[Marxism] Russia's Nixon
lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 16 06:38:53 MDT 2014
By exploiting Russian disgust for Pussy Riot and equating the opposition
movement with Pussy Riot, Putin was able to conflate the liberal
opposition with a decadent, alien art troupe whose purpose seemed to be
to humiliate Russia and mock their culture. Nixon couldn’t have dreamed
up a more perfect symbol of his opponents.
The Nixon Strategy also explains why, after all these years, Putin
suddenly targeted Russia’s gays for a vicious culture war campaign. In
the Russian Red States, the violent, cruel state-managed homophobia — in
which a leading TV anchor told his audience that gays’ hearts and organs
should be burned and buried deep underground — was red meat, an
acknowledgment at last that Russia’s Silent Majority matters. And the
more Moscow yuppies and Westerners berated Russia for attacking gays,
the more the Silent Majority identified with the Kremlin.
And that brings me to Putin and Ukraine. It goes without saying that
Putin didn’t plan this crisis to happen — he already had his man in
power in Kyiv. But Putin did exploit the situation, turning a major
humiliating defeat in February into a massive political victory within
Russia by doing what the Silent Majority would’ve wanted Putin to do:
Redress grievances, air out resentments nonstop against the West and
against west Ukraine fascists, and screw whatever the West thinks.
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