Russia’s Art of Resentment

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There seems to be some global confusion about just where Russian dictator (call him for what he is) Vladimir Putin stands and what it is that he wants.  Instead of looking at his contradictory public positions, let’s look instead at the most honest indicator of just what he wants: where he spends his TV and movie dollar.

In the arena of television, the Kremlin sponsors an entire English broadcast network in America called RT.  It is about as far left as it is possible to get.  Today’s headlines: “Modern capitalism has reached the end of its rope.”  “Occupy Wall Street – is mass civil disobedience the only way?” “Putin promotes ‘Eurasian Schengen’ in first program article.”  Who hosts the shows on RT?  Thom Hartmann, the hard left radio host, who just this week gave “his take on why the global economic system is becoming a legion of psychopaths,” interviewed atheist Richard Dawkins, complained about “the issue of rising healthcare premiums in America,” asked whether “America is getting carried away in the ‘War on Terror,’” and jumped on Republican “resistance to passing legislation which would add millions of jobs to the US economy.”  Another one of RT’s shows is hosted by Alyona Minkovski, a correspondent who is precisely as liberal as Hartmann.  This week, she wondered, “as Occupy Wall Street spreads to other cities in the US … how much it’s going to take to bring about any real change.”  She also wondered whether “what this country needs is less democracy.”

The fact that the Russian government sponsors a far left network in the United States is no surprise – they oppose capitalism in all of its forms.

But what’s more disturbing is where the Russians spend their entertainment cash.  Over the weekend, I streamed the Russian nominee for the 2006 Academy Award for Best Language Film, 9th Company.  This film was handed the Golden Eagle Award for Best Feature Film by the Russian Academy of Cinema Arts.  It was co-produced by the Russian Federal Agency of Culture and Cinema & The Ministry of Culture.  Putin himself praised it as “close to life” and said that it was a “very good film.”  “This is a tragic story from the life of our country and our people,” said Putin.  “But people who fought [in Afghanistan] for their ideals did a good job.”  Putin actually invited the film’s director to his residence to watch it.

So what’s the film about?  It follows a perfect communist company into Afghanistan, where they fight the mujahideen.  Everything this company does is metaphorically a justification for communism and imperialist aggression.  When the company is first brought together, they dislike each other intensely.  But under the crack whip of their drill sergeant, they pull together.  He beats them.  He abuses them.  And he cudgels them into tip-top shape.  Up to now, this is nothing we haven’t seen in Full Metal Jacket.

Where the movie truly takes its communist turn is about halfway in.  Two of the recruits think about dropping out.  They decide not to while looking up at the Soviet flag.  The whole troop then goes to visit “Snow White,” the local town soldier groupie, who sees every troop off by having sex with all of them.  All of the members of the company trek over to a warehouse, where they proceed to shtup her.  This scene culminates in the sensitive artist of the group telling her she is beautiful, a Venus – and all the members of the group bowing around her naked body.  In the Soviet Union, it’s share and share alike.

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  • Alexander Gofen

    I would be the last person suspected in a sympathy to Russia, which is an unfortunate product of a 70 years long "unnatural selection", wars, degeneration, brutal dictatorship, and poverty. It was that bloody "selection" which had distilled a pure concentrated misery of the human condition there. They had never known anything better than their "glorious past".

    Yet I have more reasons to disgust the West and America, who contracted the same Marxist/progressive infection WILLINGLY. Here the misery of the human condition has surfaced up and took over freely, without any brutal "distillation process". "Freely" it took longer: about 100 years. Yet the totality of the liberast infection is just the same, while the sickness is even uglier: Sovetskies at least promoted the family values and prosecuted open perverts.

    Today we have a low life crowd attacking the rich, and the rich speaking the talking points of the Soviet ideologues. And every stinking school or university down to the Ivy League speaking the talking points of the Soviet ideologues. And every stinking TV channel or news paper. And the government is speaking the talking points of the Soviet ideologues. Actually worse.

    Soviet ideologues just talked on behalf of the low life, yet the American government talks the points and actually SUBSIDIZES the low life: domestic and foreign, legal and illegal! Its fervor is so grotesque, that it subsidizes the low life actually not having money and ruining the entire financial system. All that culminated with de facto nullification of the Constitution, total corruption of the three branches of government, de facto merged parties, and the 2008 coup enthroning the impostor and fraud Obama/Soetoro, while everybody stay in denial.

    And you say Russia…

    • Stan Lee

      Alexander Gofen:
      Living in a large eastern USA city, with about 90,000 Russian-speaking people, I have some Russian-speaking friends and acquaintances. They express the least surprise at what's happening in our American society. They know by experience what it was like to live under the Soviet system. I suppose there are still relatives there in what was the Soviet Union.
      Only last night, having tea with a friend, when I mentioned this Wall St. business, my friend scoffed at it and said "They are playing at Communism, they wouldn't have lasted a week in the Soviet Union." Of course, and you emphasized the fact, the Soviet system did not subsidize drone-type people. Unfortunately, here the drones receive support from government.

    • Alexander Gofen

      To clarify more on Stan Lee's comment, under Soviets there was no market system – thus no way even to determine the price of labor, the income, and the tax rates. (Officially the citizens paid something like 14% tax of what was set as the salary). Vaguely we can assume that the totalitarian state collected everything above the very minimum of the officially set level of survival as the huge revenue .

      All that huge money where utilized exclusively for the military (cosmic) development and for export of the communism into the world. It was out of the question that a non-working able bodied citizen could ever get even 1 ruble of "help". In fact, it was a felony to not work for an able bodied citizen!

      The Soviet government was mean – but not stupid! They spent their revenues (as explained above) for promoting the government ambitions – rather than to care about the so called downtrodden low life!

  • mrbean

    Russia’s dictator-for-life Vladimir Putin is every bit as sinister and evil as Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Mao Tse-tung. He is a ruthless killer—of his own people and others, and of the human spirit. Recently, he warned against despotism and chaos in Russia[, which is equivalent to Hitler warning against the death camps, or Stalin and Mao warning against the ravages of communism. Putin is the face of America’s enemies today, personified, as well as the enemy of free peoples everywhere. He is responsible for the dismantling of Russia’s incipient democracy. Despots like him are destroyed ultimately. However, in the interim, the death and destruction they bring about are savage, barbaric and tragic. Like a Mob boss, Putin is apt to die a cruel and horrible death, mirroring the cruelty that he and his ex-KGB lackeys have brought to so many in Russia and soon will bring many more elsewhere

  • Fred Dawes

    We will see mass killing in the coming third world war, we will all be dead and nothing will mean nothing both the US AND The Russia people will be killed and the chinese people will be killed and all of European and its people and the jews and the Muslims and the little japs will see mass death this is not a political thing its a death thing and yes ALL PEOPLE WANT MASS MURDER OF Each others ideals and kids and old and young its the way people have been and it means blood pain and evil and hell yes Putin is just like hitler or stalin and if he could he would murder your 5 year old son in the name of Love of country the last century killed 80 million humans good ones and evil ones this coming mass killing will kill 5 billion.

  • Tom

    One thing I'm always amazed at is that Google will give equal space to RT news as American news for many world issues. Of course that's been happening with Al Jezeera for a few years. The term "globalization" to most people means the global source of physical products. But I see that term now starting to represent a source of knowledge about world events. Carry that effect even further, and we see that immigration into Western societies is undermining education by simply deleting parts of history and force-feeding others. What's worse, I got this story from RT!

  • Larry

    Stop conceding the linguistic and philosophical ground by calling radical leftards liberals when they are not.

    They are the most illiberal specimens out there, who want to control everything that you do, say, think, and feel.

    The Tea Party movement is a genuinely liberal movement, the leftards aren't, but until they are challenged on their abrogation of the term they will continue to get away with their posturing and lying.

  • flyingtiger

    After seeing what has happened when the US entered Afganistan, I am beginning to think that we were wrong opposing the the Soviet invasion. They would be still tied down in Afganistan, they would be killing people that hate the Americans while taking heavy losses. Bin Laden would have been too busy running…er…fighting the Soviets to plan 9/11.
    Damn you Charlie Wilson and others for doing this.

  • Ghostwriter

    I hope someone doesn't decide to bring "9th Company" to America. I don't think I want to see that. Nor I doubt any of the Afghans or Russians who live here.

    • theirishdragon

      Actually, it already has. I've seen it.

  • UCSPanther

    Vladimir Putin is as cunning-and trustworthy as a snake…