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Anyway, one thing I've never figured out is how he fits into the Western MediaTM's meme of Putin wanting to return to Stalinism, illustrated by the way he won't let Kasparaov & his ilk demonstrate. What about how Putin won't let The National Bolsheviks demonstrate, or really exist at all? I mean, is Putin an evil Commie, or isn't he? One could easily go after Putin, and perhaps correctly so, for just being in it for himself, and this is why/how he subverts democracy (like George Bush), and not rely on a flimsily constructed argument that Putin represents a return to the bad old days.
But than we wouldn't have that conveinient package of a war of ideologies, good v. bad, Democracy v. -ism du jour to wrap everything up in in order to cover up the holes in our arguments and pat ourselves and our audience on the backs for being on the right side...
Someone just being a jerk doesn't sell papers I guess.
Angela recently sent me a WSJ article on the possible disbarment of the laywer representing Kohodorkovsky and Kasparov. It was hoot. Again, instead of just reporting the facts, they framed it as "This person is one of the world's leading champions for human rights, and that's why she has become the target of Putin."
Meanwhile we sit in America & mew about how United States Attorneys "serve at the pleasure of the President" so there is now wrongdoing in the mass firings of those who wont do his bidding...
"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
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