Russia & the West.
Pt. IX: Russian Regression Roulette
Stephen King in his 1984 novella titled “The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet” presents a scary story, which shows how fragile our ‘normal’ consciousness is and that madness is actually contagious. Very little is needed for ‘the roof to start leaking‘ (krýsha poteklá – Russian idiom on going cuckoo). Continue reading Russian Regression Roulette
What actually surprises me in the Russian
invasion meddling in the US elections conspiracy is that instead of aborting this intellectually lazy, gross and harmful arc (especially, after Trump’s victory), and analysing the reasons which led to this event, the reaction is to double down on the fakery: Continue reading The Sad News of #FakeNews
Operation TRUMP proved itself to be a YUGE success. Continue reading #TrickyLeaks: How the Russians Manipulated US 2016 Elections
Russia & the West.
Pt. VIII: Problems with Contemporary Russian Westernizers
However, the mystery of the failure of all revolutions in Russia is a topic of a separate study. Today we will simply mark the fact that political evolution of the country did not take place.
Of course, one can do without a revolution but, alas, it is the revolution which gives an entrance ticket to the future. In addition, the revolution cleans up the country from the corrupt traditions and administrative dead thing. Such sediments are accumulated on any state’s framework, and Russia is a very severe case of that. Russia entered the 21st century without a single revolution in its history, its underlying mechanisms have never been updated: they keep on rumbling, generating lies, fear and war.
It is interesting to see how the Russian language appropriates and redefines foreign words. I’m not using the term ‘liberal(ism)’ here because in Russia it turned into a pejorative: partly due to the collective memory of Yeltsin & Co. shock and awe ‘Westernization’, partly due to the certain positioning in Russia’s MSM. Western discourse-mongers use such found-in-translation cases in their self-fulfilling prophecy holy propaganda war, painting ‘the Russians’ as barbaric hordes of inborn totalitarians. Thus, I prefer to stick to the good old ‘Westernizer‘ term (in Russian – zapadnik) that is much more neutral.
Me among other Russians before the State Duma elections tomorrow: Continue reading Basket of Unbearables
Russians hacked the DNC,