Russia Sinking

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You would think that the security of V.V. Putin should be more important than the immunity of a band of cops who rob a mover of black market currency. Be that as it may, the case was never solved, notwithstanding the fact that the guys from Mahachkaly found the instigator of the robbery and handed him over to the police.

5.6. Thirdly, a subordinate executes orders of his superiors only when the subordinate is satisfied that he has received the maximum. Another way of putting it: in this system there are no orders, rather there are requests for services rendered. The relationship between a subordinate and his superior are analogues to two market dealers — a buyer and a seller. The seller is the boss who presents the offer, while the buyer agrees only if it worth his while.

5.7. And fourthly, when the system does execute and order from the top, it is not capable of doing it in a professional manner. An example is the criminal prosecution of Hadorkovsky, who was accused of physically stealing all of the oil produced by the UKOS firm.

The Swarm

6.1. “System” – not an accurate word to describe such organizations. The word “system” presumes something highly regulated and often including a central governing body. “Swarm” is a much more precise definition.

6.2. Though a swarm has a high level of organization; it exists due to the most basic instincts. Termites are capable of constructing structures of great complexity, but because a governing leadership. Rather, they follow a series of simple commands like: “when another ant has marked an area with pheromones, leave a branch here.”

In exactly the same way Russian cops are able to work very complex criminal cases by obeying simple commands like: “ If something happened to an individual, charge him with a criminal act.” Recently, one of my friends, a businesswoman, had her purse stolen containing important documents. She went to the police. The first question she was asked was, “Oh, so you are an entrepreneur? ” After an hour she finally managed to get out of there: never mind the purse!

6.3. A swarm does not possess common reasoning. A swarm has only its individual instincts. One part of a swarm is incapable of giving orders to the other part. It is for this reason that certain orders from leaders are carried out (the pheromones left by them are active), but only if the hormonal condition of the subordinate persona is in his self-interest. If a general says to a hungry major, “don’t touch the food,” the major will continue eating. However, if the general says to a satiated major, “eat,” the major will not eat.

6.4. The swarm is not unconcerned when certain members refuse to behave in a mutually satisfying manner. Not all bureaucrats take bribes. Not all policemen kill citizens. That is not what’s important. Just like in a city besieged by marauders: some of the soldiers may refuse to pillage and kill. But their behavior has little impact on the fate of the citizens.

6.5. Marauding – the highest form of social disorganization.


7.1. If most of the money in a country is earned in the marketplace, companies will deploy its production where it is least expensive to buy land and workers. This, then, automatically facilitates a decentralized economy.  If, however, most of the money that is earned is based on government decisions, companies will strive to base themselves where these contracts are signed. Companies, therefore, who can benefit from these contracts, are automatically brought together and concentrated in one place: and that place is Moscow.

7.2. From the Administrations point of view the country is divided up between Moscow (where no one came make a decision because of the conflicting interests of various clans) and the rest of the country (where no one can make a decision because they must ask Moscow first). From the standpoint of the transportation industry, again, Russia is divided into Moscow (where you can’t move because of the traffic jams) and the rest of the country (where you can’t move because of the absence of roads).

7.3. The transportation system, in fact, turns out to be a very good metaphor for Russian society. Imagine a bureaucrat who has pilfered all the funds designated for road repair, now solves his personal transportation issues by employing a siren and flashing lights on his vehicle. The condition of roads is the condition the ruling system in Russia.


8.1. The totalitarian regimes of the past have attempted to conquer the world. To do this they prohibited the “brain drain.” Stalin would rather allow a scientist to rot in Siberia, than let him go to the West. The current Russian regime is not attempting to conquer the world — because if they did that, where would they purchase their Mercedes-Benzes and where would they send the money made from oil exports?

From 1991 to 1996, at the height of the post-perestroika period’s economic distress, 429,000 people emigrated from Russia. From 2003 to 2008, during its most prosperous period based on oil sales, 440,000 left the country.  People are leaving not for just a better life, but for more freedom.

8.2. And the more that talented and capable people leave; the easier it is to rule the remaining swarm. The regime, by de facto, is supporting the “brain drain.”


9.1. One of the most obvious indications of the swarm’s lack of reason is: the absence of past memory. The swarm does not remember what happened yesterday. If a swarm of mosquitoes hovers around a certain spot, then moves to another, then comes back to the former, it is not because it remembered something about the first location. It occurred due to its haphazard movement of swarm members and the rule: “Keep yourself at a specific distance from certain members.”

9.2. Our ruling swarm has shown a complete lack of a memory. Today, we might stigmatize the World Trade Organization (WTO), agreeing to become members only with our friend Byelorussia and tomorrow its Lukashenko, under the pretext of signing a tariff agreement, insists on receiving from us tariff-free oil. We are friends with the USA on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays when Putin meets with Obama, but then on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays we become hostile, when Putin decides to stop imports of American ham or display anger regarding the US anti-ballistic shield program.

9.3. The system does not remember what it said yesterday. It only reacts to whomever it is upset with today.

Public Relations (PR) instead of an ideology

10.1. There is only one function of this highly frenzied activity and it is the last to die: that function is self-justification. There is nothing more inherent in an individual than the desire to see oneself as something great. And no one desires this more than a completely devastated drug addict.

And what does this drug addict say to himself? a) No one shows me any respect. b) I am the greatest. c) The time will come when I’ll show them all!

The more drugs he takes, the further he escapes from reality. To escape even further he needs more and more drugs.

10.2. The self-awareness of the ruling swarm is not unlike the self-awareness of a drunk. The drug is injected with the use of an Ostankino syringe. (The Ostankino tower is the largest TV antenna in Moscow).

10.3. Their self-awareness in no way resembles an ideology. Rather, it is merely PR. Ideology is an algorithm, which prescribes correct behavior to the believer of the ideology. But, PR is a mechanism for justifying behavior.

Adam Smith

11.1. Society should be configured in such a way that the desire for self-interest evolves in to a desire for the common good. This is the definition of a free society.

Many other societal systems – bureaucratic, feudalistic, class – oriented – extract personal advantage at the expense of others. From the moment the industrial revolution began these societies were no longer competitive in the free market.

Contrary to certain pessimistic views that, for example, “Russia was good for nothing” – with a history of slavery and a predisposition to authoritarian rule (a point of view aggressively propagated by the ruling swarm under the label, “Russia’s unique historical path”) – we see that a host of different nations at different times changed to free societies.

At the beginning of the 20th century, China was an empire on the decline. Their leaders were smoking opium and selling of their country to the hated foreigners. By the middle of the century, because of an extreme famine, the Chinese resorted to cannibalism. But today, China is a dynamically developing super power.  Just seven years ago, Georgia was considered to be the essence of a Soviet state and a synonym for racketeering, corruption and legal thievery. Today, police no longer take bribes and it has become one of the most open economies in the world. South Korea and North Korea are no different in terms of their historical past or unique social spirit. They differ, exclusively, in their corresponding ruling systems.

History has no certainty. History is defined by decisions.

Japan, Singapore, South Korea, China, Chili, and a multitude of other countries at different times and under different circumstances had to find solutions to catch up to progress and development. These solutions can also be found in Russia. Russia is too great a country to be destroyed by lice.

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  • Chezwick

    So many of the same bureaucratic monstrosities that afflict Russia also afflict the USA and Europe….just differing levels of the disease…which is socialism.

  • Schlomotion

    And Russia is appreciably different from the United States how?

  • wctaqiyya

    The author just described America.

    • Looking4Sanity

      So it would appear. That's what 100 years of creeping socialism will do for you.

      • wctaqiyya

        More than 150 years actually. The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands being the first welfare program in America. Circa 1867ish. Welfare is nothing if not predictable, it always fails.

  • Looking4Sanity

    "The pathologies dragging a great nation down…."

    Wait…what? Since when was Russia EVER a "great" nation? Large? Yes. Powerful? Yes. Great? Hell no! Never was and never will be.

    Everyone gets their nose out of joint when someone refers to America as "exceptional"…which it undeniably is…and yet we're expected to swallow this bilge water about Russia being "great" without question or comment?

    I don't think so!

  • Crossbow87

    One thing this essay makes me think of; why would we ever be afraid of Russia in a military sense? If we had to match up conventional on conventional, I don't think the issue would be in doubt. It would only be a matter of time.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, Byzantium developed the Valens Aquaduct and even the Ottoman Turks use it for years and Hagia Sophia the largest dome church. It fact Byzantium earlier years prior to the Islamic invasion of the 7th century still has buildings that last longer than modern buildings. THe main problem with Russia is it property laws because of the Soviet Era were even more pirmative on property rights than the Justinian code. As Paul Johnson wrote of 19thcentury China it was still living in the age of Justinian with a more backward currency.

  • Y.K. Cherson

    1. Russia today can hardly be called "a great nation". But your allegations that it´.s losing is greatness because the Russian society under Putin is not free seems very doubtful. You of course know that the period of Russia being a Superpower fell on the years of Stalin and Khruschev´s rule. These years can be called whatever- except the years of freedom in Russia /USSR.

    A greatness of the country does not depend on how much freedom this country enjoys, otherwise we shall have to classify Switzerland as the greatest country on Earth.

    2. I do not want to see Russia going the way of the Western European neo- liberal democracies which have gone nuts on "rights" and "freedoms" ; it´s the road to insanity and economic stagnation.

    3. Your attack on Putin who manages to combine a gradual restoration of the greateness of Russia with the level of personal freedoms for Russian citizens these citisens have never had in all the Russian history looks unfair and unconvincing.

  • Schlomotion

    The obscurity is an illusion. I have done this in public before. This forum prefers obscurity and anonymity. The first step taken in any of these articles is to take a known or semi-known figure, reduce them to a character, and then whittle away the character in an Abracadabra spell. The best evidence of this is that Robert Spencer cannot debate in person, Pamela Geller cannot form cohesive sentences, and David Horowitz can only vilify college girls. This kind of politics is done through blogs and school newspapers, columns, and paid advertisements. I agree that it is a 90 pound weakling, but it is a 90 pound weakling with a restraining order, a megaphone, and a big roll of Do-Not-Cross tape.

    As I said before, I am not putting down America. I am myself an American and lament its downward spiral into a corporate police state with soc.ialism for the CEO. I am not electronically obscure, as you say, as the first 30 pages of Google hits for Contextflexed will attest. I am a real human being, named Robert Goodwin who lives in Boston, and I never say anything that I wouldn't say to someone's face.

  • Schlomotion

    Yeah. That's not a big deal. Obviously people get banned from Wikipedia all the time. Not everybody outs 1200 anonymous users for doing it.

  • Schlomotion

    Yes, that's true, but "using anonymous IPs" is Wikipedia speak for "starting an article." If you notice, most new articles are started anonymously by a person with a conflict of interest using an IP number, and then that person pops in again about six entries later under his Wikipedia name to edit and massage the article.

  • Ghostwriter

    I'm amazed you call yourself a human being,Schlomotion. Your anti-Jewish rants often say otherwise.