Putin Compares Gender Ideology to Bolshevik Revolution
NEW YORK, November 12 (C-Fam) “Beware of going where the Bolsheviks once planned to go” Vladimir Putin warned Western countries in a landmark speech. “One more step and you will be there.”
The Russian President candidly warned Western countries of the totalitarian danger of gender ideology, calling it a “perfect phantasmagoria” in a rare, and perhaps unprecedented, public examination of conscience of Russia’s turbulent past.
Putin sounded the alarm on gender ideology’s attempts to change the way we speak about men and women in society and compared it to Bolshevik attempts to change language and rewrite history to manipulate how people think.
He said teaching children that a boy can become a girl, and vice versa, is a “monstrous thing” and that it is “bordering on a crime against humanity.”
“We look in amazement at the processes underway in the countries which have been traditionally looked at as the standard-bearers of progress,” Putin said.
“Some people in the West believe that an aggressive elimination of entire pages from their own history, reverse discrimination against the majority in the interests of a minority, and the demand to give up the traditional notions of mother, father, family and even gender, they believe that all of these are the mileposts on the path towards social renewal,” he explained.
“Anyone who dares mention that men and women actually exist, which is a biological fact, risk being ostracized,” he said.
Putin warned that “this is nothing new” and said “Hollywood memos” on “proper storytelling” are “even worse than the agitprop department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.”
“In the 1920s, the so-called Soviet Kulturtraegers (culture influencers) also invented some newspeak believing they were creating a new consciousness and changing values that way. And, as I have already said, they made such a mess it still makes one shudder at times,” Putin said.
Putin called on the world to avoid extremes and to chart a course of conservativism in the face of multiple global challenges. He promised to stay out of other countries’ business, but he said no one country or group should attempt to impose universal solutions. He said this was a hard lesson learned from Russia’s “difficult and sometimes tragic history.”
“Any attempts to force one’s values on others with an uncertain and unpredictable outcome can only further complicate a dramatic situation and usually produce the opposite reaction and an opposite from the intended result,” he explained.
“It is easier to destroy than to create, as we all know. We in Russia know this very well, regrettably, from our own experience,” he said.
“The cost of ill-conceived social experiments is sometimes beyond estimation. Such actions can destroy not only the material, but also the spiritual foundations of human existence, leaving behind moral wreckage where nothing can be built to replace it for a long time,” he explained.
According to Putin, had it not been for the Bolshevik revolution, Russia could have dealt with its problems “in a civilized manner” and while remaining a great power.
“These examples from our history allow us to say that revolutions are not a way to settle a crisis but a way to aggravate it. No revolution was worth the damage it did to the human potential.”
Putin’s speech was addressed to Russia’s political, economic, and media elite at the Valdai Club conference—an annual event widely anticipated in Russian society where Putin outlines his vision for the country and the world.