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The police operation in the Ukraine is at a standstill at the moment except in a few areas along the various fronts. The Russian army slowly, gingerly advances into the cities, cutting off sections controlled by the enemy like a kolbasa, piece by piece. Civilians fleeing the city of Mariuple have to run the Azov gauntlet with many refugees sharing accounts of being shot at and terrorized. The “nats-bat” fighters aren’t keen on letting their hostages escape. Azov, by the way, is largely composed of Russian-speaking easterners from the Dniepopetrovsk and Donbas regions. An unusually high percentage of them appear to be former prisoners or career criminals and their use of satanic and Nazi imagery begins to make more sense when you factor this in. This all, of course, makes perfect sense if you read the previous articl e on the Ukrainian swamp, but jars with any set narrative promoted by one side or the other. Make of this factoid what you will.

But civilians aren’t the only ones trying to escape the conflict. We’ve already talked about the celebrity caste and the journalist caste so it makes sense to spend some time now on the oligarch caste, that is on the people that finance and support Liberal Democracy in Russia (or any Democratic country, really).

The background of this story should be well-understood by now so I hope that I can avoid going into it again in any detail here. But, just to make sure that everyone is on the same page and up to speed, the story goes something like this: a pro-Western faction of Soviet party elites imploded the USSR. Nationalized assets became private i.e., up for grabs overnight. Communist Jews called up their capitalist cousins in New York who sent briefcases full of dollars to buy up state assets for pennies; a new caste of Jewish oligarchs rose up to rule the country thanks to the inept drunken rule of Boris Yeltsin; Vladimir Putin emerges as a compromise leader — a puppet of both the KGB and the oligarchs —someone who would be pliant and obedient; the new president surprises everyone and turns on part of the oligarch faction and starts arresting them while simultaneously crushing a CIA-funded Chechen uprising. Putin begins systematically consolidating his own power base and not relying on the United Russia party. An uneasy détente develops between the rest of the oligarchs and the office of the Presidency. Putin gives a speech denouncing a treacherous 5th column within the country that needs to be “spat out” like a “midge/fly” stuck in the country’s teeth. This is where we stand now — all caught up and eagerly anticipating what comes next.

Of course, Putin isn’t the only one talking about coups and subversion — one simply has to turn Fox News or MSNBC on to hear American senators and political pundits openly expressing their hopes that the oligarchs will overthrow Putin. We mentioned this in a previous article — this was the preferred strategy for dealing with Russia adopted by the Deep State and there is little indication that their plans have changed. The sanctions on Russian oligarchs appear to be an attempt to light a fire under their behinds and get them agitating for his overthrow and replacement with a Navalny-like puppet. Frankly, I don’t know how anyone doesn’t see or understand the nature of the plot at this point. Lindsay Graham as much as spilled the beans when he literally compared President Putin to Caesar and called for a Brutus to rise up and murder him. What’s more, the story of the Roman Senate vs. Caesar is the archetypical example of the eternal conflict between authoritarianism and oligarchy. I would go so far as to say that these are the only two forms of government and all other models simply lie on the spectrum in-between the two diametrically opposed ends.

In an Autocracy of any kind, be it a dictatorship, a military takeover, or a monarchy, there is one man who assumes immense power. He may have gotten there democratically or through military action or by birth. Once in power, there is little reason for him to leave, so Autocrats rarely do. Given the option, the masses would prefer and even use their right to a plebiscite (if they have one) to elect a strong, charismatic leader with unlimited power who can assume the mantle of their champion. Even Liberals have no problem admitting this preference of the people to be the case, and they simply resort to chastising the masses for their bad behavior and believing in the false siren cry of Populism. To the proponents of Oligarchy, the masses frustratingly do not share their concerns about checks and balances or so-called Liberal Democratic values and principles. The people want real solutions to their problems and they view (rightly) the tangled and corrupt system of jockeying interests and factions that any Oligarchy sets up (checks and balances) as an obstacle and an enemy. Naturally, they will attempt to appoint an Alexander the Great of sorts, a people’s champion, to cut through the Gordian Knot of graft if they can. If he proves to be good at his job, the masses would prefer that he stay there because they may not get another chance to push up one of their own to power.

But let’s put the political theorizing aside for now and see what the Russian optimates have said about the situation themselves. A recent Bloomberg article came out which had Jewish oligarch Mikhail Fridman lamenting the fact that the sanctions were imposed on him and his friends and amounted to him pleading for Washington to relent, arguing that neither he nor his friends had any real pull or power over Putin. Without information indicating anything to the contrary, we may as well take his words at face value — Putin’s position is strong and consolidated. So far, there hasn’t even been so much as a whisper of sedition from any serious potential contender for the position of a modern-day Brutus. This is probably because Putin has decided to make public examples of people who took to social media or the streets to show their support for Ukraine with immediate arrests, fines and incarceration applied liberally (heh!) by the police and the FSB.

Meanwhile, the private jets continue their mass exodus to Israel, Cyprus, and the Gulf States. When asked to comment on the travails of the oligarchs, Dmitry Medvedev blithely replied that perhaps these individuals shouldn’t have invested and stashed their money in the West and added that he himself didn’t have any condos in Miami or villas in Italy. He then no doubt shrugged before whispering “You get what you f*cking deserve!” while pointing a finger-gun at the camera and mouthing “pow” with his lips…

Alright, I embellished a tad on the last part. But the attitude from the Kremlin has certainly been one of showing absolutely no mercy. You either get with the program and support the military intervention and showdown with Russia or you out yourself as a fifth column traitor. In fact, many of Russia’s optimates have openly and publicly sided with Putin. These are the so-called “Putin-aligned” forces in the country and we will have more to say about them in a subsequent article.

The key takeaway here is that the almost two decade-long détente within Russia between the pro-West and pro-Russia factions has now been totally shattered. President Putin has made a play to consolidate more power and move the country in the direction of autarchy and autocracy by appealing to the support of the people. His recent speech at a stadium in Moscow was something you don’t see often from him — the last time we saw something comparable was when he appeared on stage after his electoral victory in 2018 and gave an emotional thank you to the Russian people for re-electing him again. But for the most part, Putin has not often utilized mass rallies as a political instrument, preferring to stream conferences with ministers and deliver pre-prepared video speeches. In that sense, he is quite unlike Trump, who built his entire movement on his high-energy political rallies where he would rail on and diss his personal and political opponents for hours at a time in front of a rapturous crowd. His populist appeal to the Russian people was answered in force: the stadium was overflowing and there were massive crowds outside it as well.

With this move, Putin has proven that he has the Russian people behind him.

None of this is particularly surprising or unexpected by the way. There is a natural course to human politics. Just as there are constant process of disintegration and entropy at work, so too are there order-building processes as well. Countries can devolve into the most depraved forms of Liberal Democracy imaginable, but the road back to normality always remains open. The process by which this occurs is as follows: Mass Democracy ====> Populism ====> Autocracy ====> Monarchy.

Given a chance to vote in a national election, the people will support and elect a strong right-wing leader with a populist agenda. This is not speculation, this is simply the result of watching the last several centuries of political trends in the world. After the populist champion takes office, people, at the first opportunity, intend to transfer to him all the earthly power he needs to solve the problems that plague the country. If he succeeds in this, the people will bless him, wish him long years in office, and hope that he comes up with a reliable succession strategy. Few will work themselves up into a lather at the idea that the sacred democratic principle of separation of powers, term limits, and so on are being violated. If you doubt me, you simply weren’t paying attention to the whole “God-Emperor Trump” phenomenon and didn’t notice that die-hard Trumpers were waiting for their champion to declare himself dictator and go to war against the Deep State.

Trump did indeed have his Rubicon moment and, as we all saw, he foundered in the current eventually selling out his own supporters and giving up any real chance to leave a lasting legacy. Putin, in sharp contrast, has already taken Rome. It’s worth mentioning that mercy is a trait especially prevalent in extraordinary men, which, consequently, has been the undoing of many a great man. We can only hope that Putin refuses any stranded optimates begging to be readmitted and pardoned for their disloyalty. Mercy should be reserved for the people, not the treacherous international oligarchic elites who more than anyone else deserve to reap the harvest of our discontent.

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  1. The key takeaway here is that the almost two decade-long détente within Russia between the pro-West and pro-Russia factions has now been totally shattered.

    Actually, any last remnants of detente between Russia and the West ended at the Munich Security Conference of 2007. This was confirmed by the Russian-Georgian War of 2008.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_speech_of_Vladimir_Putin

    After 2007, any pro-Western Oligarch factions were merely tolerated. That toleration has been eroding for many years now. The fact that it is now ending is, therefore, not a surprise.

    None of this is particularly surprising or unexpected by the way. There is a natural course to human politics. Just as there are constant process of disintegration and entropy at work, so too are there order-building processes as well. Countries can devolve into the most depraved forms of Liberal Democracy imaginable, but the road back to normality always remains open. The process by which this occurs is as follows: Mass Democracy ====> Populism ====> Autocracy ====> Monarchy.

    I’m surprised that Slavsky is pushing this historicist BS. We can not logically secure the future. To pretend otherwise is dishonest. I do not know what the future holds, and neither does he, but I doubt that it is a monarchical system. Monarchies are in retreat and have been almost completely shorn of powers. A revival of monarchy seems absurd. But – hey, ho – stranger things have happened.

  2. Cookie says:

    Putin bided his time, using the Oligarchs or whomever was useful to his aims.

    He is now close to the military, he has given them a bunch of new toys, they better come through or he will find military leaders who will.

    Russia is on a trajectory of European dominance and a means of revenge on the U.S empire. Its a matter of how much resolve the U.S has, more and more finacial pain is coming the way of the U.S citizen.

    • Replies: @Doug Ryler
    , @Diogenese10
  3. https://thomashuxley.substack.com/p/part-ii-why-were-all-russians-now?s=w

    I’ll take Putin’s word over anything said by the JAE/GAE media or US Department of State. Well, except for Victoria Nuland, Deputy Secretary of State, who openly admitted to Congress on March 8, 2022, under oath, of multiple “biological research facilities” in Ukraine that must be prevented from “falling into the hands of Russian forces.” Yes, Tori, I do see your point.

    Putin agrees in his address of 3/16/2022:

    “There was a network of dozens of laboratories in Ukraine, where military biological programs were conducted under the guidance and with the financial support of the Pentagon, including experiments with coronavirus strains, anthrax, cholera, African swine fever, and other deadly diseases. Frantic attempts are being made to conceal traces of these secret programs.”

  4. WWIII has begun!

    Russia shoots nukes at London, NY, and Tokyo.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Durruti
  5. The first paragraph speaks of the leisurely way the Russians are proceeding with the Ukrainain Police Action. That’s a fair assessment, for it’s in their interest to 1) do the job right, and 2) minimize casualties of Russian troops.

    Nationalized assets became private i.e., up for grabs overnight. Communist Jews called up their capitalist cousins in New York who sent briefcases full of dollars to buy up state assets for pennies; a new caste of Jewish oligarchs rose up to rule the country thanks to the inept drunken rule of Boris Yeltsin…

    I knew the oligarchs had stolen the wealth of the USSR, but not any details. This version seems very plausible to me.

    If you doubt me, you simply weren’t paying attention to the whole “God-Emperor Trump” phenomenon and didn’t notice that die-hard Trumpers were waiting for their champion to declare himself dictator and go to war against the Deep State.

    A good description of the devout cult which came to adore Trump, but I can’t see it being on account of his being any kind of “populist champion”. George “codpiece commander” Bush had a similar cult following, and I suspect that was on account of his being an ignorant lout with whom his worshipers felt a strong kinship.

    • Replies: @Badger Down
    , @Anon
  6. Leningrad group — And yachts and huts were taken away from the oligarchy

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Kurt Knispel
  7. Jidvei says:

    Great piece and please keep going. I’ve learned much from your series so far. I’m mostly talking about background stuff, which is rarely explained well.

  8. Nancy says:

    Would a benevolent, fair monarch be preferable to a malevolent, parasitical puppet parliament?

  9. fausto says:

    The oligarchs stored Russia gold in NY Fed. How stupid is that. Not sure if Russia can ever get rid of these traitors.

  10. Ktulu says:

    Not Orthodox (not a big fan of Christianity either) but if Putin became Vladimir I Tsar of new Russia that would be pretty cool. A white monarch would rule over a powerful country on this planet, we would be getting back on track.

    As far as I am concerned, and I am not Russian, not even a drop of Russian blood runs my veins, so take this as a total outsider’s perspective, VVP has earned not only the title of Tsar but a prominent place in history and probably some Cathedrals or whatever you Orthodox do dedicated to his memory.

    This all hinges on there still being a world in a week though. Hopefully the usage of nukes can be kept to a minimum.

    • Agree: JR Foley
    • Replies: @36 ulster
    , @babu
  11. The Unz Review has been a sounding board for the Russophiles. I am grateful to Ron for picking up a more balanced piece that I originally published on VDARE entitled “Letter from Kyiv.”

    I invite the numerous Russian trolls here to have at it. And maybe some unbiased observers as well. I live in Kyiv and write daily on what I see on Substack https://grahamseibert.substack.com

  12. peterAUS says:

    The police operation in the Ukraine is at a standstill…..

    Police oper….? Sure………….
    Standstill. Yep. That’s not problem of course, because of:

    ….in front of a rapturous crowd.His populist appeal to the Russian people was answered in force: the stadium was overflowing and there were massive crowds outside it as well.

    With this move, Putin has proven that he has the Russian people behind him.

    But, let’s wait a bit and see how that rapture translates into volunteering/enlisting into RF Armed Forces, infantry in particular.
    It will take a lot of the later to successfully execute (pun intended) those coming sieges of major Ukrainian urban centers.

    It’s one thing to get into..ahm….rapture…. at stadium. Quite another to man an O.P. around Kiev. Or Kharkov. Or….For months.
    Old school way, naturally; night vision devices appear to be in short supply there.
    All good.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
    , @Spanky
  13. Anonymous[250] • Disclaimer says:

    But – hey, ho – stranger things have happened.

    Haven’t they just.

    The current situation in the West has some precedents, but they don’t look good.

    One is the latter days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Eastern Europe was full of pockets of ethnicities that had washed in from the Steppe, conquered the locals (or some of them), then were conquered in turn by another ethnicity that had washed in from the Steppes, or sometimes by a wave of Europeans. This led to a multi-lingual, multi-ethnic empire, which was not cohesive. The introduction of “liberal economics” – making economic productivity — profits, if you will — dominant over social organizations such as guilds – destabilized the understood social relations between the various ethnic groups. Some groups did well, others not.
    The groups that did not do well thought this monstrously unfair, and the ones that did well thought that regressive groups simply deserved to vanish (sound familiar?). The whole area dissolved into local conflicts during WW I and, when peace was restored in 1945 or so, the ethnic map was considerably simpler.

    The other historic example was, of course, the late Roman Empire. It broke up, thanks in large part to conflicts between the ethnic groups (German barbarian tribes, at least in Europe) and the central Imperial government. It wasn’t all one way — Italy had a perfectly good Roman type administration, run by Germanic barbarians, before Justinian invaded, and had anarchy afterwards.

    During the anarchic phase, neither barbarian tribal customs nor Roman law fit circumstances. I’ve heard this “dark age” compared to “rule by motorcycle gangs”. Regional leaders had to define their own laws, and put them into coherent documents, just to be able to tax and levy enough to resist their equally near anarchic neighbors. Roman law survived, at least a small part of it, in local affairs, and so did Germanic custom for larger scale organizations that needed to hold the loyalty of their mostly barbarian military forces. Eventually, after several hundred years, a more complex civilization evolved again.

    So what happens to us? Could be anything, from a Diocletian revival to an anarchic phase. Whatever it is, it will involve a transition that is urgently necessary just to keep us fed, clothed, and living indoors.

    • Agree: PetrOldSack
    • Replies: @emerging majority
  14. Alrenous says: • Website

    It’s worth mentioning that mercy is a trait especially prevalent in extraordinary men, which, consequently, has been the undoing of many a great man.

    Compassion is a virtue, and, being generally highly virtuous, some otherwise particularly noble individuals take it to unreasonable and self-destructive extremes.

    • Replies: @gT
  15. bert33 says:

    I think russia will succesfully stand off the west and corporate takeover of the russian govt. Russia’s been around a couple weeks and they’ve seen a thing or two, and what they want to see right now is for NATO et. al. to kind of shift it back more towards paris and away from moscow, in a ‘here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?’ kind of way…

  16. Let me add to that “Yeltsin”, because for me that needs to be stressed time and again:

    In the early 1990s, the Arab press investigated the Yeltsman case, exposing Yeltsin as a lobby stooge. On November 28, 1992, the daily AL ARAB, then published in London, reported on its front page: “The name change was decided at the 20th party congress. … Yeltsin is a Jew. Risselow, a member of the People’s Union, made it public that President Yeltsin’s family name used to be Jelzman, a germaned Jewish name. The 20th Party Congress then decided that the family name of Boris Jeltsman should be changed to Yeltsin. … The reason given for the name change was that Russians would be afraid of the name Yeltsman (Jelzman), since his grandfather Yeltsman had murdered thousands of Russians under Beria.”
    “Yeltsin’s one-time security chief, Alexander Korshakov, in his biography ‘Yeltsin from Sunrise to Sunset,’ claims that Naina Yeltsin was Jewish.”

    Re. “Putin, in sharp contrast, has already taken Rome.”
    Today – March the 25th – Rome wants to take Russia (and that is not meant symbolical as the above phrase).
    https://www.voltairenet.org/article216161.html
    https://www.voltairenet.org/article216205.html

    • Thanks: Arthur MacBride
  17. Rush says:

    Trump was merciful towards Hilary on the night of the 2016 election victory. Look how the Dems returned that favor.

  18. One account of the creature Jelzman (for the records of whoever cares):

    Jew saturation of Russia during the Yeltsin period 1991 – 1999

    Boris Eltsin (Yeltsin is named by the Saker with Eltsin. Eltsin apparently converted to Christianity.)
    Naina Yeltsin, wife of Yeltsin – Jewish

    [MORE]

    Presidential advisor on economic matters.
    Livshits – Jew

    During Yeltsin’s rule (1991-1999), most of his advisors were Jews.

    Leadership of the presidential administration
    Filatov, Chubais, Voloshin
    Tatyana Dyachenko, the president’s daughter (a new created position of Jewish authorities) was Jewish according to Jewish law, she had a Jewish mother, as Alexander Korshakov, former head of Yeltsin’s security, claims in his memoirs.

    Government: all important ministers were Jews:

    Minister of Economy: Yasin – Jew
    Secretary of State for Economy: Urinson – Jew
    Minister of Finance: Panskov – Jew.
    State Secretary Ministry of Finance: Vavilov – Jew.
    Minister of Foreign Affairs: Kozyrev – Jew
    Minister of Energy: Shafranik – Jew
    Minister of Telecommunications: Bulhak – Jew
    Minister of Natural Resources: Danilov – Jew
    Minister of Transport: Efimov – Jew
    Minister of Health: Nechayev – Jew
    Minister of Science: Saltykov – Jew
    Minister of Culture: Sidorov – Jew

    Mass Media

    Chairman of the Board of the Media Association: Rodents – Yid
    PRESS
    “News”: Golembiovskiy – Jew
    “Komsomolskaya Pravda”: Fronin – Jude
    “Moskovsky Komsomolets”: Gusev (Drabkin) – Jew
    “Arguments and Facts – Starks – Jude
    “Work: Potapov – Yude
    “Moscow News: Karpinsky – Jew
    “Kommersant: Yakovlev (Ginsburg) – Jude
    “New Look”: Dodolev – Yude
    “Nezavisimaya Gazeta: Tretyakov – Jew
    “Evening Moscow: Lisin – Jew
    “Literary Newspaper: Udaltsov – Jude
    “Publicity: Izyumov – Jew
    “Interlocutor: Kozlov – Jude
    “Rural Life: Kharlamov – Jude
    “Top Secret”: Borovik – Jude

    TV and Radio:
    TV and Radio, “Ostankino”: A. Yakovlev – Jew
    Russian TV and Radio Company: Poptsov – Jude.

    1996-1999 – “The Seven Bankers”.

    The entire financial system was in Jewish hands. Russia was
    ruled by seven (7 = Sabbath number) bankers.
    1. Aven – Jew
    2. Berezovsky – Jew 3. Gussinsky – Jew
    4. Potanin (not a Jew)
    5. Smolensk – Jew
    6. Friedman – Jew
    7. Khodorkovsky – Jew
    8th Abramovich – Jew

    Head of the Russian Central Bank (Bank Rossii) 1995-1998:Tatyana Paramonova – Jew.

    Why did Yeltsin most of the times distort his face and drunk notoriously?
    https://avatars.mds.yandex.net/get-zen_doc/1860621/pub_5d42999cecfb8000ada801ae_5d429ad980879d00ada0cc49/scale_1200

    The list of Jews in the Soviet government from 1917 to 1939 looked about the same. The evidence about it is manifold on the Internet.

    • Thanks: PetrOldSack
  19. One thing about the “narod”, the mass of the Russian people, is that they tend to adore a “Good Tsar”. This began with Ivan who got painted by westerners as “Ivan the Terrible”, a man who cleaned out the “Augean Stables”, so to. speak. Trump had a somewhat similar meme when he trumpeted about “Cleaning out the Swamp”.

    Decades later, the next in line was “Peter the Great”, who personally, rebuilt Russia from scratch, and in the process opened that nation to the west by building St. Petersburg in what was essentially a sparsely Finnic populated swamp on the Neva River, leading into the Baltic and out to the world.

    Peter was succeeded in the role by the German born princess Catherine the Great, who drove the Turks and Tatars out of the northern Black Sea coastal area and gave her Queendom a total hold on the northern Black Sea.

    Following Catherine was the third in line, Alexander III, who essentially created a rapidly modernizing,industrializing Russia. He was diabolically assassinated by anarchoid Marxists, mostly of the Khazarian persuasion. His successor, Nicholas II was a bit too much of a nice guy and with his entire family, was murdered by the Khazarian Bolsheviks.

    Putin is very well aware of those precedents. That is the primary reason why he does not appear at very many mass rallies. He has also learned the historical lesson of “keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

    There is little doubt that Vladimir Vladimirovitch is the successor of St. Vladimir, the offspring of a Swedish Varangian Rus and a Slavic princess. His name is the claim to fame among deeply Orthodox Russians, faithfully awaiting a Good Tsar. If he successfully watches his back, Putin will go down in history as Vladimir the Great.

    The Narod is behind their Good Tsar. He is savvy enough that he isn’t ensorcelled by the concept of a direct descendant becoming his successor. Likely he has several candidates in mind. So there would be no traditional monarchy…rather a hybrid concept somewhat akin to the meritocratic Chinese Emperors who ran the Celestial Kingdom…only this time with a uniquely Russian twist.

    A certain ethnicity’s elite are already showing their utter outrage and in a somewhat Germanic language are screaming “Oy Vey”!!!

  20. anonymous[475] • Disclaimer says:

    Interesting and plausible argument, that a strongman tends to be the major viable alternative to the Iron Law of Oligarchy

    Slavskiy mentions the Chechen war which Putin completed, but that was a massive moral crime still poisoning Russia …. the Chechens had a right to secede like other ex-Soviet states … but the oil & gas revenues were key to Russia’s survival, so 80,000-100,000 died amidst possible Russian ‘false flags’ blaming Muslims, which perhaps became the model for 9-11 … note that the West keeps quiet about Chechnya, Putin keeps quiet about 9-11 truth

    The fact is, Putin is not only significantly wrecking Russia, but also undermining the whole cultural model he purports to represent, by his excessive response to the Ukraine-Zelensky crimes of killing 13,000 Russians over the past 8 years, whilst Putin sat on his hands … Putin should have limited himself to stopping the attacks, occuping only pro-Russian East Ukraine, and securing the Crimea waterway

    Putin literally is using the same dumb-ass stale excuse which Hitler used to stupidly roll into Prague in March 1939 and spark the WW2 Götterdämmerung … ‘the country might be used as a base against me later, so I have a right to invade’ … Putin is perfectly partnering with Zelensky to set up the Klaus Schwab ‘Great Reset’, and has set up the basis for demonising all ‘traditional values’ people across the Western world … note that just 4 months before the war, 13 Oct 2021, Putin’s Deputy PM signed a deal with Schwab WEF in Moscow, making Russia a major partner in Schwab’s ‘Great Reset’ 4th Industrial Revolution … Putin serves Schwab perfectly by his Ukraine recklessness

  21. Dumbo says:

    LOL.”Trans women” who want to flee mandatory conscription in the Ukraine for all males 18-60 are considered men and cannot leave. LOL LOROLOL.

    This is not who we are!

    https://dailystormer.in/democracy-shattered-ukraine-forcing-trannies-to-fight-in-the-military/

  22. There are too many little Kings and Queens running around already. And still plenty of mojo left in the “Spirit of 76” that led humanity to create the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the UN Charter. Plus corporate media fawns over royalty all the time, while attacking all populist impulses. Great article, but you can keep the monarchy part.

    And three cheers for Putin, the man who just might cast out the US imperial demons and their bloodthirsty oligarchs once and for all!!!

  23. Anon[288] • Disclaimer says:

    All detente and economic growth through trades with European and US hegemon that was made which soundly benefitted Russian people’s as a whole as well were Vladimir Putin works and legacy.
    All the technological breakthroughs made that giving them their current cutting edges in missiles technology without US and it’s vassals catching up is Vladimir Putin work and legacy.
    Frankly it made NO SENSE for him to destroy all his painstakingly hard won diplomatic and trade deals efforts with the European countries if it’s not actually necessary for Russian Federation security and futures.

    He made two demands.
    1. No NATO eastwards expansions especially with hostile country next to Russia borders regime changed in 2014 because NATO article 5 would have dragged ENTIRE EUROPEAN countries into war with Russia.
    2. No US undeclared secret nuclear weapons housed outside their own borders.

    Both get resounding NO. Which means Russia IS the targets of this expansion and deployments all along.
    Anyone with half a brain would find this conclusion by their answer.

    • Replies: @Bill Jones
  24. Rosie says:
    @Verymuchalive

    I’m surprised that Slavsky is pushing this historicist BS. We can not logically secure the future. To pretend otherwise is dishonest. I do not know what the future holds, and neither does he, but I doubt that it is a monarchical system. Monarchies are in retreat and have been almost completely shorn of powers. A revival of monarchy seems absurd. But – hey, ho – stranger things have happened.

    I agree with much of what Slavsky says here, and have been saying similar things for some time. That said, it is certainly rather odd that he acknowledges that popular democracy leads to populism and good government, but then turns right around and says we’ll be better off without it.

    • Replies: @Based305
    , @Anonymous
  25. Rosie says:
    @anonymous

    Interesting and plausible argument, that a strongman tends to be the major viable alternative to the Iron Law of Oligarchy

    Indeed, “strongman” is an oligarchese pejorative for “a guy who wants to rein in our power to shit all over the plebs.”

    • Agree: Swaytonious, nokangaroos
  26. Anonymous[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Priss Factor

    WWIII has begun!

    Russia shoots nukes at London, NY, and Tokyo.

    Nah, will start with hypersonic ballistic missiles targeting the Acela corridor from D.C. to Boston. And from subs off the Atlantic Seaboard.

  27. Catilina says:
    @Verymuchalive

    I think a principate might qualify as a monarchy.

  28. The Retreat of the Oligarchs
    The Great Russian Restoration VI
    Rolo Slavskiy • March 23, 2022

    Another article? On what is missing, how Putin sees global (order disorder), who is authorized to sit at the table on decision making on global matters. How he sees China – Russia – Other? – Western Jewry globalism. Has the ex-border bickering ended, where will there be equilibrium of sorts to decide on what kind of globalism is to follow suit. And start the real work.

    Globalism must be, the question is what kind of globalism, and who tends to decide on it.

    Main reservation: does Putin understand finance-military agency-territorial borders versus borders in general (media can they be prohibited in crossing territorial boundaries (China does a good job in this, finance can it be controlled centrally without hard borders, in some kind of entente between the players on globalism?). There is a layer (deeper and cross-border) missing here to make any assessment on Putin in the medium (years) term.

    Next piece?

  29. Based305 says:
    @Graham Seibert

    No one will ever believe a thing you say based on your name alone.

    • Agree: Swaytonious
  30. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Graham Seibert

    Unbiased observer here.

    Why do shitlibs all sound the same with every unoriginal sentence oozing with preening, virtue-signaling and pretension??

    • Replies: @Swaytonious
  31. Based305 says:
    @Rosie

    Because populism is Marxism, and it doesn’t work. Meritocracy is the only solution and, naturally, the most meritocratic should stay in office as long as possible. An election every four years is a joke with a permanent bureaucracy systemically destroying culture.

  32. @Verymuchalive

    Monarchy stands the test of time far better than republics.. our monarchs were destroyed thanks to the Jews.

  33. @Anonymous

    Indeed.. they don’t realize they give themselves away as pedocrats the moment they open their mouths.. same with Jews.. you can tell what you’re talking to.

  34. Khazarian pathological Russophobia may well have saved Russia from becoming a GloboHomo colony, in spite of all Putin’s efforts to get along with the West. How ironic.

    • Replies: @Swaytonious
  35. Bill Beeby says: • Website

    It should be obvious by now that sanctions imposed on a country do not facilitate regime change . If anything it appears that the opposite is the truth and the leadership of a sanctioned country actually gains in popularity because it is obvious to people where therir suffering is emanating from .

  36. Anon[181] • Disclaimer says:

    “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains. One man thinks himself the master of others, but remains more of a slave than they are.”
    -Jean-Jacques Rousseau-

    I.E. – NO “LEADER” IS SOVEREIGN NOR FREE FROM CONTROL OF AN EVEN MORE POWERFUL FORCE.

    “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.”
    -John Emerich Edward Dalberg – Letter to Archbishop Mandell Creighton-

    I.E. NO POWERFUL “LEADER” IS FREE OF CORRUPTION NOR MERCIFUL.

    WEAK MINDS NEED STRONG LEADERS!
    AND THE “MYTH OF THE GOOD KING” IS ALIVE & WELL IN BOTH THE EAST & WEST ALIKE.

    BUT PRESENT & PRESENTED IN OPPOSING FORMS & IDEOLOGIES.
    KEEPING THE MINDLESS MASSES OF MERE FOLLOWERS, OF BOTH TRIBES, COMPLETELY & CONTINUALLY ENSLAVED.

    True independence & liberty are all but completely DEAD!

  37. @Passing By

    It’s like al the grand buildings that survived the destruction Jewish modernist architecture brought forth because the area they were in was economically depressed that now are restored to their grandure. Old Town Alexandria is a perfect example.. it’s a beautiful area, the whole district having been restored.. but it was only there to be restored because it became a slum no one wanted and thus it survived the slash and burn commerical redevelopment of the latter half of the 20tg century.

    • Replies: @Passing By
    , @Jaded
  38. Wokechoke says:
    @peterAUS

    If electricity goes out in Kharkov and the water is switched off…what will soldiers do after 3 days and what batteries will power the gear?

    • Agree: Commentator Mike
  39. 36 ulster says:
    @Ktulu

    The Armed Forces Cathedral (and museum) on the outskirts of Moscow (check it out on video) can be said to serve in such a capacity for Mr. Putin. The best-invested $86 million I’ve witnessed. I sincerely doubt that tacnukes will be used by either side. The caterwauling over Ukraine actually displays how unserious we in the West are at all levels over this tragedy.

    • Replies: @Ktulu
  40. Unity says:

    Sorry to say but an entirely garbage article.

    • Replies: @Sun Tsu
  41. Wokechoke says:
    @emerging majority

    Robert Graves, Claudius The God a sequel to I Claudius.

    Britannicus talks to his father Claudius, on Claudius’s plan to resign and restore the Republic.

    “Don’t you see father that the republic can’t come back, it’s an Empire now and there are only good and bad Emperors.”

  42. Notsofast says:
    @emerging majority

    ….he has several candidates in mind….my gut feeling is shoigu, he is absolutely perfect for the situation. remember their little fly-fishing vacation in siberia a few months ago? i think he’s one of the only people putin fully trusts.

    • Replies: @Passing By
  43. Ktulu says:
    @36 ulster

    It isn’t the bitching that concerns me. It is that the psychos who created and released covid 19 are now backed into a corner and destined to lose, and they have nukes in their control. You can’t trust unstable people to be reasonable especially when they are about to lose everything.

  44. Corvinus says:

    “The police operation in the Ukraine…”

    Patently false. It’s a war and invasion.

    Furthermore, it is well documented that Putin put oligarchs into power to enrich himself and his allies. No amount of spin will change that fact.

    • Disagree: Badger Down
  45. Realist says:
    @Verymuchalive

    Monarchies are in retreat and have been almost completely shorn of powers.

    Democracies are in retreat and have been almost completely shorn of powers.

    FIFY

    • Agree: Vinnyvette
    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  46. Realist says:
    @Nancy

    Better yet a….meritocracy.

    • Replies: @Old Brown Fool
  47. @Swaytonious

    Unfortunately, where I live, local communists didn’t need Jews in their ranks to destroy all the traditional houses that adorned the city’s downtown and to replace them with impersonal orthogonal blocks. I think that the disinclination for aesthetics is intrinsic to leftist ideology. Lenin famously declared that “ethics is the aesthetics of the future”, in a sort of perverse inversion of Dostoevsky’s Prince Myshkin’s statement that “beauty will save the world”. Gentile communists glorified Lenin’s sophism and dismissed Dostoevsky’s profession of faith.

    • Thanks: Swaytonious
    • Replies: @Sea Shore Sally
  48. @Notsofast

    Shoigu is only three years younger than Putin. Russia needs someone who is at most in his fifties, not already in his late sixties.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  49. ariadna says:
    @Graham Seibert

    1. If you live in “Kyiv” you should be consistent and call yourself Seibertchenko.
    2. If you call those you pretend to want to engage in dialog “Russian trolls” don’t expect to be taken seriously. They will take Putin’s example and spit you out, unimpressed that you post on substack.

  50. Anonymous[280] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rosie

    There is more to Slavskiy’s analysis (https://www.unz.com/article/the-retreat-of-the-oligarchs) than first meets the eye.

    Slavskiy appears to be using a modified version of Aristotle’s classification
    —————-Correct————Deviant
    One Ruler—–Kingship———–Tyranny

    Few Rulers—-Aristocracy——–Oligarchy

    Many Rulers–Polity—————Democracy

    https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/aristotle-politics/

    Note that “polity” was the original form of American democracy: people who could afford to arm themselves and perhaps raise a company (property owners) could vote. The old Poleis, absorbed by Empires in Aristotle’ day, depended on heavy infantry (hoplites) for defense, the hoplites had to pay for their own arms, armor, and training, and only hoplites could be citizens. In Aristotle’s terms, a state that arms the poor and sends them out to fight for the polis, and lets the poor decide what the state does, would be a democracy, “rule by the demos”, or perhaps “rule by the poor”.

    Aristotle was of the opinion that some transitions between these kinds of government could happen. Kingship (absolute ruler limited by tradition and custom) could change to Tyranny through a simple palace coup. Polity could (and had, in Athens) changed to Democracy by loss of the property owner / hoplites /rowers (in Athens) to battle deaths. (Something similar happened to the US in the world wars, then Korea, when property owners were drafted to become infantry officers). Aristocracy (“rule by the excellent” could become oligarchy (“rule by the few”) as the descendants of the Aristocracy either inbred or simply reverted to the mean for their polis’ population.
    And so on.

    This is something roughly similar to, and can be partially identified with, the past of the US:
    Mass Democracy ====> Populism ====> Autocracy ====> Monarchy
    becomes:
    New Deal ====> BLM/Critical Race Theory ====> Future (government tightens control, possibly changes policies radically, in order to retain power) ====>Future (Emergency passes, government action is gradually restricted by its constituent alliance)

    It’s a reasonable analysis. It isn’t quite Historicism, whose primary difference is the assertion of incommensurability between stages. That is, people living in one stage of the transition can’t understand the thinking of any other stage. Think of trying to explain Critical Race Theory to somebody from 2000, for example. It would impress them as a simple power grab, no more, yet today it is taken quite seriously by entire important organizations (both teacher’s unions, for example). This is the sort of thing that Hegel meant, I think.
    Historicism is what gives plausibility to, for example, Postmodernism’s claim to have shown that all logic and reason is simply an attempted fraud. Postmodernism doesn’t really claim to be true, it merely claims to be dominant, on the “right side of history”, the new historicist “dominant mode of thought”. The only answer to Postmodernism, in Hegel’s terms, is to replace it as a “dominant mode of thought”, which is as non-rational a process as one species replacing another in the wild.

    With respect to historicism and the US, think of this:
    After Mao took over China, the Chinese population had a serious drug addiction problem. Mao ended that drug problem (https://theamericansun.com/2019/12/19/a-tale-of-two-opioid-epidemics/), and it did not recur until China opened itself to the world after Nixon’s visit. Today, of course, China is a leading source of addictive recreational drugs (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_drug_trade_in_China).
    Back to Mao. He replaced the authority structures that had preceded him (with Communist thoroughness), killed the top level drug dealers, gave medical help to those former addicts who could stay clean, and shipped all other addicts off to labor camp. Supposedly, only about 1% of the addicts were executed, but I could not find figures for labor camp mortality. Today, this is praised in China as a final rejection of China’s century of shame under the “imperialists” (a strange name, since China has typically had either an empire or anarchy, so maybe “foreign imperialists” would be more accurate). Implementing Mao’s program in the US is now as unthinkable as Mao’s program was before Mao’s takeover. An historicist would say that thinking itself changes, though, and that such a change might just happen.

    Here’s an Islamic version of historicism:
    http://www.rebmarko.com/blog/a-year-of-stories-46-when-the-waters-were-changed-sufi

    So:
    The transition
    BLM/Critical Race Theory ====> Future (government tightens control, possibly changes policies radically, in order to retain power)
    could mean a future government that rejects BLM/Critical Race Theory, uses some other theory of government, and clamps down on the general population to enforce that “some other theory”.
    This future government would then gradually become less arbitrary as the “third generation of revolutionaries loose their zeal” effect comes into play, which would correspond to Slavskiy’s “Monarchy” phase.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  51. Pindos says:
    @Corvinus

    How about a link to a “well documented”.

  52. ariadna says:
    @Corvinus

    “well documented that Putin put oligarchs into power to enrich himself and his allies”

    Leaving aside that no credible proof ever surfaced of Putin’s wealth, also ignoring all other possible explanations of Putin’s inability to clean Russia of all Jewish oligarchs, you claim that his intention/motivation has been “well documented”? Idiotic.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  53. W says:
    @Graham Seibert

    From one of your articles.

    The invasion of Ukraine could be explained by Putin’s sense of superiority over the decadent West – he goes on all the time about the homosexuals and so on – and his being out of touch with the realities about his own military. Since he has stolen a great deal from the Russian people, he has to turn a blind eye as his underlings do the same

    The invasion of Ukraine also be explained by NATO expansion, the murder of ethic Russians but no it’s a superiority complex.

    I’m not a Putin fanboi, his stance on “global warming”, vaccines, and QR code tyranny are unacceptable to me, however his public motives for the invasion is clear and reasonable, he my be lying about his motives, but they are reasonable.

    If you don’t agree with his reasoning fine, but don’t pretend he doesn’t have any, people are assuming you’re lying

  54. Durruti says:
    @Priss Factor

    WWIII has begun!

    Russia shoots nukes at London, NY, and Tokyo.

    Chronology of the Road to Hell!

    In 1962, J F Kennedy, our last Constitutional President, prevented an early breakout of WW III, when he and Nikita Khrushchev negotiated an end to the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis.’

    WW III began, on November 22, 1963. It has been slowly heating up (with twists & turns), since then.

    Partial Chronology of Imperialist butcheries/mass murders.

    Vietnam – 2 million slaughtered (agent Orange, Napalm, Phoenix Program) 1964-1975.

    Indonesia – 1 million slaughtered -1969 (Phoenix Program).

    Guatemala & other Latin American Nations several 100,000s of CIA murders surging in 1954, and, later, during the War Against Vietnam years. -1964-1975.

    Iraq, 2Xs -several 100,000s of deaths.

    Libya.

    Continued dismemberment of Palestine.

    Butchery against Syria (still going on – with US military refusing repeated requests to leave Syrian territory).

    Continued looting & destruction – in Africa (South of the Sahara). Millions of deaths.

    Sanctions! Sanctions! Did I mention Sanctions? (Vladimir Putin called American Sanctions – “acts of war.”)

    The Plannedemic.

    CIA/MI 6 Coup D’etat in the Ukraine.

    Taking down statues of my Confederate Heros. Excuse me! Just a personal peeve.

    The $64,000 question is can we avoid an all-out nuclear/chemical expansion of WW III?

    It would be nice if we Americans could Restore Our Republic, and with actual Leaders of our once again Sovereign Nation, ease-out of this Chapter One of WW III, and close the book.

    Dr. Peter J. Antonsen -nom de guerre Durruti- for the Anarchist Collective.

    • Replies: @simple mind
  55. Wokechoke says:

    Watch what the Poles do. Biden might give them a blank check. Just like Chamberlain did.

  56. sally says:
    @Verymuchalive

    the power is in the monopoly holding corporations (power is no long vest in the nation state leadership). The corporations are global and have little respect for the politics of the nation states that host these corporations and their businesses. Russia is an exception. The monopoly powered corporations want to delete Russia from their world.

    Putin is talking about ignoring copyright and patent monopolies in his country and refusing to recognize any monopoly power generated from outside of Russia. ignoring copyright and patents will upset wall street.
    Oligarch power is a dependent function of corporate power.

  57. @Anonymous

    The “barbarians” you reference were not Germanic, but Nordic. The Ostrogoths were stay at home brothers of the Swedish Goths who moved up from east-central Europe to the island of Gotland and to Gothia in Sweden with their capital being now Sweden’s second largest city–Gothenburg–the fortress city of the Goths.

    Much of your confusion emanates from 19th century German historians who considered that all Goths were Germanic. Not so, the Scandinavian peoples were the more adventuresome of the general mass of Nordics and the Germanics were more satisfied with the lands the Romans called “Germania”.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  58. @anonymous

    Putin tries to do the right thing; if something of it serves one of the most disgusting Jews in the limelight (aka “Schwab” – what is his Jewish name?) is “collateral damage” (in the gangster lingo of Jews & hyenas).
    Why is Vladimir Vladimirowich Putin popular within The Right?
    Because he is protecting the rights of the Russian peoples as good as possible.
    Anyone stepping up for the right, the right law, versus changing “rules” of Jews & hyenas, is right.
    God is right. Right?!
    That collage of yours is disgusting. Schwab is a fly on the wall compared to the Russian leadership (which must be far more than one man). A leader can be top, if the lead are low, not much can come of it.
    If you want to see Putin a bit more realistic search in yandex pictures “Putin Kyrill Christmas” etc.
    Here is my pick for the day.
    God bless the true Russia doing the right thing (by itself and a flow on is to mankind).

    [MORE]


    https://avatars.mds.yandex.net/get-pdb/2821981/0ea5803c-ba2e-4584-8a08-e44f5b60fe94/s1200

    Smart Ukrainians / Ukraine would, should surrender and strive to join the more intelligent Russia instead of looking to the dumb dark West where the sun has long ago disappeared and dark creatures rule.

  59. @anonymous

    You are damnably ignorant of ethno-geography in that region. The entire Black Sea littoral is primarily ethnically Russian. It was made into part of “Brotherly Slavic” Ukraine SSR by Lenin in ca. 1922. Ditto northeastern Ukraine up to and including Kharkov (not stoopid Kharkiv).

    Added to the Frankenstein Monster created by the Soviets were areas to the southwest where the majority population were respectively Moldovan, Romanian, Hungarian and Slovakian. Those folks should enjoy every right to vote in a referendum and choose their nationality.

    Stalin’s second addition to the mess was Galicia (from whence the horrible neonazi fascists). That land is made up of Uniates who follow Orthodox rituals but are aligned with Rome. That bunch of long-westernized Slavs need to have their own little hellhole and be totally divorced from Ukraine proper and certainly from Russia and also Poland; all of which nations they liberally despise.

    Finally, Ukraine proper, where the people are definitively Ukrainian culturally and in terms of their dialect; need to become a national state, neutral, but friendly with their Slavic brothers in Belarus and Russia.

    Many posters who have been lax in their research need elementary lessons in history, geography and ethnography.

    • Agree: ariadna
    • Thanks: Robjil
    • Replies: @ariadna
    , @Romanian
  60. Truthor says:

    Slavsky is trying to put lipstick on the pig. Russia is being roundly defeated by Ukraine. Death tolls are almost 16,000 with another 30-40,000 wounded. Counterattacks are pushing Russian forces back as they run out of food, supplies, and munitions.

    In fact, Russian forces are now in danger of being encircled by Ukrainian forces and forced to surrender.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10647347/Ukraine-war-Russian-troops-face-surrounded-near-Kyiv.html

    Putin’s War is his biggest mistake and will destroy Russia for a generation or more. I recall the early 2000’s when he was good for Russia. Modernizing infrastructure, bringing in American and European business investment, and upgrading the common Russian’s standard of living. I was amazed at all the tall cranes in Moscow as it rebuilt, and even in the other cities. All that good is gone now, because of his hubris. Lord Acton’s admonition that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” in well placed here.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/putins-invasion-of-ukraine-is-his-biggest-mistake-and-weakens-russia.html

    After Yeltsin Russia was supposed to have an elected presidency to avoid “presidents for life”, but Putin made sure that did not happen. He has been in power for 22 years. Too long. It is past time for him to go – and it appears that his inner circle is preparing to “Stalin” him.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10645695/Risk-Putin-deposed-security-service-coup-growing-week-whistleblower-claims.html 

    Internal opposition to the war is particularly fierce by mothers losing their only sons. Remember the average Russian family has only one son. When he is killed there is no one to take care of them in their old age. This was one thing that brought an early end to the beginnings of Putin’s War in 2014 – mothers protesting the deaths of their sons – even though Putin had mobile crematoria brought in to try and hide the losses as long as possible.

    Mothers groups are forming again and beginning to block roads to prevent Russian troop movement.
    Mothers Of Russian Soldiers Rebelled And Started To Block Roads
    https://charter97.org/en/news/2022/3/24/460465/

    The news today says that China is refusing to ship anything through Russia to avoid sanctions. The handwriting is on the wall.

    Putin is staring defeat in the face. How crazy that will drive him remains to be seen. Hopefully the nuclear safeguards will hold and he will be replaced before he enlarges Putin’s Ukrainian War into WWIII.

    A side note is that it is being said Putin’s War is ending globalization.
    BlackRock’s Larry Fink, who oversees $10 trillion, says Russia-Ukraine war is ending globalization
    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/24/putins-invasion-of-ukraine-is-his-biggest-mistake-and-weakens-russia.html

  61. Realist says:
    @Graham Seibert

    I live in Kyiv and write daily on what I see on Substack

    Why the hell wasn’t you in the Donbas the last eight years reporting on the incessant shelling by the Ukrainian army?

    • Agree: Notsofast, InnerCynic
  62. Sun Tsu says:
    @Unity

    The rationalizations in the article are only slightly less insane than some of the commenters.

    I will try to be completely amoral here but Putin has violated every basic tenet of The Art of War – most important: knowing oneself and knowing one’s enemy. By all accounts he expected his forces to breeze into Ukraine with minimal resistance to the cheers of most of the population. Instead, in his isolation, arrogance, and ignorance, he has pushed his military into a meat grinder. The biggest risk I see now is he will escalate to save face and end up destroying the world.

    I can only think that the number of Russian officers in the high command who have been killed, fell on their swords rather than prosecute the war in response to the misuse of the military they had devoted their lives to – destroyed by Putin. My father and my grandfather were both career Army officers – one a LTCOL and one a BG, and I feel for the Russian officers who have been ordered to attack Ukraine and watch their under-trained and under-supplied troops annihilated and Ukrainian civilians massacred.

    Returning to my moral self, I despise what Putin is doing. The comparisons with Hitler are apt. His own high command came to see his war tactics as insane and destined to destroy them all. And they did.

    God save us.

  63. DanFromCT says:
    @emerging majority

    Well said, but you miss the central point of a restoration in the person of a monarch like Putin, which is that its ordering vision in Russia will not be some hybrid with one foot in the degenerate West, but rather its opposite, the Russian Orthodox Church and its immeasurable cultural heritage of art, architecture, music, logic, philosophy, ethics, morals, theology, and the Russian family. The same direction could be argued for a parallel restoration of the Chinese Empire under its de facto Emperor, Xi.

    The West, on the other hand, is governed by a disordering nightmare straight from hell and unarguably directed by the Synagogue of Satan, today using the sexually degenerate, white collar grifter Biden in the US as an anti-monarch symbolizing the Jews’ grinning mockery of the American people that echoes around the world.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  64. @Nancy

    The power and allure of parliamentarism/oligocracy is statistical. A dictator/monarch may be extremely good, completely inept, or sheer evil; in a senate, parliament or whatever you will always have some extremely good people, some complete nincompoops, and some spawn of Satan, and they balance out each other to find a workable solution – or at least that’s the theory.
    Keep in mind that both practice (in Great Britain) and theory (in France) of modern parliamentarism, with its separation of powers and whatnot, were concocted by aristocrats.
    There is only one point where parliamentarism shines, and that is the question of succession: Republics hold no civil wars to determine who is going to be the next silverback.
    At any rate, one-man-one-vote will always end with Da Man having Da Vote. Full citizenship should be restricted to those who can furnish proof of a modicum of education (in particular in the field of logics) and service to their country.

  65. Communist Jews called up their capitalist cousins in New York who sent briefcases full of dollars to buy up state assets for pennies; a new caste of Jewish oligarchs rose up to rule the country

    Correct me if I’m wrong, didn’t the same happen in the Wiemar Republic when it was hit by hyper-inflation? The same tribe sent suitcases of cash and business and real estate was bought for pennies on the dollar.
    Russia selling gas for roubles is likely to weaken the petro-dollar considerably and then America too will experience hyper-inflation.
    Then the billions of dollars in aid to Israel is then going to come roaring back but as Shekels, and make you all serfs and slaves.

    • Replies: @Wokechoke
  66. Notsofast says:
    @Passing By

    the transition from putin to the next president is critical to the future of russia and imo, age is not as important as intelligence and understanding of what putin has been able to accomplish during his tenure. shoigu has just such intelligence and integrity as well as military experience. shoigu’s tenure would allow russia to thoroughly vet younger candidates to insure they they don’t end up with some russian version of turdeau.

    • Replies: @some_loon
  67. Rosie says:
    @Anonymous

    Thank you very much for this wonderful reply. I’m afraid I don’t have either the time or expertise to give it a proper examination and response.

    For now, I’ll just say tentatively that I have always been wary of any analysis that conflates is with ought, or, as the case may be, will be with should be, or should be striven for. Perhaps for that reason, Hegel has never much interested me. Of course, my perception of him may be unfair. Are you American? I ask because you may or may not know that German philosophers are not held in high esteem here.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  68. Notsofast says:
    @Graham Seibert

    thank you for your unsolicited self-promotion.

  69. None of this crazy big tent clown world circus parade would have happened if we were ruled by an intelligent species of humans. Instead we got Film Actors Guild (FAG) GlobalHomo’s comedy actors in b-movie horror flicks about Ukrainian ZioNazis attacking bio weapon mutants.
    You don’t need to be stoned on extra strength edibles or a mixture of fentanyl and Crystal Meth to laugh your azz off on this hilarious (((Hollywood))) blockbuster.
    Last I checked the illegitimate babbling buffoon and his laughing hyena sidekick will be performing global miracles trying to convince the world the USA is the most honest, diverse, openly gay country in the world. A place where men can be girls, and lesbian dykes can be men, and where kids enjoy drag queen story time performed by pedophile trannys, and if you’re anyone of 2SLGBTQQIAPWXYZ gender types, you can be all you can be in the US armed forces.
    If that doesn’t reassure our allies and scar the daylight out of Russia and China, nothing will.

    O’ look, the Lisping Kosher Brothers Show – ‘Name That Gender’.

  70. @Truthor

    All your sources are western CIA propaganda outlets, and you are one of their many lapdogs.

  71. Thank you, Rolo Slavskiy.
    Glad to hear of such progress.

    Frankly, I don’t know how anyone doesn’t see or understand the nature of the plot at this point.

    The absence in the comments of (mainly American) diehard upholders of “democratic checks and balances”, Rugged Individualism and similar bullshit does perhaps tell a story. Perhaps they are in mourning for Free-Market Oligarchs fleeing to Israel, or the terribly sad fate of the Ukrainian trans “women” …

    Anybody who doesn’t realise that the West is a moral cesspit now being challenged by a Christian and Nationalist Russia hasn’t been paying attention.
    And that this challenge has been provoked repeatedly over decades by the “shitlib” bloodstained devious West seems beyond them …

    For “Pride goeth before destruction
    And a haughty spirit before a fall.”

  72. @Truthor

    The thing is, I really wonder what’s the purpose of your bullsh*t. People who comment here, including me, have no bearing whatsoever on how things will evolve in Ukraine so even if you manage to overturn somebody’s opinion, it will have absolutely zero effect on the battlefield. As for the Russian military, let’s be realistic, they don’t give a sh*t for what you write.
    Given that regular trolls are usually more concise, they don’t write loads b/c they know that the impact of their posts is inversely proportional to their length, what exactly do you expect to achieve? You see, I don’t come to Unz to read propaganda for sheeple, I come here b/c a good number of people who make up Unz’s readership are far from idiots and I’m interested in their opinions. So if you have an opinion, why don’t you try to make it interesting instead of spewing non-sense?
    Afaic, if you continue in the same vein, in order to spare myself the effort of scrolling past your inanities, I will eventually add you to my “ignore” list b/c like the Russian military, I don’t give a sh*t for inanities. So again, what exactly is your purpose in life?

  73. Wokechoke says:
    @Rev. Spooner

    https://militaryland.net/ukraine/invasion-day-28-summary/

    The maps here are granular in detail.

    Quite credible. I like how they show roads and built up population areas.

  74. “We can only hope that Putin refuses any stranded optimates begging to be readmitted and pardoned for their disloyalty.”

    I don’t think there is any fear of Putin (and his immediate circle of 100,000 loyal, orthodox Christian Russians, with whom he shares the imagined trillion dollars loot and power) ever forgiving his mortal enemies and if they aren’t careful, they will all end up dead a la the man in England, poisoned with nuclear material.

  75. teo toon says:
    @Nancy

    We can do as the Parthians did: an early form of a bicameral parliament elects the king; the successor(a) are chosen from his family line but not according to first born, but most acceptable. The Parthian kingdom lasted from 220B.C.to 225 A.D. It was an Israelite kingdom with a Judahite – not a Jewish! – kingly line descended from David; Jesus was therefor a relative and the Parthians knew it.

    The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel…Found!
    Steven M. Collins

    https://www.riksavisen.no/uploads/CollinsSteven_LostTenTribes.pdf

  76. @Realist

    They’re both in headlong retreat.
    But you don’t need democracy to have a free society. As an instance, in pre-WWI Britain only 60% of adult males could vote, and, of course, no women could. But Britain was a much freer society than it is today. More “democracy” has resulted in more government and much less freedom. This is usually the case. In the United States, for example, Prohibition was a direct consequence of extending the franchise to women.

    Representative Democracy only seems to work for a short time before the negative consequence of big government become all too apparent.

  77. Anonymous[647] • Disclaimer says:

    This country and world will be sorry if Russia is defeated.
    News media has said right along ,Ukraine is corrupt. Zelensky ‘s same one Trump held up funds from and Democrats and Jews lined up to impeach him,
    The White Christian countries are throwing military and non military aid at Ukraine like their slopping hogs. Whatever Zelensky tells the west he wants, they can’t give it fast enough to show their loyalty and submissiveness.
    Zelensky is not going to leave the second Israel. The Jewish resort and vacation land.
    He was told to stay and play the David versus Goliath role.
    Jews will vindicate Ukraine and Zelensky and make jews more prominent in the news, make antisemitism more noticeable, be able to make it a serious issue and pass more serious laws against it.
    We are doing today ,what we allowed and were so glad to do 80 + years ago, destroy another Christian country for the Jews.
    The United States is nothing but the Rottweiler of the world to get it in line for the One World government, I’ve read Joe Biden claimed that excited many.
    Our ancestor’s warned us that when the United States served its purpose, ” It will be laid low.”
    I could say a lot more, but I’m no historian or scholar, but wish I was.
    The Jews ,no matter what is said about them are always able to defend themselves, cause they are trained to do so.
    There are men from all over the world going to Ukraine to fight to defend Ukraine, because that is their excitement, like racing cars, parachuting, etc. They have nothing more worthwhile to do with their time when war allows one to act out their personal instincts held back in civilized life.
    Biden , like the Satanic Bush’s could have avoid this, but like Hussein, Putin decided he had to make his own decision.
    Russia is a Christian country and for over 100 years under Jewish communism has suffered isolation from the rest of the world.
    Our Military, after demonizing Russia ,under Jewish communism as a threat to the world ,the Cold WAR, is now mocking laughing and chomping at the bit to attack, destroy her, because news shows soldiers surrendering, leaving equipment, out of food, fuel, supplies, and news of Ukranian success.
    Trump can brag of what he would do if President, but he had two years guaranteed, but threw it away acting as king to mock, belittle, degrade, remove, shame government employees.
    It’s been said many times by many others, the Jews rule Congress and both parties and make President who they want.
    trump created his own downfall.
    Hillary was betrayed for Trump at the last minute, and Trump was betrayed for Biden at the last minute.
    The Catholic’s and Jews are in charge. Russia is not Roman Catholic, but Othrodox Catholic.
    Now we will start to pay.

    • Replies: @Abbybwood
  78. This war in the Ukraine was brought about by the zionist Nuland led coup in 2014 and the attacks on the breakaway Donbass region, coups have consequences.

    Putin is a Christian , he rebuilt the Christ the Savior Church in Moscow that the communists had blown up, his mother had him baptized in the Russian Orthodox Church, he wears a cross, Edgar Cayce predicted decades ago that Russia would return to being a Christian nation and would become the hope of the world. Russia has the moral high ground in this fight against the godless Ukrainian government and their zionist overlords.

  79. @Cookie

    The US has no lasting resolve, or even a way out.

    Trying to prop up a fiat $ to enrich the American Oligarchs is in sharp contrast to what Putin did. Therefore, resolve or not – and you are right – the financial pain for Americans is going to get worse.

    http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-truth-about-the-conflict-with-russia/

  80. Jaded says:
    @Swaytonious

    ‘Poverty preserves’ was how one architect put it.

    • Thanks: Swaytonious
  81. Mefobills says:
    @Sun Tsu

    I will try to be completely amoral here but Putin has violated every basic tenet of The Art of War – most important: knowing oneself and knowing one’s enemy.

    I’ve been trying to drill into the heads of UNZ commentariat, that PUTIN and Russia are engaging in JUST WAR.

    There are three kinds of war: 1) War of Aggression 2) Defense 3) Just.

    A just war can be either offensive or defensive.

    https://milewis.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/just-war-and-the-orthodox-church/

    Putin calls it “special operations,” but to westerners steeped in western ideology it looks like an invasion.

    The Catholic church has well defined just war doctrine, and the Orthodox have their own version, but it is not as explicit:

    The Orthodox Church does not share the the western Christian theory of “just war”. In Orthodox Perspectives on Peace, War and Violence, Philip LeMasters summarizes the Orthodox position

    Orthodoxy’s distinctive stance on peace, war and violence does not view war as unambiguously good or holy. Orthodoxy has neither a crusade ethic nor an explicit just war theory. Instead, the church tolerates war as an inevitable, tragic necessity for the protection of the innocent and the vindication of justice. The canons of the church suggest a period of repentance for those who have killed in war, which indicates both that taking life is spiritually damaging and that bloodshed falls short of Christ’s normative way of non-resistant, non-violent love. Peacemaking is the common vocation of all Christians, but the pursuit of peace in a corrupt world at times inevitably requires the use of force. In such circumstances, the church provides spiritual therapy for healing from the damaging effects of taking life. In every Divine Liturgy, the church prays for the peace of the world and all its inhabitants, and participates in the heavenly banquet of the kingdom to which all – soldier and pacifist alike – are invited.

    NO CRUSADE ETHIC!

    Confusion in brain space of Westerners (I’m American) on how the Ukrainian war is being prosecuted is to be expected, given the propaganda being emitted. Also because western people cannot step outside of their box, they make failures in logic.

    Just pause for a moment, and ask yourself the question. Is it possible that Russians have a different worldview, and approach to problems, including war?

    Here is Ritter on the “special operations,” which would be good for many to view, especially if they have been imbibing on propaganda emitted by the ((owned)) MSM.

    It’s a long video, so set aside some time..

    • Agree: Vinnyvette
  82. some_loon says:
    @Notsofast

    shoigu has just such intelligence and integrity as well as military experience.

    If reports of Russian military difficulties are even close to accurate, it is unlikely that Putin’s successor would come from the senior levels of Russia’s armed forces.

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  83. @Sun Tsu

    “Sun Tsu”: You have taken on a mantle which ill serves your true identity as (1. a P.R. Flak (2. an intel troll, or (3. an imbiber of war propaganda from both of the above. As to a moral self: Amoral is more the proper description.

    • Replies: @Sun Tsu
  84. It would seem that Russia/USSR has been directed from Wall Street for over 100 years now. There is direct evidence that Wall Street bankster Jacob Schiff telegrammed the order to murder the Russian royal family. Nice guys these bankers. Hopefully Putin will be forced into more self-sufficiency from their interference.

  85. gT says:
    @Alrenous

    Well, if Stalin had just wiped out the Nazi Galicians in Ukraine after WW2 we wouldn’t be having this problem now would we. But in truth Stalin had a lot on his plate so he can be forgiven for not applying his mind properly with regards to some minor bunch of trouble makers.

    If Putin doesn’t do a proper job in Ukraine the problem will just come back in the future. But then again since Putin didn’t do a proper job in Chechnya there now exists thousands of crazy MMA and Spetsnaz trained Chechens willing to die for Putin at his slightest command, something which Putin’s own native Russians don’t exactly want to do.

    Heaven is not a place on Earth, so democracy is a problem, oligarchy is a problem, monarchy is a problem. Just no peace on this planet.

    • Replies: @Malla
  86. @Verymuchalive

    Some form of public participation in government is of essence. Therefore every citizen should have one vote. That said, those who can demonstrate a significant grasp of true history, one of geography and a modicum understanding of literature and the classics, along with some knowledge of psychology, sociology, ethnology and economics; should qualify for anywhere from two to five votes; dependent on relative proficiency.

    Testing must, of course, be objective and fully monitored. These qualifications for balanced voting would serve as a stimulus towards reading and research, which accomplished, would elevate the now motivated individual towards more than the one simple vote of the ignorant.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  87. Notsofast says:
    @Sun Tsu

    what would sun tsu say about 30 cia/nato bioweapon labs set up on his doorstep? i think he would say strike while the thermobaric missile is hot.

  88. Anonymous[647] • Disclaimer says:

    I see an article mocking Putin’s attack on Ukraine as stupid, or insane due to poorly trained troops, expecting Ukrainian’s to welcome or not resist etc.
    The way I see it is that Putin had no intention to want to kill Ukrainian’s or destroy the country.
    If Putin attacked Ukraine like the United States attack’s it enemies, he would have rolled over Ukraine like spreading butter on bread.
    The United State’s enemy’s are picked out month’s and years in advance, and built up over time as tyrant’s and when an opportunity is created , we go to war unmercifully because we have no interest in the people, or their welfare, history, culture.
    We showed it against Japan, Germany, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan by our unmerciful bombing and using every means of warfare possible.
    And we make countries , and people’s suffer sometimes for decades with sanctions and embargo’s.
    We carpet bombed Cambodia, did the same to Iraq and used air fuel bomb’s, the news is calling Russia’s use as “vacuum bomb’s,” why: to make them less serious?
    We bulldozed alive in their trenches, Iraqi soldier’s with especially made tank’s with dozer blades and road making machines. Started the war with cruise missiles from submarine’s. Detroyed their history, by allowing their museum to be looted.
    Naval pilot’s flying to target’s and back as quickly as possible to-do as much destruction as possible as the war was said to be over quickly.
    Whatever the United State’s does in war s never questioned as it is used to rule the world and any country getting out of line is destroyed.
    Putin has been is power for about 20 years, and signed a law to be in power, I believe until 2036.
    The Jew’s must be impatient to get rid of him , event’s may be going too slow .
    It’s not difficult to see why the war ended in Iraq, a two year virus isolation, and no sooner than the virus is getting over, we have war with Russia invading the Ukraine.
    Russia and China are the two largest countries n Europe and Asia , but have no say so in events, but have to kneel before the United States , just as China wants Tawain and for decades the United States says no.
    This government secretly supports communism under the pretense of democracy. We supported
    communism in Russia against Germany, In Viet nam for a 20 year war to turn it over to the Communist’s did the same to Iraq.

    • Thanks: emerging majority
    • Replies: @Sam J.
  89. @DanFromCT

    Dan: It amazes me to discover. a voice of reason emerging from the Nutmeg State, featuring Yankee traders, Benedict Arnold and the Russell Trust Skull n’ Bones and the entire Yale system as it’s heritage. In my mind, Ct. is the most sublimely amoral and concealedly corruptive state in the union. No knock on your erudite level of understanding—simply amazement at the fact that even in your state, there are genuine human beings.

    Coming from Minnesota, which is a state where much of its elite emanated from Connecticut, as in the Daytons and the Pillsburys; I’m quite aware of the devolutionary culture which has been inculcated by rule by a financial oligarchy.

  90. Excellent analysis, yet the question remains if Putin has what it takes for turning the tide. He left most oligarchs in power, including the crucial defense industry, left the currency and gold reserves in the enemy´s hands and just reappointed the 5th column in charge of the central bank and economic policy. Medvedev seems to have shed his transatlantic loyalties, yet with Putin it remains ambiguous.

  91. @Sun Tsu

    What makes you think that the Russians didn’t know their enemy? Their troop movements indicate the exact contrary. For instance, the first city in which they moved and that they took almost without resistance was Kherson, before they moved on Mariupol b/c they knew that they wouldn’t meet resistance in Kherson and that they would meet resistance in Mariupol.
    Also, they concentrated on taking control of main routes to fixate Ukrainian army units and prevent their resupplying. Everything they do is in line with their officially stated mission which isn’t to occupy Ukraine but to destroy the Ukrainian army offensive capacity. As a reminder, it took the US army five weeks to take Fallujah, a city that is comparable in size with Mariupol, and in order to achieve their goal, the Americans reduced it to rubble. Obviously, it isn’t the Russian way to operate. On a tactical level, the Russians are doing exactly what the Serbs did in Bosnia in 1992 so there is just no way that they didn’t know what to expect and there is just no way that they can lose this. They will end up controlling the parts of Ukraine that they want to control just as Bosnian Serbs controlled >70% of Bosnia, after having been betrayed by Serbia, in spite of the West pouring arms to Bosnian muslims, and until a NATO bombing campaign forced them to retreat.
    Somehow, I don’t foresee a NATO bombing campaign forcing the Russians to retreat.

    • Agree: Mefobills
  92. Sepp says:

    This is quite interesting:

    https://t.me/intelslava/23387

    Ukrainian sabotage group was detained in the vicinity of Mariupol.

    One of the biggest problems that the Wehrmacht faced after liberating the Balkans, Belorussia, Poland and Ukraine were all the Jews performing sabotage and terrorizing the local population. Now we see Russia facing the exact same kind of Jewish terrorism with weapons and technology provided by the exact same group of international Jews that Hitler faced. Of course the SS were made responsible for dealing with these filthy Jews and their “Nazi” terrorist puppets. Although I desperately want Russia to deal a fatal blow to the Khazarian mafia who have been waging war on European culture for centuries, I must admit a certain degree of Schadenfreude when I see Russians finally having to deal with the same issues that they so shamelessly forced onto the Germans. This also applies to Russia having to confront the issue of “civilian casualties”, which of course the “glorious Red Army” never batted an eyelash over.

    When the Khazarians finally accuse Putin and Russia of a new “holocaust”, when the Jews start kvetching about “gas chambers”, “crematoria”, “millions of dead Jews”, “shrunken heads” and “Jewish skinned lampshades” I will unashamedly succumb to waves of shadenfreude. This of course will be because not only have Russian subjected Germans and Germany to decades of these false claims, but because Russians to this day still bitterly cling to this Jewish fable. When Russians are finally faced with the same fake wall of guilt that they so willingly forced on the German people, perhaps they too will finally be willing to out themselves and accept the truth.

    • Agree: Petermx
  93. Mefobills says:

    Oligarchs are either a creditor class, or an owner class. If they are owners, they can then provide the credit.

    So, the real dynamic in mankind’s history has been between credit and debt,

    The rootless cosmopolitans, or Oligarchs, that are fleeing Russia is a good thing. But, in the long run, if credit and debts are not constantly brought into balance, then an Oligarchy will re-emerge.

    Hudson explains Oligarchy, and how it comes about due to polarization. Our (((friends))) did indeed borrow dollars (manufactured into existence) from their wall street buddies in the 90’s, to then buy up Russia cheap, and to also attach dollarized debt hooks into the mouths of everyday Russians.

    Seen this way, the Oligarchs are thieves engaged in a sophisticated usury plot, to then steal the patrimony of average Russians, such as the oil from beneath their feet:

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/12/michael-hudson-interview-debt-forgiveness-cancellation-ancient-rome-christianity

    MH
    In Rome, the wrong kings were overthrown in about 509 BC by an oligarchy, who essentially wanted to reduce the rest of the Roman population to serfdom. The whole Republic was a long set of one revolt after another after another, wanting a debt cancellation and redistribution of land. All of this was called a democracy. A democracy to the oligarchy means all the creditors are equal, and therefore liberty is the liberty to enslave the rest of the population.

    Democracy throughout antiquity meant serfdom for most of the population. Aristotle was very clear on this. He said, “Many cities have constitutions that appear to be democracies, but they’re really oligarchies.” And in fact, every democracy, Aristotle wrote, tends to turn into an oligarchy, as wealthy people get rich, and then the oligarchy makes itself into a hereditary aristocracy, and lords it over the rest of society.

    You had this whole background that led to the modern world, which had stopped the tradition of debt cancellation that had liberated populations from debt bondage, and what became serfdom. And it was on the idea that the law is inexorable.

    The historians now say, “Well, boy, the Roman Empire wasn’t all that bad — look at how rich it got.” But the richness was all concentrated in the 1 percent of the population and the 99 percent ended up being tied down to the land. If you read the late books of the New Testament, all the way through to the book of Revelation, it’s all about, “We’re living in the end times, it’s terrible, Rome is the beast, there’s no hope here. We can’t reform land. We can’t cancel the debts ever because of the greed of the rich. There’s nothing to do but become martyrs and die and hope that in the next world, things are going to be better, and maybe Jesus is going to come back.” The whole idea was anti-Roman.

    Every economy is going to be planned by someone. The question is, is it going to be planned by the creditors, as it has happened today? Or are you going to have a government, a ruler, that is going to say, “My job is to keep society stable, and to prevent it from polarizing so that we can survive and be resilient and go forward?” The creditors don’t care about resilience. Their time frame is rather short.

    Western history does not know how to release debts and bring credit/debt into balance. It is the creditor class string pulling from behind the scenes who are the actors who start wars.

    The Syria gambit was the credit class wanting to THEIR pipelines to cross Syria, to then monetize their gas and oil fields. For example Qatar royal family (hereditary rulers) funded Takfiri Mercenaries in the hopes of draining the South Pars field and monetizing it into Euros. Saudi family recycled Petrodollars into Madrassas at the behest of globo homo finance class, and then aimed these madrassas at Russia and China. The end result was Chechen War, and Uighurs being put into concentration camps (to de-brainwash them from radical Islam).

    Ideology is useful for the creditor class to then lead the masses of debtors astray, and running around in circles. Liberalism is especially useful, as it destroys families, such that strong families can never emerge to challenge the creditors.

    Here is a link on Ivan the Terrible, who was anything but. It was the plutocracy/oligarchy in Poland who created that narrative, to then protect their ownership position. While Ivan was hereditary, he was attacked by insider intrigue from a very early age, so he had to get wise in a hurry. Ivan had feelings for the common Russian, and was not an operative for the creditor class.

    https://www.unz.com/article/fox-news-ukraine-and-the-onset-of-the-new-world-order/#comment-5241277

  94. @Realist

    Problem is not a monarch or oligarchs or meritocrats or military dictators; problem lies in two areas. In short term, choosing a successor is a big problem in all these arrangements. If you have fixed inflexible rules, then you will end up with a crown prince who knows nothing about running a country; if you have lax or no rules then you will have wars of succession at the end of every tenure.

    In long term, these groups – yes, even the loneliest dictators gather a loyal group around them – slowly start perpetuating themselves, and choosing their own interests over the interests of the country or people.

    If these two problems are solved even to some extent, any form of government can be made to work for the people.

    BTW, never trust the meritocrats; all of them care about their offspring getting a good place in the society, and eventually turn into corrupt bureaucracy.

    • Replies: @Realist
  95. Notsofast says:
    @some_loon

    it all depends on who’s reports your reading. ron unz has posted a video interview with scott ritter on mike whitneys “the ukrainian army has been defeated. whats left is mop up.” ron’s comment is #108, this is a great analysis and i trust scott ritter more than any mockingbird media talking head.

    • Replies: @some_loon
  96. Sun Tsu says:
    @emerging majority

    You talk a good game, all erudite and glib and all that, but I’m not buying. I’m a private American citizen who is concerned for every living thing on this planet; this rare, miraculous, flourishing atoll in an otherwise sterile universe. Nothing I wrote in my amoral view was political – I took no side, I made no moral judgements. I criticized Putin for making a catastrophic miscalculation; not for his reasons for invading. I grieve for the professional Russian officers and the conscripts who have been put into the position they are in by a commander in chief who is squandering their lives horribly and for their families in Russia. I grieve for the Russian pilots being blown apart and burned to death, shot down seemingly at will. I grieve for the people of Ukraine and I am inspired by their courage and tenacity.

    Last I’ll say on this: I fear that Putin’s megalomania will be the end of you and your family and your loved ones as well as mine and every other warm blooded creature on this planet. Everyone will be turned into ice covered ash, and for what? I don’t care much about myself. I am likely to be dead from cancer sometime in the next few years anyway and life ain’t so wonderful right now. But think, man, if you can possibly break out of your jingoistic rigidity: if the nukes fly, there will be no one to write history ever again. I pray that sanity prevails for all our sake.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  97. I harbour no illusion about Putin, though he has the accidental merit of having made the West look uglier and uglier as it really is and shown to the world that Ukraine is a den of organized crime and nothing more. The fact that Putin publicly attacks the West for its corruption doesn’t prove at all he is not on the side of corruption and oligarchy. Actually Ceaucescu held exactly the same speeches, as he was constantly inveighing against the increasing submission of all Western democracies to Zionist interests and as he refused to base the economy of his country on an ever-growing national debt. That didn’t prevent him from plunging his people into one of the direst miseries of its whole history. I see little similitudes between Putin and Hitler. But there are many between him and Ceaucescu.

    Somebody on this site wasn’t sure whether Putin was a true patriot but rather still in the same gang as the other globalist oligarchs. The litmus test was that if Putin took over the whole Ukraine in a blitzkrieg of less than one week before negotiating a juster partition of Ukraine between real Ukraine and Russian provinces later on jerrymandered into the Soviet republic of Ukraine, he would have proven to be a good guy. Otherwise, if his military operation were to bog down into an endless, protracted quagmire made so as by strange design, that would rather prove his real commitment for the world great reset though under the guidance of the Lubavitch rather than of Soros Jews, and that he is nothing more than as master oligarch having triumphed of many others but only to keep the money recuperated in fewer hands while letting it trickle back to the people in any way. The answer is clearly the second one as it seems now. Putin’s policy seems expressly designed to justify the West’s sanctions that are meant no so much against Putin as against the peoples of Western Europe, while he together with his fellow oligarchs is very happy to see the prices of energy and food commodities skyrocket.

    This proves several things at once : Putin is for sure a master spy, a master secret agent, a quite good diplomat too, but the army is clearly not a glove in his hand (if that can reassure you that also means that the red button wasn’t given to him : most of the military top brass are furious against him as of now, and the people in top notch technology are especially hostile to him though not at all pro-West : all he can do as an official head of state is ordering the nuclear strike force to be put on high alert : in reality the army interprets the order as they judge appropriate, not he, though Putin seems to love to instil fear among Western populations rather than among Western elites, which means he really helps the latter) which greatly limits the number of pieces Putin can move as the master chess player he is. Putin never cared for the fate of his soldiers and qualified personnel nor for the opinions of his best generals, he had no trust in them and rather decided to deploy them in the sneakiest and meanest way possible. Putin’s troops are underfed, among others, and Putin counted on the pillage of the ressources of Ukraine to feed them. Putin is not a good military commander. The hallmark of a bad military commander is his neglect of supply, logistics and operations’ research to concentrate only on the spectacular aspect of war.

    More generally, on can ascertain the following three facts without falling into any trap of Western propaganda proper : 1) Putin let Russia’s economy lag and stagnate along except in Moscow and very few other prestige locations, despite the hundreds of billions he had at his disposal or under his signature that could have been easily been invested in productive and fruitful investments of the kind a real multibillionaire entrepreneur can do : he preferred to concentrate everything in real estate and finance. He was given by history a fair trial of 20 years and nothing budged. All he did was correcting the worst excesses of the 1990’s but not beyond. On the strict economic plane Putin applies the guidelines of the FMI and of the World Bank for the advent of a growthless zero-sum game economy. 2) Putin practiced a massive disinvestment in education, its budget per cap is now one sixth of what he used to be, and he seems happy with that result as quite like Trump says it he likes far better uneducated people as they are readier to sacrifice their own interests to the ones he judges superior. 3) Putin also practiced a quite massive disinvestment in public health, resulting in longevity still decreasing and population dwindling in absolute numbers. This last point proves he is not a nationalist as he seems satisfied with seing his population losing in health and numbers.

    There 3 brutal facts are objective, incontrovertible and have nothing to do with Western propaganda, they can be verified talking in Russian on Telegram or on VK with ordinary Russians who still vote for Putin for want of a better alternative.

    Why is Putin mistaken for an opponent to globalism by so many in the West? Well, because Putin is and remains first and foremost a KGB man, and the KGB’s main specialty was maintaining the Soviet State’s official lies, narratives and virtual reality both among the local populace and also in the propaganda directed to exterior peoples. The narrative used to be that of Marxism and progressivism more generally, as the grandest alternative to global decadent capitalism. Now the narrative is that of nostalgia for the Czarist era, and of slavophile narodniki nationalism, with a sprinkling of loosely-defined religiosity, as the grandest alternative to global decadent capitalism. It is a fundamentally reactionary dream : Make Russia great again … except that Russia never was in any way great for those who lived in it at any moment. The content of the lie has changed (and not for a more beautiful or less mendacious one : now it consists in destroying all hopes of a better world to enjoy the privilege of eating the last morsels of the present one without remorse) but the master liars have all kept their jobs or even recuperated them as they are now able to make the Western dissidents (whom they despise) dream again. Putin as the chief representative of that most awful aspect of the defunct Soviet regime is not a good guy.

    One should not be lured by the religious look the Russian regime is donning now, with Patriarch Kirill among others. Kirill’s doctrine is that since the end of the world is near one should care only only for one’s souls take care never to wish or pray for any justice on this essentially corrupt planet and rather leave it to the forces of corruption : one should at best fight for his family in a world that is willed by God to go worse and worse. That’s mafia religion. Or if you wish Punk for the Slavic Soul. He went so far in stating his dogma that he has been as of recently demoted from the Greek Orthodox authorities as a gnostic heretic. You may argue he is preferable to Pope Francis (though Kirill is for the COVID vaccines as no believer should oppose the plans of God as they manifest in the world through the agency of big government, big money and big pharma) but I for one am wondering. Kirill’s statement is that man has been created by God to live in a feudal order where all but one percent possess nothing, lack of everything and are happy and that having wanted to enjoy another way of life is the cause of the Apocalypse to come. Dugin shares more or less the same range of opinions as regards what should be the conduct of life, though he is rather in favour of a return to some pagan religion to achieve the same result. Russian spirituality has been for quite a long time a pit of hopelessness whose sole purpose was to justify tyranny. There is more hope with Islam or with Hinduism as far as I can think.

    The best outcome I envision is that the army soon deposes Putin, give him the Beria treatment (court-martial for high treason), and installs a pro-Chinese, West-unfriendly, Jewish-unfriendly communist leader, this time applying a NEP-like policy favouring small and middle businesses.

  98. babu says:
    @Ktulu

    Joe Biden has done more for Black people than any president in US history except Lincoln.

  99. Anonymous[117] • Disclaimer says:
    @Graham Seibert

    a more balanced piece..

    Lol, no.

  100. @Truthor

    cnbc?
    daily fail?
    Your sources?!

    Truth is the first victim of war.
    Seems like truthor was the first victim of war (of Jews’ agitprop).

  101. @Francis Miville

    A photo can say more than a thousand words…

    Maybe you want to have a look here (and these are rarely kremlin.ru photos)?
    https://yandex.ru/images/search?from=tabbar&text=Kyrill%20Christmas%20Putin

  102. Agent76 says:

    March 23, 2022 Ukraine’s “Neo-Nazi Summer Camp”. Military Training for Young Children Recruitment of Ukraine’s “Child Soldiers” Financed by US “Nonlethal” Military Aid?

    We are at a dangerous crossroads. What is happening in Ukraine has serious geopolitical implications. It could lead us into a World War III Scenario. The use of nuclear weapons are contemplated. It is important that a peace process be initiated with a view to preventing escalation. Global Research does not support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A bilateral Peace Agreement is required.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/military-training-for-young-children-at-ukraines-neo-nazi-summer-camp-recruitment-of-ukraines-child-soldiers-financed-by-us-nonlethal-military-aid/5472801

  103. When this cheat (=Jew)

    is admitting that it is really bad

    and these people

    and these cretins are “Ukraine”
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FOmrRvpXsAU_mmc?format=jpg&name=small
    my heart is with these people
    https://yandex.ru/images/search?from=tabbar&text=Kyrill%20Christmas%20Putin

  104. peterAUS says:
    @Francis Miville

    Well, comment like this makes visiting this site worth the effort.
    Compliments.
    Saved for future reference.

    Except:

    …The best outcome I envision is that the army soon deposes Putin, give him the Beria treatment (court-martial for high treason), and installs a pro-Chinese, West-unfriendly, Jewish-unfriendly communist leader, this time applying a NEP-like policy favouring small and middle businesses.

    I’d prefer:
    The best outcome I envision is that the army soon deposes Putin, and installs a true Russian Nationalist, who, really, just wants to take care of own people. All of them. Just make their lives better. Daily lives.
    Shouldn’t be too much to ask today.

    Don’t see that happening, of course, but one can always hope.

  105. @emerging majority

    Before WWI, Britain did indeed have a qualified voting system. Only the top 60% of property owners and tenants could vote. As they didn’t want high taxation, they were naturally in favour of limited government.
    WWI changed all this. It was a disaster for all White nations, even those that remained neutral.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  106. Malla says:
    @gT

    Well, if Stalin had just wiped out the Nazi Galicians in Ukraine after WW2 we wouldn’t be having this problem now would we.

    Wow, you are supporting genocide!!! So the Ukrainians who have suffered centuries of Russification do not have any right to their ethnicity and culture? No wonder the Ukrainians are fighting like crazy for their nation. And not only the Galicians, most of Ukraine is fighting.

    • Replies: @gT
  107. some_loon says:
    @Notsofast

    it all depends on who’s reports your reading.

    A lot depends on what is really happening in that battlespace, and I don’t pretend to know.

    Failed generals rarely lead coups or otherwise get selected to lead their nation, and Putin may be concerned enough about Bonapartism (a fear the Communists had) to make sure none are too successful.

    Losing a corps-equivalent of men and tanks, or more, might be something Putin regards as needed insurance.

  108. @Sun Tsu

    Perhaps you are not amoral, but still a bit one-sided. NOTHING you view or read over corporate controlled media is anywhere near objective, or even realistic. It is purely Bernaysian mind-control by psychological methods and propaganda. It is very easy to assume that your outlook on Putin and Russia has been colored by these inculcated perceptions.

    Let’s back a step into very recent history preceding the Russian police action. More than half the Ukrainian army, more than 150,000 troops had been focused on an obvious invasion of the ethnically Russian Donetsk and Luhansk provinces. A genocidal assault was immanent. Do a bit of research on alt media and you yourself will be convinced of the truth of this.

    The whole affair was instigated and push by the Khazarian Mafiya controlled U$$A media and governmental departments. The underlying scheme is to keep those investors getting huge payoffs, both at the WarDefense industry level and by a determined effort to destroy Russia so they can get at all the natural resources that 11-timezone nation possesses. In essence this entire scenario is purely predatory, parasitical and piratical.

    So Mama Bear, anxious for the lives of her cubs, struck back, efficiently. The onus is on those predatory elements within the confines of Wall $treet and City of London. Should nuclear war erupt, it will be due to the frustration of the WEF/globalist financiers whose stated aim is total world domination.

    Please cut yourself off from mass-mindfuck media, no matter how comfortable it may seem to you as a fellow elder (I’m 77 years old and live a humble homesteader life in northern Minnesota) and seek out more balanced sources such as Consortium News.

    • Agree: lavoisier
  109. @Verymuchalive

    Constitutional monarchies that are 1/3 autocratic, 1/3 aristocratic, 1/3 democratic have stood the test of time. The British system would be the best in the world had it belonged to a good royal family, which has not been the case at all, alas. Nevertheless on must notice that even with the most corrupt royals and Jewified aristocrats imaginable, and a not very bright people, that nation avoided the worst political calamities for so long time, until about Thatcher and Blair, that one can say it is to government systems what Rolls Royce is to motors : a plane equipped with them can pursue its planned route with only one motor not yet damaged.

  110. @Francis Miville

    You are a loquacious persistent pest. There is only a vague possibility that Putin is in it for himself. That much will I consider.

    Please consider that the enemy of my enemy—the NWO/WEF/Globalist schemers whose stated intention as per $chwab, David Rottenfeller and many others is a total world domination by themselves and their technocratic minions—that anyone who stands up to these demonic would-be rulers of all humanity; is not my enemy. As I consider Putin and the Russian people as the enemy of my enemies; then they cannot possibly be my enemy.

    Greek Orthodox “authorities” are prisoners of “Sultan Erdogan” and have absolutely no credibility among those who are genuinely Orthodox. Personally, I find the Orthodox to be preferable in their loyalty to either the heinous Vatican or to the vast majority of Protestant sects—particularly the deep Calvinists and the Born-Again idiots waiting for Armageddon and backing the Zionist $tate so that their Rupture may occur before their physical demise—in order that may suddenly become stark naked and wafted magically into Jesus’ spaceship.

    Personally, my mission is to walk the “Red Road” spiritual journey in the realization that Creator would never have a “Chosen” people. Manmade book religions, such as the three primary Abrahamic sects are totally based on so-called “Holy” Books. As Teilhard de Chardin explained: “We are not human beings living a spiritual experience. We are spirits living a human experience.”

    As the Great Wayshower, Jesus, explained to his disciples, as revealed in the Book of Thomas: “The Father is Within”. Manmade religions are nothing more than ossified or even petrified spirituality.

    • Thanks: Boo
    • Troll: Corvinus
    • Replies: @Francis Miville
  111. @Verymuchalive

    To repeat. I do believe that anyone who can pass an elementary civics test should qualify for one vote. Difference with the ancient Brit concept is that those who merit additional votes should have them, thereby balancing the equation.

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  112. SteveK9 says:

    Fantastic Article. This guy is a genius. Explains what is going on in Russia and the Trump phenomenon in a few sentences.

    • Agree: Agent76
  113. @Durruti

    “Palestine” is not being “dismembered”, it barely registers on the map. Why does every “national leftist” have to bring up Palestine? It’s of no consequence either way, the Arab World is vast and huge. All conflict has 2 sides to the story, even the American Empire.

    • Replies: @Durruti
  114. Agent76 says:

    Mar 24, 2022 Ukraine – A Hot War – The Balkanization of Ukraine – Changes Everything

    A 15 year resident of Moscow, popular film producer and podcaster, Tim Kirby, returns with some very interesting ideas. Tim is being deplatformed, but you can find him in the following places.

  115. Anonymous[148] • Disclaimer says:
    @emerging majority

    The “barbarians” you reference were not Germanic, but Nordic.

    Thanks for the confusion. Could you send a link to a summary article on the change?

    I don’t think that the change in barbarians invalidates my argument, though.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  116. Durruti says:
    @simple mind

    “Palestine” is not being “dismembered”, it barely registers on the map. Why does every “national leftist” have to bring up Palestine? It’s of no consequence either way,

    Your own words condemn you. Ethnic Cleansing of an entire Nation certainly is of consequence. The Palestinians are the last victims of WW II. Their homeland has been “dismembered,” piece by piece, since 1947. Both Nazi Germany & the British Imperialists, promised Palestine to the Zionists. Palestine was one of the nations, a colony of the British Empire, at a time when half the world was colonized. The British Rulers who issued The Balfour Declaration, certainly did not consider Palestine to be of “no consequence.”

    The British who broke the Palestinian General Strike of 1936, & then repressed the Palestinian insurrection, did not consider Palestine to be of “no consequence.” In 2022, the continuing destruction of Palestine by the Zionist Imperialists is the number 1 crime being committed. All other crimes stem from this one.

    *I am hardly a Leftist. Left and Right have little meaning, unless you are traveling. I am a Patriot, of the Jeffersonian persuasion, and an Anarchist.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  117. No, the video is true. 50,000 Russians are dead, Russians are running, and Moscow is about to be taken.

    How much for the bounty?

  118. Anonymous[148] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rosie

    Thanks for the complement!

    I ask because you may or may not know that German philosophers are not held in high esteem here.

    Philosophers of any sort are held in contempt in the US. Alan Bloom wrote that the failure of the US and the West is a failure in philosophy (https://archive.org/details/AllanDavidBloomTheClosingOfTheAmericanMindSimonSchusterTrade1987). He’s right. Postmodernism and the consequent CRT is radical nihilism, a regression to brute force, to argument by the club (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argumentum_ad_baculum). It is argument by what is left after all argumentation has been abandoned as pointless.

    CRT, for example, could be and has been simply reversed, right here on Unz.com. The counter is that the people who produce the goods should have first call on the goods produced, rather than last call (as CRT says). Call that the “little red hen” story (https://www.shortkidstories.com/story/little-red-hen/). Without some idea of what is true and what is not, there is no way to decide which is correct, CRT or “little red hen”. Both are assertions, so both could be correct. Given postmodernism, all that one can say is “It is what it is”, a widely used phrase, and settle “what it is” with conflict (such as street fighters, lawfare, mass rallies, tactical nuclear weapons, etc.). And that’s what’s being done.

    For now, I’ll just say tentatively that I have always been wary of any analysis that conflates is with ought, or, as the case may be, will be with should be, or should be striven for. Perhaps for that reason, Hegel has never much interested me. Of course, my perception of him may be unfair.

    We’re in general agreement here. To my mind, the abandonment of philosophy in the US comes from irreconcilable differences between the various ethnic groups. In Europe, I suspect that the abandonment comes from the World Wars and subsequent US domination. If the well developed philosophy of 1900 was so wonderful, why did it contribute so much to devastating warfare and subsequent foreign domination, culminating in mass import of foreigners? And why did the “new societies” developed during the World War period and afterwards turn into such horrors?

    Right now, the practical use of philosophy (an understanding of Hegel, for example) is to transform political speech from its pretense at universal truth into the statement of raw aggression that it is, freeing at least the Western groups in the general population to defend the kind of society they want, a society that supports science, engineering, industry, art that shows the great truths of Western society. Unfortunately, the transformation of political speech leaves us only with the argumentum ad baculum, except that the baculum is now nuclear. I still favor the argument that knowing the situation you’re really in is an improvement over blundering around in the dark.

    As for my location, I’d just as soon leave that alone. Basic idea is that it’s hard to hit what you can’t find.

    • Replies: @Rosie
  119. The United States needs to get in this fight, the sooner the better.

  120. Spanky says:
    @peterAUS

    All eyes on Mariupol… especially Ukro eyes. What’s coming if they stand and fight? Every eastern city an Alamo. Except, we know what happened to Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett…

    There was an unconfirmed report, a vicious rumor probably, that Mariupol surrendered, just before Russia’s take no prisoners deadline. Is that confirmed? Or just wishful thinking?

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  121. Spanky says:
    @EliteComminc.

    The United States needs to get in this fight, the sooner the better. — EliteComminc.

    You are insane…

  122. @Anonymous

    Please do your own research. As German scholarship totally dominated 19th Century historiography, most historians took that at face-value, largely due to that level of academic prestige. It’s quite simple, really: Goths are Goths are Goths, whether settled in Sweden or moving down from what is now probably Ukraine, an early homeland for all those tribes.

    Much confusion has developed because of that term “Germanic”. Nordic peoples are NOT Germanic, though the majority of Germanics are Nordic, ethnographically.

  123. @Durruti

    You are quite correct, old Brooklyn internet buddy from years back. Simple Mind is almost certainly a $ayanim or Ha$barfia—in other words a member in good standing of the Khazarian Mafiya.

    • Replies: @Durruti
  124. @EliteComminc.

    The Untied $kates has been in the fight since 2-22-14 and even masterminded the mess under the tender mercies of Viccious Nudelman and Our Little Georgie of Our $orrow$.

  125. Rosie says:
    @Anonymous

    Right now, the practical use of philosophy (an understanding of Hegel, for example) is to transform political speech from its pretense at universal truth into the statement of raw aggression that it is, freeing at least the Western groups in the general population to defend the kind of society they want, a society that supports science, engineering, industry, art that shows the great truths of Western society.

    Yes, that is a good point I hadn’t thought of. There are questions of fact and there are questions of value. The devil always tries to make his value propositions sound like statements of fact. Hence:

    “Race is a social construct.” This is just a statement of opinion that the Great Replacement is A-OK, dressed up with an air of academic gravitas. It signifies nothing more than that.

    And why did the “new societies” developed during the World War period and afterwards turn into such horrors?

    Indeed, though I must say I am as skeptical of reactionary agendas as radical ones. The reactionary and the radical are two peas in a pod, convinced they have the answer. I am certainly not immune to the appeal. I too yearn for The Return of the King. Unfortunately, I don’t think this fallen world can produce the kind we want, so that yearning will have to wait for the hereafter IMO. Not that I would mind being proven wrong.

  126. ariadna says:
    @emerging majority

    All correct except for “Added to the Frankenstein Monster created by the Soviets were areas to the southwest where the majority population were respectively Moldovan, Romanian, Hungarian and Slovakian.”
    because Moldovan = Romanian. Moldova as a state was also a post-Soviet creation after the Romanian lands east of the Prut were grabbed by the Soviets.

    • Replies: @mulga mumblebrain
  127. ariadna says:
    @Corvinus

    I am sure you don’t believe the ridiculous claim that Putin is “the world’s wealthiest man,” which must have been pulled from the same rectal depths that excrete all the rabid russophobia you wallow in.
    I know I described your previous post as “idiocy” but some credit must be given to your dishonesty as well.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  128. Jidvei says:
    @Graham Seibert

    I see. Those who criticize you are ‘trolls’. Even worse, Russian. There is something amazingly consistent about the hubris of Americans, even when they change clothes.

  129. peterAUS says:
    @Spanky

    All eyes on Mariupol… especially Ukro eyes.

    Yes……….
    While the top echelons of both parties are using that time/distraction for the next moves in the war.
    Russians appear to be scraping the bottom of the barrel re professional troops.
    I expect callup of reserves any time now.

    What’s coming if they stand and fight?

    Most of them will die there. Some will slip, somehow, and survive. Some will get POW-d and, depending of several factors survive.

    Every eastern city an Alamo.

    Quite likely.

    [MORE]

    Except, we know what happened to Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett…

    We also know who won that war.

    There was an unconfirmed report, a vicious rumor probably, that Mariupol surrendered, just before Russia’s take no prisoners deadline.

    Some units there, probably. Some will never surrender; those men will get caught, alive, only if incapacitated at the time.

    Is that confirmed?

    I am sure Rusophiles confirmed that.

    Or just wishful thinking?

    My take: it will take a week, at least, to clear and secure the city.

    I am sure that Russians will declare that as great victory.

    I find the Croatian city of Vukovar a good recent similar, example. There are even some Croats fighting in Azov regiment.
    Speaking of which, it would be interesting to see will the surviving defenders get executed, en masse, somewhere around Mariupol. Probably not. We’ll see.

    I am sure of one thing, though: next sieges will be harder for both sides.
    This war will enter the level of death, destruction and brutality we haven’t seen since WW2 in Europe.

    The game of not taking/executing POWs works both ways. More importantly, makes own job, if engaged in combat, much harder.

    Personally I find RF high command allowing that practice shortsighted and shameful.
    No problem, of course. Won’t be them paying the price. It will be Russian conscripts and reservists in longs months to come somewhere in Ukraine.

    Medieval.
    Fitting.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  130. @Zachary Smith

    Details, I got details. Former American “Bill Browder” tricked bipartisan majorities of Congress into passing the 2016 Global Magnitsky Act.
    “Spurred by cries for justice after another Kremlin killing 13 years ago – that of whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky” – except he wasn’t really a whistleblower, and he wasn’t killed. Browder calls him his “lawyer”, but he wasn’t. Browder talks a good ‘un. He’s British now, by the way. Not quite in the same league as Bernie Madoff, but close.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  131. Exile says:
    @anonymous

    The “Putin is a ZOG puppet/useful idiot” faction among anti-Semites have gone full Alex Jones-meets-Pepe Silvia with this war.

    These guys are resorting to “Putin could disprove the Holocaust and unless he does I think he’s Jewed. He meets with Israel’s Prime Minister to get his marching orders, not to negotiate. He’s Chabad Lubavitch” on and on.

    Jews do engage in 3D chess so I don’t like telling the J-woke that they are just being paranoid, but in this case I think they’re looking too many steps ahead in a desire not to get fooled again.

    I’m more worried about NATO’s open, avowed Zionist boot on my neck today than I am about Putin’s allegedly-might-be-ZOG potential boot on me tomorrow.

    If and when Putin ends up being a Zio-puppet (if ever – I’m very skeptical about this), I will address that problem.

    But right now NATO is the obvious aggressor and Trojan Horse for Zionism and anti-White cultural subversion and destruction.

  132. @Graham Seibert

    I looked at your website and read the “Targeting civilians” story.
    You say, “The attack totally destroyed the center and killed eight civilians. It is evidence of the wantonness of Russian attacks. They did it not for any military purpose, but because they could.”

    You think you can read their minds? This is not the US shock and awe, this is Russia restoring peace to Ukraine after the disastrous US coup of 2014. This isn’t the USUK bombing of Dresden, with the time and weather chosen for maximum killing. No, in your words they “totally destroyed the center and killed eight civilians”. Can you see what this means? They must have chosen a time when no-one was there except night cleaners, delivery trucks, and a minimum number of random pedestrians.

    Dear Oh Lor, Graham. The Russian Army blows up a shopping centre, kills eight people, and you think they are trying to kill people?! Don’t let them know you’ve got trains in Ukraine.

  133. @peterAUS

    “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” , but peeweeAUS was tone-deaf and did not get the message, she instead rambled on about affairs where his sterile cranium is blissfully unaware.

  134. @Badger Down

    And, lest we forget, his father, the all so Khazarian William Browder (little name change there) was once the head of the Communist Party U.$. A. Browder is little more than a buttered-down Bolshevik with capitalist tendencies.

  135. @emerging majority

    I do believe that anyone who can pass an elementary civics test should qualify for one vote.

    I’m in complete agreement.
    Something similar was used in much of England until the 1950s. Only those with Esquire after their names were considered for jury service. In nearly all cases the title meant that the holder had professional qualifications, a degree ( when degrees really were gold standard ) or had satisfactorily continued in education until 18 ( when school leaving age was 14 ). The standard of juror was much superior to what it is now. As a result, miscarriages of justice were much fewer.

  136. @Anon

    Putin wanted Russia in NATO in the late 90’s. Clinton said no because Russia was far too valuable as an enemy of the MIC.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/nov/04/ex-nato-head-says-putin-wanted-to-join-alliance-early-on-in-his-rule

  137. Corvinus says:
    @ariadna

    Now you’re moving the goalposts. I expected that from someone who got caught lying. Disprove the contents of the source if you believe it is dishonest, rather than be entirely dismissive of the source.

  138. @emerging majority

    Your mention of the Calvinist and Born-Again wacko right is relevant : Patriarch Kirill, together with many others, represents exactly the Russian orthodox equivalent and symmetrical pole. As the title of another article says it so well, all that glitters in Russian is not Russian gold. I would have like Putin and the broader cause he claims of as structured by Dugin to be a genuine alternative to globalism as defined by the WEF, but it turns out that it absolutely not the case : it is an ideology even more pervert than the Soviet one. It is namely fake tradition. The truth is that the whole Putin-controlled ideology (and not only Putin in person) has put Russia in a mood of despair, or crystallized a mood of despair already growing, as they have never experienced before.

    • Replies: @peterAUS
  139. Poco says:
    @EliteComminc.

    Hilarious. The US instigated this fight. Grab a gun yourself and fight.

  140. “You are insane…”

    Based on the rationale provided by the Russians, they are not finished with something they never shoud have started. now if you are fear induced prone, my position may sound insane.

    But the response has nothing to do with dismantling Russia. It is to remove them from Ukraine and nothing more.

    If i were you I would spend time examining what the kremlin has put forward as a case for war. They may be trying to run from those now — but it’s out in the open

    But I remain where I came in Russia does no get to tell sovereign states who they can dance with ad to threaten the globe with atomic war if they interfere is an absolute demand that the international community — and the US if needs must — stop her in her tacks.

    Noone is threatening Russia’s existentialist existence. She has opted to threaten others. And no amount of agreement on social traditipnal more’s can move to support her invasion.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  141. “Hilarious. The US instigated this fight. Grab a gun yourself and fight.”

    As off the wall and tempting your press is, I prefer to avoid mercenary work. And would certainly respond to a call from the US to respond to russian ambitions.

    There are good reasons to avoid being a mercenary.

  142. “The Untied $kates has been in the fight since 2-22-14 and even masterminded the mess under the tender mercies of Viccious Nudelman and Our Little Georgie of Our $orrow$.”

    Laugh. Sure the CIA would love for you to believe that are coupe masterminds — and that mantra plays all over the globe, especially south of the border. But in reality the US supports certain coupes provides respources, but in effect the only way such an event is successful is if the native population so engages. excplicating the Iranian incident makes that case very clear — and according to the Iranians involved in episode, the US had very little actual function.

    Furthermore, it’s an obvous reality that in all liklihood the Russians were engaged in ukraine as well. And i suspect that their side having lost — created no small amount of angst and redoubled efforts to ensure the supposed

    “ethnic regions of the country” to encourage independence or separation. I have no applauded US intervention — but that is all for not against Russian ambitions to reestablish her previous boundaries. And when a Pres of country starts out with claims that some country is mot a real country —– we had better wake up.

    The US states should ave been in this fight yesterday —– and the day before. And now we know why those fomer Soviet and Russian states are seeking entre’ into NATO.

    ————————–

    Georgia attacked Russia as I understand and Russia had a right to self defense.

  143. peterAUS says:
    @Francis Miville

    The truth is that the whole Putin-controlled ideology (and not only Putin in person) has put Russia in a mood of despair, or crystallized a mood of despair already growing, as they have never experienced before.

    Interesting.

  144. @EliteComminc.

    Ukraine is anything but a sovereign nation-state. As currently constituted it is a hybrid conglomeration of Lenin’s, Stalin’s and Khrushchev’s Ukraine SSR add-ons to the small national state centering on Kiev, the city where the Swedish/Varangian Rus married into Slavic tribal princesses and created Russia—an entity where Ukraine proper was known as the “Borderlands”.

    So it boils down to whether you are a perverse pilpul pusher OR a matter of who cuts your paycheck.

    Fess up, it’s said to be good for the soul.

  145. Realist says:
    @Old Brown Fool

    BTW, never trust the meritocrats; all of them care about their offspring getting a good place in the society, and eventually turn into corrupt bureaucracy.

    Yes, all forms of government have problems…but I’m skeptical of your critique of meritocracy. I think you may be too pessimistic. The choice for advancement under a meritocracy is not made by one person…but by a group of people.

    What is your solution to the governance of large groups of people?

    • Replies: @Old Brown Fool
  146. @Mike_from_Russia

    …and must be given back to Russia. Right?!

    “Meanwhile back in Russia…”:

    https://www.youtube.com/shorts/fCmKRqW-I8g

  147. JamesinNM says:
    @Verymuchalive

    Your vision for the future? Moral or degenerate? Truth or lies? Freedom and liberty or intimidation and destruction?

    • Replies: @Verymuchalive
  148. @Cookie

    The rich and powerful oligarchs money is locked in western banks / property / whatever , they are no longer rich and powerful in Russia , where it matters ! America is financially ruining its Russian supporters , shooting itself in the foot !

  149. anastasia says:

    Fabulous article and so true.
    Lavrov said just the other day about “democracy”

    “The foreign minister lashed out at this “sanctions spree”, pointing out that it is becoming clear that all values that those in the West have been preaching to Russia, like freedom of expression, a market economy, the sanctity of private property and the presumption of innocence, are not worth a red cent.”

    Looking at all this censorship; looking at those men from Jan 6 still in jail without being charged; listening to all that brazen propaganda in the newspapers, and the complete censorship of the opposing view; looking at what Trudeau did to those protesters, watching our cities burn while those who burned them are not brought to justice, thanks to our government leaders; watching the invasion at our borders by more people breaking our laws, I have to agree with Lavrov. It isn’t worth a red cent;

    Who says “democracy” is so good. What is the best you can get? Compromise. You cannot do “great” things when there must be compromise. You in effect compromise what is be the “best” or the worst, which means you can never get the best. With one ruler, if he is good, great things can happen. If he is bad, you have to do what we do now. Hold our noses and wait for better days.

  150. sprinter says:

    The United States was formed by an elite group of the richest and most intellectual men in the Colonies. Their belief in government for and by the people was clearly very sincere. They wrote a Constitution that limited the power of the government. Enforcement of the Constitution supposedly depended on an educated, Christian, armed populous who would jealously guard it. In fact, its enforcement depended mostly on the determination of the elites of the country, not the people. Once the elites dropped their devotion to the principal of limited government, for and by the people, the words of the Constitution were twisted until now it means: “do, say, and believe whatever the elites command.”

    There may be enough belief in the old ways left in the country to stage one last backlash, like what happened in the Reagan Revolution. But this backlash will not be treated gently by the new radical elites. They will not give up power unless it is forcibly ripped away from them. It may have to be a real armed revolution to succeed. The elites are so disgusting and ridiculous, and the people are so angry, that the rebellion might succeed. Of course a military coup would be required. That is why the regime is so desperate to brainwash the troops into defending the President rather than the Constitution.

    If the people’s angry backlash succeeds, retribution against the lefty elites will be harsh. The possibility that a dictatorship will arise during this required crackdown is not out of the question, but it would need to be presented to the people as a temporary expediency. We might then become a banana republic. Study the sorry history of Latin American democracy to see how that might work out.

  151. @sprinter

    Your first two sentences are in complete contradiction. (Read no further.)

    The Jewnighted States are not and have never been a democracy, otherwise there would have never been a centralised and “representative” government (with central agencies). Centerism, representation, voting to give away the voice, is the opposite to “government for and by the people”.

    The Jewnighted States was formed by lust, greed, anger (violence), attachment and ego, ego and more ego as an expression of a deep rooted feeling of inferiority and loss. That is why you need to be such great and outstanding and marvelous and what have you cuck winners at the cost of the other.

    The “United States” and foremost its Army and “Services” with every single cunt in it, needs to be completely destroyed. The blood of your scum “servicemen” most flow like rivers and when there is not a single Jewmerican soldier left, all your priests & politicians – no matter what coleur, including cunts like Tulsi Gabbard and Cucker Tarlson, must foolow suit. That is my personal healing recipe for the DemocRats & Repooblicans of the Jewnighted States of Israhell. Fuck you all.

  152. Anonymous[148] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rosie

    I too yearn for The Return of the King. Unfortunately, I don’t think this fallen world can produce the kind we want, so that yearning will have to wait for the hereafter IMO.

    I have to agree with you there. The failure of the 1930s “societies of the future” (national socialism, corporatism, world dominating communism) was total; it seems likely that the design of a human society is beyond human ability. At best, one gets something like the Whig historians. Whig historians described the society they had as the result of careful planning, when it was more like the result of geography and its effect on human micro-evolution. In effect, they shot an arrow and then painted the bullseye around it. Perfection could be a property of the next world, although the provision of Hell suggests that not everybody would be happy even with perfection.

    Typically, a thorough reorganization of a society yields something that nobody before the reorganization said they wanted. For the big ones, like the Peloponnesian War or the US Civil War, you can think of what happens as destroying so much that the desperate survivors will accept almost anything, at which point the surviving organizations, out of sheer necessity, accept whatever their local reward matrix tells them to accept. It’s sort of like the old idea of putting in buildings around a central mall, waiting a year, and then putting sidewalks where the grass has been replaced by mud — the sidewalks are not determined by theory, but practice. Same with societies after a large reconfiguration.

    Kings, in the sense that we know the word, showed up in the Dark Ages (few records, hence “dark”), after large political units became possible, and were apparently a response to a heterogeneous and disoriented population: part Roman, part Roman Provincial, and part multiple Germanic tribes. Each had different customs and laws, and the Kingship as an institution had to consider all elements of the territory it ruled as legitimate. The Kingship also had to weld the territory into something that would consider itself a unity, and not dissolve into civil war at the first foreign invasion. Trump was apparently trying to do something like that, and his failure suggests that existing institutions are strong enough to prevent a Kingship, and not desperate enough to demand one. Trump might re-appear as a Man on Horseback, which is what most of the unz.com criticism of his Presidency appears to want. The Man on Horseback represents himself, has no friends on the other side of the battle line, and few on his side. So, a King would be an improvement on what we have, and supposedly in the US the President is something like a King, but I, also, don’t expect to see one — the society that needs a King just doesn’t exist yet in the West.

    Note that Putin is something like a King, in that his multi-ethnic society had fallen apart under its own weight and then under the weight of US hostility, and has just recently come back together. Putin has the classic King problem of a multi-element society facing external threats (such as Ukraine’s mistreatment of Russian speakers that have related groups within Putin’s domain). Perhaps that’s why he’s getting so much sympathy from significant groups in the West.

  153. @JamesinNM

    It would be pleasing if the West revived and grounded itself on its traditional beliefs and values. But I know that all civilisations have a life cycle. Maybe ours is ending? I don’t know. I think that it is more likely that the West is going through a civilisational bottleneck. A lot of stuff people older than us cherished and valued will be lost. What comes out the bottle is likely to be much more basic and simple than we have been used to. The West itself will be reduced, in some areas very much reduced, in size and extent.

    There will be new leaders, not only in the literal sense, but in the sense that they will not come from the present globalist political class. Globalism and all that goes with it will be damned. These new leaders will take drastic action to defend the interests of the remaining White European peoples – indeed they will be constrained to do so.

  154. Rosie says:

    Note that Putin is something like a King, in that his multi-ethnic society had fallen apart under its own weight and then under the weight of US hostility, and has just recently come back together. Putin has the classic King problem of a multi-element society facing external threats (such as Ukraine’s mistreatment of Russian speakers that have related groups within Putin’s domain). Perhaps that’s why he’s getting so much sympathy from significant groups in the West.

    Interesting. I confess myself to be sympathetic to Putin, though this is based more on vague impressions and a general tendency to assume U.S. media are telling the opposite of the truth about anything and everything, including Putin, than any real knowledge of the situation.

    The radicals’ Utopia is not without its appeal, either, even (especially?) to a romantic like myself. I have said before that progressivism has gone wrong not because of too much egalite and liberte but of too little fraternite. The French Revolutionaries were nationalists. The Nordic countries (before the immivasion) are their heirs, and reactionaries cannot in good faith ignore what they have accomplished with democracy and the bureaucratic state. Granted, it’s not more than a benevolent philosopher-king could accomplish with much less red tape, but then the trouble with philosopher-kings is stringing enough of them together to in one place to create that undoubtedlyliveable quasi-Utopia. I misspoke when I said that this world cannot produce good kings. It can produce good kings, but more is needed: good dynasties, and therein lies the difficulty.

    Consider my interlocutor in Comment number 31. He says we should have meritocracy, and then somehow works his way around to monarchy, which, as I understand it, implies a hereditary succession that is the very antithesis of meritocracy. Better to rely on the merit of the population itself, I say. Of course, his point that elections every four years are problematic is a fair one, but even that doesn’t get to the heart of the problem: the hostile media controlled by the oligarchy. This burdens the executive with impression management concerns and essentially amounts to a dagger on this throat, rendering the elected representative of the people, a more or less helpless puppet.

    So much of dissident right commentary this past ten years has been, IMO, an attempt to avoid the issue of media control. It sounds low brow and conspiratorial. It’s not as interesting as political philosophy, and it doesn’t appeal to the baser instincts of men like the manosphere shtick. Nonetheless, the facts on the ground point to this as the fundamental issue.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  155. @Passing By

    Are you sure they were Gentiles?

    • Replies: @Passing By
  156. “The United States was formed by an elite group of the richest and most intellectual men in the Colonies. Their belief in government for and by the people was clearly very sincere. They wrote a Constitution that limited the power of the government. Enforcement of the Constitution supposedly depended on an educated, Christian, armed populous who would jealously guard it. .”

    You realize the failure here . . . the educated were ot the most populous and by redefining people as property they set in motion a standard that has repeatedly plagued the country —

    defining out reality for personl gain or compromise to the greater good.

  157. @Rosie

    What is needed is a meritocratic autocracy. This state was close to manifesting during the Celestial Kingdom eras in China. From the lowliest peasant background, agents of the autocracy sought out youngsters of considerable merit and integrity. Most of them rose to become the most powerful administrators in the kingdom.

    This concept is (1. the pure opposite of Oligarchy and (2. a place where the sons of riches do not automatically and axiomatically rise to the highest offices in the land.

  158. Anon[116] • Disclaimer says:
    @Zachary Smith

    Once the Jewish people decided to steal Russian state owned asset , they embarked on creating rules and methods to get to the riches .
    Those rules were new and inscrutable to the Russians .Harvard and it’s team lent their expertise .
    Oligarch already owned some businesses and soon we’re running banks .They lent money o to government and government defaulted . Oligar he took the state asset as collateral . Government sometimes sold the state asset .Only people with ruble and dollars were these Jewish . They bought it . Government actually worked with the oligarchs and made laws and took decisions in consultation with oligarchs .
    Ruble were freely exchangeable to Dollar then .

    Jewish visibility was so prominent that when they decided to choose a prime minister overnight. , they had to be extra careful that they had not chosen a Jewish ( Washington Post ) person .

    Oligarchs also received dollars from US.
    Government also started a program Loans for Share . It was aided by USAID .
    People who made the changes ,reaped the benefits of owning the companies.

    “ This was how Khodorkovsky got a 78 percent share of ownership in Yukos, worth about $5 billion, for a mere $310 million, and how Boris Berezovsky got Sibneft, another oil giant, worth $3 billion, for about $100 million. […] [T]he government was generally unable to exercise much control. Since the state was very weak, these “new Russians” paid little or no taxes on their purchases.”
    – Marshall Goldman, Professor of economics and associate director of Russian Studies at Harvard

  159. Putin seems a despot beyond compare, running around all day, making sure his interests are honored:

    https://www.youtube.com/shorts/Lc7ZXFItuB0

    Someone like Putin must not remain in power:
    https://www.rt.com/news/552774-biden-demands-regime-change-putin/

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  160. @Sea Shore Sally

    In Serbia, they definitely were.

  161. @Kurt Knispel

    STFU. Putin remains the single force preventing the NWO/WEF globalists from total world domination by the Rottenchild and Rottenfeller crime clans with all their associates in dirty dealing. The enemy of my enemy is certainly not also my enemy. He may or may not be my friend, but under current circumstances that is quite irrelevant.

    • Replies: @Kurt Knispel
  162. @Realist

    I had seen in history two meritocracies turning into hereditary – ancient Chinese bureaucracy and British Indian bureaucracy (at least the Indians admitted into it). The choice for advancement is certainly not by one person but by a group, but this group slowly turns into a clique, and then into Old Boy networks, and in the Indian case, castes! And a cabal emerges within, to control the meritocrats themselves.

    What is your solution to the governance of large groups of people?

    I am still searching for a universal solution for governing billions of people; but after pondering over the problem for years, I came to the following conclusions:

    1. Where the individual citizen is more upright, systems get corrupted very slow.
    2. Where families specialise in public administration – be it political or bureaucratic – they slowly fossilise into set routines, and the governed people are slowly alienated.
    2. Any governance system of large populations needs to be as flat as possible – not many layers of society and not many rungs to climb in bureaucracy; the Tsarist Russia had a 14- tier aristocracy that combined hereditary nobles and senior officers!
    4. Concentrating too much power at any post or institution invariably attracts sociopaths.
    5. In short, society should be undulating, not like folded mountains – not much distance to climb, not deadly crevasse or steep valleys to fall to death. If the fall from power should not hurt, and definitely it should not hurt in any decent society, then the depth should not be too much either. A ruler should be able to step down, knowing well he and his family, especially the third generation, will not face any retribution. Many decent persons who capture concentrated power, fear the revenge from those they have hurt, and cling on to power even if they don’t like it – riding the tiger, in short.

    We must seriously redesign our social systems, in view of the revolution in communications and social media. For big countries, that is, those with populations in tens of millions, I would suggest retaining 50% power at the County level, 30% at the Province level and 20% at the Country level. A normal citizen should not have to approach any office at the Province level; all the decisions needed for his daily life should be taken at the County level.

    In lower bureaucracy, permanent employment should be discouraged. Now that adequate technology exists, many offices at the lowest levels can be automated 100%. At the provincial and country levels some bureaucracy is unavoidable. But I see hope – AIs can play the role of bureaucrats!

  163. @emerging majority

    STFU Southern Tenant Farmers Union?
    Dear Majori,
    it was a joke!
    It was sarcasm.
    Have a look at the video, for Christ’s sake.

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  164. Hegar says:

    a pro-Western faction of Soviet party elites imploded the USSR

    The Soviet Union was broke. Gorbachev discussed with the rest of the government whether they could keep it together, and it was impossible. The communist economy would soon grind to a halt. They were living on borrowed time.

    Note also that Russians weren’t particularly upset about losing the other “republics,” the provinces like Ukraine, Kazakhstan, etc. That is because the Russians had to finance them all, and they were a drain on Russia’s economy. Things were a lot simpler without them.

    (The big mistake was not to keep the Black Sea coast, from Odessa to Crimea to coal-rich Donbass, where Russians had built the cities and industry while the Ukrainians were farmers.)

    It’s a great paradox, that the USSR, dominated by Russians, wasn’t very good for Russians. No USSR leader came from Moscow, for example.

  165. The USSR was afluent in its on way.
    That brokeness is a tale told (by MSM).
    GDR, which was a closely knit part of SSRs, was also in the plus.
    It had gold reserves etc. (which the JewS stole).
    It had foreign currency reserves (which the JewS stole).
    It had sought after know how.
    Perestroika was an organised piracy of the Jewnighted States of Israhell,
    with the Jew network in Russia (incl. Jelzman & foremost Gorbachov).
    How could oligarchy with all these tremendous fortunes suddenly appear;
    if the USSR was nothing? Nothing from nothing?
    Or good Jewish management?
    Fake history!
    The USSR was pirated by the likes of Armond Hamer & Jewry in generell.
    If it was so poor, how could it be so generous with the Ukraina?

    I still remember when the Deutsche Bank was still German and the strongest bank in the world (!).
    Its Manager, Alfred Herrhausen, graduate from NaPolA, wanted the extension east and the FRG working with the USSR just like the GDR did. Herrhausen got killed by Mossad. From that time onwards the Jew & hyena appeared on the scene. It was the end of Deutsche Bank (now a complete Rothschild whore and shell) and the beginning of sobotaging the eastern countries.
    The Jew did it!

  166. @Old Brown Fool

    Thank you for your diligence and explications.

  167. @Kurt Knispel

    Rarely do I have time to watch the many proffered videos. So you got me with that somewhat adumbrated sarcasm.

  168. Realist says:
    @Old Brown Fool

    I had seen in history two meritocracies turning into hereditary – ancient Chinese bureaucracy and British Indian bureaucracy (at least the Indians admitted into it). The choice for advancement is certainly not by one person but by a group, but this group slowly turns into a clique, and then into Old Boy networks, and in the Indian case, castes! And a cabal emerges within, to control the meritocrats themselves.

    When that happens they are no longer meritocracies.

    We must seriously redesign our social systems, in view of the revolution in communications and social media. For big countries, that is, those with populations in tens of millions, I would suggest retaining 50% power at the County level, 30% at the Province level and 20% at the Country level. A normal citizen should not have to approach any office at the Province level; all the decisions needed for his daily life should be taken at the County level.

    That is a framework for a meritocracy.

    But I see hope – AIs can play the role of bureaucrats!

    AI requires algorithms…and they must be written by a human(s) and they are in control.

  169. Sam J. says:
    @Anonymous

    It struck me that in the past the Russians in WWI were considered the brutes that smashed everything but now they try to limit civilian casualties. Now the US has swapped sides in this and we are the brutes.

    The point being who has run the countries involved at which time.

  170. @sprinter

    I think that John Jay, first US Chief Justice, was more to the point-‘Those people who own this country are going to run this country’. Now more than ever.

  171. @ariadna

    Yes, but is that Eastern Romanian or Western? Or Dacian? Or a Roma enclave? Which way do they cross themselves? What sort of cabbage do they use in their stuffed cabbage? What the heck-kill ’em all and let the Great Chef sort them out!

  172. @anonymous

    I won’t even bother with most of your drivel herein, but will say you obviously (intentionally?) neglect to point out the CIA and Saudi Wahabbist influence in fomenting and sustaining the Chechen War; that is, the source of that war. To think: such ignorance of actual history after all of this time. Amateur ideologue historians, another thing in overabundance these days.

  173. @Corvinus

    Damn. Just damn. How ignorant thee be.

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  174. @Truthor

    Good God! where is a straitjacket when absolutely needed. Sheer foaming at the mouth raving!

  175. TG says:

    The idea that there is no democracy, only oligarchy, well, amen brother.

    But is autocracy always better? Sometimes. But I think that the average person living in Cambodia under Pol Pot, or China under Mao, might perhaps have wished for oligarchy…

    But for those who think that Julius Caesar was assassinated because the oligarchy thought he was going to move too much towards the commoners, I would suggest “The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome,” by Michael Parenti. I’m not a good enough historian to judge its accuracy, but it’s an interesting read.

  176. @Rosie

    “Race is a social construct.” This is just a statement of opinion that the Great Replacement is A-OK, dressed up with an air of academic gravitas. It signifies nothing more than that.

    In terms of that specific issue, sure. But in a more generalized sense, it also signifies “Race is what we tell you it is”; the primacy of narrative over reality. “Who ya gonna believe? Us? Or your lyin’ eyes?” Transsexualism carries a more emphatic version of the same message — and the offense of so-called “deadnaming” is very much analogous to saying “Hey, we weren’t at war with Eastasia last year… were we?”

  177. @David from Alaska

    The corvster may be ignorant, but he’s not that ignorant. He just… feels compelled by ethnic loyalty to shill for the neocon warmongers and the Kolomoisky/ Zelensky regime:

    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/ukraines-hero-president-z

    https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/news/articles/jewish-ukraine-fights-nazi-russia-zelensky

  178. Does anyone here have the phone number to call to report every Russian War Criminal to Putin who also is a war criminal?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10681089/Vladimir-Putin-sets-phone-lines-websites-good-citizens-shop-traitors.html

    • Replies: @emerging majority
  179. @TaterSalad

    More pilpul bullshit from this Ha$barfa/$ayanim troll.

  180. Romanian says: • Website
    @emerging majority

    Moldavians are Romanians and the separate identity was only cultivated by the Soviets instrumentally, especially since more than two third of medieval Moldova and the attendant population are in Romania.

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