Disinfo: Liberalism is like the coronavirus: it kills humans as a social beings

Summary

Liberalism kills. Liberalism is a system that kills the people, it perverts all social, economic and cultural values. Liberalism is active nihilism, it is extremely negative because the individual does not exist, it is an abstraction, the individual is an entity who has been radically severed from his relations with other human beings, with the community and with society. Therefore, the individual in a liberal society is like a dead person. Individualism is an invitation to kill humans as social, cultural and historical beings with their own identity and roots. Russia has decided not to allow liberalism to enter Russian society because liberalism is like the coronavirus, it kills. It is up to the West to decide whether it will accept or reject liberalism.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the video’s claims. The video repeats the broad pro-Kremlin narrative that seeks to discredit liberalism by claiming that the latter has generated the West’s alleged moral decadence, materialism, perverted values and hostility to traditional values and religion. According to this narrative, Russia – in contrast with the liberal West - upholds traditional social, cultural and spiritual values.

One recent version of this narrative is that liberalism is a kind of “virus” that weakens and destroys societies, and that liberalism itself has facilitated the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The video’s depiction of liberalism as “nihilistic” and destructive of higher values is false. Liberalism is a political and moral philosophy based on the values of liberty, consent of the governed, individual rights (including civil rights and human rights), and equality before the law. The fundamental values of the West’s – and especially Europe’s - liberal-democratic societies include the rule of law,  human rights, freedom of conscience and expression, rationalism, self-criticism, the disinterested search for truth, the separation of church and state.

Read a previous case claiming that Western liberal thought now includes advocacy of cannibalism.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 208
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 23/07/2020
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: EU, Russia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Western values, The West

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Putin is demonised because he defends Russia’s identity against globalist power

Putin is demonised because he fights against liberal globalism and seeks to create a multipolar world. He represents a concrete, valid, and solid alternative to liberal globalism. Aleksandr Dugin is demonised because his mission is to fight the ideological and philosophical aspects of liberalism. Putin defends Russia’s sovereignty and identity against the power of the globalists. This is why liberals fear Putin and demonise him.

Disproof

No evidence is provided to support the video’s claims. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative claiming that  Russophobia allegedly dominates the West’s thinking about Russia and that Western governments and mainstream media “demonise” Russia and President  Putin. The message pushed by the video is also consistent with the pro-Kremlin narrative claiming that “liberal globalist élites” seek to rob nations of their sovereignty and identity.

The Western mainstream media has not “demonised” President Putin. Western mainstream media outlets have often criticised Putin and the Russian government for specific unacceptable foreign policy actions which undermine international stability and security, such as Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and the aggression against Eastern Ukraine using hybrid warfare tools, the shooting down of flight MH17, Russian interference in the US and Western European elections,  the poisoning of Sergey Skrypal and his daughter in the UK. Some Western outlets have also criticised the Kremlin for specific domestic policies that are perceived as undermining civil and human rights in Russia.

West loses race to develop COVID-19 vaccine. The Russian vaccine against COVID-19 is ready

Headline: West loses race to develop a coronavirus vaccine

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Russia’s vaccine against COVID-19 is ready – the results of clinical trials showed the development of an immune response in all the volunteers involved. Though, the research centre at the Sechenov University clarified that a next phase of trials is still ahead to test the efficiency.   (…) The West fears that Russia has once again managed to make what was considered impossible: to join the group of countries leading in the development of a vaccine against coronavirus.

Disproof

The claim advances recurring pro-Kremlin narratives concerning the coronavirus pandemic and Russian superiority.

There is no evidence at the moment about an existing vaccine, which would have passed large-scale efficacy trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.

US tests COVID-19 vaccine on active servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

Recently, the results of tests of a new American vaccine against the COVID-19 virus, which were conducted by American virologists on the territory of one of the medical institutions of the Kharkiv region, became public. Fifteen candidates, including ten members of the Armed Forces of Ukraine infected with coronavirus, were taking part in the practical trials of the drug and vaccine. As a result, five “test subjects”, four of whom were active servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, died.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, one of many pro-Kremlin narratives concerning the coronavirus pandemic.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence has refuted the claim. It stated that no foreign medical specialists had visited Ukraine’s military in recent months. All soldiers who are ill with the coronavirus are treated exclusively in military hospitals and not in any Kharkiv dispensary.