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Moscow-born musician Tessa Lena‘s “The Great Reset for Dummies” is one of the best available essays on the subject. She recently compared 2021 America to the collapsed ex-USSR: “It is with great frustration that I say this—but 2021 in America is a lot less fun than the 1990s in the post-Soviet space. Both are the times of societal restructuring and unprecedented, shameless robbery of everything by everyone who can. However, back then it felt like freedom, and right now it feels like a return to the Soviet Union—but without its security and its general communal warmth.”

When Tessa asked what I wanted to talk about, I replied:

“Topics could include pretty much anything from or related to your emails, including:

“Comparing official vs. dissident media in the late USSR and 1990s post-Soviet space to today’s USA. Have you looked at Ron Unz’s American Pravda series? Highly recommended: https://www.unz.com/topic/american-pravda/feature/

“The Russian punk scene…I was involved in the US version in the 70s and 80s, which was mainly an outraged ‘let’s have some nihilistic fun’ reaction to commodification and the society of the spectacle.

“What you accurately called the ‘true existential danger coming from Big Tech Big Biotech their partners in the military and their servants in the government regardless of their political affiliation.’

“DC coup vs. countercoup as political theater.

“Trump’s role as ’emcee on the Titanic’ – shock value reality-show entertainment? My satirical take: https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/01/10/trumperly/https://www.veteranstoday.com/2021/01/14/3rd-impeachment/

Spiritual dimensions of political battles: Maybe I’m a crazy reactionary, but I still think Dostoevsky and Tolstoy were the Great Christian Novelists and it’s all been downhill since then. I figured that out after discovering Guenon etc. in the early 90s and converting to Islam (tendance Sufi). I’m curious about to what extent your spirituality is informed by tradition, and whether there can really be much viable spirituality, except idiosyncratic, minoritarian, socially ineffectual individual variations, that aren’t rooted in some kind authentic revealed tradition.

“And anything else you want to talk about. My audience is very much attuned to your wavelength.”

(Republished from Truth Jihad by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. lloyd says: • Website

    At my high school in New Z ealand in the 1990s just before the Soviet Union collapse, all the children in Social Studies class insisted Russian children lived happier lives than them despite their teacher’s admonition. The social studies portrayal of Russia was somewhat idealistic as social studies always are. But they had picked up on the “communal warmth and security” said above by Tessa. We do appear to be now in the worst possible of worlds. Perhaps the only ray of light, it is so bad it must encourage rebellion. But then we might all get sick from the new vaccines or made pariahs for refusing them.

    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
  2. @lloyd

    One of the most interesting branches of psychology, happiness studies, finds that the main factor driving happiness is the “communal warmth” of a rich social life with lots of intense face-to-face human relationships. I can relate to that, since the happiest year of my life was 1999-2000, which I spent in a big Moroccan house with my wife, two young children, and lots of in-laws plus a steady stream of visitors. American hyper-individualistic culture seems cold and lonely by comparison. And the COVID plandemic isn’t helping. No wonder America is going crazy.

  3. Kevin Barrett,

    Freedom of speech includes being able to mock Jews and anything they believe.

    Freedom of speech includes being able to mock me and anything I believe.

    Freedom of speech includes being able to mock you and anything you believe.

    Do you agree?

    • Replies: @Pat Kittle
  4. @Pat Kittle

    Kevin,

    It’s an honest question.

    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
  5. @Pat Kittle

    No culture on earth has ever had absolute freedom of speech. There are many forms of relative freedom of speech in various cultural contexts. I’m familiar with, and support, the American version, based on the First Amendment and the history of jurisprudence around it. In that context, most “mockery” is protected, as long as it isn’t incitement, libel, fraud, etc. Parody gets special protection, which is cool, since I write a lot of satirical parody. https://kevinbarrett.heresycentral.is/category/satire/ Personally I think obscenity, pornography, and blasphemy obviously should not be protected speech, but unfortunately the jurisprudence around these categories is not what it once was. As I understand it, the Cultural Marxists have now made pornography and blasphemy “protected speech” though obscenity is still borderline. I would like to see that (and Cultural Marxism in general) rolled back.

  6. Kevin,

    Thanks for your reply, although it doesn’t really answer my question. I repeat:

    ———————————————————–
    Freedom of speech includes the freedom to mock:
    — Jews and anything they believe.
    — me and anything I believe.
    — you and anything you believe.

    Do you agree?
    ———————————————————–

    Apparently you don’t.

    We presumably both agree that we shouldn’t be allowed to yell “Fire!!” in a crowded theater where none exists, and stuff like that.

    But you say “blasphemy obviously should not be protected speech.” In other words, if possible, you would deny me the same right I would grant you — the right to mock me and anything I believe.

    Typical dictionary definition:
    “Blasphemy: the act or offense of speaking sacrilegiously about God or sacred things; profane talk.”

    I ask the following questions in good faith:
    — What constitutes “blasphemy” covers a very wide spectrum — where are you on that spectrum?
    — What punishment do you want for blasphemers — if it’s in a holy text, please quote the text?
    — Would you tolerate atheism?
    — With literally thousands of religions in the world, do you consider blasphemy to apply to all of them? Some of them? Just Islam?

    Though I am an atheist, for 18+ years I’ve taken very public stands on behalf of Muslims in opposition to “Greater Israel,” at no small risk or cost to myself. But I have no desire to trade one oppressive theocracy for another.

    I’m probably not the only one who would like answers to these questions.

    In good faith,
    — Pat Kittle

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