My essay on Russian propaganda was published over at Sarah’s the other day, and I’ve been busy running around and failed to link to it. In it I discuss why Russian propaganda is so effective – especially in the west. There are some people who actually believe that the Soviet system was effective and fair, that there were no bread lines, and if there were, it’s because those greedy Russians insisted on fresh bread every day!
Here’s an excerpt.
The Russians don’t make a whole lot of mistakes in the agitprop and brainwashing arena. They indoctrinated generations of young people into worshipping suffering, and compared to their subtle campaigns abroad, the efforts against their own populace were positively hamhanded!
Today’s propaganda efforts are subtle and gradual. From drafting new history books that whitewashed tyranny – both past and present – to positive Russian messages through media outlets such as RT and Sputnik, to the nearly inconspicuous and dignified repatriation of the body of Russian nationalist philosopher Ivan Ilyin, the Russians continue to excel at indoctrination and propaganda. Is it any wonder they are spending billions to purchase media outlets in neighboring countries to spread their message?
Note how eagerly American Marxists fall for Russia’s victim routine.
No, Russians say, they never invaded Crimea! Crimea wanted to separate from Ukraine! There were no little green men, and they certainly weren’t Russian! That’s just a Western ploy to discredit Russia and keep Russia down, because the United States can’t stand to see a successful, sovereign Russia. Oh, and by the way, the US was responsible for manipulating oil prices to ensure that the ensuing sanctions to punish Russia for its actions in Crimea would hurt more!
No, Russia says, life was so much better in the past! There was law and order. There was nationalism. There was love of country and patriotism. All lived for everyone else. We need to turn inwards, says Russia. Do you see how much the West hates us? They impose economic sanctions. They lie about is. They want to cause us economic ruin and steal our resources. Time to look inward and turn away from the evil West.
I think the Russian propaganda efforts provide just the confirmation bias American leftists need to support their lunacy. They’ve never lived it. They don’t understand it. And when Russia says it’s not possible that people stood in bread lines, used wadded up newspaper to wipe their asses, and were, at best, denied employment, and at worst, arrested and sent to the gulag for WrongThink (read: criticizing the mighty state), they want desperately to believe it!
There can’t be suffering and privations when everyone gets the same, right? It’s ultimate equality!
The United States is just evil and is victimizing those poor Russians!
The Soviets took away money and power from those evil capitalists, those evil “rich” until there was no “rich” left and everyone suffered equally (except for those with connections, of course, but we don’t talk about that!).
Literally, every bias the American Marxists have is confirmed by Russian propaganda.
Anyway, so I blogged there. The discussion is quite lively, so enjoy!
Bottom line: Russian President Vladimir Putin has created a “National Guard” (Нацгвардия), but it’s not like the National Guard we’re accustomed to. While Putin claims this armed force, which incorporates some of the Interior Ministry troops, is created specifically to address terrorism, transnational organized crime, and arms trafficking in the country, it as a way to continue consolidating power in the presidency. It is a ministry-level organization that falls directly under the control of the President.
“If you have noticed, this decision is not simply related to detaching the interior troops from the Interior Ministry. But this has been done so that this new structure will now concentrate all that is connected with firearms. This refers to various kinds of security provision and the authorization system [to get the right to possess firearms], ensure oversight of private security firms and this also refers to interior troops proper,” Putin said.
Yes, I know the translation sucks, but think about this for a moment. The Russian president, who already has been well on the path to grabbing power, censorship, stringent nationalism, and violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of his country’s neighbors, is now creating himself a little army that’s focusing not just on terrorism and TOC, but also firearms trade. By the way, the Russian Federation in November 2014 eased firearms restrictions to allow its citizens to carry firearms for self defense, but now Putin is controlling some pretty powerful military troops who focus internally.
Call me crazy and untrusting, but I wouldn’t want any government – especially not an authoritarian crap weasel like Putin – having control of his own little army that can be used against the citizenry, and given Russia’s pivot toward statism in the past few years, this Нацгвардия is more than concerning.
We view the right to keep and bear arms as a bulwark against tyranny. The fact that Putin has now created an armed entity, controlled solely by him, to focus on “all that is connected with firearms” should tell you everything you need to know about where that nation is headed internally. And that, my friends, coupled with the recent aggression of Russian fighter jets first buzzing the USS Donald Cook, and then flying dangerously close to one of our recon craft, is indicative of the kind of threats with which the next President will be dealing.
Everything old is new again.
So…. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is planning to fellate the Islamic militants instead? Just curious.
The Liberal government says Canada is not at war with Islamic militants — a view not shared by ally France.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion are rejecting the “at war” label just one day after the bombings in Brussels that killed more than 30 people and injured 270.
After the attacks, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Europe was “at war.”
They’re not “at war,” Trudeau says, because it doesn’t fit the definition of war as he understands it.
I’m not sure what his “understanding” of “war” is, but I would say if their guys are launching attacks on our countries and killing our people, that’s kind of… uh… war.
The dictionary says that the definition of “war” is “armed conflict.” So I’m thinking using explosives against innocent people like they did in the Brussels attack a few days ago, and staging shooting attacks, as they did in Paris and San Bernardino, counts as “armed conflict.”
But Trudeau appears to be one of these coddled fuckwits, whose strategy against murderous jihadist slime is to stick his tongue as far up their asses as humanly possible and pray that they don’t turn around and recognize he’s there.
“Death to the West!”
“But we’re not at war with you! No really! Look how squeaky clean I’ve made your anus!”
“Death to you western, imperialist swine!”
“But wait! No! We are good with you murdering innocents elsewhere! It’s OK! Look, we’re far away from Europe, see? We’re not involved.”
“Get your tongue out of my arse. It’s starting to irritate my delicate starfish. Oh, yeah, and DIE!”
“Oh, but we’re not…. AAAAAAAAAAAH!”
You’re welcome for the visual. Tip your waiters.
I don’t ever underestimate Vladimir Putin. I realize he’s a cunning, authoritarian, aggressive prick, who is – in my humble opinion – is wholly unsatisfied with the lone superpower situation in the world and is working to strengthen Russia by threatening and buying influence in the former Soviet bloc states and the Commonwealth of Independent States in an attempt to return the world to a bipolar environment.
He annexed Crimea without having to take overt military action, he’s been fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, and he remains defiant, even as the rest of the world slaps his country with sanctions, kicking Russia’s economy in the proverbial giblets, exacerbated by tanking oil prices, which have also squeezed Russia’s testes thanks, in part, to its leadership’s failure to diversify its economy. He’s not to be underestimated. He’s a dangerous adversary.
But you know what? Putin’s chest-thumping act is getting awfully old.
In a latest bout of decrepit fossil dick wagging, Putin is now threatening Sweden with consequences if Sweden joins NATO.
Russia would take military “countermeasures” if Sweden were to join Nato, according to the Russian ambassodor.
In an interview with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, Viktor Tatarinstev warned against joining the Nato alliance, saying there would be “consequences”.
“The country that joins Nato needs to be aware of the risks it is exposing itself to.”
Tatarinstev blamed souring Swedish-Russian relations on a media campaign in which “Russia is often described as an attacker who only thinks of conducting wars and threatening others”
Let’s see if I got this right. Russia threatens Sweden, and then blames the media for describing Russia as threatening others. Because no one notices the irony here, right?
Additionally, let’s examine the situation closely.
Should Sweden become a member of NATO, it will be a member of a military alliance that operates on the principle that an attack on one NATO member is an attack on all. This is an alliance that spent $892 billion on defense last year, compared to Russia’s $81 billion. And it’s an alliance that consists of 28 countries, that although dysfunctional in many ways, will come together and unilaterally kick Russia’s ass back to the czarist era.
So, I’m thinking Russia’s threat may push Sweden closer to joining NATO, which will make Putin’s pompous saber rattling seem even more pathetic – like the incoherent, mildly amusing, but impotent squawking of a decrepit geezer, screeching at the whippersnappers to get off his lawn.
Submitted without comment, because I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.
MOSCOW – Russia’s Defense Ministry says the head of the military’s main intelligence service, Col.-Gen. Igor Sergun, has died at age 58.
A ministry statement said he died suddenly on Sunday, but gave no further information on the cause of death or where it occurred.