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16 March 2014 @ 00:41

Friend In The Ether, M. Thompson left this comment in a post by Smitty on the darkening situation in Ukraine:

The Bear is the Bear, and nothing will change. The imperial nature of Russia comes through.

This spurred some thoughts…

-Russia has always had an inferiority complex when it comes to The West, but at least you could cut meaningful deals with the Tsars.  This is because the Tsars and those who ran the Imperial Russian Government were men who possessed a Moral Sense, who were Normal Human Beings.

Once the Bolsheviks took over, Russia was in the hands of people who rejected Morality and God.

Boris Yeltsin, though brave in battle, was not up to the task of leading Russia.

Putin is a Fascist.  And like all Totalitarians, he is a pure Tyrant whose only difference with his Bolshevik forecommrades, is smarter in some ways [ex: his choice of Fascism over Communism].

-The biggest mistake Russian reformers made after the fall of the USSR was to try and implement a Liberal Democracy.

Liberal Democracies that become the types of governments that govern in non-Western countries descend into Tyrannies very quickly because said countries have no history of or experience with The Rule Of Law.  It, of course, doesn’t help the situation that any Democracy is doomed to fail because it is mob rule.

The Russian People should have demanded a Constitutional Monarchy along the lines of that found in Britain, but tailored to the Russian Soul.  Russia needs a Tsar, but, in these modern times, they will accept one that rules under God and a constitution.

I know the situation there is much more complicated, but the return of the Tsar, under certain restrictions, is the key.

  1. 16 March 2014 @ 02:59 02:59

    It’s said that Russian national idea is to tolerate any kind of tyrant as long as he makes somebody else even more miserable. As much as I like Russian art and literature, I’m sorry to say this is true, and this didn’t begin with Lenin.
    I’m not shading bitter tears for Ukraine either, even as Russian tanks are hours away from the city of my birth. Just hope they will figure it out without a civil war.

  2. 16 March 2014 @ 09:20 09:20

    “Liberal Democracies that become the types of governments that govern in non-Western countries descend into Tyrannies very quickly because said countries have no history of or experience with The Rule Of Law.”

    So what shall we tell our grandchildren about Obozo? That he was The One who tipped the USA into tyranny.

  3. M. Thompson permalink
    16 March 2014 @ 11:33 11:33

    The idea I’m going with is that despite the differences in back ground and ideology, the Russian leaders have behaved in similar ways for the most part. The self concept of the Russian Nation as a regional hegemon capable of dominating the ‘Near Abroad’ is critical to them, and I think the tendency to assume everyone thinks the same as we do bites us in the ass when interacting with nations that see themselves as imperial.

  4. 16 March 2014 @ 12:20 12:20

    Reblogged this on That Mr. G Guy's Blog.

  5. 16 March 2014 @ 14:44 14:44

    Lots of food for thought here, thanks for posting. Here’s a factoid for the mix: Russians today speak Russian of the gulag, not Russian of 1850 or even 1920. This is comparable to Americans speaking only ebonics. Clear, subtle, reasonable thought is impossible with such language. Another factoid: the world is diversifying and decentralizing at the same time fascist bureaucracies, movements and individuals are trying to compress it together into one system they control. But every narrowing produces even more counter-pressure for expanding decentralization. Independence. Freedom. Drudge today has a laundry list of examples particularly in the Latinate countries, where the most violent, determined fascists are operating, inside and outside governmental structures, because Latinate culture is the most opposed to their impulses. Another factoid: almost every country today lacks a grand national strategic goal. Putin is sort of struggling to find one. 0 wants one not and will not have one. EU is too flaccid to even consider one, though they would like to have one. China has a grand national strategic goal. India seems to have one. Iran says they do but really they do not. Febrile Persians and all that. And this near universal lack of grand national strategic goals means, among other things, that the world is fit to come to pieces, that national boundaries and interests are jostling for a new homeostasis few have thought about, few have tried to prepare for, few have polled their wishes regarding their place in what comes next. Almost everyone — including fascists — is being batted about by “stories,” most of them psyops, like ships adrift at sea, stormed this way and that, some even running engines at full speed but without engaging linkage to the rudders and even without helmsmen on duty. What is missing is grand national strategic goal. USA studiously will not have one under any imaginable Democratic Party leadership. So in this country, reason is in exile. That’s fine, so long as opposition personalities and then parties actually produce a grand national strategic goal-in-waiting that satisfies the simple requirement to defend and protect the Constitution of the USA. While my awareness is anything but panoptic, only three Republican Party leaders I see would I trust to recognize and install a grand national strategic goal that defends and protects the Constitution of the USA: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz. Whatever it should be, a proper USA grand national strategic goal is going to accept national boundaries and interests considerably unlike those we are accustomed to assuming. Mr. Kerry and Mrs. Merkel are right, we are in a new century, but they are trying to drag the forms of the old century into the new, ones they think they made, thinking that is smart, possible and desirable. It is neither. They are fascists, along with their adversary today. The world is decentralizing and diversifying. Those vectors of power will achieve colorful arrays of political success despite desperate efforts by fascists to narrow them into nothingness. A spiritual uprising is afoot, and we will see more individual heroism expressing and leading it. Economic and police power are bathetic forces to oppose spiritual power, the urge for freedom. Watch for heroism and skill. Final factoid: Russians are masters of deception, misdirection and the role of agent provocateur. Triple check over time any “story” about them. For example, the snipers in Kiev were FSB. Putin was pushing the crowd and police to drive out Yanukovych for him. Sets up “justification” for entering Crimea, because of the naval base. Sorry, this turned into a post-length comment.

    • 16 March 2014 @ 17:37 17:37

      Do you speak Russian? Unlike English, it’s a very stable language.
      If anything, literary Russian today is closer to the language of Romantic Pushkin then Communist (and ethnic Ukrainian) Mayakovsky. Clear and subtle thoughts are very much possible in both cases.

      • David R. Graham permalink
        16 March 2014 @ 20:55 20:55

        No, I do not speak Russian, but what I wrote regarding gulag Russian I have on good authority. I am sure many in Russia are trying to regain classical Russian, a fine language, but at the moment, gulag Russian, I am reliably informed, is the go in state/bureaucratic affairs as well as “on the street.” Makes sense considering the purges. I expect Russian military, which has been professionalizing at least since Afghanistan (theirs), will be early reclaimants of classical Russian. No doubt already are on the way.

        • 17 March 2014 @ 02:20 02:20

          I think your friends protest too much. Whatever you say about Russia, literary Russian is both beautiful and clear. State/bureaucratic affairs Russian serves a different purpose, and “on the street” language was probably always a mess. I have no problem translating an essay from Russian to English.
          Many Russians, however, deliver perfectly logical fascist drivel in their language. And same goes for Ukrainians.

    • 16 March 2014 @ 20:04 20:04

      One hopes that you are right, Rev, and that the world is, indeed, ‘decentralizing and diversifying’ because America is so weak right now and because we really need to concentrate on domestic matters for quite some time. And we will not be able to bring about a Restoration if we have to concern ourselves too much with foreign affairs.

      • David R. Graham permalink
        16 March 2014 @ 21:05 21:05

        Concur. It is not foreign affairs I contemplate. In this linked world, there is nothing foreign or domestic. It’s all the same integrated act, or should be. Nation is the unity. Nation needs grand national strategic goal, which subsumes domestic and foreign policy, both. Policy is implementing specifics, details, merely. It’s cynosure — or should be — is grand national strategic goal. Policy, foreign or domestic, is chaotic in the absence of a grand national strategic goal guiding both. Our situation today, as is well known.

  6. westie permalink
    17 March 2014 @ 15:11 15:11

    Wait, wait, Putin got the VAST MAJORITY of the Crimea Vote AKA HE WON! Are you saying that only Obama can win with a majority of the vote?

  7. Adobe_Walls permalink
    18 March 2014 @ 12:00 12:00

    Truly impressive campaign skills to get all those Ukrainians and Tartars in the Crimea to vote to rejoin Mother Russia.


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