These are interesting times. Are they not? The world continues on its collision course with both human history and geologic destiny, while the “only indispensable country” debates with itself how to “flush” the remainder of humanity for which it no longer has any need.
Ever since the height of Stalinism, the peoples of Russia and the greater Soviet Union have emulated and looked longingly, hungrily to the West: Western fashions, music, entertainment, ‘freedoms,’ ‘opportunities’ and all the rest. As soon as the Iron Curtain came tumbling down, those people and their leaders were scrambling to line up for the comforts and extravagances of the Western lifestyle, the spectacular lifestyle of the rich and famous. And to some extent they have modeled that life, and assumed those styles, at least in appearance, rather well. After all, it is only the spectacle that is important.
Even deep in the heart of the Siberian outback, along the foothills of the Altai Mountains, Russians buy the most fashionable Western accoutrements and wardrobes, emulate European cosmetic surgical procedures, eat Western fast food in their capitols, buy the biggest American SUVs, flaunt their new Apple iPhones, take out big mortgages and loans from banks for their new acquisitions, and dig deeper into debt for their travel visas and European excursions. All the while they ignore the reality of this race to the bottom; not only the changes to their profound cultural heritage, but as well to the unsustainability of this new direction itself, its unquenchable thirst for more acquisitions and greater debt financing.
Round 2 (Repeat)
This rush to the West, economically, socially, financially, culturally has put them exactly where the USA hegemony wants them… stuck securely in the spider’s web it’s woven. When Russia should have been pivoting to the East, they made the mistake of going West with the rest of the young men! When they should have been embracing China and their own rich prehistories, instead they looked to the superficiality and frivolousness of their rich and evil Uncle Sam. It was a sting operation set by the US hegemony, intentionally or not. And Russia fell for it, hook, line, and sinker. They should have paid more attention to Paul Newman and Robert Redford, and less attention to ‘Tricky Dick’ Nixon in 1973. If they had, they would have been cognizant of the trap being set even back then… blue jeans, big tits, and blanket propaganda.
Well, now the spider has the victim stuck securely in the web, and he has turned around to savor the treat. The Russian ruble continues to plunge against the US dollar, while the appetite of Siberians to keep spending just continues apace. Russia is stuck in this sticky web with oil prices collapsing, sanctions pressing, and patience dwindling, as the lukewarm war in Ukraine continues to enrage the Russian populous, and foment their growing disdain for Obama.
And while Putin and Co. are now looking due East, it may be a bit too little too late to avoid a major collapse, as the deranged monster of the Beltway continues to drool and wet its pants publicly savoring its expected spoils. But, the Russian soul is strong, hardened by Mongol, Swedish, French, and German invasions, not to mention the resiliency in fighting off the ghost of Uncle Joe Stalin. So, Putin and Co. may yet have a trick or two up its sleeve to help right this ship and annul the effects of the latest, American, invasion. The USA for its part needs to seriously reassess its role in the world and quietly remove itself to some quiet contemplation in the corner of its room, instead of continuously acting-out like the red-haired step-child it has become. We should all be sick to death that our country keeps enforcing policies of global death and domination in our name and with our monies. After all, we civilized folk long ago declared a war of domination on nature, and look where that’s got us.