Opinion: (Veniamin Popov, Director, Moscow State Institute of Foreign Affairs, from ng.ru): “The 21st century is marked with the acceleration of social-economic and political processes in the world, their increased diversity and complexity. Cataclysms have become so frequent that we are unable to evaluate the essence of phenomena and to draw conclusions.
“The crisis of the western civilization is obvious. Two historic processes are coming to an end:
- the Eurocentric world is falling apart, Eastern civilizations are coming forward;
- the 200-year old industrial civilization is coming to an end, and an integrated civilization is being born.
“A need for a systematic renewal of the global strategy is irreversible. Its purpose is the formation of a new way of production and consumption, which provides balance between nature and society, overcomes the abyss between the rich and the poor, and forms a true multi-polar world structure based on a dialogue and partnership of countries and civilizations.
“Europe has given the world science, technology, culture, progress, power, freedom, and comfort. But today’s Europe is degenerating. To maintain their livelihood, Europeans are obligated to accept a foreign work force, which causes interethnic conflicts. The EU was not able to work out an efficient policy to incorporate immigrants into the modern society.
“The financial-economic problems have become the other side of the system crisis of the western civilization. They were caused by the unstoppable greed of banks and corporations, which kept pushing countries to live beyond their means. Fast growing flows of virtual capital have come out from under the control of society and separated from the movement of the real economy.
“The gap between the very rich and the very poor has become immeasurably large. An aspiration to achieve maximum profits increases aggression, greed, and the desire to take over. Facing an increasing lack of resources, the governing circles of European nations are becoming more aggressive.
“Global informational revolution threatens culture and morality. Moral degradation, the collapse of family unit, same sex marriages, drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, and pedophilia are on the rise.
“The distance between the government and the general public and the decline in political trust are growing in European countries.
“As the domination of the western civilization is coming to an end, a new giant is appearing on the world arena: Asian civilizations, where more than half of the population are young people with great human potential and natural resources, who prefer “benevolent” authoritarianism to moral pragmatism.”