabotaged either by raising the plank as to what small-sized means or by GDP contraction (not bloody likely be allowed).
24. To ensure the provision of virtually all public services in real time via remote services within six years. All document circulation between state agencies should be digitized. (underway already but with difficulties. I can order virtually any document right from my smartphone, true, but inner and intra-agencies documentation still killing forests every year. Can be slowed down, but certainly cannot be stopped. Too late.).
I stop it here, lest I risk reciting entire Address, but I think you get the idea. The Darkest One (as Putin is jokingly called by many Russians in response to non-stop vilification from the West) has either learned the lesson of May 2012 decrees where he set goal basically in percentages – and percentages can really be screwed with – or he was not able to say thing he is saying now back then. Now he gives clear instructions as to what exactly to do to what degree and in what amount. And he is known to be very demanding at doing what he said needs to be done unless he left a hole to escape. Not much holes here. Of course, there is many generalized words, especially in research and education sections, but overall it is very clear cut set of goals. And to me, there is sense of urgency in address. He keeps repeating breakthrough development and that time is basically nigh to radically speeding up, especially with new tech development and implementation or be drowned by it. I may be mistaken but in current economic and political situation the goals he set out (in very short – making Russian #1 logistics hub of the world (at last utilizing its geographic position), one of the leading science and IT centers all the while sustaining above-world-average economic growth and radically increasing standard of living) is extremely hard to get to, especially in the next few years. They ARE achievable, yes, but…only if entirety of governance would REALLY fall in line behind him. Given that Putin usually do not speak something THIS important and, frankly, grand without determination to actually do it, I could come to only one conclusion – Putin had chosen.
By this I mean the following. From his ascent to power and up until now he assumed and maintained the role of Supreme Arbiter in intra-elite disputes. This role, while allowing him unrivaled power and facilitating stability through carefully sustained internal elite equilibrium, also meant that Putin, being Supreme Justice for elitist clans within Russia power structure, cannot have had a direct say about general direction in which country was taken by said elites. Judge only rules when there is a dispute brought to his attention, he is not the one to root out the problem that is at the core of all this disputes.
Counterintuitive? You bet. Wrong? Possibly. But I think that Putin, with Atlantic Integrations support faltering both within and outside Russia and Russian society’s collective psyche being built around principle of social justice had decided to respond to growing demand of the masses and assume mantle of Ruler instead that of a Judge. He HAD to tackle internal policy problems now or Russia will be overrun by inbound international economic crisis/collapse and leaps of technology. But for that, given so little time, he had to rule with a really iron fist. He chose. And he, it seems, chose to be that iron-fisted ruler, given the scope, precision and terms of goals he set out. He simply would not reach them unless he beat a living crap out of Atlantic Integrationists, and soon. Yesterday, actually. He tried to communicate with the West. And tried and tried and tried and tried. But now, it seems, he is in position of Stalin back in 1930s. Country lagging behind on eve of worldwide technological revolution, still recovering from war (losses from 1990s was no less then losses from Civil War. He actually compared demographic pits resulting from 1941-44 with that of 1990s during address, which is mightily telling), under sanctions and with mighty enemy just itching for war. Judging from the address, especially its second part, Putin decided to take to heart one Russian joke – “If you’re undeservedly insulted – go back there and do something to deserve it!”. You wanted hardliner (aka Stalin) instead of negotiator? You’ll get one. The second part off the address, one about weapons are necessary to demonstrate it and to scare the hell out of idiots in the west who thinks that first nuclear (or non-nuclear, for that matter) strike is a good idea, hence giving Russia at least some breathing space to actually do thing he laid out. But the effect will not last long, so he needs to be fast about purging the systems and gearing them into mobilization mode to complete those plans in very short order. Basically entire address had a mobilizational undertone to it. “Arise, the great country”. There would be a lot of people who do not going to like it, especially “old guard” in power, who got used to just doing bare minimum and get their pay and ill-gotten gains alike. Again, same problem (intraelite resistance) Stalin faced in late 30s, albeit with different roots. Putin already signaled that he would deal with corruption and incompetency the same way Stalin did, as he instructed FSB at its board meeting on March 5th he said the following
“Our country will implement large-scale, in many ways unprecedented measures related to social development, infrastructure modernisation, and city and town renewal. Work is underway to implement the newly adopted state armament programme. We also need to protect efforts in these areas from the threat of corruption, and to protect the interests of the people from theft, bribe-taking and attempts to put pressure on businesspeople, protect from everything that threatens the economic and other rights and freedoms of people, the rights that are the foundation of the development of a state and society.” So he basically just specifically ordered FSB to watch over execution of orders he had given in address, with corruption charges being usually duty of Investigative Committee. I would not be surprised if there is a draft bill already, shifting this duty from IC to FSB. He takes this serious it seems. So, if I am right and if history rhymes, there is Great Purge (light) ahead Light, because it is not ideology-related and aggressive corruption fighting is something almost entire nation could get behind. This theory would be proven eight or wrong in mere months if not weeks, starting with new Government formation. We’ll see.
P.S. I might be wrong in any number of ways, so I welcome any corrections or thoughts in any way, shape or form.
Miles is Russian. Lawyer by trade, serviceman by conviction. Amateur analyst. Temper:Nordic, stoic (who am I kidding with Nordic part, eh?)
Well thought out and presented analysis.
So we see here what happens when you have a ruler who actually cares about the wellbeing and the future of his people and country.
Massive innovation, growth, and evolution. The Russian society will become a model for all societies of the future.
What “ruler”.He is an elected official.Unlike US.
anon – you’re deceived – the east like rulers and have always done so – the west hated that – about the east – so the kaiser and the czar were both coup’ed –
Elected in a better way than anybody in west.
There is propaganda that benefits a country,and there is one that benefits only individuals.
Which do you like better,or which one benefits a country better.
Tzar was killed for a reason.
The original code was that king served the people not other way around like supid British.
No monarch ownes anything,only what the people give him.
The ‘West’ has rulers-they live in Tel Aviv and thereabouts.
Thanks for a very informative essay. I’m very curious about one particular thing: can the technologies presented in the defense component in Putin’s speech be applied to the civilian economy? If so, how? As I think that will be transformative not only for Russia, but for the whole planet.
In other words, can there be nuclear powered civil aviation? If so, will Russia build the first such aircraft? Can the engines suffer a disaster without catastrophic results? There have been nuclear submarine disasters and the oceans are not radioactive, so maybe it is possible. That’s just one idea. People who are technically competent cam probably imafgine many useful applications in civilian life.
The material science needed to make these new weapons work will have widespread civilian applications such as ultra-high efficiency gas turbines for aviation and power production. Sensors, controls and compact high speed computers will find widespread civilian use as well. The nuclear engine for cruise missiles could morph into civilian applications but environmental considerations may take a while to resolve.
Russia announced several years ago that they will launch into orbit a mega-watt class nuclear electric engine and a Proton launch is scheduled for 2018 to do such. If this technology functions to its potential, space travel for both manned and unmanned missions to the moon, Mars and beyond would be revolutionized. The nuclear technology in this engine and the cruise missile may be essentially the same.
Exactly. As much as I admire SpaceX (reducing the cost per kg to orbit) their plans for interplanetary travel are bogus precisely because they insist on chemical rockets. It’s never going to work … we’ve known nuclear is the only way since the 1950’s. It’s inspiring to see Russia leading the way.
Thanks, patient observer. I hadn’t even thought of space travel applications for a nuclear engine. If Russia traveled through space by nuclear power, it would be Sputnik x 1000.
Nostalgics of Soviet SF would remember the ‘Andromeda Nebula’ of Ivan Yefremov (1957).
The space craft ‘Tantra’ was powered by:
“Anameson-atomic fuel in which the meson bonds of the nucleus have been disrupted; it has an exhaust velocity equal to the speed of light (imaginary).
There is one impediment to space travel or actually two.
First there is distance. Second there are the Van Allen Belts. For me, the only way through the Van Allen Belts is using the very same technique that the earth uses, a magnetic shield. This could be created via a super conductor, but then what are the magnetic implications on a life form?
We should also consider the fact that the Earth has moved from its original position when earth did receive alien visitors, but I believe those visitors came from a nearby place that is no longer in existence.
What Russia must do is co-operate with China, and, to a lesser extent because so unreliable, India, in all fields, but particularly science and technology. The USA only operates as a Boss, dishing out the orders and the bullying, so will get left behind, eventually, if they do not destroy humanity first.
“can there be nuclear powered civil aviation? ”
the earliest civil patent for nuclear aviation i recall was an UFO looking aircraft submitted in the 60’s by british railway corporation.
since then, the problems remain much the same:
radioactive residue as an exaust byproduct
and, what happens when one of those flying nuclear power plants fails and crashes down.
for sure it would have made for much easier to believe 911…
If Russia had indeed tested the nuclear powered cruise missile at least once (more likely many times) and no radiation anomalies related to nuclear reactors have been reported, then fuel erosion and releases of radioactive particles may have been eliminated. That still leaves the problem of crashes. In the case of nuclear war, crashes mean nothing but for civilian use, that is a different story.
Not trying to get too far ahead on this but one could envision nuclear rockets launched from the surface (single-stage-to-orbit) with various safeguards to eject the reactor in case of a problem. The reactor could be returned to a designated area or to orbit depending on which stage of the flight the mishap occurred. All speculation at this point.
I agree with Andrew regarding SpaceX – good for earth orbit and the moon but the rest is likely fantasy intended to motivate the troops and to gain free media exposure.
I really do hope you are right , because it will be good for Russia, but also for Europe ( a good example is always positive and inspiring, especially in this moment of uncertainty that so many countries are living ).
The survival of Rus, as a people, culture, civilization etc. depends on this and Putin has 8-10 year window in which to do this just as he had a window of 3-4 years from 2014 to start the shift while defending the Southern borders and redirecting the economy.
It does not have to be grim. Rumor has it that there is a whole “foodie” culture developing in the Moscow young techie scene featuring home grown product. This Great Leap Forward does not have to be arduous. How about it being creative, interesting, satisfying and challenging: i.e.” ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” ?
I look forward to watching this happen. RT: recipes, anyone? How about a show called Millenial Russia? RT– Don’t be touchy about being called names by the US deep state.
I have a bicuspid heart valve so I know a lot of things about using diet, exercise, vitamins, boosting the immune system and getting rid of cardiovascular disease to increase lifespan.
As far as diet goes, I practice intermittent fasting because it’s a mitochondrial DNA hack to boost energy(ATP) production inside the cell resulting in improved cell repair.
It means I cram all my carbohydrates between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, after that I eat coconut oil because it’s great for the cardiovascular system and it’s antimicrobial.
In the morning I eat coconut oil.
At 8:30 am I start eating carbs: banana, a piece of dark chocolate(high in polyphenols which are plant molecules that are antioxidants). A cup of probiotic yoghurt or kefir with 2 cups of milk and finally back bacon and an egg fried in coconut oil with cheese on top,
Lunch: 2 or 3 cups of greens in a salad or blended in a nutrabullet blender. A muffin or rye bread with as much natural peanut butter as possible on it. An apple, cod liver oil and salmon oil.
Supper is usually Chili or a Stirfry(just meat and veggies, no rice) or a naan bread pizza. A scoop of whey protein powder in a cup of water and 2 cups of milk. A banana for dessert.
I try to eat a lot of onions, garlic, cayenne pepper or chilli paste as possible because of their health benefits.
8 pm. I can start my anaerobic exercises now: pull-ups, Russian kettlebell swings, dips, deep squats, bent over rowing and deadlifts.
Hi Rob from Canada: Good diet. I use tips based on:
1. Eating for your blood type
2. Plant Paradox book by Dr. Stephen Grundy
And the intermittent fasting also…there is no way I will become a victim of modern Western “medicine”. One MD that I saw for allergies which I have since dealt with by judicious use of the Hindu practice of amaroli said that at my age I was his only patient not on prescription medicine. For That I give thanks to all the wonderful teachers who graced me with their knowledge when I was younger.
mod-to note: Good discussion, however perhaps more suitable to the “Moveable Feast Cafe”
Thanks for the tips teranam13
I wouldn’t take any chemical molecules prescribed by a Dogterd either. All they do is inhibit the production of enzymes and screw up your biochemistry.
When the King of England tried economic sanctions to try to punish and control the American colonists, the American colonists responded in the same manner.
One used to still hear the word ‘homespun’ in America. Since England was trying to restrict trade with other nations and tax the industrial goods from British textile mills, wearing clothing made of ‘homespun’ fibers became a point of pride among the American colonists.
Of course, this went a bit further when a group of colonists decided to throw a boatloat of British tea into Boston harbor.
And, I don’t know if its related, but Americans still prefer coffee to tea.
The Boston tea party BS:
1773: THIRTEEN COLONIES. The Boston Tea Party: Valiant patriots chuck English tea into Boston Harbor to protest against unfair taxation. Well……maybe not. The Thirteen Colonies’ biggest smuggler, John Hancock, who ran a huge criminal enterprise which earned him the equivalent of millions of dollars a year in today’s money, had organized a boycott of tea from China sold by the British East India Company. By amazing coincidence, this created a huge and ready market for his own smuggled tea. By 1773, the East India Company had accumulated large stocks of unsold tea in its warehouses because it could not compete with Hancock and other smugglers. The British government then passed the Tea Act, which allowed the East India Company to sell tea to the colonies directly without payment of British tax or duty. The East India Company could then sell tea at prices lower than the smugglers.
Yes, you read that right folks……the Boston Tea Party was a protest against the British government REMOVING the tax on tea. Now why on Earth would anyone want to protest the removal of a tax resulting a cheaper product? Well, if you’re a big-time smuggler who makes a fortune selling smuggled tea, you might be a little upset at the prospect of having one part of your criminal empire collapse overnight. And, if you’re a good buddy of Sam Adams, master propagandist and guiding hand of the so-called Sons of Liberty, it’s not too hard to organize a little wanton destruction. …
It’s not for me to comment on so great a plan by so great a man for so great a nation; but I seem to remember writing a propos of Made in Russia that, as an amateur photographer who has used Russian cameras and Russian lenses for more than 50 years and loved them — cheap and good — one must admit that they suffer from “design laziness”: the design stops when the product does the job. There is no search for excellence, for continual improvement. And I think I hazarded the guess that President Putin might be the man to move Russian manufacture in that direction. Now it seem that he is set to have the whole country “keeping the hound of zeal chasing the hare of perfection”. At the same time improving the quality of life, which is the main point of government. In view of Russian excellence in many fields, I think it can be done across the board, and Putin is the man to do it — as shown by his drive in pulling the nation out of the slough of the Gorbacheff/Yeltsin years, and his dexterity in handling combat. But this article reveals a new dimension. How long it has been since a statesman showed vision of this scope!
Dr N.G. Maroudas
Very interesting comment……’the design stops when the product does the job’ – one can argue that by definition, that is design excellence, everything else is superfluous and wasted. Quite a while ago I worked as an engineer for a leading Swiss company that instituted the exact opposite direction – to stop designs that coveted perfection, that in and of itself only added satisfaction for the engineers and additional cost, but little added value to the product. Personally, I love perfection and value that little ‘extra effort’ which is mostly intangible – but I fully understand the risk of pushing that concept too far. I wish Russia the good fortune to find the happy, ideal median in their quest for improving the lot for all of them.
@Larry. Nice to receive a comment from a fellow engineer. Of course that is the secret of the Russian success in producing not only good lenses but also highly effective weapons at a fraction of the cost of their Western competitors; if I remember correctly it was Scott who pointed this out in his series What does Russiacess make? But nothing stands still. There seems to be an inherent tendency for evolutionary refinement among machines as well as among living things. Among most animals (including neo-Liberal business people) and industrial products this occurs through a Darwinian process of cut throat competition which Darwin himself described as “wasteful”. But some humans achieve the same effect through cooperation, planning and design. The two go together as you know. “Every sophisticated device started as a simple device that worked.” Up till now Russia has been known as “a great big clumsy country” (Chekov’s words to Gorky in the Crimea). Putin’s speech suggests that Russia may have some more surprises in store for those who hold to the conventional view.
Niko, if you do not mind, I’d like to join in. I also used Russian camera’s (Zorkiy and Kiev) they were actually my father’s. Russians had rather strict rules which were governed by what the called “GOST and the number followed”. To chime in on your discussion regarding design of products. I will not say the name of the product. In 1976/77 the company I worked for decided to switch from minicomputer control systems to small microprocessor based unit. Yes this was actually one of the first such products in process control. Well, long story short, our president was a classic salesman (although an Engineer), while our VP/GM was an excellent Engineer. They got one of our guys to do the design. Our Pres pushed the product to the market before it was ready. I spent more time troubleshooting problems than actually designing products. When all the units started to come back I was asked to evaluate the failures and report. My conclusion was the products were so bad and I expected all of them to be back, and unless we totally redesign the product the company would go under. Few months later we had totally redesigned product, which was actually good, but it’s name was tarnished. This is classic example of capitalism in action. Sell the product before it’s ready, because the argument was “if you wait for an engineer to be happy with his design you will never get the product.” While in socialist countries like the USSR, market pressure did not rule the world. The products were designed right before they were offered to the public. So the conclusion is, “The West is so obsessed with Time to Market it forgets about the quality”. ISO9000 is just about documenting (rubber stumping) faulty procedures, and not about actual quality.
The Soviet textile industry was unable to produce washable denim because of GOST.
Because GOST specified that the fabric should not lose its color.
As a result, they had a weird brand of purplish looking jeans called Orbita that almost looked the part, but no cigar People were not happy.
I watched Putin deliver his speech. The first part, which dealt with the economy and social matters, was longer than the second part, which dealt with military matters. However, the West, of course, concentrated on the second part, for some more vilification of Putin and Russia.
The speech was impressive, especially from the psychological point of view. This applies to the first part, and the impression is that Putin intends to instigate what he presented and remedy the weaknesses. Yes, the second part, which applies to the military, was also very impressive, but it cannot be taken out of context of the first part. What Putin in effect said is that Russia is going ahead with it’s internal progress, and the military advances are there to protect those advances should anybody try to prevent this. I wish Putin great success.
One thing you can bet on is that the western elites and the media they control absolutely does not want the American people to hear about a leader working to reduce poverty and make the nation work better and more efficiently.
American elites set the only goal of increasing their profits from the companies each controls. What’s good for the people is never mentioned. And usually the notion is scorned as something that is evil and must always be fought. See the red-baiting about ‘socialism’ thrown at Sen. Sanders in the last campaign by Hillary and the likes of the NY Times and CNN. Sen. Sanders was proposing some very mild reforms that were essentially the Democratic platform circa 1980, yet even this was described as both un-realistic and an awful outcome that must be avoided.
They work hard to make sure the American people think that this uber-capitalism is the way things must be and that there is no alternative. The last thing they want is the American people believing that the role of government is to make lives better for the people.
I think many of you are missing the deepest implication of President Putin’s speech. Granted, it’s the weapons part that got all the headlines all over the world, but there is a much deeper message in this event.
What President Putin is saying, flat out, is Russia has weapons supremacy pure and simple and as such Russia has literally trillions of rubles that will be spent not on weapons but on the people. While us/nato et al are screaming for more money for weapons systems, President Putin has in essence told them good luck, Russia is so far ahead of you that Russia can now concentrate on helping her people while you fools continue to spend yourselves in to penury in a hopeless quest. I would also willingly bet the farm that President Putin did not reveal everything Mother has in her new arsenal by any stretch of the imagination and I would also bet that a very few trustworthy ears have been or will be spoken to shortly, on ‘the other side’.
While it remains to be seen how the endemic corruption and bureaucratic lethargy will be addressed, and trust me it is worlds apart from when 404 administered this area, the work to stop this corruption will be huge. Without killing at least a substantial portion of the corruption and lethargy in Administration, the prekassi from the President will be just so many words spoken in a meeting.
Still, the first implications of anti corruption efforts are obvious in our little village. We’ll see how it pans out but everyone can, and should, assist in this task. The proof will be in the pudding when The West starts screaming about certain kind, gentle and innocent ‘businessmen’ who end up counting trees for a decade or three.
Never The Last One https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZGCY8KK A Deep Look In To Russia, Her Culture And Her Armed Forces
Sevastopol, The Third Defense. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079KRPLS4 Book 1, A Premonition, The Move South
I fully agree with you. In fact my comment is similar to yours. Putin is saying to the world that Russia is going ahead, and the military is there to defend Russia should anybody try to prevent Russian internal progress by military means. In think that NATO got the message.
I certainly hope that nato got the message and from the looks of the west media in the last days they understand now. The very fact that VVP announced a massive internal upgrade, across the board and at huge cost, says reams about not only the international situation but the internal situation as well. We will assist as best we can, being from a different culture I look at things from a different angle. We’re having a little meeting Tuesday at Battery and that probably 15 minute deal should get the ball rolling on the corruption end of things.
“President Putin has in essence told them good luck, Russia is so far ahead of you that Russia can now concentrate on helping her people while you fools continue to spend yourselves in to penury in a hopeless quest.”
Agreed. To which can be added that the Zionazis in charge of the West are contemptuous and despise most of the Earth’s inhabitants with a passion. Putin is an exception to this rule, since his abilities and the way in which he uses them elicit their purest class hatred.
”the proof will be in the pudding when The West starts screaming about certain kind, gentle and innocent ‘businessmen’ who end up counting trees for a decade or three.”
please explain that statement, I’ve no idea what it refers to.
Russian slang for being exiled or paroled or sent to gulag, to Siberia. It originated from the idea that Siberia was such a desolate place that the only thing you can really do there is to count trees.
@Ozzie Babushka. Like the English expression “coals to Newcastle”, the popular meaning outlives the reality. Siberia does not seem such a desolate place today, neither from what I have read on The Vineyard nor from what a Russo-Israeli woman told me yesterday. She had recently visited a hospital in Siberia, and was astounded by its modernity, its cleanliness and the professional dedication of its staff. I guess the counting of the trees might be preparatory to a logging operation.
Having visited Krasnoyarsk, Ulan Ude, Yakutsk, and Irkutsk I can say that the region known as Siberia can hardly be contained or adequately described by that name. It has three of the worlds largest rivers, a wealth of natural resources, a diversity of landscapes and populations, quite a few cities with populations in excess of 1,000,000… In short a region of the planet that one could not hope to come to know intimately even in many lifetimes. Cities like Krasnoyarsk, founded in the 1640s, have benefited from the long practice of exile in that many intellectuals from western Russia were sent there over the past few centuries. Putin has made a point to visit all the district’s and tried to encourage continued development, both social and economic. There is great natural and cultural beauty to be found in Siberia – as well as many trees :)
Indeed! And counting trees for a decade or three is still better (for those in question) than pushing daisies for eternity. ;-)
Auslander, I always and very much so like your comments. Thanks!
“Putin decided to take to heart one Russian joke – ‘If you’re undeservedly insulted – go back there and do something to deserve it!’. You wanted hardliner (aka Stalin) instead of negotiator? You’ll get one.”
Haha, beautiful. Can hardly wait until Russia really starts wreaking havoc on Pindostan’s God-forsaken “elections” with absolutely shameless, malicious glee!
On a more serious note, we have another ominous similarity to the 1930s which confronts us now: The West is rotting while Russia is doing a tremendous Great Leap Forward. The difference is that today, the Western “Elites” are no longer just arrogant, violent, and incompetent — they are indeed ‘post-modern’ and decadent all along the line. So in addition to destroying the West’s productive economy and fiscal basis, the neoliberal rot is taking its toll also on the very mental faculties of Western society. Everything shifts to other parts of the world, and it is Russia which is taking advantage of this state of affairs, inviting others to join in. Smashing Russia and China has consequently become imperative. The West has entered its terminal prolapse.
I fully agree with you. The West has indeed entered a terminal collapse, which is a remarkable reversal, as the intention was for it to see the collapse of Russia and China. In such a situation the elites might be tempted to do something very foolish, like staring a wider war. Not wise. They better accept reality.
The Russians and other Soviets suffered under neo-liberal, ie psychopathic, rule during the Yeltsin years. They learned just how much the blood-suckers hate other people and wish them ill. The Western dystopias are going through that process of deliberate immiseration and impoverishment of tens of millions, and of the complementary growth of unprecedented inequality, and ‘elite’ wealth and power, and the piling up of unpayable debt. This process will NEVER be reversed in the West, as the parasites’ greed is insatiable, and their hatred of others unbounded. And fool who thinks he can ‘reform’ neo-liberal capitalism to make it more ‘humane’ and compassionate, like poor old Jeremy Corbyn will either never be allowed to reach power, or govern if he does so. The mere prospect of his rise to power has sent the sewer-dwellers of the UK Rightwing fakestream media into a nostalgic Red-baiting frenzy, and the military thugs into threatening coups.
I liked this analysis. Being from Sweden I’d wish people here would be more aware of the difficulties that are ahead for Russia. It’s a huge challenge for the Russian people. Hoping for the best for all of us!
Down here in ‘five eyes’ domain, the weapons part of Putin’s speech was derided as ‘huff and puff’.
Now the media has moved on, and going hammer and tongs, diverting attention to the Skripol ‘attempted murder’.
In lock step with Britain IF (when) Vladimir Putin is proven to be behind poisoned spy attack. Of course they will ‘find Putin’s pristine passport at the scene’!
Alex Christoforou at the Duran makes interesting links.
Also see that Poroshenko is excited about being ‘one step’ closer to Nato.
Two problems, as I see it. You can’t do it from the top. It just encourages corruption. Unless you really go “stalin” in which case you have corruption of another, deadlier kind.
Second, ramping everything as though there were no planetary limits seems kinda insane. Otherwise, I wish you all luck.
The possibility of distributed power generation is intriguing.
There are no “planetary limits.” The zero-sum premise of Malthusian environmentalism and liberal capitalism is that natural resources exist in a fixed amount which human population will eventually outstrip. Human population would have already outstripped that supply if its means of production had remained in previous technological modes such as the neolithic or bronze era, and will outstrip it if it doesn’t transcend the inherent limitations of the current oil economy. Technology defined as the ability of man to transform nature for his expanded reproduction is a factor that Marx failed to consider in his model of capitalism, socialist revolution and communist utopia, thus locking himself into a flawed definition of economy seen as the natural, historical product of a class struggle which in itself does not explain the planet’s ability to sustain a growing population density at an increasing level of material comfort, even if unevenly distributed.
Plain nuclear power, as in regular uranium fission and plutonium breeder reactors (which as one commentator notes have been the obvious way forward since the fifties, therefore sabotaged since the sixties and seventies by zero-growthers who advance the depopulation agenda of world oligarchy under cover of “protecting the environment”) would have readily preempted the economics of scarcity which have characterized the financial roller-coaster of the last fifty years, to cite only its most reckless, recent phase. The appearance of nuclear fusion on the technological horizon threatens to overturn the apple cart with a power source orders of magnitude above any previous energy density available to man, essentially the equivalent of solar power directly at the source, rather than collected in a minuscule arc of solar radiation light-minutes away from the Sun. Russian scientists first approximated the conditions under which fusion occurs in the Sun with a magnetic confinement device known as the Tokamak, built to simulate the astronomical compression forces of the Sun’s gravity upon the nuclei of heavy hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium, releasing virtually unimaginable amounts of energy.
The revolution in plasma physics required to overcome technical hurdles in this process has uncovered “new physical principles,” as Russian researchers have called them, which even call into question certain dogmas of Newtonian physics such as the second law of thermodynamics and the concept of entropy, which the constant appearance of higher-order forms of existence of matter in the universe seems to contradict. This was noted by Soviet scientist Vladimir Vernadsky in his postulation of the “noosphere” as a new state of organization of matter in which human reason is the organizing principle, above and beyond the restricted realms of the geosphere and the biosphere. Leibniz, Riemann and other creative giants going all the way back to Plato have hinted at this ever-expanding, non-entropic characteristic of the universe, but have always been hushed up by British nominalism/empiricism and its academic derivatives, which also find their way into the arts and social sciences and the crushing cultural pessimism so prevalent in the West
Putin told an audience member asking what he’d like to do when he retires, that he’d like to do “something creative.” The nearly superhuman capacities shown in the depth, breadth, scope and strategic clarity of his March 1 address, and not simply the non-linear characteristics of the weapons systems he described, may be a hint that Russian thought, both political and scientific, has matured to a new paradigm reflecting the mind’s ability to redefine physical reality and open up new dimensions of nature for the further development of the universe. This is the primordial definition of human freedom.
“the concept of entropy, which the constant appearance of higher-order forms of existence of matter in the universe seems to contradict.”
clearly, those concepts where defined before fractal and chaos theory arrived.
everything is self organized on a hollistic scale. we can only observe the sucesfull interactions that happen near our scale. We can only use intellect to go above and below what we can see. The idea that our universe will evolve until only a mush of gray radiation exists is bollocks and clearly contradicts the autoorganizing features we can see in matter.
That much is obvious to me since a little kid, now i stoped caring why is not obvious to everyone…
reminds me of how in e=mc2, we are supossed to believe the constant is c.
Agreed. Limiting theoretical constructs to directly observable events is the primary flaw of empiricism, which makes the senses the ultimate arbiter of physical fact (in cahoots with its evil twin nominalism, which confuses the names we give things with the things themselves, and puts them in little boxes). Such literally near-sighted lunk-headedness can only lead to the conclusion that everything ends when we come up against obstacles beyond which we cannot “see.” In Spanish they say “el que no sabe es como el que no ve,” more or less meaning “if you don’t know, you might as well be blind.” An acquaintance once told me, prideful of his imagined intellectual integrity, that “I have never believed anything my senses can’t confirm.” Simple sense-certainty, enthroned as “truth.” So before the work of Janssen and Van Leeuwenhoek microbes didn’t exist? I replied I was very sorry for what had happened to him. Sadly this has happened to most of Western civilization, even at the highest levels of science, art, politics, etc., due to philosophical perversions introduced by an all-powerful oligarchy which began to grow as a cancer shortly after man discovered fire, probably, the better to keep the masses ignorant and resigned to whatever fate this dark power condemns them to as it hoards all gains from current states of development. That’s why it’s so easy to brainwash people. Fortunately a small kernel of actually creative individuals manages to survive cyclical bouts of obscurantism, bringing humanity (for a while only, unfortunately so far) to a much-needed renaissance of progress and discovery. That’s what I’m hoping this tectonic shift in the Russian spirit is pointing to.
great, we will travel throughout the universe to spread democracy …
we don’t even know the secrets of our own heart and cannot even live properly on our own planet
“There are no planetary limits.”
Haha. You can’t eat thought.
Maybe fusion, but that too will not address a million other crises we are facing…
Actually, thought is the only reason humans can eat. But yes, go ahead. Despair.
A surprising thought, from an American, no less:
I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” of man’s present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal “oughtness” that forever confronts him. I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him. I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
— Martin Luther King, upon receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, 1964
Somebody with the handle Paracletus argues against my view via a fallacy, Made my day.
I have news for you, P. Eating food is not a complex cognitive function. Even bacteria can accomplish that stupendous feat! LOL
As for your black and white fallacy, that suggests that we only have two choices, lie to ourselves about no limits or despair — I do not accept it, and choose not to despair. There are more choices about. Which an arguer against limits ought to understand, no?
Ever seen that “you literalists kill me” skit on SNL? Vera was in it!
Like I said: “The crushing cultural pessimism so prevalent in the West.”
The inverted order in which my last two replies appear makes it seem like the last one is about the MLK quote rather than Vera’s comment. If the moderator can fix that you need not publish this one. Thank you.
Mod-to note: Point taken, however I am unable to “change the order”. My apologies. The only way to link it to the MLK quote would have been in reply to that post rather than the “parent” post (vera on March 11, 2018 · at 9:47 am UTC)
I wasn’t asking to “change the order” but to follow the actual time-stamped posting order, which got switched. My 11:33 post should come before my 11:40 MLK post and Vera’s 11:45 ad hominem “comeback.” So the conversation gets distorted. No loss, though; just another self-satisfied “LOL” philistine of impaired understanding, like those people who think vegetables come from supermarkets. QED, in a way.
Greatfull for your comment. Pls allow me a few empirical and simple points to back up your views.
The Rome Clube of Anglosax Industrialists came up with the idea of limited ressources just as a profit model to Thin Tanks of Wall Street.
When you get there the empiric logics and mathematics are almost too simple:
From mother nature we have the eternal growing apple tree or our potatoes in the soil. If you want they will increase in both fruits and trees every year.
Then we have Monsanto claiming the necessity of gen manipulation “to feed the overpopulation” but in reality they are doing the opposite.
The gen manipulated apple and potato only last a couple of years why you must buy new Monsanto seeds, thus limiting the natural growth in mother nature.
Same with water, oil and gas. I saw Russian Engineers in 1996 found out there is unlimited gas from the inner earth.
Russia and Putin is a beautiful flower growing back to mother nature with family and social values, GMO free food and Christian spirituality, at the same time going forward to a future of true human potential in art and technology.
Same with world population.
Sao Paulo 22 mio, China mega cities 100 mio, easy logistic and infrastruture, easy feeded with fresh food, show us the worlds population 7 billion today on an area of Sudan or 1/3 of Australia.
All the Western fraud and lies since 1970 are sad, shameful and pathetic, feeding the satanic 1% families. We have to get rid of them. All of them, before a better paradigme can be processed.
All the best. Hopefully more of your kind turns up along the road.
Bravo Paracletus and Tomsen – we know what is done to possibility thinkers. Think and do healthy possibility anyway
Thank you. As you exemplify, the same point can be made from many different angles. I believe people are beginning to notice.
@Parakletus. Thank you. “My father’s house has many mansions”. Most of them as yet untenanted, in this great miraculous Universe. “Let us pray to do on Earth as it is done in Heaven”. Let us pray also for those who are afraid to pray but stand and weep in a dark corner.
Eloquently put. I see your point.
The ‘abiotic fossil fuels’ lunacy had to appear, eventually. The only thing worse than despair is heroic self-delusion.
It does appear that fossil fuels are not in fact “fossil,” as reserves continue to increase in spite of the fact that the dinosaur mortality rate came to a grinding halt 66 million years ago. Not to mention that total biomass imputed for that period doesn’t even account for known reserves at the point that hydrocarbons became a speculative commodity with the development of the internal combustion engine, and have been growing ever since. Which irks truth-by-fiat autocrats to no end. I’d be mumbling, too.
You seem to have neglected the problem of pollution, the factor that the Club of Rome identified as the essential factor in its ‘Limits to Growth Report’. Resource depletion is serious, but possibly solvable, with a lower human population and less emphasis on neo-plastic growth at all costs, but pollution, like the 150 zetta-joules of heat sequestered in the oceans over the last 200 years, looks pretty intractable. Perhaps if all the trillions wasted in military expenditure to entrench US ‘Full Spectrum Dominance’ was spent on a global effort to restore ecological balance in all fields, we might have a chance.
The Club of Rome and genocidalist Aurelio Peccei are part of the problem, not the solution. “Pollution,” as the waste from fossil fuel combustion is called, is most immediately abated by converting to ever-cheapening electricity from mainstreaming nuclear generation, which is only “dirty” to the extent the fuel is not reprocessed for breeder recycling, which was banned in the US by the Carter administration but continues to be used successfully in most advanced economies not brainwashed like the Germans. Fusion completely leapfrogs over the issue, yet inconveniently still doesn’t appear feasible at the engineering level due to virtually criminal underfunding since the “no nukes” hysteria began in the seventies. Ecological “balance” does not exist, at least in a static sense, as even unassisted by human development the biosphere constantly evolves to higher stages of organization, as evidenced by the appearance of fauna at the precise pre-historical moment that overproduction of oxygen and overconsumption of CO2 threatened the existence of the previously hegemonic plant kingdom. An environmentalist fern or lichen advocating then for slowing down the growth of flora would only be delaying the inevitable demise of that entire biosphere but for the transition to the next level spurred by the appearance of animal life to consume oxygen and produce CO2, opening up a whole new level of dynamic “balance.” This is known in Riemannian geometry as a phase shift, and is an integral part of nature, as is human development itself. Thus if free energy from the fossil fuel era is not applied to the development of fusion, the ability of human economy to perpetuate itself will extinguish as it exhausts the resources of an obsolete drive engine, and with it the species itself, at least in any form recognizable as “human.” This does not matter to Malthusian oligarchs, who’d just as well reduce global population to fewer than a billion docile serfs continually slaughtering each other, in the misguided belief that the species and the biosphere which gave it rise can be returned to feudal production values in a collapse which in their hubristic arrogance they believe they can survive and rule over. Like cockroaches, they have no stake in the survival of civilization. That’s what the Club of Rome stands for.
No. The Club of Rome stands for science and observation. Forty years after their Report we are in the midst of the sixth Mass Extinction event in planetary history. Pollution of every type eg greenhouse gases, plastics, GE organisms, nano-particles, heavy metals, novel chemicals unknown previously, micro-wave pollution, nitrogenous pollution from industrial agriculture and animal husbandry, is ubiquitous and worsening. The climate is destabilising far faster than for at least 55 million years, but probably for much longer. The oceans are warming, acidifying, stratifying and the global thermo-haline circulation is breaking down. The ice-caps are melting, montane glaciers retreating rapidly, deserts spreading, mass tree death is devastating forests world-wide and mega-fires are worsening. I could go on. NONE of this is ‘natural’ or part of any ‘cycle’, nor will be cured by nuclear fusion, which is ‘only’ twenty years away, as it has been for fifty years.
The sort of cornutopian techno-optimistic denialism that you preach will only hasten our end. We either reverse course ENTIRELY, reduce human populations humanely, spend tens of trillions and decades of unremitting effort in reversing ecological damage, using every technology we can create that is proven to have no negative ‘side-effects’, or we will destroy ourselves. I do agree that the parasitic capitalist system and its loathsome elites must be disempowered in order to achieve that escape, and that will be quite a miracle, as it is plain that they would prefer to destroy the world rather than surrender their rule over it.
Mumblebrain indeed, a perfect mouthpiece for radical ecofascism run by the parasitic elites you claim to loathe but in fact work for. Check out the bona fides of Peccei, Alexander King, Prince Philip and the Euro-nobility on the boards of all those doom-saying pseudo-science NGOs and you will find uninterrupted links to the eugenics and race science core of early Nazism. That’s where I would start “culling the herd,” if I were you.
And there is no “humane” way to commit genocide. In fact Bertrand Russell, another fake scientist and philosopher who went from “nuke the Russkies” to world pacifist hippie leader once the USSR got the A-bomb, felt that Hitler’s methods didn’t go quite far enough to depopulate the planet. If people won’t practice aggressive birth control, he “joked” in The Impact of Science on Society (1952), “War, as I remarked a moment ago, has hitherto been disappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full.” Of course another way is for opposite sexes to reverse from mutual to self-attraction (which the British have also championed). All in keeping with the oligarchical concept of minimizing “useless eaters” for the greater profit of parasitical overlords in a zero-sum, entropic universe of impending doom, however much you slow down the inexorable collapse of any self-bounded system. That is why they are also pedophiles and Satanists—they really have no sense of species identity.
Very good analysis.
Perhaps also there is the example of China to give force to Putin’s thinking. China understands the value of a leader so well that she is extending term limits to allow Xi’s thought to guide the necessary path for at least another decade more – and that path is similarly aimed at social and economic equality. Putin has no plans to stay beyond the next six years I’m sure, but he sees what a leader can do with civil society.
Also he sees what China has done, which should be an example to any nation. Putin sees that you can turn the magic on in an economy and a society, but it takes organized effort to do it right.
Corruption is theft, essentially a zero-sum operation, where you gain by taking from others. China is building an economy and society on win-win, where synergies benefit all players in the system with newly created, real wealth. Putin seems to be aiming for a win-win society in Russia, and from what little I know of the socially generous Russian mentality I think the society is very ready for it, with the right messaging from the right leadership.
Also, while the new generation may grow up in the expectation of comfort, it will also grow up in the moral and energetic example of Putin. Putin has six years to leave his final stamp on the next generation.
How wonderful it will be to watch Russia’s triumphs over the coming years.
Dunno, grieved, it sounds too much like a 5 year plan to my ears.
”sounds too much like a 5 year plan to my ears.”
And, hence, authoritarian — am I right? But, really, what is the problem? Putin’s outstanding commitment to his country and its people is a most convincing case of meritocracy as opposed to Western ”anti-authoritarian” bankster kakistocracy. The Russian people will hand him a landslide victory — the West’s ”opposition” folks just look like arrogant clowns, totally detached from reality.
Not so much authoritarian, as forcing things “top down.” Certain things can be accomplished top down, others can’t. Witness the almost painful repeating concern of the writer that whatever will be allotted to this or that grand project will be sabotaged and stolen.
I am all for efforts out east to beat the banksters, but aren’t they all in cahoots, globally, by now?
then, do nothing?
So what about how it sounds to me, you or anyone else?
All that is is the association of a certain territory and its inhabitants with governmental attempts in the past, under a different system or ideology, where some things worked quite well, thank you, under quite difficult circumstances ……and others not so well.
Is that association important or helpful in any way, now. NO!
It’s unproductive, and besides the point.
What’s important is which principles are workable and working in one place of past Five Year Plans (USSR/Russia), what that civilization is learning from their own experience and especially from China…..which shows (for any empiricist who cares to open their eyes) that past planning, five years at a time, officially , by governments is not necessarily a prescription for future folly and failure…..not by a long shot.
It’s a question of leadership employing truthful principles of economic science and nation building…..and capacity of a population to get in gear behind such leadership…..or lack thereof…on either or both counts.
Meanwhile, in the West, might we get away with resting smugly on our laurels deprecating those Five Year Plan societies, while cynically looking askance at their continued efforts???
Turns out exactly that sorts of prejudice and laziness has led to tens of trillions of dollars worth or national/corporate and private debt that can never be paid without breaking up and looting more territory such as Russia…and they….just happened to have apparently woken up in the nick of time @ 1999-2000 and selected and followed the leadership to head off that breakup and looting.
All I can say to smug westerners with that mountain of debt load ready to break loose down the mountainside in avalanches of bancruptcy and insolvency…..who might have hoped, in the back of their lazy minds that “a good little war” with or “regime change” in Russia might “save the ranch” is this suggestion now, and before we ever get ourselves in such a pickle ever again:
Better Planning!!. Hopefully. Next time.
Yeah, that’s what Bolshies would say. Better planning next time.
Same crap, reheated, does not taste any better.
It has nothing to do with Westerners. Planning does not work. What works is having a clear vision, and going in that direction, adjusting carefully to feedback to every step of the way. FEEDBACK. From the grassroots up.
So you do believe the western narrative about all those failed 5 year plans. Now of course there were things that didn’t work out as planned, or took a nasty, unexpected, turn like the Sea of Azov desertification. But fact is that the efficiency of production of the SSSR was definitely not a disaster compared to that of the west. On top, they realized many social, medical, industrial and scientifical feats whilst being boycotted and sanctioned by the west and that from the very beginning. Every single person in the SSSR had a home, excellent free education and healthcare of a quality that the west has never experienced. Considering the situation in the US and Europe I can only conclude that we have done things differently but not really any better, if at all.
Don’t waste your breath, Bro. She’s a goner. Pindostani pretending to be open-minded. What the Chinese call baizuo (白左).
But, grieved, how can this be so? EVERY Western fakestream media presstitute swears blind that China and Russia are hell-holes, on the brink of collapse, their people yearning to be free and join the ‘Free World’. Surely they would not all lie in such unison.
18. By 2024, high-speed Internet will be available throughout the country.
The way to achieve full internet coverage is to use small satellites (size of a smartphone) for affordable access. Cables, fiber optics etc is old school. Russia you have the technology, but do you have the creativity?
Have you used satellite-based internet access? Adverse weather conditions blocking satellite signals, relatively expensive upliinks (one in every village?) low band width and among many limitations. Fiber is the way to go except for the most remote locations in my opinion.
And not to forget: Latency! Land-based solutions will more cost effective and better.
I have copied both, the address and this analysis on my hard drive. By re reading both I asked myself one question. ” How does Russia find the money” ?!?!
@kampfbeobachter & Carl Malmberg. “Money! Money makes the man” — Pindaros. But it doesn’t make a nation. In truth, it doesn’t even make a man. Obsession with money as a driving force instead of a token of exchange between basic goods (food, shelter, medicine, energy, tools, services) and to the neglect of other motivations (sex, family, clan, religion, communal spirit, Law and social compulsion) is turning Western nations into “the Land where Wealth accumulates and Men decay”.
Fine question. Presumingly Russia will find it via the same sources which allowed the achivements in the previous two decades. So the follow up question is: which were those sources?
@Vasco. Money can buy what a country needs but has not got. What does Russia need (say for Putin’s plan) that it does not already have but can buy elsewhere (say from the West)? Food, got. Land, got. Timber and other building materials, got. Hands and educated brains, got. Manufacturing base, got. Defense, got. And negligible foreign debt to pay off by selling rubles cheap. Which is why the ruble is stable under tremendous foreign onslaught.The main use of the ruble, as far as I can see, is as medium of bank. exchange between people inside Russia itself. Like Vasco I would say Russia has the money; always had. It is we in the West who do not have the money: all our money is in a Rothschild bank.
Americans did the same thing with the First National Bank under Hamilton, in spite of a British choke hold on world finances and trade. The Specie Resumption Act in 1875 (after Lincoln was murdered prior to completing the job the Union Army had only started) pretty much wiped out that feature of the American System, followed by successively increasing concessions to predatory monetarism under a system of private central banks under oligarchical control, a distortion of true productive capitalism which ironically only former communist countries now seem to understand. Lessons learned elsewhere but completely forgotten in their country of origin.
Reducing inflation from 30% to 2.2% tells you everything about the utter determination of those in charge in Russia, and still managing to create jobs at the same time. Eventually and by the time Putin finishes his upcoming term Russia will be a great country and a real example to the Europeans. Russia modernises at a breathtaking pace and the MSM is peddling some stinky and out of date goods that no one bothers to look at. As they say the procession marches on and MSM shrieks on. No one is listening anymore.
Confident and bristling with real progress for the good of her people and the wider world, Russia is leading the free world.
Well done, Mr President!
I’ve noticed that both Putin and Xi have set goals of reducing poverty.
I believe the last US President to set a goal of reducing proverty amongst Americans was LB Johnson (1963-1968).
To me, that says alot about the decline of America.
I hope the Russians find better ways than putting sertain sections of their society on welfare and ruining their families and sense of responsibility.
I’ve got a very similar impression from his speech. Whether he will be able to break traditional corruption and indifference remains to be seen, but I hope he will succeed.
To achieve all of these goals, one 6-year term is too short time, in my opinion. He needs two terms or at least 10 years. So I know that this is his last term but I think he will stay in top politics for one another term. Too old, not in my opinion. He will be 72 in 2024, he can continue maybe not officially as president but maybe Prime Minister or in some other format, sort of adviser in shadow but with very strong influence.
He simply need more time. To guide Russia through transitional period because the country is addicted to him as strongman. He cannot achieve all of these goals just in 6 years. He needs to stay till 2030 and then to retire if he is still well and alive.
The world needs strong and prosper Russia. Healthy, democratic country, successful with political and economic stability.
The first thing to be done is to fulfill all social and economical goals and objectives, or all achievements will go to dust. Russia is enters now in decisive period of its development. All free world should support efforts of Russia, its government, its society and Putin personally and we all pray God for them to make full success.
It is going to be hard and difficult, but today Russia has a chance to achieve all these goals like never before. There are some similarities with Stalin but situation is different today.
Good luck to Russia, Russian government and to V. V. Putin personally.
First step should be reforming the Central Bank, transforming it into 100% public institution. The Ruble should turn into a statal, public owned currency. The CB should be able to create it limitless and, most important, with no public debt, in accordance with the government goals and social needs. This would be such an incredible breakthrough, and also would show the world the old and planetary fraud of the private owned/ debt currency system we’ve been using nearly everywhere in the world for ages, the ultimate source of power for the elites that rule the world
that would be a bigger and better weapon than all mentioned on his speech…
Yup. money is key, if we are to have any future than the neo-feudalism globalists seek to impose.
Excellent analysis. Putin could not execute the needed reforms domestically until he: 1) dealt with the Atlanticists; 2) secured Russia’s defense against those foreign powers (you-know-who) who would work with the Atlanticists to threaten war and chaos should the Atlanticists be threatened. Putin has worked since 2000 to build up those defenses. This speech tells the Atlanticists and the outside world that Russia can no longer be threatened.
Yes, Putin is changing from Judge to Ruler, I think. Excellent analogy. And the timing could not possibly be better as the country can easily be united against the Atlanticists now without fear of collapse of the economy and threats of war. And for those who question if Putin has the power to do this, I would remind people that 1_ Putin has an extreme store of political capital available, and 2) the Russian Presidency by virtue of its Constitution, gives great power to the President if he chooses to use it – to date Putin has used it only in a limited sense (as Judge).
If I would be asked to point out my favorite policy initiative taken by the President of Russia, it would be Putin’s decision to make Russia’s agriculture GMO-free. The implication of this game-changer will change the face of this world.
GMO-laced produce, one has to know, will push the infertility rate of the population in the West to never seen before astronomical heights in the coming years and decades and wreck havoc upon the very fabric of the social orders of the Western nations.
Equally important, the shift to deadly 5G microwave wireless networks, that literally fry the human nervous system, currently hastily implemented in all Western states, have to avoided at all costs in Russia, and less health-wrecking alternatives have to be found. Hey, Mister Putin, can you hear me? No 5G ! We love you all !
Sanity with water and soil would help even more. I am not sure if it’s happening anywhere except farmer to farmer.
What is 5G?
In an effort to understand about 5G, or any G for that matter, I first read this:
Putin’s already proven himself to be perhaps the most economically astute leader of modern times, given his drive to lower and simplify the Russian income taxes to flat 13%.
This was extremely smart, probably the smartest move of all of his career, because it has subsequently given him the economic power to revive Russia and laid the foundation for the strength needed to successfully allow Crimea to reintegrate with RF.
I find that there are some points in this presentation which go against the spirit of the low-taxes policy. The lower taxes you have and the less government control of or interference with prices, the stronger your economy becomes, because the market can quickly adjust prices and thus allocation of resources. For instance, the talk about forcing interest rates lower through government intervention is dangerous and should not be attempted in earnest.
Hence, I’m happy to see that raising taxes was not on his list of proposals (from what I can tell). In fact, a lot of the goals Putin has outlined as per the summary in this article, will occur naturally as long as taxes remain low because it will encourage business endeavours and improve the health of the populace. Not having your hard work stolen from you by criminal socialist redistributors is greatly health-enhancing.
The standard left-wing nonsense from other commentators, about “how successful China is” and how RF should seek to emulate it, is misguided and foolish nonsense. China is economically a house of cards, through the repetition of the disastrous 12th century Chinese paper printing policies. Xi has a big problem ahead for himself – he must successfully drain the credit swamp the Chinese government has created, or risk a real economic collapse. Of course, even seeking to drain the Chinese swamp is almost impossible without causing some degree of economic problems.
IOW, as usual, it is low-tax free-market stuff that wins the day. Russia is currently the greatest example of how a capitalist low-tax country with little dependence on a big socialist state can survive recessions and sanctions and still thrive. Look to communist Venezuela to see a constrasting example of a total fiasco state which has been destroyed despite incredible natural resource wealth, all due to incredibly stupid socialist policies.
“Not having your hard work stolen from you by criminal socialist redistributors is greatly health-enhancing.” You’re telling me! Heartache over the futility of labor has to be one of the main reasons for diminishing life expectancy among American productive workers.
I’ve noticed that of all people, the israelis/nazis/Jew-nazis hate those who approach society from a collective perspective, as opposed to that of a criminal/exploitive, IE: capitalist one. Especially from a of an oligarchical capitalist perspective.
This anti-social mental disease permiates all zionazi/right wing spam.
The new Russian nuclear arsenal restores world bipolarity
by Thierry Meyssan
Excellent take on the speech. I also believe that he had to do the changes in steps, as the apparatus and the damage done to Russia by Gorbachev and Yeltsin was immense. The “liberals” and the 5th column did not take much time to entrench themselves. So it takes time and careful planning to turn the colossus around to point in the right direction. They are not wasting time anyway, the knockdown of the AN-26 and yesterday the Khmaimim they will keep pilling the $hit on and on.
I should have added that reading Col. Cassad’s article about the attack on Khmaimim base I am going to guess that the primary target of this attack was the gem: SU-57. Also, I am going to suggest that the attack was definitely not conducted by some “non-state terrorists”. It had to be the ones who came up with those satellite pictures. https://colonelcassad.livejournal.com/4041563.html
A wonderful description and explanation from an on-site insider standpoint. Miles, you provide the “glue” for fragments of a picture that has been coming together – for me, at least – over some time. I’ll try to outline it and would be very interested to hear what you think.
First, the organization of Putin’s speech: first, “what we are going to do and accomplish, what we have to do and accomplish”. What?! You don’t “believe” it, you don’t know how it will be done? Well, second part, we will do it the same way we set out to topple the military strategic geometry of the unipolar world, and here you see the results. So what is there not to believe? – Ah, but you do not know how we accomplished what we did accomplish to produce these strategic geometry game-changers? The Americans certainly do not know the answer to that question, and they will probably need help and encouragement even to ask that question, and Putin did not explicitly answer the question, but the speech itself was a compressed crystallization of many “signals” and discussions that preceded the speech, so that it is not a mystery. For example, prior to the speech there were blurb-reports that Putin had said somewhere that the Russian civilian economy had to go “on a war footing.” If anyone believed that meant swallowing the civilian economy into the military enterprises to produce more military hardware, they had to square that hypothesis with the announcement that Russia is also cutting its defense budget. No, Putin was saying what his speech said, or, since he did not say it, it was implied: The military technology projects were singly and all together the “pilot project”, not only in terms of applying scientific-technological prowess, but more importantly in the organizational and managerial processes that will now be methodically and systematically transferred to accomplish the tasks identified in the civilian economy.
I want to identify four “signals” that, to me, only make sense in light of the military weapons achievements being such a “pilot project.”
Putin has said several times that the Russian economy is “lagging behind” in the field of “management tools” and that Russia is learning and will learn more sophisticated “management” tools from the experience of countries that are better. At another time he said specifically that Russia was collaborating with “Japanese companies” in this area.
More recently, speaking about the Russian military experience in Syria, Putin said that Russian officers function as “fathers and tutors.” (And, of course, we have heard many times that Russia has gained not only combat experience in Syria, but also tested more than 200 new weapons systems. For me, no expert, it would be hard to even list 200 systems, not to speak of “new systems.” Judging from comments on Syrian military-related websites, it seems that there are at any given time at least as many weapons-technical personnel from Russian defense industries on site as there are soldiers, and they are “customer oriented,” they find out what the troops need and want, figure out solutions and apply them at jaw-dropping speed. One commenter even joked that, while Russian companies were top-notch fulfilling almost everything on the “wish-lists,” they still had not come up with a solution for air-conditioning in their tanks.) What is the point of describing the function, the work, of Russian commanders as “fathers and tutors”? – The phrasing identifies an organizational principle, which we only have to see and see I applied other areas to see how important it is.
During a discussion with university students, one student volunteered that he had applied for a job at Rosatom and had been accepted. – Putin was very happy, congratulated the student on his “excellent choice” and said Rosatom would be a “school for life” where the student would learn everything about current and future energy technologies, and how to build them, and that he would probably also be involved with international projects working with science and technical teams from other countries.
About 2 years ago here at The Saker – longer?, I do not recall – a Russian TV interview with Dimitry Rogozin was featured. At one point, Rogozin told about a visit he had paid to some military industry, and there were a group of people, younger people, scientists, engineers, technicians, and the “boss.” They were working on a problem, it was intractable. Rogozin actively plunged into the discussion, and after about 3 hours – I think – of back-and-forth, the younger people had come up with a solution. The boss, without knowing it, had blocked the process previously. – So, we – or the Americans – might say, “ah, this is a nice romantic story, Putin’s personal controller for the arms industry showing himself off in such a mild, fatherly, fully human way.” Wait! Or Halt!, as the Germans would say. Imagine that Dimitry Rogozin was not telling a romantic story at all, but that he was discussing a basic organizational insight aimed at institutionalizing management processes of unblocking the path to get implementable solutions to urgent weapons-technological tasks? What has Dimitry Rogozin really been doing in his job? He has been institutionalizing management problem solving and he has been getting the results Putin displayed. That is what Russian commanders and soldiers do on the battlefield, so apply that to issues of technology and industrial production!
And now, yes indeed, the civilian economy goes on a war footing. These processes, the technologies and the practical know-how have already been institutionalized.
This is just “big power” competition. – The Americans have several problems. First of all, science and technology. Without exaggeration, but putting it point-blank: Russia is inherently superior. The Americans will say “nonsense! Just look at our technological achievements!!” Well, what achievements? Throughout history, the Americans either stole or bought technology from others, other countries, and commercialized it. In our time, without Operation Paperclip they could never have had NASA, which they killed anyway. And now even their commercialization management has devolved into systemic incompetence. Back in the early 1980s, a group of Russian scientists visited Los Alamos National Laboratory. Friends of mine were working there. They told me, “The Russians gave us answers to questions (high-energy physics, plasma physics, “technology based on new physical principles” – the typical Russian expression) we have not even successfully formulated!” Everything the Russians showed and said was immediately “classified.”
Why? – First because it was very embarrassing and no one wanted “news” of the Russian superiority to dent American self-confidence (a.k.a. arrogance). More importantly, the decision to “classify” came, naturally, from on top. Why? Because even at that time – now it is worse, much worse – the “managers” of Los Alamos projects were not themselves scientists, they were bureaucrats, so they could not judge for themselves whether what the Russians had presented was genuine or trickery. They sat on top of “project teams” which were compartmentalized, departmentalized to deal with only parts of an over-all project-problem. The people in the sub-departments communicate only to “the boss” but – ostensibly for security reasons – not between themselves. All information flows upward to ”the boss”, but never downward, and never between departments, so that no one in any department knows or is allowed to know the completion-status of any given project. No one was allowed to give such a judgment on the
Russian presentations as my friends gave me (which is why I am being rather general about the specific topic), but, which is far worse, no one in the departments ought to have been able to even reach that judgement… and therefore the recognition of what the Russians presented just did not exist. “Classified” out of existence.
Now, in the period of development of the new Russian game-changer weapons systems, it is clear that we have the problem of moving from science (e.g. hypersonic aerodynamics) into engineering (e.g. materials research), and then from engineering into product-engineering, i.e. the engineering of the actual production process, logistics, machinery, assembly and so forth. In the West in general, it is inconceivable, but in Russia – but not only there – there is no gap in principle between science and engineering, or practical application of science. This is rooted in a fundamentally different attitude to nature and man’s relationship to nature, and what it means to “understand” nature.
Just three anecdotes to illustrate what I mean, from the negative side of western practice.
Back in the 19th Century, the renowned German “scientist” Helmholtz once visited the Zeiss factory in Jena, where Zeiss and his cohort Abbe were developing high-resolution microscopes. Zeiss was experimenting with glass chemistry, lens geometry, grinding technologies and so forth. Helmholtz was impressed, up to the point that Abbe told him, “Herr Professor, perhaps you recognize that the results of our work here indicate features of the nature of light that are not accounted for in your theoretical optics formulas.” And Helmholtz exploded, “What do I care if my theories have nothing to do with reality?!” – Abbe might have told Herr Professor that he was working on “technologies based on new physical principles,” but Herr Professor would not have understood him. The lesson, of course, is that you can, if you wish, think of science as a collection of theoretical (actually dogmatic) formulas which all look quite cogent on paper, but it will at least take a long (therefore very expensive) “development“ time to connect such theories to nature in practice, or you might never make the connection, no matter how much money you spend.
The more important and practical lesson is, of course – again, without exaggeration, but to put it point-blank – that Russian scientific-technical education is inherently superior to anything in the West. I experienced this personally during the “brain-drain” period following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
I was working with a number of German companies, a “consultant for technical English.” In practice that meant I was doing what Rogozin described from his meeting with the engineers who had to come up with a solution, just that the English language was the required medium of communication. – When a German-educated young engineer wanted a job as a “designer,” the company would specify which program – AuoCAD, Catia, etc. – and the version number, and if the western-educated candidate could not prove competence and experience with that program and that specific version number, he didn’t get the job. If a Russian applied for the job, the department – not the “HR” department – simply asked whether he could work with CAD programs. If he said “yes,” he got the job. The reason was that, as even the German companies recognized, the German-educated people had been trimmed and grilled with “cook-book” knowledge, so if the job-candidate had “learned” V. 4 but the company was using V. 6, the German would need up to three months to “retrain” himself or learn a new recipe, or a new formula. The Russian was up to speed within a week to 10 days.
The brain-drain from Russia and eastern European countries saved German industry.
Now these people are getting older, most of them have been moved into middle-management positions because, in contrast to the Germans who “studied management”, they actually know about their products. That means that the pendulum has been sweeping back to more and more “cook-book” engineering graduates, which companies try to compensate for (because these people are very expensive, which does not mean that their salaries are high) by using more and more “standardized and computer-assisted cook-books,” a.k.a. computer simulation, in an effort to “save on development costs.” The result is that cook-book engineering graduates who use cook-book computer simulation no longer know the difference between a computer-generated error and a problem they might really have to solve in reality.
One of my “students” switched from an automotive company to a different one, where a friend of mine happens to be the Chief Development Engineer. – I cannot name the company, nor the product because they would sue me if I did. – My student is in charge of verifying computer simulations. One day my friend paid her a visit, she had asked for his help because she was running a huge backlog of work and was stuck on a problem. She had worked on it for 18 hours, but the simulation program kept telling her there was a problem. My friend looked and quickly said, “Here is the problem, it’s the built-in parametrization. It’s the simulation, not the device. If what the simulation shows was really true, we could not have built a single one of these gadgets – I say gadgets, but these things are big, powerful, and extremely dangerous if something goes wrong — in the last 50 years.” She looked at him and broke out in tears, and then she screamed. “Now I see it! Damn!!” That night my friend and I met over several glasses of wine. He needed a solution. What was it?, I asked. He didn’t know, but he did know he could not be everywhere to solve all the problems himself. Did I have any ideas? Well, yes. First, sure, he cannot be everywhere solving all the problems, because he doesn’t even know where the problems are unless people call for help. When they do call, it does not take much time. He does not have to solve the problems, he has to be the person people go to when they are stuck on a problem, sometimes the solution is as easy as this one, sometimes he will only need to lisen to solution-proposals and give hints on how he would do it. He has to be the “father and tutor”, no longer merely the Chief Development Engineer. – Here, read this, it is Toyota’s latest report on “TPS,” the Toyota Production System. They describe it in detail.
And what are his plans for the coming week? He is at the “prototype lab” – they call it a laboratory, but it is actually a huge industrial assembly hall – all week to play baby-doctor on new devices. One week is very short, but, ok, good, Christin – my student – should be with him for the whole week. Let her see and herself identify real problems on real devices. Her boss won’t allow it, her backlog is too big. Ok, but how big is it really? And what will it cost when the backlog just keeps growing? Out of 60 projects running in parallel, 28 of them are computer-simulation problems and not real. But the computer simulations are needed for QA-certifications. Where is her boss next week? He is… in a different country. Good, then get some doctor to sign off on a sick-leave for 10 days, to avert impending burn-out (happens all the time in Germany), her boss will never know, she gets one week in the lab and three days of badly needed rest.
Is Christin alone doing this work? Yes, because of the budget. But she has been with the company now for five years, she’s an “officer.” She needs at least three people, junior people, working with her, with her know-how and experience she needs to become herself “father / mother and tutor.” Don’t hire three new people to do a work-load for 4, hire three more to handle Christin’s current work-load. Ahh, but the budget. This is exactly the wrong way to apply the TPS JIT – just in time, no buffer, no storage. You think you are saving money? No, you are wasting money. Christin’s boss has a person plugged into a work-schedule which has nothing to do with reality. You need to force the issue because ultimately the problems that are not solved end up in the devices you build, and then you have to pay for the lawyers, a complete waste of money, when the customer complains. And please do not tell me that you, as Chief Development Engineer, are not responsible for paying lawyers (this is one aspect of the sick western compartmentalization). The Japanese never do it that way, you always need a buffer, a buffer in logistics, a buffer in parts, a buffer in machinery, and a buffer in staff. Real people, development and production are not computer-simulations. If Christin does burn out – and she is near that point already – or if she becomes pregnant everything just stops. That will be expensive, and you are wasting that money right now. You can’t just hire from the outside, because your product is too specialized. The know-how and talent you do not develop in-house just does not exist. Does Christin want a family? Yes, she has been married for three years and wants children. And her boss knows that? Yes, he knows. Get him fired, he is out of his mind. Just kidding, because that is not a real solution. The fish begins to stink at the head, and that is where the solution has to be found.
Anecdotes aside, when Putin says Russia is lagging behind, he for sure does not mean lagging behind the Americans, nor behind the Germans. Germany is living off its reputation, but we get a taste of reality when Russians tell Siemens, “your stuff is not that special anymore, we can do it, too.” And Siemens can’t build nuclear reactors anymore. Perhaps in some ways Russia lags behind the Japanese, perhaps the Chinese. It is difficult to know, because Putin did not specifically identify the “benchmarks” relative to which Russia is lagging behind. One “benchmark“ is obvious: the Russian civilian economy is lagging behind the processes and accomplishments of the military science-technology sectors. In general, — and Putin would know this himself, others might have learned it from the Japanese — the problem with “benchmarking” is that you will be trying to catch up to your benchmark, which will always move ahead of you. The “Russian way”, as we now know, is to identify it, strategically, and then over-shoot it. The strategic goal has to be to be the benchmark others have to catch up with.
Miles, to me, your several descriptions of the ways to avert or block waste and corruption were fascinating. But I strongly suspect that, instead of a “Stalinist” approach – someone is a saboteur if he doesn’t get the job done as specified – Putin will be applying the TPS way. Waste (corruption is just apparently willful waste), according to the TPS “philosophy”, is not the fault of an individual, it is systemic. So the cure has to be systemic, a combination of organization and technology.
The other crucial point is the funding. I do not know, but I think it deserves watching, how the current Central Bank policies are supposed to reconcile with the “breakthrough” Putin insists is needed. Moreover, many of the specific points you made – project-wide approach versus individual units of something – strongly remind me of proposals made – or at least somewhat publically reflected – by Sergei Glazjev, who happens to sit in the same presidential economic commission as Alexei Kudrin. (Kudrin is not on the US sanctions list). Could it be that Putin has turned Kudrin into a patriot whose specific financial know-how, not his ideology, may be useful for the “breakthrough” project as a whole? As I say, I do not know, and I am not even speculating about what makes Kudrin tick. It does seem clear, even obvious, that finance policies have to change.
In any case, the “breakthrough” requires a “mission command” approach in the bureaucracy. Perhaps officers from the Syria campaign will move into key positions. The main principle of “mission command” (the Americans know nothing about this) or, in German, Auftragstaktik, is “Never expect others, and never command others to do something you cannot (in principle) do yourself.” Putin, Rogozin, Shoigu, Gerasmimov have proven they can do it. That is why I am so confident that the “breakthrough” will succeed. It is beautiful.
Too long, bro.
But you make good points. Not planning, working it out from the ground up like that group was able to do. If that innovation spreads, Russia will leap ahead. The US is completely tied up in the gordic knot of bureaucracy and other forms of paper-pushing/fake jobs. Do you have a good link for TPS?
I think you are right about stealing technologies, but that went both ways during the cold war.
Vera, TPS is an acronym for Toyota Production System. One reference is http://missiontps.blogspot.co.uk/p/14-principles.html
This all arose a few decades ago when it was known as Total Quality Management (TQM) which gave Japanese manufacturing the edge on those of all other countries. It stressed the importance of customers – anyone and everyone who relied on your work. They are all your customers. It involved ‘right’ planning (right first time) , compliance with specification (no slapdash deviations), and Just in Time (JIT). Employees were the most valuable resource of any company and were valued as such.
I agree with you 100% Bro.
I’m familiar with the Toyota Production System and Mission Command/Auftragstaktik. It boils down to a centralized vs decentralized decision making organization structure. Decentralized is more adaptable. It’s much more suitable in a military environment where time is extremely valuable.
The delicious irony is that all these ideas were recommended by the military reform movement in the 1980’s in America after the debacle of Vietnam. Of course, they never were implemented by the MICC bureaucracy and the USA has lost cold war 2.0. lol
They didn’t implement anything in the military and, although Toyota was demonstrating everything right under their noses when they began to build car plants in the US, American industries didn’t “get it” either. And that is really funny for companies hell-bent on “shareholder value”: they could have reaped more “shareholder value” with TPS than without it, but they were incapable of understanding it. Now they sit on a heap of de-industrialized junk… including aluminum and steel. For decades the Americans have been unable to produce the specialty steels real machinery industries need. They just don’t have the metgallurgical know-how.
But this leads me to something else, which I thought of including in the original posting, but I knew it was already too long. — Putin congratulated the FSB people for the fantastic job of keeping the military developments secret. When I saw that, I said to myself: This is somehow true, but somehow it is also a joke on the Americans. Yes, the FSB is good at “counter-intelligence,” which in this case does not mean “you spy on me, I spy on you,” it means blocking espionage. That would include cyber-security…, and the Americans have just cancelled or walked out on a scheduled meeting at “working group” level to talk about cyber-security with the Russians. Idiots! On the other hand, maybe it was good for them to walk out: quite embarrassing to put your stupidity on display. Much easier, work on cyber-“mini-nucs”, then you don’t need defensive “cyber-security”. So the point is, even if the Americans had managed to hack into one or another piece of the developing Russian weapons systems, they would not have been able to do anything with the information. They could not have fit information on a piece of development into any end-product they could imagine, because they do not know the scientific know-how and they do not know the process of development. Or if they could imagine an end-product, they would have been quite confident in their judgement that it would not work anyway. — So I do have the strong suspicion that Putin was joking, luring the Americans into a self-recognition dilemma, just in case there is someone smart enough, “professional” enough in the US to figure out where their problem is. Before they spend tons of money (in vain) on an attempt to replicate or counter the Russian weapons, they should spend money to find out why they suffered such a massive intelligence failure, for the nth time. The typical American response is to keep their own stupidity secret *from themselves*.
I have been collecting US military articles, “treatises”, on “mission command.” I have 5 or 6 specimens so far. You won’t find the “golden rule” of Auftragstaktik (don’t command someone else to do something you can’t do yourself) anywhere. That “golden rule” is where command *responsiblity* lies. This American junk turns my stomach. It is only interesting from a pathological point of view: abysmal, disgusting, hilarious if you have a perverse sense of humor. Of course they could not reform: they don’t know what they are talking about, they are not “human” enough.
Yes, George, it’s certainly pathological. I’m aware of how psychopaths hijack ideologies like communism and capitalism and pervert them.
The delicious irony comes from the fact that the Rockefellers and the American elite deliberately dumbed the American educational system to subvert democracy and to implement plans for a one world government. They’ve failed.
The way I look at it is that the Human Race willed this to happen to itself so that it could learn very important spiritual lessons.
I’m pretty sure all those intelligence agencies in the USA are self-licking ice cream cones/dysfunctional bureaucracies like the MICC.
“Self-licking ice cream cones.” I gotta remember that!
It IS beautiful, George. I enjoyed your insight into the nuts-and-bolts side of getting the job done. A consensus seems to be building, not just in China and Russia but among informed observers everywhere, around a physical-economy approach to world development after so many years of necrotic financial speculation. Interesting that brain drain from post-Soviet Russia shored up the failing capacities of Western industry; imagine how much those engineers and technicians could have accomplished if left to apply their skills at home! Instead we had the bombing of Serbia, expansion of NATO, a Nazi putsch in the Ukraine and a revival of medieval blood sports in the Middle East. This must stop, and I agree with you that the Russian team is up to the task.
George any other links so I can get a better understanding of differences between russian engineering methods and Germany ? Book and links that could help push my undestanding. I’m a student and I would like to know more. Thanks a bunch for your comment it was very informative.
SI, I’ll keep my reply bullet-point short so noone has to fear getting eaten by page-hogs or tripping over nuts and bolts.
— I don’t know about links or books on this, but if you research TPS you will find a lot, including books or articles by TPS-consultants. What you get out of such information depends on the questions you have already formulated for yourself: no “successfully formulated questions” = stacks of senseless information.
— The best practical suggestion would be, Go to Russia because that is where the answer is being born. No amount of TPS information will answer the quesion of how Putin & Co. are going to pull off this revolution. One thing you will get from TPS-consultants, however: every one of them will tell you, “You cannot apply this as a “system” or a “model,” you have to live it. And every time it is lived, it becomes different. Every time someone tries to apply it as a “system” or “model,” they fail. (To say the same thing in different language: people, science and engineering are not computer simulations.)
— Beyond comparing Russian and German engineering practice, I would recommend that you familiarize yourself with the centuries long and fundamental “science war” and the “philosophy” of “Russian science.” Paracletus has provided some good clues here. Perhaps a useful and practical starting point would be to research “abiotic petroleum” and why western geologists and chemists think it is merely a “Russian theory.” — Please use Yandex for that, not Google.
— It may not make sense now, but I will say it anyway. One expression of the fundamental science war is that, whereas Newton famously said, “we have to torture nature to force her to give up her secrets,” real scientists are philosophers — lovers of wisdom — and they say and have always said, “we must enter a dialogue with nature to learn from her and to learn ourselves.”
One last bullet-point recommendation:
— Read Plato’s 7th Letter, the whole thing — it is not that long — but in particular pay attention to the short section on the levels of knowledge. Grab onto what you can, and then live with it, nurture it. You will readily understand that there is no “Platonic system of philosophy”, nor in fact any “system of philosophy.” But there is philosophy — love of wisdom. In the West, here is a plethora of “philosophies” but no “philosophy.” Philosophy survives in the East.
Some features of what you intimate to be russian worldview with regards to science can be found in the works of Goethe and Baron Karl Von Reichenbach. Thanks for your suggestions. If you could produce an article for thesaker or create your own blog, I for one would certainly be interested.
Sorry George but no one needs a page hog. Posts of such length are a destruction to discussion.
Am I the proper address your your complaint and contribution to the discussion? Would it not be better to tell the mods to ban page hogs?
Please continue, your work is appreciated!
You won’t be distracted if you don’t bother to read them. Then again, you’re probably very easily distracted. Oh, look, something shiny! Uh, where were we?
@GG I must have done something wrong with my previous attempt to post this, so I’ll try it again though sans its earlier spontaneity and maybe other omissions. I have experienced first-hand the profound difference between father/tutor and cookbook knowledge transmittal, and it is as if they belong to separate worlds, one in which everything is done with simple elegance and confident results, the other with perpetual blunders, dead ends and complications, like the F-35. Your Helmholtz anecdote reminds me of Rembrandt’s “Aristotle With a Bust of Homer,” in which the latter gazes with pity and disappointment at the bejeweled and richly attired father of nominalism, whose empty black eyes seem lost, staring into the void, simply not getting the “secrets” that actually blind Homer can clearly see, though merely a sculpture. That’s what I remember from my earlier comment which failed to publish, for whatever it’s worth to you. And no, you don’t write “too long.”
Let’s hope that after Putin’s show of the big stick & his coming reelection, he’ll move faster & more decisive to fix domestic problems by removing the enemies of Russian people from control of Russia vital positions in banking, finance, business, etc. Without it the subversion will continue. The forces of Evil are working on their satanic agenda. Read’ thetruthseeker: Texe Marrs- Jews Agenda is to Enslave the Goyim & The Architects of Evil.
Those basic ideas of Satanists must be kept in mind always to understand what really is all about.
Throughout the whole, typically pedantic speech, Putin leaves nothing for the Russian women, and this with International Women Day just observed.
It was once said that the king ruleth over all, the bishop preaches over all and the labourers pay for all. But this is not enough. In the final analysis, it is the women who rejuvenates all.
Putin must redress this omission because not to do so is guaranteed to be a fatal mistake for the future of Russia!
Moderator J Note: Four thoroughly meaningless, but racist words were deleted.
Interview of Putin with NBC’s Megyn Kelly – published on March 10, 2018
Israel Hayom: Putin suggest Russian Jews behind US election tampering – published on March 11, 2018
Putin called the Jews in Russia a nation – Video
*English subtitles available – published on July 3, 2013
At beginning of the Video you can see Rabbi Berel Lazar – with care glasses
and bread. He is America’s present for USSR; since 2000 chief rabbi of RF.
Who the main enemy of Putin und the Jews in Russia – Video
*English subtitles available – published on August 13, 2016
The guy is called Alexey Venediktov,, 5th columnist
*Language change of the subtitles from Russian to English
1. click on the symbol (rectangle) of subtitle, when this is off
2. click on the symbol (wheel) of taking on
3. click on the subtitle(1) – Russian automatically generated
4. click on the automatically translate
5. click on the desired language
Thank you Miles, looking forward to his new government and who the boys and girls will be….it’s gonna be a hard day at work for them….and let it be so!!
His first priority should have been to request/beg/insist Russian women (and their men folk) produce more babies, a lot more babies. No society in history has ever survived the low birth-rate figures that prevails in Russia right now and the Russia people are heading for extinction. As with all of Europe, but that’s another story. The only areas of Russia that are child bountiful are, (as again with the rest of Europe) the majority Muslim areas of Russia – the worst possible outcome imaginable.
I have watched Russian videos in which Mr Putin celebrates and rewards “families”. One was of an Orthodox priest and his wife who had 17 children.
I had four children in a society which was campaigning at that time for zero population growth. So. Two point something per couple.
In China we watched the effects of one child per couple policy.
Today most thinking people are anxious about bringing a child into this world, based on global goings-on.
As a babushka I can love and role-model/teach my grandchildren resilience while their parents work to pay the bills.
In a multipolar world the rules are rapidly changing for everyone, whether they live in Russia, UK, China or anywhere in-between.
Russian women should be coax/coerce to have at least 4 babies as a matter of patriotic duty. So should Chinese women be. The future of both nations depends on their womenfolk doing their natural duty to be fruitful and multiply!
LOL Simon I might agree with you in theory ( and I did do my bit by raising the four you mention as optimal) but the horrible facts we all now face are the subject of these blogs everywhere; viz food insecurity and global depopulation by nefarious methods.
No healthy mother wants to bring babies into this world if she can’t provide healthy nutrition and a sound shelter; nor does she want to go through the trials of raising said babies to become cannon fodder.
From reading your past comments I know you to be a Christian. So I’ll leave you with the greeting that for each woman, the decision must rest between her and her Lord.
Peace to You
PS. I forgot to say that most societies struggle with unacceptable, life-denying levels of alcoholism. That is just one variable contributing to horrendous levels of child abuse and neglect.
Too many unwanted children: too many social/economic problems that no one really wants to deal with. And so we now see unconscionable child sex trafficking around the globe. Heart-breaking is an understatement.
In another article here at The Vineyard, a commenter WhereWolf writes explicitly about the Octopus, whose tentacles intrude and choke around the globe, today as for hundreds of years.
Graphic reality describing Life struggle and death on earth
Babushka, you did more than your bit by raising 4 children. The cons against more children mentioned by you are true but mainly overhyped by the fear-inducing West who fears being overwhelmed by the East.
But the “East” apart from the Mongols and the Anglo-white wannabe Japs, had never sought to overrun the West. The Mongols are an aberration and China had kept the Japs in their place until the West gave them ideas on how to colonise others.
Putin should also have concentrated on the Russian family in his speech. He should have provided something for the stability of the Russian family and through the Russian family, increase the Russian population.
Besides if Russia’s population dwindles beyond a certain point, say 80 million, there is a danger that all would become “cannon fodder” if you catch what I mean. A weak nation invites bullying, punishment, subjugation and genocide, especially from the recently colonising ‘West’.
China, from the latest news, is now concentrating on promoting population growth.
We have a couplet. Combine Putin’s drive for a socio-techno-infrastructure-comms d-jump with Xi’s push to embed a new pan-sino consensus and we are seeing Eurasian integration writ large. Now Modi is left with a choice. How big a man is he.? How big is India.? Does it have what it takes to produce a son born to lead her.? This has become existential for Modi. A nice round of threats were delivered recently to Modi by that useless turd of a Canadian Primer Minister…Justin Trudeau, with his innocent as Bambi meeting with Sikh terrorists/separatists. India is in the rack. She is threatened with dimemberment from without and within. Modi is up against the old families the next time he goes to the polls. I am not sure he is all that sane. As far as his potential in a ww3 scenario goes my gut feeling is he was selected to betray Eurasia but the situation is guild. Putin effectively offered to take a big chunk of weight of India’s back with his offer to protect Russia’s allies. Putin is saying…India join us…we will protect you from without…this will free you to deal with your internal problems…do not buy into paranoia vis a vis Indian Ocean…we will hold it till you come…Iran will help carry the load there too…but does Modi have that within him.?
Modi is a Hindutva fascist, and a puppet of the USA and Israel. Its future is very bleak, as its massive over-population meets rapid climate destabilisation, which, within decades, will render large parts of India virtually uninhabitable in summer. The great rivers will dry up as the Tibetan glaciers melt, and the monsoon will become much more variable, hitting agriculture badly. And in a fit of jealous rage, India refuses to co-operate with China to their mutual advantage, and remains the only country with a land border with China that refuses to negotiate in good faith to resolve issues left over from the time of English misrule.
This would be another “proof of existence” video of one of the weapons Putin spoke of recently…would it.?
Seems like it to me.
It looks like the incidents which have been spooking Western war planners have “in a rush” become connected…oops a gulping noise.
Interesting how s.w.a.r.m. chose to spam this article rather than the previous article demonising China for not being part of the zionazi/nazi club.
Meanwhile, American elites are prepping for Doomsday, as they fear that their system may implode–whether that be due to economic collapse, environmental disaster, nuclear war, etc.
There is a Stanley Kubrick-style satirical movie waiting to be made about this entire social trend.
Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich
Magnificent report and summary on his speech.
We owe that to you, thanks.
I have mixed feelings about this speech.
I found the weapons part of the speech excessive. Talk softly and carry a big stick – as they say. Talking about weapons that are still in development is setting yourself up for failure. Also the multitude of new weapons took the attention away from the deterrence aspect and gave rise to articles that painted these as attack weapons.
The list of things to do sounds a bit like communist plan economy to me. Only one point talks about the small business sector that should grow. This is way too general. Reduction in bureaucracy and corruption is needed.
Another point is geographical spread. Growth in Russia is at the moment (too) much focused on Moscow and Petersburg. The speech promises more attention to other regions.However, it does not explicitly say that present situation is undesirable.
One note about “per capita GDP growth”: this is just an average and says nothing about inequality. It results only in different results from GDP growth sec when the population is growing or shrinking.
Putin has to be a “dictator” as Gaddafi or Assad, dictators that love his people, their land and to them fight, not like the imposed by USA just to follow their orders as Videla, Somoza, etc. And I think is for that that he is going to the elections alone, not with the party from the former elections. He has to turn toward socialism and end the liberalism that is corroding the Russian’s society.
Get security first, concentrate on the economy when you don’t have to keep looking over your shoulder the whole time. Excellent, hopefully the economy can be balanced to be less unequal!
To be effective and to provide Mr. Putin some modicum of health insurance, his visionary statements must by necessity be inculcated into the thought processes of the Russian power elite. The alternative will be his death and the functional fragmentation of the Russian state.
The West has for many years funneled the savings and GDP growth attributable to the working and middle classes to the power elite through the financialization and globalization of corporations and government. The massive accumulation of wealth by a very small percentage of political and economic elites is a grim testimony to this trend. Further, the purposeful extraction of the health and physical vitality of the people through the questionable nutrition of available foods and tainted pharmaceuticals has left the remaining populace with little energy, few healthy children and declining birth-rates. The veracity of these assertions is easily proven by a short walk through any public venue or chain store which caters to child-bearing aged citizens. That a significant portion of military-aged males are unable to qualify either physically or mentally for military service is further proof the vitality extraction process is proceeding.
The point I’m trying to make here is that just as the British emergence as a world power began in the 15th and 16th centuries with an increasing birth rate, better health and a growing mercantile, middle class, the West is in decline in just about every similar measurable metric with the exception of body fat, credit card debt, prison population per capita, real unemployment or inflation. This set of circumstances is arguable and can be studied ad nauseum, but the overall trend is undeniable for any unbiased observer of the population in general. These unfortunate facts are not lost on the creators of western imperialist foreign policies and those whose coffers they serve. The window of opportunity for subjugation of foreign owners of resources and assets by force is rapidly closing.
Unfortunately, Mr. Putin put an exclamation point to the above with his speech. Accentuating the rapid tilting of the playing field away from western military and economic control has no doubt stepped in an ant-hill which will produce unpleasant results. The longer the west waits to correct this unacceptable turn of events and the more Russian leadership moves to accelerate the shift the greater will be the disparity when action is taken to stop it. Much like ABMs in the 80s and 90s, Putin has created a destabilizing force that will effect global peace. Through no fault of his own, he has painted a target of his and his peoples’ back.
In the nuclear age global peace depends upon the interaction of rational actors. Unfortunately, western foreign and economic policy has been hijacked by a new brand of carnivorous mafioso. Protection rackets on a global scale now all but ensure assassination of populist leaders and elimination of institutions whose focus is egalitarian. As can be seen by events like the Libya and the Ukrainian coup, even lesser carnivores are on the menu.
We must conclude that peace through strength will not endure for long. Dealing with maniacs who believe that a “first use of nuclear weapons” is an acceptable military posture while ignoring the sovereignty of other nations leads one to believe the outlook for peace is bleak. Only the universal rise to the clarion call for development, growth and interdependence in resistance of international tyranny will save Mr. Putin. Any division in collective defense or internal dissent will allow the insidious enemy the opportunity he needs. An enemy who will continue to relentlessly probe for weakness until he finds it or concludes his force structure is sufficient to succeed. Maniacs are not rational actors. As their decline into madness progresses the level at which aggression becomes a viable alternative is also reduced. Unfortunately, it only takes one madman to start a fire no number of firemen can put out.