Culture of Failure

In the US, people flaunt their poverty (real or fake) to show kinship with the common man. This began as a revolution from European aristocracy, but it has melded with a general scorn for the imaginary group: “the 1%.” The absurdity and inaccuracy of the term matters little. The masses need a simple, understandable enemy for their fear to coalesce into action. To be rich and successful is to be suspect.

In Ukraine, people flaunt their wealth (real or fake). They’ve had enough equality under the Soviet Union. It is cool to rise above the masses. I love it here. I feel like I’m supposed to do great things. I’m trying.

4 thoughts on “Culture of Failure

  1. elmer

    Roman, you love it there because you are not stuck there, and you can get out at any time.

    If you want to do great things – get rid of Yanusvoloch and his family, number one.

    Number two, figure out a way to get rid of all the sovok mafiosi in Parliament and government.

    Number three, figure out a way to get rid of the brutal, pervasive, embedded corruption.

    Number four, figure out a way to get through the thick zombified Zookrainian skulls that they must replace the sovok mafia state with democracy.

    After that, they can engage in the time-honored Ukrainian tradition – arguing about anything and everything, which they do now, of course.

    The question is whether they’re going to keep doing it in a shithole-hellhole, or in a decent, free and civilized country.

    As far as flaunting wealth – well, Roman, they did it during sovok times also, but it was “muted”. Some people were more equal than others, and had palaces or lavish homes or better and bigger and well-furnished apartments.

    It also led to bizarre behavior – during sovok times, people made humongous efforts to acquire jeans – Vranglerz, Levies, it didn’t matter. The more torn up and beat up, the better – because it showed that one had access to verboten Western goods, and had owned them a long time.

    People would actually wear these beat-up jeans to “status” events, complete, sometimes, with tuxedo jackets, etc., at assorted dinners, opera, etc.

    And – the efforts to collect Western music and Western musical instruments were gargantuan – because all was verboten.

    There are other examples.

    Nowadays, watches – lavish, extravagant, inordinately expensive watches – seem to be the way to go in the insane asylum called Zookraine.

    Also – unbelievably expensive cars.

    Yes, indeed, conspicuous consumption to show off all the wealth that was stolen fair and square, through crooked privatization deals and assorted other techniques.

    If I were you, I would make sure that you carry an old, empty wallet at all times to protect yourself from the thieves and pickpockets in Zookraine.

    If you could get rid of Yanusvoloch and his ilk – that would be great.

  2. elmer

    yes, I do get the title of your post, Roman – culture of failure. It is apt.

    One thing I forgot to mention:

    You won’t see the lavish mansions and palaces that are the result of blatant theft – Mezhihirya, Koncha Zaspa, Victor Medvedchuk’s palace with the musical color water fountains.

    Those are all walled off, the roads are sealed off, and those are guarded by armed guards. And nearby residents are “instructed” that “mum’s the word.”

    Also, you won’t see all the offshore money accounts, hidden with assorted Lichtenstein and British Virgin Islands (and elsewhere) trusts and entities.

    Although these days they are a little more cautious about the Swiss bank accounts, after what happened to Lazarenko.

  3. Ed K

    Elmer, keep trying to point Roman in correct direction. He
    wanders off the path too often. He needs obligations to
    make him walk straight. That could be large robust lady
    who takes no guff from husband.

    Know any ladies in Lviv who would be able to twist
    his arm to get him into church before he is too old to
    consumate marriage? He thinks he will be 29 for ever…

    Young men blame women’s lib as reason for not accepting
    family obligations. Maybe you could put sign on street in
    front of his apartment directing them there?

  4. Roman

    Elmer — I consider the theft and fraud so rampant among Ukraine’s elite to be an intellectually distinct problem. Certainly a problem, though.

    However, after growing in the US which is increasingly hostile to success, Ukraine is a breath of fresh air.

    Thanks for reading & commenting!


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