Continuing to work through the opinion piece by pundit Petr Akopov from VZGLIAD magazine. I needed to lay out more backstory before proceeding to explicate Akopov’s main thought. Where we left off, Akopov was about to explain why he thought the visit was more than just a curiosity of “back-channel diplomacy” and why he thinks that Russian President Putin is genuinely interested in the British elite education system.
England, like it or not, has been one of Russia’s major geo-political enemies for at least a couple of centuries now. It didn’t always have to be that way. During the time of Tsar Ivan IV, and on other occasions too, Russia has actually tried to form an alliance with England against other European enemies. But generally this has not worked out and especially in recent times England has proved a determined and formidable foe. And Akopov believes that Putin simply wanted to get a first-hand look at England’s future ruling class, i.e., Russia’s future enemies.
“The City”, Windsor Castle, Whitehall and Downing Street — all these centers of power will be filled by graduates of Eton. Eton isn’t the only elite school in England, of course; but it is arguably the most important one. During the past 6 centuries at least, Eton has provided England with something on the order of 20 Prime Ministers, (including David Cameron), hundreds of parliamentary deputies, Bishops, bankers, the list goes on. The sons of Prince Charles, William and Harry, also graduated from Eton.
Pupils at Eton study for 5 years, between the ages of 13 and 18. At any one time there are only 1300 pupils at the College. But those numbers do not tell the full story. Tuition costs $50,000 (American) dollars per year. But that number also does not tell the story. It is not enough to be rich and able to afford such tuition — applications from nouveau riche families are refused every single day. In order to be accepted into Eton, one must come from a “proper” family. And preferably an “old Etonian” family. This is a heritage which is passed down from father to son.
Of course, there are exceptions, and Eton is gradually becoming more “inclusive” and “globalistic”. In the groovy 1960’s Eton dispensed with the requirement that pupils must be the sons of native-born Britains. Since then, the share of “hereditary Etonians” has fallen to only one in five. But even this does not alter the caste-like character of the institution. All that has changed is a slight liberalization to the rules of entry into the caste. This change reflects demographic and geo-political changes in Great Britain herself over the past few decades. Britannia no longer rules the waves as she did before the war. Well, maybe in the capacity as Junior Partner to her former colony, the U.S.A. But even if not ruling the waves, Britannia still rules the world’s Finances, Geopolitical Strategies, and Imperialist Ideology (via media and propaganda outlets).
And when we say “Britain” of course we don’t mean the country itself, or the demographically diverse British people, we mean the old Anglo-Saxon elite. This elite constructed the grand project of the “British Empire” and now leads the new project of “Atlantic Globalization”. This elite is not just an abstraction either, it is a concrete list of named individuals and families. And the individuals within these families have a need for a specific type of education. The education of these children is a nationally vital matter which cannot be left to the whims of their parents. It is the business of a very precise military system.
This system of preparing cadres is called “private schools”, including elite boys schools such as Eton. The curriculum is not important; it hardly even matters whether the boys study Math or Latin. The main job of this “education” is the “formation of character”, inculcating a set of values and a holistic attitude towards life. This is the only way that a true, quality elite can be formed within a non-egalitarian society. An elite which is drilled and disciplined, absolutely cynical, yet also militant and knowledgeable. An elite which knows how to dominate and how to submit; which knows all of the rules of the game without having to utter a word; an elite which functions like a well-trained and highly intelligent dog. What is key here is not even inherited wealth, but rather the sense of self as being a member of the Chosen Few.
This is how a caste is formed. And this is how the so-called “Anglo-Saxon elite” has been formed over the centuries. And in this regard, the very presence of Eton is one of the main reasons why England became Great Britain, the dominant imperialist power in the whole world (70 years ago), and today still the influential center of a world power. [As Lenin used to say], “Cadres decide everything”, and without such cadres, there never would have been a British Empire.
And when one thinks of the British Empire, one is reminded of the racialist theories — attitudes towards other peoples as being “not quite fully human”, One is reminded of the Opium Wars, how Britain tried to get the entire Chinese people hooked on dope. It was the British Empire which invented the concept of the “concentration camp” — initially for Boers. Eton cannot be held to blame for all these past crimes against humanity, but nonetheless it was the graduates of Eton who did all of this. These were men who thought of themselves as “the best in the world”, and as “those having the right to do this”. Such organizations as the Hitlerjugend or the American Boy Scouts, or American missionaries, these are just pale copies of the original. Which is the system of education worked out by the Anglo-Saxons. A system designed to produce an elite which behaves absolutely mercilessly towards everybody else who is not one of them.
As in the army, cadre-formation is a 24/7 job. There is a famous saying that Eton stands upon the 3 B’s: Beating, Bullying and Buggery. [Akopov even uses the English original words.] And although corporal punishment was formally repealed in the mellow 1970’s, the old traditions remain, just as does the uniform: a black suit jacket.
What has changed in recent years/decades is a broader “multi-culturalism” and accepting the children of wealthy (East) Indians, Chinese and even Russians (of which just a few). These multi-cultural children of privilege are taken in, not because of their parents wealth — Eton has no need of their money — but in order to expand Great Britain’s global influence. By creating “agents of influence” within other nations. These children are selected, once again, from “proper families”. E’en though Our Gracious Majesty Queen Elizabeth can no longer appoint her own Viceroy in India, she can certainly continue to effect an influence on their civilization by receiving their children into her elite.
it is a fact that the Anglophile nouveau riche throughout the world strive to place their children into Eton. These same oligarchs launder their money through “The City” and English banking system. For this and other reasons, Eton is also a goldmine for the world’s secret services and spy agencies. Eton supplies cadres to MI-5 and MI-6, and by the way, Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, was a graduate of Eton. And was himself more than just a mere novelist!
Taking all of this into account, Putin must also be aware that the famous double-agent Guy Burgess was an Eton graduate before he joined MI-5 as a secret agent.
[yalensis comment: Burgess, despite his open homosexuality, was a fully-fledged and fully-trusted member of the Anglo-Saxon elite caste; only this implicit trust can explain why he was able to get away for so many years with being a fairly blatant spy for the Soviet Union and the Comintern. Burgess, who came to despise his own caste, and who became an ideological Communist, operated practically in the open and wore his Marxist opinions on his sleeve; and yet his fellow caste members continued to trust him and accept him as just another eccentric and cynic in their cynical little world.]
Akopov goes on to dismiss the idea that Putin was set to “recruit” or “turn” the Etonian delegation, in the way that Burgess was recruited to the Comintern. [yalensis: Besides, Putin is no Communist; quite the contrary, so he does not have an ALT-ideology to offer these sprouts.] Nay, what Akopov thinks, is that Putin just want to get a glimpse, up close and personal, and look into the fresh faces of the cadres of Russia’s future enemies.