Clause 61: The Pushback Blog

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A Message from the Russian Ambassador

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This clip is the third of three segments capturing the presentation made by Ambassador Alexander Konuzin to the Belgrade Security Forum on 15 September 2011. The part I want to comment on occurs between 0:50 and 1:00.

Maybe you object to the way he conducts himself, and the message is by its very nature designed to advance the interests of the Russian government. However, I am asking you to ignore all that for now.

Focus, instead, on this statement, which is brilliant:

“Are you prepared to be a subject of international relations, or only an object?”

It is the essential question. I want to ask every adult American citizen: Are you prepared to be a subject in your economic and political life, or only an object? Are you someone who does things, or just someone to whom things are done?

Because being a subject requires much more purposeful action than being an object. The default is to be an object.

The surety barons who signed Magna Carta had to decide to be subjects rather than objects. So did the parliamentary forces in 1642. So did the American patriots in 1775.


Written by srojak

April 30, 2013 at 6:58 pm

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  1. Thank you, I’ve recently been searching for info about this topic for a while and yours is the best I’ve discovered so far. However, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

    • I am unclear as to what you’re asking for. As far as the source, this was documented at the time it occurred. I originally saw this on a source other than Russian TV, which The Economist had linked to.

      As to the outcome of this incident in its original context, which was a discussion of Balkan security, I have no details. My interest was in reflecting upon the point the Russian Ambassador made and its meaning for ordinary people.


      May 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

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