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Soviet Nostalgia

I am nearly finished reading Dan Kovalik’s recent book The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin, which I had seen reviewed at CounterPunch a while back. Disappointingly, the title is something of a misnomer, as Kovalik has very little to say about the specifics of “Russiagate”. Instead, the author’s primary approach is to rebut the narrative by pointing out the Washington foreign policy establishment’s long heritage of rogue state violence, international subversion, and ideological hypocrisy.

Dan Kovalik

Dan Kovalik

As such, the book has some value as a primer on the bankruptcy of liberal “humanitarian intervention”, serving as a crash course in U.S.-directed meddling and regime change in countries like Iran, Guatemala, Chile, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Serbia, Colombia, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and the Ukraine. Kovalik, far from a Trump apologist, is a human rights attorney and an open communist sympathizer – and his biting attacks on U.S. imperialism, Republican and Democratic alike, will be more effective with a progressive audience for that reason. Those who might turn a deaf ear to Rush Limbaugh’s blustering about Bill or Hillary Clinton’s “liberalism” might be more receptive to Kovalik’s characterization of President Clinton as “a modern day King Leopold II” for his precipitation of a prolonged series of wars in Africa on behalf of U.S. mining interests like the Arkansas-based American Mineral Fields1. Kovalik, as one would expect, plays it more cautiously in some regards, preferring to harp on the NATO-supported “Nazi” militia in the Ukraine and the “bizarre hold that the retrograde, repressive monarchy of Saudi Arabia has over US foreign policy”2 rather than focus on the political clout of AIPAC; although, to his credit, he does eventually get around to acknowledging “the biggest elephant in the room, which is never to be spoken of, and that is Israel and its outsized influence over US foreign policy.”3

Kovalik’s communist fanboy stance, as when he asserts that Stalin’s rape-and-genocide-happy Red Army “was the real hero of WWII”4 or pauses to observe that a Cuban soldier he saw assisting the Sandinistas in Nicaragua was “towering” and “handsome”5, sometimes threatens to plunge the proceedings into inadvertent self-parody; but Kovalik’s affection for the old Soviet Union is itself an interesting theme of his book. “I still get goose bumps when I see the famous photo of the Russian soldier raising the Soviet flag over the Reichstag in Berlin,” Kovalik confesses6.

Soviet soldier

“Ludwig von Mises needs to get off my dick,” this Red Army serviceman was overheard to say.

Beyond such childish hero worship, are there any potentially valid reasons to regret the collapse of the Soviet Union and the socialist governments of the various satellite countries? Kovalik makes the argument that the existence of socialist models and safety nets for workers in the East served as a check on the rapaciousness of capitalists in the West, the proliferation of “free trade” agreements like NAFTA and U.S.-China PNTR coming after the disintegration of the Soviet system. He also quotes the following passage from an article by Reagan-era Treasury Department official and Aryan Skynet favorite Paul Craig Roberts:

The collapse of the Soviet Union was the worst thing that ever happened to the United States. The two main consequences of the Soviet collapse have been devastating. One consequence was the rise of the neoconservative hubris of US world hegemony, which has resulted in 14 years of wars that have cost $6 trillion. The other consequence was a change of mind in socialist India and communist China, large countries that responded to “the end of history” by opening their vast under-utilized labor forces to Western capital, which resulted in the American economic decline […] leaving a struggling economy to bear the enormous war debt.7

Kovalik notes, moreover, that, “while we are currently being urged to fear a return of the Iron Curtain, many of those who lived in the USSR, and even in many of the Soviet-dominated East Bloc nations stretching from East Germany to the Russian frontier, really don’t share our fear”:

Indeed, a recent poll showed that a majority of Russians (56%) view the fall of the USSR negatively, and that an even stronger majority (58%) dream of its restoration. Truth be told, the vast majority of Soviet citizens (76.4%) just several months before the collapse of the USSR expressed their desire in a non-binding referendum for the preservation of the Soviet Union. This sentiment was particularly strong in Russia (with 71.4% approval), Ukraine (70.3%), Belarus (82.7%), and in Azerbaijan and each of the Central Asian Republics (with over 90%).

Similarly, in Hungary, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia and even in the former East Germany, the majority of the people pine for the good old days of communism.

As Reuters has reported, “Capitalism’s failure to lift living standards, impose the rule of law and tame flourishing corruption and nepotism have given way to fond memories of the times when the jobless rate was zero, food was cheap and social safety was high.8

Rainer Chlodwig von K.

[Read more about free trade agreements at Aryan Skynet: “How a Secretive ‘Free Trade’ Deal Endangers Romania’s Forests“; “Don’t Hold Your Breath Waiting for President Trump to Trash This Particular ‘Free Trade’ Agreement“]

Endnotes

  1. Kovalik, Dan. The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Putin. New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing, 2017, pp. 94-99.
  2. Ibid., p. xvi.
  3. Ibid., p. 141.
  4. Ibid., p. 44.
  5. Ibid., p. 9.
  6. Ibid., p. 44.
  7. Ibid., p. 30.
  8. Ibid., p. 29.
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28 comments on “Soviet Nostalgia

  1. icareviews
    September 8, 2017

    Reblogged this on icareviews.

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  2. Boopedybop
    September 8, 2017

    Everytime I bring up Yugoslavia or Serbia my Mum does exactly what you described.

    She gets all nostalgic about the ‘free education’, the relatively cheap food (although she said that she never once tasted a banana until she went to Germany), the ‘mass rallies’, the ‘group singing’ etc… etc…

    She basically says that she’s ‘still a Communist at heart’, even though she knows that I’m very anti-Communist. She’s all for the ‘we’re all one race, dah hoomin race’/’we need to help everyone, we can totally do it’ stuff.

    Funny thing is, as soon as you bring up Kosovo she’ll go full blown Serbian Chetnik Nationalist and say it’s rightful Serbian land XD

    She’s a strange woman, but I love her 🙂

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    • icareviews
      September 8, 2017

      I strongly suspect that the favorable opinion polls about perceived well-being under the Soviet Union and socialist East Bloc governments is reflective more of people’s affection for the national-socialistic or social-nationalist aspects of life in those countries, rather than doctrinaire Marxist brainwashing residue or some sort of faith in international revolution. These countries, pitiful as they might have been in some respects, were still permitted to feel national pride of a sort. The socialist pageantry of Stalinism, as these goofy hipster NazBol YouTube videos illustrate, did have a certain “fashy” panache and retains a capacity to inspire a wistfulness that is perhaps not altogether naive. Me, I’d take a clunky, crypto-traditionalist socialist ethnostate over a high-tech neoliberal multicultural porno-morass any day.

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    • Joe B
      September 9, 2017

      “She’s all for the ‘we’re all one race, dah hoomin race’/’we need to help everyone, we can totally do it’ stuff.”

      All brown countries are poor. The only reason the brown countries have enough to eat is because the “racist” countries feed them.

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      • Boopedybop
        September 9, 2017

        Joe, I agree.

        I’ve tried explaining this to her many times.

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  3. Joe B
    September 8, 2017

    The only good thing about the USSR was the prison walls they built to keep their people from escaping. Funny how building walls around entire countries was no great difficulty for them even with their poverty. For rich America, impossible

    And interestingly George Soros was one of those who worked to get their walls torn down

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    • icareviews
      September 9, 2017

      Ha ha! Soviet propagandists were, however, entirely scrupulous when it came to disseminating the bleak truths about the conditions the Jews endured at Auschwitz and the other camps they liberated.

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      • bob saffron
        September 9, 2017

        Exactly. Lazar Kaganovich died peacefully in his sleep in 1991, ignored by popular history and immune to prosecution.

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  4. bob saffron
    September 9, 2017

    A treat for the Soviet fan-boys. 02:23: work so heavy your uterus prolapses.

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  5. bob saffron
    September 9, 2017

    Danzig Baldaev wasn’t an inmate, either.

    Soviet statisticians must have thought long and hard before issuing bulletins.

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  6. bob saffron
    September 9, 2017

    The irony is that the very freedoms that the USA historically granted its citizens was how the State grew rich and powerful enough to pursue an imperialistic foreign policy. Ditto for Britain. Nice at home, nasty abroad. The USSR’s sheer poverty curtailed its overseas ambitions.

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  7. NoddingHead
    September 9, 2017

    Too bad we don’t have a Putin-like top dog in the USA

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  8. bob saffron
    September 9, 2017

    Interesting how sensitive Russian authorities are to Holocaust revisionism (a 5 year sentence for offenders). Glass chins all around when it comes to truth and the communist experience.

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    • Joe B
      September 9, 2017

      Holocaust denial laws are not meant to prevent denial of the holocaust, they are meant to prevent discussion of the holocaust.

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      • bob saffron
        September 9, 2017

        Yeah right, because the glory days of communism are still sacrosanct in Russia. (With Stalin as convenient scapegoat for any hiccups).

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  9. guest
    September 12, 2017

    Jones just said “When you look at the videos, from the Caribbean to Florida, It is, to a person, TO A PERSON, black folks looting.” And just last week he said several times “just google black on white crime”, to his millions big audience, not bad.

    They aren’t looting, they are rescuing sneakers!

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    • guest
      September 12, 2017

      And to quote myself: “A natural disaster is like going to prison, day one you draw a swastika on your forehead.”

      You must dive before you can larp!

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  10. bob saffron
    September 12, 2017

    On elephants in the room, anyone whose sympathies towards TRS have wavered from positive to negative should listen to their cringe-worthy 9/11 Official Story segment. The discontent among listeners is palpable. The only guy who doesn’t seem in on the gig is “Johnny Monoxide”, the token conspiratard. He seems in good faith. The others, not so much.
    https://therightstuff.biz/2017/09/11/tds193-melted-beams-crushed-dreams/

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  11. james
    September 12, 2017

    The west is doing a great job at discrediting the status quo.

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  12. guest
    September 13, 2017

    Any idea what’s going on with Hipster Racist?

    I hope he doesn’t have a case of yuppie flu!

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    • icareviews
      September 13, 2017

      I think he’s just busy. He should be back before long.

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      • guest
        September 13, 2017

        I ask because hipsters have a predisposition for the yuppie flue.

        Like know how jews have a predisposition for groats syndrome:

        But i understand, you gotta recharge that mitzvah!

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  13. Pingback: Soviet Nostalgia II: Boom and Combust; or, Post-Cold-War Military-Industrial Crisis as an Intensifier of Global Chaos | Aryan Skynet

  14. KSA
    September 20, 2017

    Anyone who says anything remotely positive about the satanic Jew-run anti-civilization that was the (((USSR))) deserves the Rosa Luxembourg treatment.

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