War over Minds

Military hostilities used to be the last argument of sovereigns. The barrels of canons would bear the inscription ultima ratio regum (in France) or ultima ratio regis (in Prussia). This has changed a little bit. Since warfare has become a very costly venture and especially since a number of states possess nuclear weapons whose possible use might wreak unimaginable havoc and render large swathes of territory useless for the victorious power, present-day sovereigns have resorted more and more to soft tactics, which are – despite their name – as efficient or even more efficient than firearms. Did not the Soviet Union collapse due to the soft penetration, infiltration and subversion applied by the West? The collective mind of the Soviet leadership was in the cross hairs of the financial, philosophical, political and cultural impact directed against it by the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and smaller players. The result was more than impressive: neither Charles XII of Sweden in the 18th century, nor Napoleon Bonaparte in the 19th, nor Adolf Hitler in the 20th succeed in weakening Russia to anything remotely comparable with what happened with the Soviet Union in 1991 and thereafter. The territory of the superpower was significantly reduced, new independent states were carved out of it, and Russia herself was plunged into a decade of economic chaos and political turmoil in their magnitude surpassed only by the civil war of the early twenties of the 20th century if one only considers modern history. The battle for the minds is certainly not as spectacular as the clash between tanks or dogfights of aircraft, and it certainly is fought over a much extended period, but nonetheless its outcome is more than satisfactory.

The Chinese leadership drew its lessons from the disintegration of the Soviet Union and they have held a tight grip on the state matters before and especially since the 1989 Tiananmen Square riot. Beijing is well aware of the psychological infiltration, penetration and subversion targeting China’s population from abroad and so it has cut off the national internet from the global web and recently has cracked down on the entertainment industry, took control of the computer games and TV programmes to which the Chinese youth is exposed. That’s another instance of the battles for the minds. The European Union is not lagging behind in matters concerning psychological war.

In 2015, the EU’s East StratCom Task Force rolled out its flagship project – as they call it themselves – named EUvsDisinfo, a body that “identifies, compiles, and exposes disinformation cases originating in pro-Kremlin media that are spread across the EU and Eastern Partnership countries.” Within this project, in one of the tabs, news items originating from the sources just mentioned are quoted – white on black – and a disproof is presented: black on orange. In other places a whole analysis is offered, an analysis that devastatingly critiques a text recognised as the Kremlin’s propaganda. Surveying the hundreds of allegedly debunked pieces of information and their sources, one can see almost immediately that EUvsDisinfo has been targeting Sputnik most of the time. Anything that is written against the Post-West, the European Union, the United States, even individuals like George Soros in the media associated with Moscow or regarded as close to Russia comes under attack from EUvsDisinfo, which – naturally! – acts as an absolutely objective source of truth. Consider the following example. Continue reading

Moral sovereignty

As the globe is splitting into two rivalling camps with the the English speaking world plus Europe and Israel on the one side and Eurasia (countries gathered within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization that encompasses not only Russia and China but also India, Pakistan, the former Soviet Asian republics, and recently Iran) on the other, as the storm clouds are gathering and the invasion of Europe by the Third World has found a new channel via Belarus and Poland, amid the energy crisis over the supply of Russian gas and the decarbonization of the white man’s countries, amid the ethnic replacement and the alleged threat from the Kremlin, the European Union has launched an ideological attack against its colonial coolies – Poland, Hungary, Romania and Latvia – for not living up to the values that the Union is founded on. The said member states refuse to accept the LGTB ideology that is being foisted on them by their more enlightened brothers. The European Union expresses its deep concern over “a serious breach of the rule of law, the stigmatization, intimidation and increased discrimination against LGTB people, bans on pride marches and awareness-raising programmes in schools.” The Union’s leaders are annoyed by the numerous initiatives of Polish regional authorities which (i) declared the areas under their control free from LGTB ideology, and (ii) adopted regional charters of family rights which – what an abomination! – provide a “too narrow definition of the family.” The European leaders are also angered over “conversion therapy” offered in these countries and the way in which the central and eastern European governments deal with pro-LGTB activists, punishing them for resorting to “creative advocacy tools”(??).

In response to all this outrage – like not recognizing two mothers of a child – and “having regard to” the statement made by Ursula von der Leyen, the lady who was humiliated by Turkey’s leader in that he offered her no chair or – more formally – the lady who is the current President of the European Commission (read: government) – that “LGTBQI-free zones are humanity free zones”, the European Union declared its territory – which automatically means the territory of Poland, Hungary, Romania and Latvia – an “LGTBQI Freedom Zone”. So much for the political, rational and moral condition of the alliance of some of the most developed countries in the world. Continue reading

Russian parliamentary elections

The three-day long elections that were held in Russia have shown in no uncertain terms that United Russia – the ruling party, the President’s party – has received unwavering support from society at large with the communist party taking second place. A few political groupings received barley enough vote to have some representation in the Duma, the Russian parliament. The votes cast for United Russia translate into parliamentary seats in such a way that the ruling party can govern without looking for support to other political forces.

The Russian United Democratic Party Yabloko (apple) – the darling of the West – has gained in the neighbourhood of one – ONE – percent of the vote, so – predictably – their activists have reported to their Western sponsors “numerous and huge violations” at the polling booth. Didn’t we know it in advance!

The case of Alexei Navalny that played out a couple of months ago proved to be of no avail. Russians and the members of the many small nations inhabiting the Federation remember all too well the sad period of the nineties when liberals and free market enthusiasts promised paradise on earth and delivered poverty and lawlessness instead. Some representatives of the older generation and – surprise! – many young Russians voted for communists, despite years of reeducation by means of schools, entertainment and the mass media, where constant attempt has been made to present Soviet Russia as evil incarnate. The figure of Joseph Stalin touted as a tyrant on a par with Adolf Hitler has also gained in popularity.

Единая Россия – United Russia; КПРФ (Коммунистическая Партия Российской Федерации) – The Communist Party of the Russian Federation

If the collective Post-West once wanted to turn Russia into something reflecting Western so-called democracies, then the opportunity for it that presented itself in the follow-up to the dissolution of the Soviet Union has been lost irreversibly. Privatization and individualism were the order of the day, which led to creating the law of the jungle: billionaires appeared out of thin air, assassinations plagued the big cities while common citizens queued up for hours to get bread and other life necessities, with some of them waiting for months for their salary or wages.

Much time has passed since the infelicitous presidency of Boris Yeltsin. Russians could have forgotten about the nineties but for Ukraine, Russia’s neighbouring country. On a daily basis they can see how well Ukrainians fare and how much they have gained from their reliance on the Post-West. Suffice it to say that it is not Russians who emigrate to Ukraine to look for employment but the other way round.

France before the election?

France is in the midst of a serious political crisis. It will come to a head – at the latest – before the presidential elections in April 2022.

Macron’s governments showed how alienated the French elites are from their people. The largest street protests in the country’s history (since the 18th century French Revolution) of the Yellow Vests, mass strikes against the planned pension reform and the extremely strong – compared to other, for example Eastern European countries – anti-lockdown movement showed that Macron’s legitimacy comes from the Rothschild bank, where he started his brilliant career, rather than from the people. The guillotine of the people, however, can decapitate, excuse me, sweep away from the political scene all three main candidates for the office in the Élysée Palace next spring. After all, with the coming wave of autumn viruses and rising prices at the farmers’ market, who will believe in Macron’s promise of revival through development of the more carbon-neutral economy? Who will believe in his “republican patriotism” in the country where Muslim associations, tightly intertwined with Arab clans, rule the streets of the big cities? Where retired generals openly call for a coup d’état “in a perilous mission to protect their civilisational values and their fellow citizens on the national territory”? Who will believe Le Pen, who is distancing herself more and more from the conservative ideas well thought out by her father by, for example, completely discarding the idea of withdrawing from the Schengen Agreement? Who will believe that her demand to lower the retirement age from 62 (the lowest in OECD countries) to 60 is sensible and feasible in the face of the coming inflation and the Paris debt mountain? Uneducated migrants, the shrinking middle class or well-educated elites? Le Pen and Macron are getting closer and closer, like enemies who have been shooting at each other in their trenches for too long. Le Pen renounces “radical” ideas and Macron proposed his security law to reassure civil servants. With her proposals for pension reform, isn’t Le Pen serving the bankers who own France’s debt and warmly welcome the bankruptcy of any state? Implementing her idea of earlier retirement would double the deficit of the pension system (by about 37 billion euros). As for spending: when Macron, the super-specialist in finance, took office in 2017, French ministries spent €3 billion. With his magic wand, he will make it to 11 billion of the common currency annually next year. Continue reading

Third World Humans as a Weapon

Muammar Qaddafi was perhaps the first, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan followed in his footsteps and now Alexander Lukashenko. They all promised to keep Third World emigrants away from Europe on condition that they would be left alone and given money. The West has done away with Muammar Qaddafi, which Hillary Clinton hideously commented, paraphrasing an ancient aggressor, to the tune of: we came, we saw, he died, which she followed with an even more hideous laugh. As a result the floodgates blocking the African invasions were open wide. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan saw an advantage for himself and played the same card as Muammar Qaddafi, saying to the European Union: you either pay me or else. Brussels paid through its nose. It cannot act otherwise as it has imposed on itself the manacles of all those human rights and migration compacts and the ideology of enrichment through human diversity. Now the time has come for the President of Belarus to apply the same strategy.

For years now Belarus has been in the cross hairs of the collective Post-West. Sanctions against Minsk followed sanctions, Alexander Lukashenko has been branded as the bad guy who does not belong to good company while Poland and Lithuania – the West’s willing executioners – have repeatedly pressed home attack after attack against their neighbour: for years Warsaw has been financing the Belsat TV station, a kind of Radio Free Europe, broadcasting a content that is hostile to the Belarusian government, whereas Lithuania has shown generous hospitality to Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, who has been christened as the leader of the opposition to President Lukashenko. Needless to say that Polish and Lithuanian secret services rode roughshod over the Minsk authorities in a bid to topple it and destabilize the country: they organized and controlled street riots and assisted the crowds with all sorts of information and propaganda. Little Lithuania, a post-Soviet republic which has lost almost one-third of its population (predominantly young or middle-aged people) due to immigration to the West, rather than keeping its own people at home, has thrown the gauntlet to Belarus. The Lithuanian authorities did not have to wait long for revenge on the part of President Lukashenko.

Belavia, Wiki. Continue reading

I just don’t get it. Could you help?

When you observe the political scene in the media and especially in the internet, you can see hundreds of organizations – governmental and non-governmental – foundations, agendas, institutes and what not, affiliated with the United Nations or the United States or the European Union, all of which are intent on imposing, spreading, defending human rights and are obsessed with combating discrimination because of – and here we have the mantra of race, religion, nationality and sex or – in modern parlance – gender. Here are some questions that I would gladly like someone to answer.

ONE. Why are those activists not satisfied with the rule of law? The rule of law protects anybody against being mugged, accosted, assaulted, robbed, cheated and the like. Why do they need to have all that mantra of a crime being committed because of race, religion, nationality and gender? This string of words is repeated in each website of the mentioned organizations so frequently that it makes you puke all over yourself. Why the heck should it matter whether I accost someone because of his skin colour or because of her looks or his clothes or her tattoos? It is the act of accosting, mugging, cheating, assaulting that should be judged and punished not the motivation, not the feelings, for goodness sake! Should I be punished less severely if I mug a victim because of his tattoos and more severely when I mug him because of his religion? I just don’t get it.

Imagine I accost a woman in the street for which by law I deserve to be punished. Why should it interest the judge whether I accosted the woman because she was black or yellow, or because she was a Muslim or an atheist? I just don’t get it, do you? It is our human right or – still better – biological, psychological nature that we do not like some people because of their behaviour or looks or convictions. You can do nothing about it so long as you deal with normal human beings. You can only restrict their actions, not feelings, opinions, convictions. 

TWO. Why this insistence on anti-discrimination laws when it comes to employment, membership, immigration and the like? Why should anybody want to impose himself on a group of people where he is not liked? Where do these people who want to impose themselves on others have their dignity? Why should I want to demand that I be accepted by people whose set of values, beliefs, opinions, mode of behaviour is drastically opposed to those of mine? Why should I even think of reeducating people in a country to which I immigrate with my extended family, why should I have the cheek to force myself upon them and accuse them of inhospitality if they do not accept me? Once again, where is my dignity, uh? I just don’t get it, really. Continue reading

Make the planet happy: take action and have no children!

There was a time when people thought history was about the deeds of heroes: leaders, fighters, kings and queens. Then came the time when people thought that history was driven by economy: the concept of historical materialism was born. Today historians are becoming to realize that history is all about biology – humans are biological entities after all – and though economy i.e. the exchange of goods and services still plays a very important role, it by far does not explain human behaviour fully. Man is made up of body and psyche (old terminology: soul, which is the translation of the Greek psyche). We are all by necessity participants of the market, we all in order to survive need to offer something to others to receive the goods and services that we need. Still, we do not all seek to enrich ourselves in a limitless way. Jimmy wants to make airplane models, Cathy spends her time doing the gardening, George prefers to go fishing while Laura likes travel above all. They all need money to pursue their hobbies or interests, yet they do not need millions. They are driven by their passions and these are born in their psyche. Keith wants to paint landscapes, Fiona wishes to try out different kinds of cuisine, Mark will play the guitar while Lucy wants to impress her watchers with her skill as a dancer. These are psychological needs that demand – after the bodily needs are (even partly) satisfied – that they be fulfilled.

Human psychology seeks meaning. Man needs to have meaning in life or else he feels unhappy. Amassing fortune may be one of the manifestations of meaning, but man being man, it is not the only manifestation and even if one is possessed by it, once he has money, he wants to spend it also on things that have nothing whatsoever to do with his material wellbeing. He wants to impress others with his goodness, greatness, magnanimity, ideas and the like. Look at the billionaires: they all have foundations, they all support causes, they all make use of their money other than satisfying their material needs. Such is the function of human psyche. Once well-fed, warm and safe, an animal will lie and sleep. Once well-fed, warm and safe, a human will spring into action.

These are obvious things.

Now, which is the greatest of goals that a human may pursue? It is to be admired, loved and followed by the largest possible number of other humans. How can you be loved, admired and followed by the largest number of other men and women? Performing a hit song or being a popular actor are some of the solutions, but then even the most popular hit or movie is not popular with everyone and not for a long time. People have different, changeable preferences. Besides, you need to be an artistically gifted person. There are, however, things that all humans appreciate: their own lives. Thus, if you can cast yourself in the role of the saviour of humanity, of human lives collectively, you have made it. Everybody will follow, admire and love you with a gratitude unsurpassed by anything. Also those who will follow humanity’s saviour will feel that they have meaning in life. They will be able to back in the splendour of the saviour and participate in the grand project.

Such is – as already said – human psyche and it is human psyche that ultimately makes humans act.  Continue reading