“Russia is not sleep-walking into disaster; it is marching at high speed while drugged up to the eyeballs.” ___ Russia Spirals into Fantasy
When reality does not suit one’s emotional needs, it is all too easy to slip into fantasy.
The creation of an alternative universe, a meta-narrative to feed to the public, has long been a cornerstone of Putin’s rule.
… Tightly managed pro-Kremlin youth groups harassed, and state television ridiculed, regime opponents like Garry Kasparov.
The aim of it all was to soothe the masses, foster passive acquiescence among the intelligentsia, and instill hopeless resignation among the diehard opposition.
… “And like all addictions, it has needed higher and higher doses to have the same effect,” he added. “It has become more toxic as the impact of its more prosaic methods has grown blunt.”
… Vladislav Inozemtsev, director of the Moscow-based Center for Post-Industrial Studies, wrote recently that “Russian propaganda is incredibly inane and officials’ lie shamelessly and flagrantly” because the ruling elite has laid the groundwork to “first secure the same level of stupidity among the population.”
It’s all a potentially deadly cocktail. The longer you live in a fantasy, the easier it is to believe that fantasy is real. __ http://www.rferl.org/content/russias-deadly-fantasy-politics/27104860.html
One would need to move to Russia and get to know the locals — their thoughts, superstitions, fantasies, etc. — to get a better idea of the substrate that Kremlin Propaganda Inc. has to work with.
Among Russians’ weaknesses is a proclivity for believing in all kinds of strange ideas, a tendency that manifests itself in persecution manias, neo-Eurasianism, and zapadophobia (fear of the West) as well as the exaggerated belief in Russia’s historical destiny.
… Self-criticism has not been in fashion in Russia for a long time: Whenever something goes wrong, it must be the fault of the West. There is the widespread and profound belief in all kinds of conspiracy theories, the more outlandish the better and more popular. This mind-set is not at all funny in the age of weapons of mass destruction.
There is the loathing of the West, and especially of America, and there is the orientation toward a close alliance with China, seen in Moscow as an alliance of equals, as if there could be equality when the population of one partner is ten times as large as the other’s and its GNP five times larger. The Russian leadership has persuaded itself that all Beijing wants is the liberation of Taiwan. Great are the powers of self-deception. __ Russia’s State of Mind
Fantasy builds upon fantasy, and soon nothing is real and anything is possible.
… Through a series of vignettes, Pomerantsev illuminates a society obscured by lies. He finds a world where “everything is PR” and where “effectiveness becomes the raison d’etre for all.” At first glance, this may seem bearable, harmless — at times, even a strength. But, as the author discovers, there is a dark side. __ Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
But like a drug trip, the fantasy always comes to an end.
I recently moved to Moscow, and it’s hard to miss the extent to which Russian society exists in an alternate universe. Even well-educated, sophisticated people who have traveled widely in Europe and North America will frequently voice opinions that, in an American context, would place them alongside people wearing tinfoil hats. Russia is not living in the reality-based community. _Mark Adomanis
The Kremlin is constructing a larger fantasy than the public la-la land that is projected worldwide by RT, Kremlin Trolls Inc., and other propaganda outlets. Despite not having access to crucial engines, electronics, and other vital parts, Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister says that Russian shipyards will continue building a massive and expensive fleet of “ghost ships.”
This is likely to be another “vapourware announcement” from Kremlin Propaganda Inc. And yet to the extent that Russia proceeds building naval ships and other weapons systems it cannot fit for modern war, the underlying corruption and inefficiencies of the Russian military are laid bare for all to see.
A groundless grandiosity combines with a suicidally reckless bravado to drive saner international players away from Russia, toward its political and military opponents. To make it worse, Russia is experiencing a rising crime rates as a direct result of Putin’s war in Ukraine.
Plagued by alcoholism, drug addiction, HIV, suicide, brain drain, womb drain, capital flight, general malaise and hopelessness, the depopulation of Siberia, a rapidly shrinking working-age population, etc., Russia may not have a future at all. China is standing by, just in case — ready to salvage whatever is left of the dying bear.
Russia From a Distance
From a distance, we all have enough,
And no one is in need.
And there are big guns, big bombs, and no disease,
No hungry mouths to feed.
From a distance, we are instruments
Marching in a common band.
Playing songs of strength,
Playing songs of war.
They’re the songs of the motherland.
Putin is watching us.
Putin is watching us.
Putin is watching us
From a distance.