We need to go to those who decided on war with the modern world. To us, to Russia, to Orthodoxy, to our Christian struggle for eternity, for Christ and for the truth. And not to succumb to these tricks of those people who, using a noble hatred of the modern West, they themselves become complicit in this crime. It’s a trap, and this the Patriarch said clearly.
“You dare to wantonly invoke my name, you little worms, and compare the Dread Lord of the Abyss to a syphilitic weasel like Ted Cruz, when you all know perfectly well where you are going to end up?”
Among all civilizations, only the Western civilization has presented itself as universal, pretending to be in this way “the civilization” (singular). In formal terms, now nobody replicates it, rather in reality the great majority of men and women who live outside of the European or American space reject this dominion, and continue to be rooted in different historical-cultural types. This is what explains the current resurgence of civilizations. Huntington concluded, concerning that, that the planetary dominion of the West will face new challenges. He advised being conscious of this danger, to prepare oneself for the reappearance of certain premodern forms in the postmodern era, and to try to protect oneself against them to guarantee the security of Western civilization.
The systematic displacement of real politics with political consumerism, the replacement of leaders with media celebrities, and the real domination of the spectacle in every aspect of American society are fundamental trends of post-modernity itself; they were first undeniably visible in American presidential politics with Ronald Reagan and finally developed into the most extreme form with Obama, who was more of a marketing hologram than a traditional politician. Trump is the apogee of this phenomenon. Now the spectacle is openly taking political power. This “mechanism” is switching places with its master.