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Thanks for this.  I just saw the original Rolling Stone article this morning when another former Exiler posted it on fb.  Looks like it's gotten a lot of attention!

Completely independent of the Rolling Stone piece, I recently came across the following in an article about Kohodorkovsky.

Many of us who spent the 90s in Russia became aware over time that the aim of the United States was to create a rump state that would allow economic interests to strip assets at will. The population in this scheme was to be good for consuming foreign goods produced abroad with Russia's own cheaply sold raw materials. The aim was a castrated state, anarchy, a vast, confused territory of captive consumers, cheap labor and unguarded oil and aluminum.

Some of us who came home after seeing this began to realize that the same process is underway in the United States: the erosion of the tax base, the gradual appropriation of the tools of government by economic interests, a massive, disorganized population useless to everybody except as shoppers. That is their revolution: smashing states everywhere and creating a scattered global nation of villas and tax shelters, as inaccessible as Olympus, forbidding entry even to mighty dictators.

Taibbi wrote that 6 years ago.

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Thu Jul 9th, 2009 at 12:26:45 PM EST
I remember that one of the most interesting things about the exile, already in the late 90s, was how much of their most razorsharp analysis was not about Russia, but about the US. It's the first place where I read deconstruction of the pundits' common wisdom on 'capitalism', laced with their experience of post-Soviet Russia (which I could realte to).

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes
by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Fri Jul 10th, 2009 at 04:41:16 AM EST
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