The New Kremlinology [UPDATED]

Watching the USA go pedal to the metal turning itself into the USSR these last few years has been a real kick. I mean it. I haven’t had this much fun since the end of the Cold War, when I got to listen to all those folks assure me that, though the leadership has made some regrettable mistakes, the Russian people really love Socialism and are 100% behind the construction of the glorious Soviet future…. oh, wait, never mind, but look at all the great things Castro is doing in Cuba!*

It can’t have escaped the regular readers that we now live in one of the most ideological societies on earth. We Americans — our “leaders,” anyway — have always been self-righteous pricks, strutting and fretting our hour upon the world stage, but since it was mostly our “leaders” doing it, we could convince ourselves that it wasn’t us being North Koreanized (it’s a word). It was always some wogs somewhere who needed to “embrace democracy,” not us. Fast forward a few years and well, here we are, the new and improved North Korea — everything not forbidden is compulsory, just like in Kim-topia, but at least there’s Netflix and ESPN.

For proof, just look at the Media. Yeah, all of it, even Fox. Make that, “especially Fox” — as the Ace of Spades crowd keep pointing out, they’re all but indistinguishable from MSNBC these days, and when you’ve lost the feeble milquetoasts at AoS, buddy, it’s game over. You want an example? Sure. Word comes that the only Black NASCAR driver found a noose hanging in his locker. You, and I, and everyone not too stupid to breathe knows it’s 100 to 1 that this is a publicity stunt — the driver hung it there himself, or his agent did, or his publicist, or someone at Fox Sports, and when it’s exposed we’ll be told that it’s just a “conversation starter” for “troubling questions about race in America,” and it will be promptly memory-holed.

That’s an easy one, but y’all, they’re all like that. See also: COVID, Trump’s rallies, Joe Biden’s very obvious dementia, the race riots, and the rest of it. They’re all lies — egregious, shameless lies, visible-from-space lies. So what’s the truth? Here’s where old Kremlinologists really get that zippy Viagra glow…

… but they really, really shouldn’t, because they missed it — “it” being “the collapse of the Soviet Union,” which very few thought was even a remote possibility, much less right around the corner. The reason they missed it was simple: After a lifetime in the system, even very minor Soviet functionaries got very good at presenting the illusion of control — as the Chinese say, “riding the tiger.”** All you can do is hang on for dear life, because you’re the one who will get devoured first.

See e.g. Nancy Pelosi and that retarded kneeling stunt they pulled a week or two back. It was so tin-eared, even the vast majority of angry Blacks thought it was a stupid, token gesture. If Trump had any brains — yeah yeah, I know — he’d splash that all over his campaign ads, ideally superimposed over pics of the 101st Airborne executing looters in job lots. Hello, 50 state sweep. The point is, Pelosi, Schumer, even arch-devil Soros have no real idea what’s going on out there, much less any kind of endgame in mind. They at least see the tiger — which is far better than anyone in the GOP has managed — but they’ve got that fucker by the ears… and their grip is slipping.

Pretty soon they’re going to run out of statues. And since the worst of this stuff is happening in all-Blue jurisdictions — I’m talking the kinds of places a Republican couldn’t get elected dogcatcher — they might well move on to somebody important’s house. Graffiti up the gates of Nancy’s zillion-dollar San Francisco mansion, and she’ll roll in the tanks. And then it gets really fun…

UPDATE: Right on cue. Jesus this shit is predictable as sunrise. Not that it matters a bit to the larger point, but it has only been, what, two hours since I wrote this? Next up: “Still, this raises troubling questions about race in America.” Then down the memory hole, starting in three… two… one….

 

*If you haven’t already, you should skim Paul Hollander’s Political Pilgrims. He’s not the most exciting writer, but he lays it all out in almost excruciating detail. Did you know that there were American Leftist gadflies who claimed to believe Albania was humanity’s glorious future? There are few unlikelier messiahs, in all of human history, than Enver Hoxha, but the irritated butterflies of the American Left are like Mulder and Scully: They want to believe, baby.
** I assume it’s the Chinese, anyway. That sounds like the inscrutable wisdom of the Orient. Nobody is better at making banalities seem profound than ancient Kung Flu masters. “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” Ah so, Grasshoppah. In other words, have a fucking plan. Brilliant!!
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5 thoughts on “The New Kremlinology [UPDATED]

  1. Pickle Rick

    Oh, yes, the end of the Soviet Union. Personally, I date the fall from the beginning of 1989, when Poland started the dominoes falling. That makes me 15-17 when it happened, so I wasn’t sure what a Kremlinologist was then, I was figuring out boobs. I was quite aware that I was seeing something historic, though.

    The question is, will a foreign incident start the collapse, or will California/New York?

    1. Severian Post author

      Yes, I was a very nerdy young man. If that is shocking to you, then so be it.

      It depends on which way the military goes. It’s not like the old days, where some legion commander on the Rhine could pack up his command and march on the capital. Pretty slick move by the Powers That Be, really, to keep the army forever overseas in neocolonial wars.

      Given how many gays, girls, and trannies are in the actual combat forces overseas, that leaves the National Guard — I can’t even imagine what a carnival sideshow they must be. Losing a war, or even a battle, would be enough of a jolt to the system to do it, but my money is on one of the idiot Dem governors finally calling out the National Guard to deal with the “protesters.” Feral Negroes and their Antifa enablers vs. some 5’2″, 200lb lesbian cosplaying as Erwina Rommel. Can they both lose? Because that would be swell.

  2. Pickle Rick

    You’d be surprised at how few combat troops actually are overseas at any one time.
    In our new imperial wars, which necessitate neverending deployment of units, there’s a rotating schedule of component units in and out of home base. Take my experience as example. After the invasion in which we deployed as a full Marine division, reinforced, fighting the insurgent war didn’t require a full division, or even a full regiment, acting as a unit. So infantry battalions, some artillery batteries, the air wing, and all the pogue attachments are drawn together into battalion sized task forces-“chopped” from our parent units within the Corps, and temporarily under the command of the regional commanders.

    My artillery regiment had 4 battalions, each with 3 batteries of six howitzers each, so 12 batteries and 72 guns. At any one time, there’s always a battery afloat with a Marine Expeditionary Unit at sea, another working up at Pendleton to replace it after it comes back after six months, and a battery not deployable because it has to replace and retrain the guys getting out or too short to deploy again. So one third of a battalion is actually overseas at any one time.

    1. Severian Post author

      That’s about the best news I’ve heard in a long time. This county desperately needs a Pinochet, and the likeliest place to find one is among actual fighting troops. Here’s hoping that the hour calls forth the man.

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