Great inside view of Kremlin propaganda & Noise MC — a Russian anti-Kremlin rapper (VICE)

Listen to the guy at 7:00 — the thing that’s important is power.

@ 14:52 — the important thing about Crimea is that everyone understands Russia is powerful.

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  1. elmer

    The Russian Federation is a state in search of a nation.

    Here’s what occurs to me:

    – the national anthem should be changed to “Back in the USSR” by the Beetelssy

    – the national motto should consist of the following:
    —- “I want to see my neighbor’s barn burn down”
    —- “Please, Putler, beat me better, hurt me better, steal from me better”

    – Russia can be divided into 2 parts – Kremlinoids and Russians. Berserk Kremlinoid idiots with perverted logic and guns, and normal sane people.

    – Kremlinoids believe that the validity of any argument or idea depends on shouting, spitting, hollering, screaming, and beating people up.

    – Hence, one sees Zvirinosvky, an utter maniac, doing his typical maniacal act, and people in the street screaming about Obama and doing their dance on the Ukrainian flag for the cameras.

    – Putler’s Kremlinoid Rasha is a complete lightweight – Nigeria with missiles. Maskva and Putler’s palaces are not Russia.

    – In order to pump himself up, Putler the lightweight imagines he is at war with the US.

    Hence, if Putler the idiot dwarf is at war with the US, a superpower, then, according to twisted and perverted Kremlinoid “logic,” Russia must be a superpower.

    Not everyone in Russia gobbles up the Kremlinoid dictatorial perversion.

    But it is very sad that there are people who do.

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  2. elmer

    Andrew Wilson has some extremely valuable observation about the Kremlinoids here:

    http://www.tol.org/client/article/24820-europes-seven-deadly-sins.html

    ……
    The manner in which Russian propaganda exploits Western journalism has been well-described elsewhere. Here I will add three common intellectual traps.

    (i) What-about-ism

    According to which we cannot criticize A, because B is the same – which all too easily becomes a disarming moral pacifism. In the opposite permissive form of this paradigm, if X can do Y, then why can’t we do it too? Russia is particularly adept at framing its actions as the mirror-image of America’s. Crimea is the same as Kosovo; if America can invade Iraq we can invade eastern Ukraine.

    …..

    Putin’s Russia is constantly on the lookout for perceived slights. But the real problem is that both supposed Russian national interests and tropes like “humiliation” are not objective givens but are the product of Russia’s political technology propaganda machine. Tropes like “Russia has been humiliated,” “Russia is surrounded by enemies,” “The West destroyed the USSR” – none of these is really true. Deep-seated structural problems caused the USSR’s decline but not its collapse. The Soviet Union reached a negotiated end, and the only negotiators were Russians, Ukrainians, and the leaders of the other then-Soviet republics.

    Russia is a propaganda state or “political technology” state. Its day-to-day diet is myth. Its foreign policy is full or dubious assertions and fake facts, such as the current process of “reassuring” Russia over entirely spurious objections to the trade agreement with Ukraine.

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    1. Roman

      Good excerpts.

      Also from the article:

      —“The intellectual revolution since 1968 has run its course. We need a paradigm shift, one that would keep the critical theory, the underlying commitment to emancipation from outdated authorities, and our belief in cultural pluralism, but ditch nonjudgemental relativism and clichéd responses in the garb of world-weary “realism” or cynicism.”—

      keep the critical theory -> Hell no!
      ditch nonjudgemental relativism -> yes.

      —“6. POST-ORIENTALIST THINKING ABOUT UKRAINE

      We are no better at understanding the European East. We are now used to following Edward Said’s invitation to inverse perspective and see the problems of the Middle East and Near East as the legacy of empire. But European intellectuals are not so good at doing the same for our other orient, the European East.”—

      That’s because the story of Eastern Europe disrupts the heroic WWII narrative the West so loves to gossip about.

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