Communist Russophilia in all its glory.
I have some important work non-blog related tasks to do up until Nov 16 so there’ll be a temporary halt to my posts deconstructing the Red ideology, but rest assured that this important mission will be resumed.
Speaking of that. Recently met up with a couple of elderly relatives, the centenary of the Revolution came up. One is a Soviet nostalgic and pro-Leninist/Stalinist, as are most people of that generation, the other – a person in his 60s, blue-collar engineer background, even has the engineer’s trademark disdain for humanities education – started opining about the Brusilov offensive, that Russia should have won WW1, that Lenin was a traitorous scumbag, etc. This was shocking to the latter, though pleasantly surprising for myself. I should also stress that there was absolutely no prompting on my part (personally I try to avoid discussing the USSR with old people in Russia and the West alike), though as the debate got going, I did back him up .
What is the point of this anecdote? First, that there are people with all strongly anti-Bolshevik opinions in Russia, including in demographic groups you’d hardly expect it from. Second, that there are some people in my comments threads who are full of shit.
Whining from certain quarters regardless, you really have to work pretty hard to get banned from my blog.
There have been a total of about a dozen such cases. Here’s a representative sample:
- The person who keeps on spamming that shitty Holocaust denial forum
- The person who believes that literally every Islamic terrorist attack is a CIA/Mossad/reptilian Illuminati false flag
- The spammy Islamist
- The Stalinist nutjob who made implicit legal threats against me
Anyhow, I am taking the possibly misguided decision of a total amnesty, and have temporarily scoured the entire list.
This doesn’t mean its going to be a free for all. I reserve the right to hide stupid/spammy comments under a <more> divider. I reserve the right to outright delete extremely stupid and/or spammy comments. And if necessary, I will start populating the ban list again.
Comment rules are here, to be enforced at my discretion – http://akarlin.com/comments/
* Alexander Mercouris: Destabilising Saudi Arabia? Crown Prince consolidates control; eliminates rivals
I’ll write about Saudi Arabia in a separate post.
* Andrew Griffin, Max Benwell (Independent): Rogues of The Resistance: The liberal activists and conspiracy theorists who want to take down Trump
There’s that joke about the Jew who enjoyed reading Der Stürmer because it was so positive about Jewish achievements such as their control of all the banks and media. I admit I enjoy reading Louise Mensch and /r/politics for the same reason. It’s nice to fantasize about a world where ROG is real.
* Jose Ricon: Links (13)
* Ruin value. I suppose this makes it the architectural equivalent of the “live fast, die young, and leave a beautiful corpse” philosophy.
Noam Chomsky interview from April 2015.
* RT forced to register as foreign agent by Monday.
Russia has promised retaliation, though it hasn’t specified what. It is possible that it will be something completely retarded, like blocking CNN and RFERL (which practically nobody in Russia visits anyway – and those few who do, are familiar with VPN).
Roskomnadzor says it’s also designed an extrajudicial system for blocking the websites of organizations labeled “undesirable” by the Justice Ministry.
If Russia was run by smart people, it would start denying visas to the more hostile Western journalists, like China does. This is effective, and deniable (can’t prove its on purpose). But I don’t expect that to start happening anytime soon.
* Paul Robinson: Interview with Mikhail Remizov
* This year’s Russian March in Moscow was broken up by OMON. What was a major spectacle regularly drawing ~10,000 vigorous right-wingers 5-10 years ago is now a rather sad affair with no more than ~500 people, most of whom belong to Maltev/Demushkin’s marginal pro-Ukraine, pro-NATO faction.
* Anatoly Vishnevsky: A demographic projection of Russia’s population in the 20th century (within current borders!) if no Bolshevism + WW2 [in Russian].
Around 280 million people (instead of 145 million), plus maybe 120 million Ukrainians and Belorussians = 400 million strong East Slavic superpower.
Bread is Prodrazverstka
Land is Collectivization
Peace is Civil War
* genby: A list of all (all 28) of North Korea’s websites. Another Communist success story.
* YouGov poll: Germany tolerates men staring at breasts more than most
* Azeri success story:
Victory of the Azerbaijani chess players in the European championship once again demonstrated the intellectual potential of the Azerbaijani people to the whole world.
— Ilham Aliyev (@presidentaz) November 10, 2017