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Globalized Schmobalized

Top Trump team members were in constant contact with senior members of the Russian government and intelligence community during the presidential campaign. . . A “Dark Cloud of Russia” now hangs over the administration. Chilling. And this is real.

Well, duh. I’ve only said this since the summer of 2015. All one needed to do to figure it out was follow the Russian propaganda media for two seconds. 

This is supposed to be a globalized world. If I have known this for 18 months, how come everybody else in the US is just figuring this out? 

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  1. “This is supposed to be a globalized world. If I have known this for 18 months, how come everybody else in the US is just figuring this out? ”

    Globalization is a con job, that’s why. In practice, like most ideologies now globalism is a way for the winners to become even bigger winners while convincing the losers that it’s all for the best, and totally unstoppable.

    So, globalization is not about people actually following foreign news sources (which require linguistic and cultural and historical knowledge to understand) but about the rest of the world accepting anglophone narratives about themselves.

    Globalization isn’t about a definitive Russian version of Anna Karenina (por ejemplo) but about getting the world (including Russians) to pay to watch an English speaking burlesque of Anna Karenina and accept that as authentic.

    (nb I kind of hate Tolstoy, the example was just based on the 2012 British film starring Keira “Rat Mouth” Knightley, I have no idea if it was screened in Russia and if so how it was received…)

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    • I kind of hate Tolstoy
      I do, too. Anna Karenina is one of my least favorite literary characters; I hated her for being weak and whiny and not at all like a real woman. IMHO, Tolstoy’s depictions of women read as those of someone who is ignorant and hateful of them; he just can’t write a realistic, believable female protagonist (like for instance Madame Bovary was). (But, of course, I am a layperson when it comes to literature.)

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      • “IMHO, Tolstoy’s depictions of women read as those of someone who is ignorant and hateful of them; he just can’t write a realistic, believable female protagonist (like for instance Madame Bovary was).”

        • ABSOLUTELY. Tolstoy was tortured by his hatred of women his whole life. He believed that they were evil because their bodies provoked him to sin. A total creep, and not a very talented writer either.

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  2. Shakti on said:

    All one needed to do to figure it out was follow the Russian propaganda media for two seconds.

    I don’t read Russian, so I can’t follow that, but I do remember Clinton shouting about the Russians & hacking before the election. So for me, it’s just like “Of course. Nothing will happen, though.”

    What’s interesting to see is who kept pooh-poohing it and insisting it was just some mental break by partisans eager to avoid seeing the DNC’s & HRC’s incredible incompetency.

    No wonder HRC is reenacting Walden in Chappaqua. :p

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