A Return To The Cold War?

Annie

Diamond Member
Joined
Nov 22, 2003
Messages
50,848
Reaction score
4,826
Points
1,790
It's been obvious that something has been going on with Russia for years now. Always in the background the fact that Putin was 'former' KGB was lurking. In the past year to year and a half, the weird has been getting louder. This is the first realistic piece I've seen on what may be going on or at least where to look:

http://www.economist.com/debate/democracyinamerica/2007/02/a_russian_friend_whose_insight.cfm

13th

0:36 GMT +00:00
A new model: the secret-police state

Posted by:
Economist.com | NEW YORK

Categories:
Russia

A RUSSIAN friend whose insights I admire came up with a persuasive formulation the other day. Russia, he said, was now a secret-police state.

Not a police state, of which there have been many examples down the centuries. Nor a military junta, likewise. But a secret-police state, which is a rare and perhaps even unique animal in modern times. You might have tried to pin the same tag on the Soviet Union, but in the end you would have had to concede that there was a party and an ideology in charge. The KGB was a powerful instrument but not a master.

Now the post-KGB is the master of Russia, and we have to guess what that will mean in policy terms.

The post-KGB men have no ideology or morality to speak of, so no clues there. The population and political institutions are no check on them. But what do they want? If their overwhelming priority turns out to be making themselves personally rich very quickly, that points to one set of behaviours. If their overwhelming priority is to maximise the power of Russia in the world, that points to another set of behaviours...
 

Gurdari

Egaliterra
Joined
Feb 2, 2007
Messages
1,019
Reaction score
40
Points
36
Location
the West
He's a heavy handed guy. More countries need clean rap sheets before they can condemn Russia, unfortunately. Sure he kills people, and cracks down on the press, but isn't that in vogue these days?
 

insein

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2004
Messages
6,096
Reaction score
356
Points
48
Location
Philadelphia, Amazing huh...
He's a heavy handed guy. More countries need clean rap sheets before they can condemn Russia, unfortunately. Sure he kills people, and cracks down on the press, but isn't that in vogue these days?
Too true. Unless of course the press is already in your pocket (American Democrats).
 

Gurdari

Egaliterra
Joined
Feb 2, 2007
Messages
1,019
Reaction score
40
Points
36
Location
the West
Too true. Unless of course the press is already in your pocket (American Democrats).
The press run more favourable coverage of repubs, than dems. Look up the numbers, how could a liberal biased media do that? Unless the republicans are correct 100% of the time...haha.
 

insein

Senior Member
Joined
Apr 10, 2004
Messages
6,096
Reaction score
356
Points
48
Location
Philadelphia, Amazing huh...
The press run more favourable coverage of repubs, than dems. Look up the numbers, how could a liberal biased media do that? Unless the republicans are correct 100% of the time...haha.
Are you serious? Where are you getting these numbers? Only favorable content for Conservatives is on talk radio shows like Hannity and Limbaugh. Next time you find me a show, story, article that criticizes an American Democrat, you show it to me.
 

Avatar4321

Diamond Member
Gold Supporting Member
Joined
Feb 22, 2004
Messages
82,283
Reaction score
10,122
Points
2,070
Location
Minnesota
He's a heavy handed guy. More countries need clean rap sheets before they can condemn Russia, unfortunately. Sure he kills people, and cracks down on the press, but isn't that in vogue these days?
Why does a nation need a clean rap sheet before they can condemn Putin for his bad behavior?
 

New Topics

Most reactions - Past 7 days

Forum List

Top