Ukraine crisis for Russia – there is a opportunity / possibility for positive development in every crisis
and don’t mean this in the way a finance speculator would gamble on rising oil and food prices (hope they fail).
It is understandable that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a catastrophe to those that had state guaranteed jobs and income there and lost them overnight.
A lot of people could not adapt to the new capitalistic system, where you had to organize almost EVERYTHING yourself and “everything” is suddenly “a product” with a price set by supply and demand (previously the state had organized EVERYTHING and the price for rent was set by the state very low, $75 per month kind of low).
Capitalism has started as a good idea then perverted over time.
(not the first time that happened look up the keywords Greece Democracy Oligarchy)
Communism/Socialism started as a good idea, but it was perverted.
Vladimir Putin + his military advisors clearly have underestimated the will power of the Ukrainian people to resist a Russia, that just as the Soviet Union under Stalin wants to rule, not by the promise of a better future, but simply by violence and fear.
The “Blitzkrieg” has failed, with hefty losses also for the Russians of at least 10,000 soldiers, and many more will die on both sides, needlessly, senselessly, if Putin does not end this. But ending it he must. Ending it he can.
Who wants such a “fate” or such a world for one’s children?
Let’s assume Putin wants to be the Zar of Russia, just as Trump wants to be King of America and Boris Johnson Queen of UK.
History did not go well for the Zar family in Russia.
The Zars actually planned to step down from power and create a republic after British example, where the King and Queen gave up most of it’s political power to an elected parliament, but kept some of their privileges (any oil found around New Zealand, belongs to the British Crown).
The Queen lived well with that model and is even deeply respected by most Britons.
But the Bolshevik revolution was faster with their reforms and killed the Zar family.
So if Putin does not want to end like this, he should stop the war in Ukraine immediately and start reforming Russia into a social democracy IMMEDIATELY.
(there is corruption now in Russia as there will be in democracy, so no difference there)
Social democracy being the best of both worlds, the government that needs to take cares about it’s people, and has gov owned banks and companies and the market mechanisms that create efficiency and innovation.
Sounds good to me. (the Wiki article on “social democracy” is over complicated, it is rather simple: a state, that does not give citizens to a brutally free market for exploitation, but a state that plays by the rules of a free market, while making rules and regulations that the free privately owned companies may not overstep without a fine, protecting and caring about it’s citizens and nature, because that is the DUTY of EVERY state).
PS: I know that Putin considers Gorbachev to be weak.
But do not mistake kindness with weakness.
Correct me if wrong, but the reason the Soviet Union collapsed, was not because it did not drop enough bombs on other countries, but because it’s economic system was dysfunctional/highly inefficient/wasteful, because nobody cared if it was productive or not.
Because nobody owned anything and thus did not care if it breaks, did not care to repair and maintain it.
May there be peace soon, as this world does not need more hatred.
if you need to conquer something, conquer the stars.