Category Archives: Politics

The Memes of Our Lives, or How the Internet Shapes Reality in the Current Year

#MakeTrumpBaneAgain

A vision of the future (German magazine, 1930).

Speaking of predictions, or rather visions of the future, I like reading those of the past. There is something essentially human in the act of trying to break from the banality of one’s own existence and explore the Fourth Dimension – Time. Russian futurist and poet Velimir Khlebnikov in his 1921 piece titled ‘Radio of the Future’ (Radio Budushchego) wrote:

Radio of the Future – the main tree of consciousness – will open up the way of solving infinite tasks and will unite mankind. […] Imagine the main camp of the Radio: web of wires in the air, lightning going out and sparkling again, shifting from one end of the building to another. Blue round lightning ball hanging in the air like a shy bird; obliquely stretched wires. Every day flocks of news about the life of the spirit, resembling a spring flight of birds, are spread from this point on the globe.

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The Sad News of #FakeNews

Time of Total Meltdown
Time of Total Meltdown

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

Ivan the Not So Terrible?

Bogdan (Karl) Venig - Ivan the Terrible and his old nanny, 1886.
Bogdan (Karl) Venig – Ivan the Terrible and his old nanny, 1886.

In the latest edition of monuwars (monument wars): the monument to Ivan IV aka Ivan the Deplorable Terrible in Oryol. Here’s a few quick thoughts on the subject. Continue reading Ivan the Not So Terrible?

Some Parallels Between the US 2016 Presidential Election & Russian 1996 One

Russia & the West.

Pt. IX: Some Parallels Between the US 2016 Presidential Election & Russian 1996 One

Trump vs Clinton
Trump vs Clinton

I’ve stumbled on a decent article summing up the way Hillary and Trump are seen from the Kremlin:

Continue reading Some Parallels Between the US 2016 Presidential Election & Russian 1996 One

Problems with Contemporary Russian Westernizers

Russia & the West.

Pt. VIII: Problems with Contemporary Russian Westernizers

Gely Korzhev - Triumphator (1993-1996). Oil on Canvas.
Gely Korzhev – Triumphator (1993-1996). Oil on canvas.

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.

Alexander Nevzorov, Putin & Revolution.

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.

Continue reading Problems with Contemporary Russian Westernizers