The deliriousness and emptiness of the ideology of media-patriotism


January 24, 2011

The deliriousness and emptiness of the ideology of media-patriotism

After a successful election campaign of the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” in the last local elections, a lot of people started talking about the revival of the right-winged ideas in the Ukrainian policy. Oleg Tiahnybok was shown more often on TV, than the last year’s hero Oleg Lyashko.  

Sociologist have already managed to record the four-percent parliamentary rating of the “Svoboda”, and the political scientists have noted the attractiveness of this political project for the financial investments.   

Against this very favourable background, it is becoming more and more difficult to restrain the stream of consciousness and to retain the outward signs of adequacy for the “Svoboda”-activists… 

The recent session of the Lviv regional council near the monument to Stepan Bandera was significant, where one of Tiahnybok’s sworn brothers made a thesis about the “blue-ass gang” public, and the regional council deputy, Irina Farion, proclaimed the main alternative for Ukraine to be - ”banderisation or bandisation”. 

Further confirmation of the fact, that this concept of development is quite serious, was the argument of Mrs. Farion about the inferiority of other ideologies. According to the deputy “the most dangerous ideology for Ukraine is the liberal ideology”.  

However, the ruling party was even less fortunate - “I am not talking about the regionalists. I do not think of them as people with ideology, because I do not think of them as people at all….”, - proclaimed Mrs. Farion. 

Let us leave aside the ethnical evaluation of such statements. Another fact is interesting - such categorical judgements and fixation on self-oneness suggests that the “Svoboda” is such an outstanding ideological political force that if one belongs to it, it automatically elevates him to a new anthropological level.  

Let’s try to understand, what is the real reason for such popularity of the “Svoboda” - an informational protection of the rating channels or the mass popularity of the ideology of “banderisation”? 

It is necessary to recall that the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” grew out of the “social-national party of Ukraine” - some sort of remark of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP). 

Despite the attempts to retouch their neo-fascist views, as it is hard to share the fascists’ points of view and at the same time to explain to the voters the peculiarity of the racial discrimination of the Slavs by Hitler’s regime. The “Svoboda” even on the level of the party aesthetics remains true to its prototype.  

The official emblem of the Social-National Party of Ukraine (SNPU) and a number of leaflets of the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” contain symbols, which are allegedly interpreted as an abbreviation of the “Idea of the Nation”, but in reality, it represents nothing more than a runic symbol of Wolfsangel.  

For some time, this symbol was a symbol of NSDAP, and then it was a sign of the Waffen SS division “Das Reich”.   

This emblem is also actively used today by the radical nationalist organizations: “The patriot of Ukraine” and “The Social Nationalist Assembly”. 

Strange coincidence - isn’t it? 

The author of this symbolism is one of the biggest representatives of the Nazi esotericism and “religion” of the Third Reich - Guido von List. 

Some of the non-alphabetic runes of the German Tradition: 

1,2 - The Volfsangel ("Wolf's Hook"), German and Dutch versions, accordingly; 

3 - The rune of Wald 

4 - The rune of Erd  

5 - The rune of Ziu

(More in "The Secret of the Runes" by Guido von List) 

It is noteworthy, that List himself was the founder of a number of secret societies and was one of the founding members of the “Gennanen-Orden”, members of which were Hitler, Himmler, Hess and other leaders of the Nazi Parry. In 1932, Hitler became the Grand Master of the Order.  

One naturally wonders of the possible links between the leadership of the SNPU - “Svoboda” with the representatives of the “alternative religions” in the beginning of the formation of the party. 

Taking and remaking List’s rich “literary heritage” does not end here. Anyone, who is interested in the history of fascism and Nazism, is probably familiar with List’s Pan-German imperial ideas about the terrible hierarchical state and the ruthless submission of the non-Aryans to the Aryan leaders.  

They are also familiar with the ideas of formation of a new feudalism, based on racial classes; giving the civil rights and freedoms only to Aryan Germans; liberating the representatives of the Aryan German race from hired labour in order to control the non-Aryan slaves and the like.   

The Slavs along with the Jews, the Roma and the other “racially inferior” were given a known place in this ideal design.  

Mr. Tiahnybok and Mrs. Farion think of themselves as the descendents of the Aryan Germans, do they not? Doesn’t the all-Ukrainian Union use these ideas in the certain regulations of the ideology of the all-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda”: the revival of the “fifth column”, the lustration, the regime of a strong presidential power? 

However, the importance of the ideology of the current right-winged Ukrainians shouldn’t be overestimated. In addition to the semi-legal aesthetics, the enormous nostalgia and the demonstrative intolerance, behind this righteousness hide emptiness, unintelligence and un-interest for the somewhat thinking person.

Unlike the Ukrainian national-democrats of the first wave, who were highly educated, who were prone to self-sacrifice, who didn’t need the neo-fascist stylizations, the modern “new right-winged” Ukrainians - are eclectics and populists.

Any attempt to a meaningful discussion with the representative of the new right-winged Ukrainian generation ends, at best, with the references to the works of Mr. Mykhnovsky, Mrs. Dontsova, and Mr. Stetsko (it’s as if the time has stopped since then). 

In most cases - the sacramental question about the relevancy of the use of the word “Yid”, instead of the generally used “Jew” and “Hebrew”, with references to the according lines in the works of Taras Shevchenko and the issues “how should we treat this?”… 

When watching the inversely proportional relationship between the ideological meaning and the informational activity of the “Svoboda” leaders, involuntary comes to mind that the new right-winged in Ukraine - are “media patriots”, that is the same product of mass-culture as “media-athletes”, “media-psychics”, “media-artists”, “media-historians” and so on.  

Under such conditions, there can be no question about the inner meaning, the adherence to principles and the consistency. 

For example, the Ukrainian right-winged Mr. Tiahnybok respects and thinks of the French nationalist Le Pen as his friend, Le Pen thinks of Vladimir Zhirinovsky as his friend, who many times negatively expressed himself about Ukraine and the Ukrainians…  

Mr. Tiahnybok is a Russophobe, and Le Pen is very friendly to Russia, he socializes with the descendants of the Russian monarchs and even sympathises Mr. Putin…

The “media-patriots”, unlike the liberals, are not able to teach their voters how to think and behave civilized. Unlike the social democrats, they don’t have a humane attitude towards the weak and an idea of equal chances in life. 

In contrast to the outgoing generation of national democrats, they don’t think of spiritual and intellectual self-improvement as something important. They don’t have the important thing - the thing that civilian patriots had in the past, and that made strong every modern society - a universal image of a successful person, to whom the people and the society can aspire.

Media for them is like a respirator. And the fact that they confuse it with a bucket of garbage, just gives a chance for the true patriots.