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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

Escaping Oppression

Somebody came to the blog with the following query:

why rich russians dont try to escape such oppressive country

The answer is that it’s not oppressive to the rich. It’s oppressive to everybody else because the rich oppress them. Who do you think is oppressing people? The poor?

The not-very-rich are not trying to “escape” (whatever that means in this context) because emigration is difficult, and for Russian-speakers it’s harder than for many other people.

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3 thoughts on “Escaping Oppression

  1. I know you wrote about it before here and there, but would you mind we again about why it’s harder for Russian speakers to emigrate than for many other people? Thanks!

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    • Our whole identity rests on the belief that we are smarter, more cultured, more sensitive, more profound than everybody else. Our language is superior to all others. Our customs are superior, too. Everybody else is a coarse, unrefined idiot. Imagine adapting to a different culture with this approach.

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      • \ Everybody else is a coarse, unrefined idiot. Imagine adapting to a different culture with this approach.

        May be, it’s different in Israel, but my family and many others adapted just fine to Israeli culture despite (some shades of) such approach.

        Of course, the approach being closer to reality in Israel than in America could’ve helped. 🙂

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