Russia’s modernization drive is all about nanotechnology.
For the time being, let’s leave that statement alone. Believe me, asking “why?” or “seriously?” won’t really get you a good answer as to why nanotech is Russia’s deus ex machina.
Many Russia observers have asked another, still more important question: can you really have a modern economy based on the fruits of intellectual labor without political freedom? Can you have the medium necessary to foster innovation — or nanotechnology — without democracy?
And now we have an answer, straight from semi-tech geek, nano-President Dmitry Medvedev, whose committee for modernization has basically been mockingly pushed aside by Putin, who decided to have his own modernization committee: “kinda.”
Russia, Medvedev said today in an interview with a loyalist paper, needs a “modern democracy, one that also takes into account Russian traditions.” This sounds like a play — or a parody — on Russia’s earlier formulation of Russia-specific democrcacy, known as “sovereign democracy,” or suverennaya demokratiya. Which sounds a lot like sovremennaya — modern — demokratiya. (Just as the out-of-nowhere nanotechnology drive sounds like a lost scene from “Dr. Strangelove.”)
Thank god Medvedev went on to explain what in the hell he meant.
“We don’t need nanodemocracy,” he said. “That would be a parody of real democracy.”
Mmm-hmmm. Kinda like what we have now.