Interview with Aleksandr Bezgodov
Title: Planetary Project
Author: Alexsandr V. Bezgodov
Genre: Political Science
This monograph discusses current global economic and social issues. It describes the essence of the Planetary Project, based on the critique of the Concept of Sustainable Development. A model is proposed for solving global problems through global human unification aimed at saving the planet Earth from future cataclysms and catastrophe for present and future generations. The Planetary Project is in essence a paradigm of the world’s harmonious development. It is based on an integrated economy and rent incomes from planetary and intellectual resources held in planetary ownership. The Planetary Project provides solutions to globalisation problems caused by unrestrained economic growth and one-sided development of some national economies. The Planetary Project proposes a just system of world income distribution including rent revenues from planetary resources. This distribution system will work in the interests of all countries, including Asian and African countries, some of which experience serious socio-economic problems. New planetary economic resources and mechanisms will be able to: save the Earth’s biosphere; improve its ecology; and free humanity from hunger, epidemic diseases, and the threat of a Third World War. They will help people unite in the name of universal values of life, the harmony between civilisation and nature, and the welfare of present and future generations. Developing Planetary Project ideas could lead to creating a serious research tradition and a wide life-affirming and peace-loving social movement.
What was the hardest part about writing your book?
It was not easy to write a chapter on the philosophy of the common cause of N.F. Fedorov. His eponymous book is a bibliographic rarity. Despite the fact that there is its modern edition, its circulation is very small, even scarce. And on the Internet to find the book did not happen right away. The texts of Fedorov are very resistant to modern perception, not all of his ideas coincide with our position. Sometimes I had to restrain myself from categorical objections and harsh comments. But the more interesting was the dialogue with this very special thinker, whose adherents of the main idea of the need to defeat death, we certainly are.
It was not easy to resist the temptation to selflessly immerse yourself in reading the reference literature - historical, philosophical and culturological - on Russian cosmism. But we managed to keep the clarity and purity of our own perception of the primary sources. We took the liberty and risk of an independent, even solitary and to a certain extent isolated study, analysis and interpretation of them in order to identify and deconstruct the aspect of interest - the moral and moral thought of Russian cosmists of the natural sciences, their ethical views.
Do you have a favorite excerpt from the book? If so, can you share it?
Every word in the book was a fruit of long reflection and written with love. However, the most revealing in terms of its quintessence may be the following excerpt, our apology for the human being, to which the humanism of the Russian cosmists inspired us. "The existence of man in the world, on the planet Earth and in the Universe is justified by the fact that, not accidentally endowed with reason, he has that intellectual and spiritual potential, which, having developed, can save life on Earth and direct it into space. The person at the moment of the natural history of the planet is the highest (but not the final) achievement of a directed ascending evolution precisely in the sense that he can already take responsibility for the preservation of organic life as a unique planetary-cosmic phenomenon. Can and should (including for the sake of survival of its own species) protect life and the entire terrestrial ecosystem from stochastic attacks, chaotic attacks and increasing entropy both from the outside and from within the system. So today a person needs the planet more than ever and is particularly well aware of this and calls for planetary ethics, as well as the entire philosophy of the Planetary Project. "
What do you hope readers will take away after reading the book?
I'd like to answer this question with a quote from our book. It contains an idea, which runs through all our work with a red thread. "Man is designed so that for a full-fledged life he needs a purpose and meaning that exceed the physiological life-support and go beyond the scope of sense experience. It is something that is inimitable and not immediately determinable, exists both outside of man (nature is the source of life) and inside him (the soul intuitively connected with the world). The content of the sense-purpose dimension of our life we transmit in the category of the sublime. It is possible to comprehend and clearly understand it in our moral consciousness through the joys of experiencing love and knowledge. " If you always remember this, it's easy to be organically included in the ethics of the future.
Who or what is the inspiration for the book?
First of all, the Russian cosmists inspired themselves, whose penetrating thought is alive and fresh for us. Their brave daring of truth, bold break of worldview patterns, originality and providentiality. Their consonance with our mood and inner peace. And, of course, nature inspired the great gift of the cosmos with its beauty, generosity and the ability to be a wonderful home for us, wherever we are. Introduction and most of the chapters were written in Dubai (United Arab Emirates), and the book was completed in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.
Have you had a mentor? If so, can you talk about them a little?
Mentor with a capital letter - Mikhail Chokkayevich Zalikhanov. A scientist, a public figure, a wise teacher. He always supports us in our research, shares our values and helps with timely advice. Also I want to mention and thank Professor Gavra, professor of St. Petersburg State University, who presented a number of fundamental ideas to the Planetary Project and intensified our interest in Russian cosmism, which we really have a lot in common with.
I have heard it said in order to be a good writer, you have to be a reader as well? Do you find this to be true? And if you are a reader, do you have a favorite genre and/or author?
Do you agree with this statement? Do you (as a reader) have a favorite genre and / or author? It is difficult to disagree with this. Reading gives us a culture of thinking, speech, relationship. At the same time, it is important to remember the need to preserve the distance in any reading for the sake of the inviolability of your own already formed thoughts and, to a certain extent, their purity and internal validity.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
The author of this research monograph is Dr Aleksandr V. Bezgodov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, who holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Doctorate in Economics. Born in Northern Russia in 1960, Aleksandr Bezgodov worked for companies specialising in innovation and high technology, as well as for organisations engaged in developing parliamentary democracy and civil society. Over the last 10 years, he has been involved in interdisciplinary research in macroeconomics and social issues at the world level using a systemic approach. He is not only a theoretician but also a practical researcher and research administrator. He is involved in both developing and implementing research-based technologies. Aleksandr Bezgodov is the author of over fifty scholarly publications proposing new original economic and sociological solutions to business administration. He is the founder and General Director of the Institute of Planetary Development in Dubai, UAE. In line with its logo “Serving humanity”, the Institute develops and disseminates the ideas spelt out in the monograph “Planetary Project: From Sustainable Development to Managed Harmony”. The Institute’s research activity is intended to provide solutions to the world’s pressing economic, social, environmental, political-legal, and cultural problems.