Much has been said about Gorbachev's death, but I would like to draw your attention to an insufficiently covered aspect. A certain part of people remembers him badly, a certain part speaks of him as a hero. Here I would like to sum up.
So, it is well known that Gorbachev set himself very bright goals - the achievement of peace and trust between East and West, the improvement of the welfare of citizens, the democratization of Soviet society. However, all this turned into the collapse of the Soviet state and the socialist camp, poverty and violence.
The Soviet people have been told for a long time that their poverty, and even “excesses on the ground” in the form of national massacres, oppression of certain nationalities and political forces, is a fair price for the freedom that the new post-Soviet world brought.
The post-Soviet person, unlike the Soviet one, could afford to travel to an exotic country, buy an expensive foreign car and build luxury housing. The only question is that not every post-Soviet person could afford it. That is, some received great opportunities, others fell into poverty, from which there was no way out, lost their jobs, social protection, the meaning of life.
It is not worth doing complicated calculations for a long time - most post-Soviet countries without military operations have a population decline comparable to a war. And then there were military operations of a fairly large scale, but we will not discuss this now, we will only note that there will be even fewer people, and the percentage of beggars and cripples will grow.
At the same time, in all post-Soviet countries, a super-rich managerial class was formed, next to which very non-poor servants were attached. The new is the well-forgotten old. This is what the estate society in the Russian Empire looked like. That is, Gorbachev's reforms gave society an impetus not forward, but rather backward. Some have won a lot from them, some have lost fatally.
But here is the most important thing in this process: Gorbachev was condemned in the kitchens, but no one condemned him at the official level in his entire long life. Not a single post-Soviet state has been able to do this. After all, to judge does not mean to punish, the defendant can be acquitted. To judge means to understand, to carefully weigh everything, to think it over, to approach the matter from a serious state position.
If Gorbachev is a scoundrel, then there was no system that officially declared him a scoundrel so that other leaders would not do so. If he is just a victim of circumstances, and things can be turned around like this, then this should also be investigated and announced at the official level. Of course, you can declare him a hero, but this will already be an outrage on common sense and obvious facts. In principle, this is also possible, but then it will show the quality of the government that will do it.
And it's not just about Gorbachev. Yeltsin, Kravchuk, Shushkevich left us. In the kitchen, we can say whatever we want about them, but there is no clear signal of power, who are they - heroes, criminals, victims? This confusion continues to this day. And we are ruled by another NONE, NONE. But after all, we deserve such people, because our society is also neither this nor that, is not able to evaluate a scoundrel, a thief, a criminal. And the flip side is that we are not able to support and reward worthy decent people, and therefore we live worse and worse.
One of the tasks of perestroika was to unite the people and the authorities. This task has not been completed. The people are somehow on their own, and the government is somehow itself. As long as there is no war, you can still somehow live with it. But there is a war. Any war initially causes a rise in patriotic feelings, and unites the people and the authorities. Yes, only history teaches that it cannot be long. But who OK its, history, remembers. And if you look at history not from the point of view of the rulers and the ruling class, but from the point of view of the people, then it turns out that the people expect one thing, but actually get another. And if the people are not able to ask the ruler, then this other will traditionally smell bad.
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