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Merry Christmas to you, dear readers! It is a beautiful and serene time of hope, when the darkest time of the year is already behind us. Though the light is still not perceptible, but we know and feel that the change is coming.

The recent vote in the United Nations has been such a glimpse of light, a harbinger of Sun. The people of the world en masse rejected the American administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as a part of the Jewish state – what could be better? They did it despite open threats voiced by the crazy envoy Nikki Haley who threatened the world community mob-style, promising to write down all those who voted against the American decision. (“The first name that she should write down is Bolivia,” defiantly said the Bolivian UN ambassador.)

Trump also suggested the U.S. could cut off aid for countries that opposed it in the U.N. vote. These threats had been counterproductive: only nine states, the usual suspects including the ex-US dependencies in the Pacific voted for the Zionists. Even Canada, ever supportive of Israel and as heavily Zionised as anybody, didn’t vote for the US and Israel, because the Trump threats made it nearly impossible for an independent state to do so. If Zionists thought they already rule the world, the vote came and proved their triumphant reports were somewhat premature. “We are not Zionist slaves”, the nations of the world said.

I love these decisions of Trump: they undermine the Imperial hold on the world more than anything Putin could ever do. Did he plan it? Did the rain plan to facilitate wheat growth? What is important that Trump is doing it well. Cutting the US contribution to the UN budget is also good, as it ushers us to the blessed times when the US won’t order nations around.

Is there a flip side? Not really.

The US decision on Jerusalem has been deemed null and void. The Palestinians are justifiably angry, but they are also encouraged by world support. Before the Trump recognition, they were smothered by silence, now their struggle is back in the limelight. The Turks assumed their traditional place in the lead of the Muslim Ummah (Islamic equivalent of “Christendom”). Iran has been reconciled with its Sunni neighbours. In short, rarely has a decision by the US President made such a positive shift as Trump’s Jerusalem decision.

Even Israeli Defence Minister Mr Lieberman, well known for his fiery rhetoric, has been accommodating. He refrained from bombing Gaza despite a few stray rockets, and he watched placidly as Assad’s troops cleared the pockets of jihadis on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights armistice line. This is good news, as in normal times, he would already send his air force to strafe them.

Suppression of Palestinian protests has been less fierce than usual, too. A legless invalid protester in his wheelchair was killed by a well-aimed shot of a Jewish sniper, a teenage girl who slapped an Israeli officer has been taken to jail, a lot of tear gas has been fired in Bethlehem; but by Israeli standards, the repression has been restrained, and as I predicted, the Third Intifada did not materialise.

The Beast of Riyadh has been forced to vote against his best friends America and Israel. He tried again to convince Abu Mazen, that is Mahmoud Abbas, the PNA President, to accept “the American Peace Plan”, and in vain. Even before the Trump recognition, Abbas declined the offer; now it would be suicidal.

But don’t weep for MBS. He keeps milking his relatives and notables, locked up in the Ritz Carlton. One of them, Royal Guard Major General Ali Alqahtani died under torture. His family had difficulty recognising his body – too many electric shocks. The price tag for the freedom of al-Waleed bin Talal, the richest detainee, has been placed at $6 billion dollars, some 30% of his net worth, but probably 70% of his unencumbered assets. The Dog Still Does Not Bark, that is the world media keeps mum about this shakedown, and this is good news for MBS.

If you were taken in by Thomas Friedman oral job and came to believe that the money will be spent on an alternative economy for Arabia, rest assured: MBS bought himself a palace in France worth 300 million, a painting attributed to Leonardo, for 450 million, and a new yacht for 500 million. And he still a lot of cash to spend.

Will he start a new war with Iran? MBS found a better way. You can watch a great cartoon depicting the Saudi victory over Iran – this is his war effort.

I wholeheartedly approve of making cartoons instead of fighting wars. Let Trump learn from MBS and be satisfied by commissioning a cartoon of his brilliant victory over North Korea (Trump lands, kills Kim the Rocket Man in hand-to-hand combat, and Koreans greet him as their saviour) instead of actually going there.

The world is full of good news, suitable for Yuletide. There is good news in Russia, too. The Russian Communists, nominally the main opposition force, erstwhile a timid supporter of Putin, have chosen a new face to run in the Presidential elections of March 2018. This is Pavel Grudinin, the successful manager of a collective farm near Moscow. The farm named after Lenin survived Yeltsin’s drive to eliminate all socialist enterprises, and actually flourished – it feeds Moscow with its strawberries. His ascendancy has been greeted with unexpected excitement, and some people already predict he can win in the race.

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People were reluctant to vote for the veteran Communist leader Gennadi Zyuganov. The Russians believe that he had won the Presidential elections race 1996, but agreed to accept Yeltsin’s “victory” – to save his life, or to avoid a new civil war. He has been a pocket opposition leader since then, and the Left looked out for a new independent leader. Pavel Grudinin and Yuri Boldyrev were the favourites; Boldyrev is a better polemist while Grudinin is a better practical economist. Both would be serious contenders, however, the party and assorted Left chose Grudinin.

Russia is ripe for a Communist comeback. Probably you do not remember – these events went down the memory hole years ago – but just before Putin’s appointment as Russian President by his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, Russia had been on the verge of peacefully electing Communists to lead the country.

The rule of full-blown anti-Communists (1990 to 1998) had been disastrous. By 1998, all assets and gold (and the previous loans ever given to Russia) had been stolen by Yeltsin’s family and their supporting oligarchs in the name of fighting Communism, and the Russian state had defaulted and gone into bankruptcy. In order to save his skin, Yeltsin had appointed Mr Evgeni Primakov, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Parliament Speaker, the Head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (Russian NSA), as the Prime Minister, and with Communist support, Primakov saved the country. It was almost a certainty that Primakov would become the next President of Russia, as Yeltsin’s term was running out.

Primakov had been very popular; he strongly objected to the NATO bombardment of Belgrade and even swung his jet back to Moscow over the Atlantic while going to visit Washington. He was credited with improving the economy, fighting the oligarchs and restoring Russia’s glory. But as in a Deus-ex-machina, Yeltsin passed the Kremlin rule to his hand-picked successor Lieutenant Colonel (ret) Vladimir Putin. The besmirched Primakov did not compete; the Communists supported Putin just to be tricked and discarded by the new president. Since then they impotently watched as their role has been diminished; but their grass roots support is still strong.

Putin and his aides promoted a different brand of opposition – an ultra liberal one, presently led by Mr Navalny and Ms Sobchak. They were given maximum exposure in the state-owned media, while the Communists have as little access to the media in Russia as in the US. And still, the ultra-liberals have never gotten above 10% of the vote. The Communists would be able to get much more, if they play their cards right. And here the new face will be an important factor.

Putin is doing well in his foreign policy, and people are usually satisfied with his performance, though they would prefer more confrontational attitude to the West. It is Putin’s internal policy that has been generally been disapproved. It was, and it remains neo-liberal. The flat tax rate (13%) is the lowest in the world; Russia’s workers have very low pensions and salaries, while billionaires prosper.

The public dissatisfaction is seeping, but it finds no outlet, as the only heard-of opposition, the ultra-liberal one, is much worse than Putin, in the eyes of Russian lower and middle (if they still exist) classes. The Communist opposition may become a real challenger to that power.

This is a good thing even for a convinced Putin follower. Russia has lost much of its social state since 1991; the rich guys have had it too good; some correction away from monetarist neo-liberalism to socialism or at least social democracy has been called for even by Putin’s senior advisers.

The Russian anti-communists have their pet project: resurrecting the Tsarist Empire. Baudrillard would call it a simulacra of the Empire. Memorials to the Tsars – Alexander I and Alexander III – have been erected recently; the memory of the last Tsar Nicolas II has been incorporated into the daily news. Every day, the Russians are forced to discuss a film about Tsar’s mistress (is it respectful enough? No, it is not, he was a saint), or some sordid details of Tsar’s execution (was he killed by Jews for “ritual” purposes? Yes, but do not say “Jews”). Putin’s top men live and behave as the Tsar’s nobles, flying their corgi dogs around in private jets.

Putin has been cautious, perhaps too cautious in refusing to repudiate his predecessor and nominator. People get annoyed when they see the multi-million-dollar Yeltsin Centre, for Yeltsin remains universally hated figure, as much as Gorbachev.

But the ordinary people bring wagonloads of red carnations to the tomb of Joseph Stalin, the working-class hero and enemy of the rich, the man who was born and brought up in a semi-basement apartment of his parents, an artisan and laundress. Putin’s official Russia tolerates Stalin for he defeated Nazi Germany, but the unofficial working Russia loves him for defeating the rich and powerful and preventing their revanche for many years. His birthday is celebrated in December 21, and that is when the Russians bring the flowers. (The photo was taken this year by a friend).

Though restoration of the Soviet regime is quite unlikely, some sort of shift to the left can be anticipated. Bear in mind that pro-Communists are quite positive about Putin (though some of them consider him a heir to Yeltsin and a protector of the oligarchs). There are voices of Putin’s loyalists saying that he is likely to take Mr Grudinin as his Prime Minister. If it will happen, Russia will drift to the left internally, and such a possibility is already a good news.

The final bit of good news is that the Swedish parliament did not vote for the new Draconian bill the mass media said it did. The bill is awful, no doubt. It creates a new crime, rape by negligence. A man is obligated to receive an unequivocal and undeniable consent of the female to commit a sexual act; otherwise, even if no force or threats were used, he would be committing a negligent rape. Such a law would go against female modesty and usual customs.

However, I’ve been told that the present government is promoting the bill for its PR purposes calling it the definite answer to #MeToo campaign, and they have no intention to actually bring it to a vote. This is definitely good news, though one would like to be more certain about it.

Probably this will suffice meanwhile. Merry Christmas you all!

Israel Shamir can be reached at [email protected]

This article was first published at The Unz Review.

 
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  1. The Russian Communists, nominally the main opposition force, erstwhile a timid supporter of Putin, have chosen a new face to run in the Presidential elections of March 2018. This is Pavel Grudinin, the successful manager of a collective farm near Moscow. The farm named after Lenin survived Yeltsin’s drive to eliminate all socialist enterprises, and actually flourished – it feeds Moscow with its strawberries. His ascendancy has been greeted with unexpected excitement, and some people already predict he can win in the race… Russia is ripe for a Communist comeback.

    In the real world, Communist voters continue dying out.

    As of the 2016 Duma elections, KPRF was 2x popular as LDPR amongst 60+ yo’s, whereas the exact reverse is true amongst 18-35 yo’s.

    (This, incidentally, reflects developments in Western countries, such as the United States and France, where the elderly vote conservatives (Cruz/Jeb!, Fillon) but their grandchildren vote nationalist (Trump, Marine Le Pen). Note that commies are Russia’s “conservatives”, and it all slots together.)

    It is also hard to see how heading a farm named specifically Lenin is going to be relevant in a country where the percentage of people saying Ulyanov was the “greatest man in history” has dropped from 72% in 1991 to 32% by 2017.

    Grudinin seems to be less of a pure commie than the KPRF at large, having once even been in the LDPR, and using Tsarist along with Soviet symbology in his campaign materials. The logical interpretation is that the desperate KPRF is trying to steal Zhirinovsky’s electorate. Actually, considering that LDPR/Zhirinovsky has become the main locus of discontented voters it is quite possible that Grudinin’s candidacy was requested by the Presidential Administration.

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
  2. I couldn’t care less about who rules Jerusalem, but if Trump decides to de-fund the wasteful and corrupt UN for any reason, that’s a win!

    • Replies: @Joe Wong
    , @polskijoe
  3. David says:

    Seems worth posting the list of countries/toads that voted as the US told them to: Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, Togo, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Marshall Islands, Guatemala and Honduras.

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Israel Shamir
  4. The UN can’t decide anything a sovereign nation chooses to do is null and void. Hope the US remembers that the next time it comes hat in hand to the UN to put a fig leaf on its next big adventure, e.g. North Korea or Iran.

    • Replies: @Moi
  5. RobinG says:
    @David

    Only 9 countries voted to support the US. and Egypt was not one of them. Is this a mistake, or are you peddling shit for some reason?

    • Replies: @David
  6. @David

    What made you include Egypt and Afghanistan in this list of shame?

    • Replies: @RobinG
  7. RobinG says:
    @Israel Shamir

    Iraq also not dishonored by their vote.

  8. anon • Disclaimer says:

    Canada abstained from the vote, as did a number of other countries.

    • Replies: @polskijoe
  9. As a former useful idiot who bought ALL the lies of the Anglo-Zionist terrorist alliance the major fault with Mr.Stalin is that he wasn’t more efficient in cleansing the USSR of ShuvalovS and similar thugs.
    God Bless DPRK!
    God Bless Kim!
    God damn Putin and that Chinese for choosing to aid and abet in GENOCIDE of North Koreans.

  10. David says:
    @RobinG

    My apologies and thanks for the correction. I read a Guardian article listing Egypt, Afghanistan and Iraq as countries that DID vote for the resolution, which I misinterpreted to mean supported the US position.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  11. I suspect it will get worse before it will become better. There is no doubt in my mind that the only future Russia can have as happy and prosperous country is socialist future. It has been 25 years and it is obvious Russia and liberal capitalism are bad match.

  12. DOG says:

    all those red roses represent all the murdered millions that Stalin liquidated.

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
  13. Moi says:
    @The Alarmist

    A country’s sovereignty only applies to itself– not outside its borders. Get it?

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  14. Dutch Boy says:

    No wonder the liberals have had an easy time of it seeing as they have been able to claim that Stalinism is the alternative.

  15. The photo: just stop to think of the uproar there would be if there was a statue of Hitler in Berlin and people put flowers around it “annually”! The rest is just the author’s usual pro-Putin propaganda line, including the amusing promotion of a “communist comeback”, which I assume to be just the latest serving of the classic pro-Putin line: “if Putin goes, worse will follow”. Good god! Is Putin’s position really that weak? Now, that’s encouraging news! Of course, it would be a lot easier to kick communists out of Ukraine. And Transnistria. And Abkhazia. And South Ossetia. And to get the Muslim peoples of Russia to rebel against the godless atheists.

    • Replies: @Mark Eugenikos
  16. Che Guava says:
    @David

    Well, the Guardian (Warden) having liittle interest in truth, only very strange prropaganda,you must be forgiven for it.

    My favourite hate the Guardian (Warden) story of the day was when they were attacking their hero, Lewis Hamilton, for castigating his nephew for being raised as a tranny.

    I thought his (Hamilton’s) remarks correct.

    Of course, multiple apologies before the day was out.

    Interestingly, the Guardian (Warden) is chock-full of ultra-feminists who hate male trannys, too.

    The Guardian (Warden) sucks faeces.

  17. One thing Russia and US have in common:

    Too many homeless folks.

    Los Angeles, the Squatter City. Squaloria.

    http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2017/12/where-in-world.html

  18. “while the Communists have as little access to the media in Russia as in the US.”

    Come again? Are you one of those people who pretends Communism never went to the Frankfurt school and graduated as Cultural Marxism?

    Because there are very few channels left in America that are not 24/7 cultural marxism echo chambers.
    And most of them are either cooking channels, home improvement/restoration shows or channels showing reruns of classic James Bond or Clint Eastwood films.

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
  19. @Michael Kenny

    just stop to think of the uproar there would be if there was a statue of Hitler in Berlin and people put flowers around it “annually”!

    But there isn’t a statue of Hitler in Berlin and therefore no flowers around it. This simple fact should tell you that Stalin and Hitler are not equivalent, contrary to the decades of Western propaganda trying to equate the two.

  20. Brabantian says: • Website

    In line with what our host Israel Shamir hints at above … the below from a noteworthy Palestinian voice

    A Palestinian who seems close to understanding, that Trump’s ‘Israel is Jerusalem’s capital’ gambit, was not only a great gift to the Muslim world and to Palestine … it might in fact be Trump’s extremely masterful wrecking ball intentionally swung at the Zionist enterprise

    And also a twofer – as Mr Shamir also suggests above – in that Trump’s gambit enabled him to decimate the budget of the war-mongering globalists of the United Nations … as I’ve suggested elsewhere, some solace perhaps for the ghost of the brutally murdered-via-the-UN Qaddafi, the UN hit hard where it really hurts, as no other US President has ever done

    Here, Sami Jamil Jadallah, born in El-Bireh, Palestine, from his article ‘Thank You, Mr President Trump, You Made Our Day!’

    Well, Mr Trump, your Jerusalem Declaration, just made our day, and made our mission much easier as we now push seriously creating a ‘peace movement’, amongst Palestinians under Occupation and those in Exile, and Israeli and other people around the world, all joining to push toward the One State Solution.

    You could not imagine how happy we all are, and how happy that Palestinians, Arabs and Muslim finally woke up from their [foolish] day dream called ‘Peace Process’. Now, there is no room for lies or pretence, and it is time for the Palestinians to realize the fraud that has been perpetuated on them during over 50 years of PLO leadership.

    Who knows, maybe you, Mr Trump, will live long enough to visit Palestinians and Israelis, as they enjoy the benefits of your Jerusalem Declaration, living in their own One State for All of its people; of course, that includes Palestinians today in Exile. I am sure you will be most welcomed, Mr Trump!

    • Replies: @anon
  21. Algerians have more sense than the French. Btw, these are marauders and invaders, not migrants. Migrants are people moving within the nation. When foreign peoples cross the borders into other nations, they are not migrating but invading and trespassing.

    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2017/12/237238/algeria-sub-saharan-migrants-migration/

  22. Those flowers to Stalin should go to his victims.

    Yeltsin was a fool, but I think Gorbachev meant well and acted honorably if naively. His was a noble failure whereas Stalin’s was an evil success. But then, even the success of Stalinism couldn’t be sustained, which is why USSR was desperate to turn to new idea with Gorbachev.

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
  23. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Brabantian

    Well, Mr Trump, your Jerusalem Declaration, just made our day…You could not imagine how happy we all are, and how happy that Palestinians,

    Hmmmm I wonder when super happy people started calling for a ” Day of rage ” follwing a declaration that made them so happy ?? Seems counter intuitive .

    Hmmmmm Mr. Trump , we love your deciscion so as a result we will lobby the whole world to try to force you to reverse the decision . Makes sense .

  24. @Moi

    And the UN is nothing more than a watering hole or social club.

  25. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @Israel Shamir

    “”The Jerusalem decision is null and void “”””

    By a non binding vote ??

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
  26. utu says:

    I always had a problem with Israel Shamir for his undying love for Stalin. Were Shamir’s parents enthusiastic or just willing Stalin’s executioners? Were they purged during de-Stalinization period of early Khrushchev and ended up emigrating to Israel? I know for sure that many Stalinist murderers and torturers left Poland for Israel and the US in the same period. You can meet their successful spawn in Tel Aviv or on the Upper West Side. Were does Shamir’s pathology come from? I presume that he is sincere because his pro-Stalinist evocations pop up through his earlier writings but perhaps it is just a pose or a provocation or security valve of self-sabotage to not to be treated seriously. So his critiques of Zionism and Israel can be easily dismissed and discredited? Who will touch him? A Russian David Duke who loves Stalin? One may wonder if that is what his handlers requested: first shoot yourself in the foot by talking about Stalin and then you can say anything. The critique of Zionism and Israel will be associated with Stalinism.

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    , @Ximenes
  27. Merry Christmas Dr. Israel!
    How do you reconcile your Faith with support for the atheist ideology? Are you endowed with two or more separate brains? I have come across many who claim to believe both in the Bible and evolution, for example. But most of them were simply brainwashed by the broad culture and never bothered to sort out ideas. But you are one of few thinking men left on the planet. So please enlighten us how you pull it off. Or do you engage in rhetorical writing as i suspect you do on such topics like politics?

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
  28. Joe Wong says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    The US should kick UN out of New York, and sell the site to pay down the national debt.

    • Replies: @polskijoe
  29. polskijoe says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    From the Catholic and possibly Orthodox Christian
    views

    having Jerusalem fully under Jewish control would be one step to
    destroying the Muslim site and putting a third temple.

    The ZioChristians think this is the Christ.
    But in reality that will be the AntiChrist.

  30. polskijoe says:
    @anon

    Canada abstained for two reasons:

    They are both Zionist and Globalist. Didnt want to piss of either group.
    Christina Freeland (minister of Canada) said the vote was unfair.
    She has a Bandera and Jewish ancestry.

  31. polskijoe says:
    @Joe Wong

    Its unlikely to happen. The UN building is on Rockefeller money and ground.
    The Globalists still have a lot of power in the US.

    Zionists would love to take control of world government, but at the moment thats not completely the case. They resort to spying on the conventions.

    Where would you put the UN? Preferably some neutral country?

    • Replies: @anon
  32. polskijoe says:

    My advice to Russia:

    1)Never return to Communism (Lenin or Stalin types), you will lose lots of friends.
    2)Increase your population. Russia is huge.
    3)Economy. Russias population is 145 milion. They should have a gdp of France and UK combined.
    This benefits you and gets you to superpower status. (But avoid becoming very rich, because you lose morals, you dont want to become a US, Japan, Taiwan, Sweden, income types).

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
  33. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @polskijoe

    I would dissolve the UN.

  34. @shamireader

    Merry Christmas! Communism is not an atheist ideology: it is secularised Christianity like neo-liberalism is secularised Judaism.

  35. @polskijoe

    you will lose lots of friends – what friends?

  36. @utu

    Utu, I have no love (or hate) to Stalin; my love is reserved to my wife(s) and children. My parents were devoted anti-Stalinists, and this is a matter of record, not a fantasy. Stalin is a part of anti-imperialist struggle, and a part of true Left heritage. A true leftist and a true anti-imperialist can’t possibly dismiss this historic figure.

  37. @anon

    Same sort of vote created Israel.

    • Replies: @Karl
  38. @Priss Factor

    The flowers to Stalin are given by victims of Gorbachev and Yeltsin.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  39. @RealAmericanValuesCirca1776Not1965

    Marxism is about class struggle, not about identity politics.

    • Replies: @Sergey Krieger
  40. @DOG

    They represent the millions killed by Gorbachev and Yeltsin’s turn to capitalism

    • Agree: Cyrano
  41. @Anatoly Karlin

    Dear Anatol, I do not consider LDPR a party of any importance. It is a “fuck you!” scream instead of a vote. As Zhirinovsky is close to retirement, there is nobody in his party that is of any notice, let alone importance. While the Communists are still the most important movement in Russia, albeit marred by their complacent attitude to the power.

    • Replies: @Anatoly Karlin
  42. @Israel Shamir

    The flowers to Stalin are given by victims of Gorbachev and Yeltsin.

    I guess this goes around in circles.

    Gorbachev tried to reform a system created by Stalin. In the end, it didn’t work. It had a War Economy but failed to provide enough bread and butter. Gorbachev tried, but the task was too daunting. He failed. Yeltsin had guts in the beginning, but he didn’t have the discipline and vision to control the sharks and goons around him.

    Russians need to break out of the cycle. Gorbachev failed because the Russian people failed. They were given freedom, but they didn’t know what to do with it. So, they got raped and looted. And only a strongman like Putin could restore order. But if Russians had taken control of their lives when Gorbachev gave them freedom, the mad 90s could have been averted.

    Russians need to be free + responsible. When Russians are free, they just drunk and dancing on tables. So, clever sharks take over and gain control as most people are too drunk and lazy. Then, things get so bad that the people want a strong man to restore order.

    It’s a vicious cycle. Russians need to have order on their own by responsible use of freedom. They can’t rely on strongmen forever. Also, not all strongmen are as sensible as Putin. Some could end up being like Stalin or Hitler.

  43. @Israel Shamir

    The popularity of Communist ideas decline monotonously as you down Russia’s age pyramid, becoming near irrelevant amongst the youngest cohorts. This is quite sufficient to explain the KPRF’s complacency – Zyuganov didn’t have the balls to challenge the results in 1996, the last time they had a realistic shot at power, and they have been demographically doomed ever since.

    This is great, since Communists like Lenin, the mustachioed Georgian, random Third Worlders (“anti-imperialism”), and the aesthetics of the Red Alert video games series (which I notice dominate Russian Communist online forums) much more than they do ordinary Russians.

    You are correct that the LDPR is indeed a somewhat artificial structure propped up largely by Zhirinovsky’s outsized personality – most likely it will not outlive the death or retirement of its Fuhrer. However, the nationalist share of the electorate – currently 15% of the total, 20% amongst youth – that gravitates to it, isn’t going anywhere.

  44. @Israel Shamir

    Excellent point. Considering they use Marxism in everything now days. Do not forget ownership of the means of production. Belated Merry Christmas.

  45. Sir, you are in denial. the communists were unambiguous about their hostility to religion and the church in particular since Marx declared the opium of the masses. I believe that is the number one reason the ussr lost to USA. They went against human nature as man being by nature a creature in search of his True Creator. You can blame Gorbachev all you want but he had the wisdom to realize the inhumanity of the Godless system and bring about its downfall without much bloodshed (of course not forgetting Chechnia and Yugoslavia). Please listen to this priest and honor the memory of all the martyrs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=099FxORybdY
    If the West is becoming equally Godless and heathen, that should not excuse the crimes of the erstwhile communist East. The former sins by omission, the latter by commission. To brainwash the public with an endless stream of trivialities and turn them into immoral imbeciles who forget God is not really the same as ordering them to stop worshipping Him and destroying churches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFlx55OANg8
    Solzenstyn in his Harvard speech hoped that humanity could learn from the errors of East and West and become uplifted to the next anthropological level. The task of intellectuals like you should be to find out the best part and what works from every society and spread to the four corners while fighting the worst so it doesn’t spread and if possible so it could be nipped in the bud. For the pen is mightier than the sword and the hearts of men are more readily persuaded by the words of the wise man than the brandishing of the sword.

  46. Karl says:
    @Israel Shamir

    38 Israel Shamir > Same sort of vote created Israel

    The State of Israel was created by people who now sleep in Israel’s military cemeteries

    • Agree: Johann Ricke
  47. Ximenes says:
    @utu

    I always had a problem with Israel Shamir for his undying love for Stalin.

    I have to wonder whether Stalin was his own man, or just a goyish puppet selected by the Bolshevik elite to cover their own crimes. Maybe the affection for him is similar to that for George W. Bush. He is recognized as a simple minded one-of-us who meant well but had no control or understanding of his surroundings.

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