Cheburashka, a Soviet children’s show from the 1970s, is beloved by Russians for its cute innocence and by the Soviet state for its instruction in proletarian values. The main character, a furry little creature, is still popular and was recently selected as the Russian Olympics mascot.
This video excerpt shows the crocodile Gena finding out about a dirty factory, and subsequently, demanding it be cleaned up. This is not malignant in and of itself. But it does show the stirrings of the false narrative that the state can protect the people from the ‘productive contamination’ of industry.
Anyone who has traveled to Russia and Eastern Europe knows that industrial areas there are among the filthiest in the world. This is because of two things: the state’s collectivist view of the citizenry, whose rulers see them as a means to their own end; and the lack of private property, which leads to a “tragedy of the commons.”
Any environmentalist initiatives sought by any reformists should respect private property, which supports stewardship. But when is the last time you saw either party or our education system openly advocating private property or free market capitalism as solutions for anything? You haven’t. That’s because the question isn’t what’s best for the American people, but what is best for the would-be ruling class.