Modern Russia under Putin: An alternative to Globalism?

Posted On: Monday - September 6th 2021 11:29AM MST
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Peak Stupidity promised many moons ago to write something (a post or two) about the recent history of Russia. By "recent history", I mean, a time when I was around and aware of world politics. After the end of the Cold War, I, and, I'm guessing, most Americans, paid no more attention to the Russians, especially during that awful*1990s period of uncertainty, despair, and mass-scale financial looting by the American Globalists.

It was like this, to me: Hey, we finally ended the Cold War and the massive threat** of Communism. We had had to put up with that threat from those bastards for over 40 years. Fuck those people. I realized during the Cold War period that, no, not all the Russians themselves were Communists. They just lived with it. The Russians put up with that Communist government, though, and they should have done something themselves about it. In the end, I didn't care what happened to them.

Russia under the rule of Vladimir Putin may not now have the prestige, or even the (purported) economic status, it had during its Soviet Union Empire era. How important is that to the Russian people though? They have seen lots of improvement since the 1990s. They've done much better than America since WE won the Cold War in a major respect. They and President Putin have not let their nation be ruined by the Globalists as the Americans have and as their Government has been an active part of!

Last week VDare published an article by writer Wayne Allensworth (he appears only very occasionally there) titled 30 Years After Communism Fell, Putin Offers Alternative To Globalism. That's Why Our Ruling Class Hates Him.

Per this well-written and interesting article, Mr. Allensworth was there, during the bleak period of the 1990s. That is what he writes about in the first section . He mentions what he saw in Vladivostok in the beginning of the 1990s:
A week later I was in Moscow. Beggars were quite common: amputees, destitute pensioners, old war veterans wearing their threadbare uniforms and tarnished medals, the very old and the very young, as armies of orphans took to the streets of Russian cities. Street vendors, often educated people who had worked in industry or for the state apparatus, hawked all sorts of cheap goods, often Chinese in origin, on the sidewalks of the dingy capital's streets.

Through it all, I noted the good will of many of the Russians I met, people who seemed glad that the Cold War was behind us.
Will Americans have this good well after our fall? I mean, diversity is our strength, right, so ...? In Russia, the worst of it all was during that even calendar decade right up to the last day. Boris Yeltsin resigned on New Years Eve of 1999. Again, I would like to read more about this period in Russia. Per Mr. Allensworth:
That emotional warmth would not survive the "shock therapy" economic policies of the Russian government that, on the recommendation of Western advisors, had gone all in on neo-liberal reforms, lifting price controls and beginning the massive selloff of Soviet era assets. Gradualists had warned that the country might collapse under the strain, and it nearly did. The political and economic dislocations that followed the Soviet collapse, along with the unpopular economic policies ("shock without therapy") helped ignite a political conflict between President Boris Yeltsin and the legislature, the Russian Supreme Soviet, that would end with a mini-civil war in Moscow, when tanks commanded by Defense Minister Pavel Grachev (the tank crews were reluctant to take such orders from lower ranking officers) blasted the parliament into submission in October,1993.

The "Wild 90s" traumatized the Russian people in ways Westerners failed to fully understand at the time. And they also failed to account for historic Russian distrust of the West—the flipside of the good will I had seen so much of early on in Yeltsin-era Russia. By the end of the 90s, with NATO intervening in the ruins of Yugoslavia, bombing, among other sites, targets in Serbia, a traditional Russian ally, even Yeltsin had had enough and made his displeasure known to "friend Bill," as he called President Clinton, to no avail.
I remember at the time wondering why the American military and Deep State thought it was a good idea to push the Bear into a corner like this. Why did we need these countries in Russia's front yard in NATO? Why did we need NATO? Were we just trying to rub it in? I hate Communists as much as the next guy, and more, but the Russians weren't Communists anymore, and we had beat them, already.

The Globalists were the ones that wanted to loot the Russian economy of its assets and rub the people's noses in the dirt. Wayne Allensworth's next section is an enlightening discussion of the real idealogical battle during the Cold War era. Please read this whole article, but I'll excerpt one part from the middle of the 2nd section of it:
The passage of the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965 was a key point in the evolution of the Left-Liberal managerial regime during the Cold War. Opening the immigration flood gates was part of the Cold War architecture of the era. The propaganda aspect of the Cold War was fought in ideological terms as a clash between Communism and Capitalism (“the Free World”), a war of ideas, not of countries with concrete national interests and distinct peoples. Hart-Celler, which opened the door to non-European immigration, was an ideological extension of the Civil Rights legislation of the era, which was used in Cold War information campaigns to counter Soviet anti-capitalist and anti-U.S. propaganda.

Discrimination of any kind was viewed by U.S. elites as arming the Communists with useful propaganda points—a Western democracy discriminating against the colored peoples of the earth undermined the global anti-Communist line.

Universalist language in American political discourse wasn’t anything new, but the Cold War went a long way toward promoting America as an idea, not a real place or a people with national interests to defend.

Thus, a global elite spawned during the Cold War, bolstered by Cold War era ideological abstractions, had consolidated its stranglehold on power in the Western world. The United States wasn’t exactly the leader of “the Free World,” but, rather, had become the seat of an expansive globalist project.
That's a very interesting take for those of us who reckoned the Cold War was a simple ideological struggle that we'd won in 1989. Mr. Allensworth doesn't argue that it wasn't, in the early part, but sees it as having morphed into a Globalist triumph by the end of it.

The last section, "'Putinism' as an alternative developmental model ("Cold War II")" has a description of Russian politics and the great improvements in that country since the lost years of the 1990s. As a ruler, Vladimir Putin has been no Thomas Jefferson. (OK, Thomas Jefferson did not believe in "rulers" in this sense to begin with.) However, after 7 decades of Communism and then another of massive economic hardship, the state of society in Russia was in no condition for a Thomas Jefferson to be able to help. Putin has done a lot more for his country than the US Congress has for its.*** He's had a positive effect while our Feral Government has had a large NEGATIVE effect.

At the top of this post, I gave my feelings of 25 years back about the Russians and about how little I gave a damn about the place then. After seeing what Communists and Globalists can do to a place, I have a lot more sympathy. In 10 years, it may be the Russians laughing at us, with even more a reason to not care what happens to the place and the people. We should make sure we don't succumb to the bastards the way the Russians did a century back.

PS: I don't think it'll be the Russians looting what assets remain of this place. The Chinese have a lot more money. The possible future looting of America by the Chinese has been speculated on in a six-part series:

Part 1: Intro.
Part 2: Housing
Part 3: Big Biz
Part 4: The Fruited Plain
Part 5: The Wilderness
Part 6: Conclusion - The Golden Rule

* Though I don't say it was anything more awful than most of the years of the USSR.

** The EXTERNAL threat, that is. The INTERNAL one was on the rise, but most did not pay attention.

*** That's the problem. As Globalists, they have not seen it as "their" country.

Adam Smith
Tuesday - September 7th 2021 1:05PM MST
PS: Good afternoon everyone...

Mr. Alarmist, thanks for the interesting stories. A Russian tank watch, eh?
I collect vintage Molnija 3602 pocket watches...

(I'm pretty sure this is not what you meant by “tank watch”.)

Though I don't know any Russian ladies in real life, they do seem nice...

Liquor is definitely quicker.

Robert, “Perhaps we need a new Gummint to NOT pay off this debt. G. D. Pee off.” Lol... Last year the global debt total hit to an all-time high of $281 Trillion, or more than 355% of global GDP (according to the Institute of International Finance). Global “government” debt accounts for about 90(ish) Trillion. (Or about 105% of global gross domestic product in 2020.) Kinda makes one wonder to whom all this debt is owed. Also, I've heard that the debts that cannot be paid will not be paid. Gee Dee Piss off indeed.

Mr. Moderator, Digital Anything ≠ Real Money. Though I suppose it may one day in our increasingly clownish world. I think a serious country would not let foreigners buy houses or any other sorts of real assets. While important, manufacturing is not the only form of economic production that can be used to create wealth.

Absent some serious policy changes, you're probably right about China's ability to buy up whatever they want.

A National Jubilee would be interesting.
I hope everyone has a great evening.

A Shepherd Boy From the Urals
Tuesday - September 7th 2021 6:27AM MST
PS Rasputin did what Emmanuel Trumpstein (WWE/WWF) claimed to be doing and that is why the internationalists hate him with such a fury and want back in.
He also doesn't do rainbow rump ranger globohomo and keeps limits on immigration with statements such as if you come here as a foreigner you will learn the language and get a job.
Putin (KGB) also knows that WAR is the only thing to keep the Rome/London/DC Axis from attacking which is why the Russian Bear is awake and ready for anything the globalist open square world bazaar shopping mall collective can throw at them.
He is a nationalist and that is something that the internationalist just can't have in "their" world.
Monday - September 6th 2021 5:18PM MST
PS: Great stories from your experiences, Alarmist. Thank you.

Mr. Smith, I would say the Chinese have just not cashed in their dollars yet. They can continue buying up housing, Big Biz, etc. until the dollar goes down the toilet. The Globalists may still officially own a lot till then, but without much manufacturing to create wealth, won't the Chinese have the ability to buy up whatever they want with whatever is real money after that?(The digital Yuan?)

I think the book I reviewed with 6 posts in Jan '20, "The Mandibles", does a good job in illustrating how it could go down. I can't remember if the Chinese were heavily involved in that story, though.

Robert, it was the Chicago School vs. the Harvard School, huh? I don't know these details, even though I did make an effort to read the Wall Street Journal daily front-to back for a year and a half, during the very late 1990s.

A National Jubilee would be interesting. No matter how you do it, I think it would result in the end of the dollar. I wish there was just one big bank note to the Chinese we could blow off as in "hey, you'd be speaking Japanese right now, were it not for the American Army, Navy, and Marines, so let's just call it even. Yeah, I know ... Listen, you fucked up. You trusted us!" It's not exactly like that though.
The Alarmist
Monday - September 6th 2021 3:50PM MST

Wine is fine, and beer is dear, but liquor is quicker.
Monday - September 6th 2021 3:47PM MST
PS: Mr. Smith,

U.S “government” debt currently stands at 125.50690% of GDPee. I think you and I agree that this is problematic.

This is rather ironic. One version of the story of muh constitusion has it that the Feral Gummint was founded to pay off the war debt which the states had taken on. Perhaps we need a new Gummint to NOT pay off this debt. G. D. Pee off. A new Jubilee year is declared.
Monday - September 6th 2021 3:37PM MST
PS: Mr. Moderator,

After the end of the Cold War, I, and, I'm guessing, most Americans, paid no more attention to the Russians, especially during that awful 1990s period of uncertainty, despair, and mass-scale financial looting by the American Globalists.

I didn't pay very much attention, but I did follow the looting a little bit. The 'Chicago School' got locked out by the 'harvard school' to guide the process. According to the 'Final Call' (the Nation of Islams paper) this meant that one group of jews would get the money, instead of the other. This seems to have been the case.

Mr. Alarmist, I'll bet you are quite good at entertaining people after a beer or three.
Adam Smith
Monday - September 6th 2021 2:40PM MST
PS: Good evening Mr. Moderator...

In Russia, Government debt accounted for 17.7 % of the country's GDP in Dec 2020. According to...

U.S “government” debt currently stands at 125.50690% of GDPee. I think you and I agree that this is problematic.

A one percent rise in the interest rate would increase FY 2021 interest spending by roughly $225 billion at today’s debt levels. With the exceptionally low interest rates, the feral “government” is projected to spend over $300 billion on interest payments in this year.

Looks like the globalists are doing (and have done) a hell of a job looting the American people. It only took the globalists ~50 years to turn what was once the world's largest creditor nation into the world's largest debtor nation. I'm not sure there will be much left for the Chinese after the globalists are done sucking the blood, sweat and treasure from this once great country.

The Alarmist
Monday - September 6th 2021 2:37PM MST

From the mid-80s to recent years, various Russians have crossed my path.

The earliest was on my way back from West Berlin, at the Soviet checkpoint at Marienborn (counter to ours at Point Alpha), where the Soviet officer checking my orders had a Tank watch that I admired who said he’d take my gold Casio in trade. I assured him it was not real gold, and in fact I got it for only $30 at the BX. The Casio unquestionably kept better time (at least until the battery ran out), but I got a great conversation piece and a story to tell the kids about coming face to face with the Red Menace and rather enjoying it. I didn’t think at the time of the courts martial we might face for that, suggesting our bigger worries might have been our own respective sides.

The Russian bankers I knew in the ‘90s and ‘00s were all pleasant sorts, but somewhat uninteresting. They could, however, really drink.

I later had a Russian GF who was a smoking hot Siberian Tiger. She was great fun, except perhaps for that time she threw a glass at the German bartender who dared to pour Smirnoff when she ordered vodka. I watched her crush a roach with her bare hand on a table at a bar, and I thought, “There’s something your average American gal would never do.” She once told me I had a Russian soul, which I’m sure got back to someone in the district tasked to keep tabs on “alumni” living abroad. She and her friends were largely doing drudge work in the west for shit wages, but they didn’t hesitate to buy the drinks more often than not. We are still friends a decade later, much to Mrs. Alarmist’s bemusement.

It’s funny to have crossed paths with the enforcers of USSR communism, the plunderers of post-communist Russia, and the victims of that plundering who recount their parents’ stories of the old days. A couple years back, a Russian girl I work with who is in her mid twenties once gave me the best summary of the good aspects of the USSR, something she had not personally experienced, as she bitched about the shit she had to take from a Khazak colleague, also in his twenties, who had absolutely nothing nice to say about Russians. Can you imagine being the American unwittingly drawn into the middle of that?
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