The Russian conspiracy theory in the US and the corresponding wave of Russomania in the West resulted in the normalization of the good old Russophobia. As I’ve previously stated, I think that the latter term is overused, but it’s relevant here – meaning the fear and/or hate of Russia and Russians. Continue reading “Normalizing Russophobia”
Putin’s Cunning Plan is still making the rounds in the US and the West in general. Of course, it is used as a political tool to derail political opponents, but many people seem to genuinely believe in the #RussiansDidIt narrative. The idea that Russia weaponizes everything from information and data to migration (sic!) was expressed by Molly McKew in her latest Foreign Policy article.
Russia also weaponizes the Internet via hacking, thought process via argumentation, and poisons the
well discourse, uses art as a means of soft power, etc. All this is done to win the billion-year hybrid war against the West.
This blog is 4 years old. It’s time to reflect on some of the main ideas, which I’ve come up with over the years.
I like neologisms and inventing new words because they are stripped from any previous meanings and history: they are valuable due to their conceptual purity. Hence, I abandoned terms like Russian Stereotypes or Russophobia. Many seem to employ such terms loosely, making any specific meaning vague; rather like an image on a old coin. Over time and excessive usage, many such terms tend to become a mere parody of their former intended meaning. Continue reading “#EsotericRussialism”