Russia will be peasant but highly cultured and educated



Alexander Chayanov : agrarian economist, rural sociologist
After great peasant revolution and bill on destruction of cities all of the urban population will be moved out from the cities above 20 thousand people. The driver of economy - a lot of individual farms owned by big families. The main educational and cultural centers will belong the network of secular monasteries "Brotherhood of St. Florus and Laurus" spread around Russia and Asia occupying ex-manors. These centers have laboratories, libraries, art galleries. The development and existence of art and culture will be possible even in rural environment through creation of local culture points near settlements, making them accessible and filling them with all possible content: theater, county museums, people's universities, sports of all kinds, choral societies, religion, politics and etc. Another way to stimulate peasants to get familiar with culture will be a law on mandatory travel to broaden their outlook.
The prediction was false in terms of peasant revolution before 1984 and the type of development for peasantry even until now, it was false in terms of shrinking cities and agrarian Russia. But at the same time it was partially true, cause Soviet government tried to bring culture into village buy opening Houses of Culture, but of cause the real ones were far away from those described on the novel. If Soviet Houses of Culture were focused on mass culture, amateur performances and so on, culture brought to the peasants in the novel was high culture as pieces of great literature and art and peasants were able to speak about it. Main goal - to achieve a level for spiritual culture to be sustainable and equality in cultural and creative life of each small plot of land.


Chaianov, A. V., and V. V. Vorovskiń≠. 1920. Puteshestvie moego brata Alekseia v stranu krestianskoń≠ utopii spredisloviem P. Orlovskogo. Moskva: Gos. izd-vo. (=My brother Alexei's journey into the land of peasant utopia)