It's about damn time: Medvedev bans nanodemocracy

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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.


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