Posted On: Monday - September 6th 2021 11:29AM MST
In Topics:   Commies  The Russians  Globalists
Peak Stupidity promised many moons ago to write something (a post or two) about the recent history of Russia. By "recent history", I mean, a time when I was around and aware of world politics. After the end of the Cold War, I, and, I'm guessing, most Americans, paid no more attention to the Russians, especially during that awful*1990s period of uncertainty, despair, and mass-scale financial looting by the American Globalists.
It was like this, to me: Hey, we finally ended the Cold War and the massive threat** of Communism. We had had to put up with that threat from those bastards for over 40 years. Fuck those people. I realized during the Cold War period that, no, not all the Russians themselves were Communists. They just lived with it. The Russians put up with that Communist government, though, and they should have done something themselves about it. In the end, I didn't care what happened to them.
Russia under the rule of Vladimir Putin may not now have the prestige, or even the (purported) economic status, it had during its Soviet Union Empire era. How important is that to the Russian people though? They have seen lots of improvement since the 1990s. They've done much better than America since WE won the Cold War in a major respect. They and President Putin have not let their nation be ruined by the Globalists as the Americans have and as their Government has been an active part of!
Last week VDare published an article by writer Wayne Allensworth (he appears only very occasionally there) titled 30 Years After Communism Fell, Putin Offers Alternative To Globalism. That's Why Our Ruling Class Hates Him.
Per this well-written and interesting article, Mr. Allensworth was there, during the bleak period of the 1990s. That is what he writes about in the first section . He mentions what he saw in Vladivostok in the beginning of the 1990s:
A week later I was in Moscow. Beggars were quite common: amputees, destitute pensioners, old war veterans wearing their threadbare uniforms and tarnished medals, the very old and the very young, as armies of orphans took to the streets of Russian cities. Street vendors, often educated people who had worked in industry or for the state apparatus, hawked all sorts of cheap goods, often Chinese in origin, on the sidewalks of the dingy capital's streets.Will Americans have this good well after our fall? I mean, diversity is our strength, right, so ...? In Russia, the worst of it all was during that even calendar decade right up to the last day. Boris Yeltsin resigned on New Years Eve of 1999. Again, I would like to read more about this period in Russia. Per Mr. Allensworth:
Through it all, I noted the good will of many of the Russians I met, people who seemed glad that the Cold War was behind us.
That emotional warmth would not survive the "shock therapy" economic policies of the Russian government that, on the recommendation of Western advisors, had gone all in on neo-liberal reforms, lifting price controls and beginning the massive selloff of Soviet era assets. Gradualists had warned that the country might collapse under the strain, and it nearly did. The political and economic dislocations that followed the Soviet collapse, along with the unpopular economic policies ("shock without therapy") helped ignite a political conflict between President Boris Yeltsin and the legislature, the Russian Supreme Soviet, that would end with a mini-civil war in Moscow, when tanks commanded by Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (the tank crews were reluctant to take such orders from lower ranking officers) blasted the parliament into submission in October,1993.I remember at the time wondering why the American military and Deep State thought it was a good idea to push the Bear into a corner like this. Why did we need these countries in Russia's front yard in NATO? Why did we need NATO? Were we just trying to rub it in? I hate Communists as much as the next guy, and more, but the Russians weren't Communists anymore, and we had beat them, already.
The "Wild 90s" traumatized the Russian people in ways Westerners failed to fully understand at the time. And they also failed to account for historic Russian distrust of the West—the flipside of the good will I had seen so much of early on in Yeltsin-era Russia. By the end of the 90s, with NATO intervening in the ruins of Yugoslavia, bombing, among other sites, targets in Serbia, a traditional Russian ally, even Yeltsin had had enough and made his displeasure known to "friend Bill," as he called President Clinton, to no avail.
The Globalists were the ones that wanted to loot the Russian economy of its assets and rub the people's noses in the dirt. Wayne Allensworth's next section is an enlightening discussion of the real idealogical battle during the Cold War era. Please read this whole article, but I'll excerpt one part from the middle of the 2nd section of it:
The passage of the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 was a key point in the evolution of the Left-Liberal managerial regime during the Cold War. Opening the immigration flood gates was part of the Cold War architecture of the era. The propaganda aspect of the Cold War was fought in ideological terms as a clash between Communism and Capitalism (“the Free World”), a war of ideas, not of countries with concrete national interests and distinct peoples. Hart-Celler, which opened the door to non-European immigration, was an ideological extension of the Civil Rights legislation of the era, which was used in Cold War information campaigns to counter Soviet anti-capitalist and anti-U.S. propaganda.That's a very interesting take for those of us who reckoned the Cold War was a simple ideological struggle that we'd won in 1989. Mr. Allensworth doesn't argue that it wasn't, in the early part, but sees it as having morphed into a Globalist triumph by the end of it.
Discrimination of any kind was viewed by U.S. elites as arming the Communists with useful propaganda points—a Western democracy discriminating against the colored peoples of the earth undermined the global anti-Communist line.
Universalist language in American political discourse wasn’t anything new, but the Cold War went a long way toward promoting America as an idea, not a real place or a people with national interests to defend.
Thus, a global elite spawned during the Cold War, bolstered by Cold War era ideological abstractions, had consolidated its stranglehold on power in the Western world. The United States wasn’t exactly the leader of “the Free World,” but, rather, had become the seat of an expansive globalist project.
The last section, "'Putinism' as an alternative developmental model ("Cold War II")" has a description of Russian politics and the great improvements in that country since the lost years of the 1990s. As a ruler, Vladimir Putin has been no Thomas Jefferson. (OK, Thomas Jefferson did not believe in "rulers" in this sense to begin with.) However, after 7 decades of Communism and then another of massive economic hardship, the state of society in Russia was in no condition for a Thomas Jefferson to be able to help. Putin has done a lot more for his country than the US Congress has for its.*** He's had a positive effect while our Feral Government has had a large NEGATIVE effect.
At the top of this post, I gave my feelings of 25 years back about the Russians and about how little I gave a damn about the place then. After seeing what Communists and Globalists can do to a place, I have a lot more sympathy. In 10 years, it may be the Russians laughing at us, with even more a reason to not care what happens to the place and the people. We should make sure we don't succumb to the bastards the way the Russians did a century back.
PS: I don't think it'll be the Russians looting what assets remain of this place. The Chinese have a lot more money. The possible future looting of America by the Chinese has been speculated on in a six-part series:
Part 1: Intro.
Part 2: Housing
Part 3: Big Biz
Part 4: The Fruited Plain
Part 5: The Wilderness
Part 6: Conclusion - The Golden Rule
* Though I don't say it was anything more awful than most of the years of the USSR.
** The EXTERNAL threat, that is. The INTERNAL one was on the rise, but most did not pay attention.
*** That's the problem. As Globalists, they have not seen it as "their" country.