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#269722 - 04/07/14 03:10 PM Pat Buchanan, Vladimir Putin, Russia, and God (three articles)
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Pat Buchanan has been nutso for a long time.

When Conservatives Go Wrong
J.R. Nyquist
A Website for Patriots Who Think
April 7, 2014

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Blaise Pascal wrote that man was full of error. "This error is natural," he explained, "without grace, ineffaceable. Nothing shows him the truth; everything deceives him." Along similar lines, Frederick the Great said, "Man is made for error; it enters his mind naturally, and he discovers a few truths only with the greatest effort." Conservatives are especially guilty in this regard when it comes to the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, Russia, and Communism. To understand the complex underlying realities, one must first discover the deceptive quality of the thing itself. A Communist is a human being with the power of a person. Like other political humans, he does not change his beliefs at the drop of a hat. He does not give up and become a capitalist. On the other hand, it is entirely natural for a Communist to become a pretend capitalist. Lenin did so in the 1920s, while Stalin joined with capitalism in the early 1940s. There was "peaceful coexistence” in the 1950s under Khrushchev, Détente under Brezhnev, and perestroika under Gorbachev. And today, in Moscow, Vladimir Putin pretends to be a Christian. Who is simple enough to believe in this latest deception? Of all people, Patrick J. Buchanan, who has written a column titled, IS GOD NOW ON RUSSIA'S SIDE?

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Paleo Pat Pines for Powerful Putin
vorjack
Patheos
April 7, 2014

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Self proclaimed paleo-conservative Pat Buchanan loves him an anti-gay, bear-back ridin', judo flippin', ex-KGB operative named Vlad. It's just about the most absurd thing imaginable, and it's all under the title "Which Side is God on Now? ...

I think we've seen the real ideology of the far right laid bare. All the talk of small government and liberty is a sham. What they really want is Vladimir Putin to ride in and save them from the gays.

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Whose Side Is God on Now?
Pat Buchanan
Townhall
April 4, 2014

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In his Kremlin defense of Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond.

Crimea, said Putin, "is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus."

Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying...

In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia's flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity. His recent speeches carry echoes of John Paul II whose Evangelium Vitae in 1995 excoriated the West for its embrace of a "culture of death." ...

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#269741 - 04/08/14 11:36 AM Re: Pat Buchanan, Vladimir Putin, Russia, and God (three articles) [Re: Golem]
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Of course if old Vlad really DID believe all that happy horse hockey about Christian faith and the "Third Rome" ideal, that would preclude him being able to refashion Russia into the old nemesis which populates the nightmares of any red blooded American war hawk.




Nope! If you remake Russia into a new era boogeyman which relies on Christian values, then it necessarily must either be a free market capitalist system or a fascist dictatorship.

Ain't no Commie Christian nations and ain't never will be any either, leastways not at superpower level anyway.
That's when Communism has to reign in all the true believers because the only true faith is Communism, not a church.
Churches ain't welcome.

Therefore, Russia has a weakness, and that weakness is the fact that Russia is now a player in a globalist marketplace.

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"What do you think the Russians talk about in their Councils of State? Karl Marx?
They sit down with their statistical decision theories, lineal programming charts, and their Mini-Mac solutions and compute the cost-price probabilities of their stocks and transactions, just like we do.
We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale.
The world is a college of corporations, all inexorably determined by the immutable by-laws of business.
The world is a business, Mr. Beale.
It has been since Man crawled out of the slime."

---Arthur Jensen's rant to Howard Beale in "NETWORK"





The Russians embraced an incredibly globalist and oligarchial form of capitalism and my cards tell me that they are about to learn some important lessons, the depth of which an old KGB hack like Vlad probably does not appreciate.

But I am willing to bet his "constituents" do.

You know, I've always secretly believed that China has set aside enough of its accumulated wealth that, were it to decide that it wanted to punish the West, it could almost flip a switch and have its population back to a bowl of rice, one bicycle and black pajamas inside of a year in order to call in all the markers we owe plus throw enough loose currency on the market to bring the dollar completely to its knees.

I do not believe Russia is able to make such a transition, and even if it could, I doubt it would be able to as a communist power.
And the importance in that is, communism is the weapon Russia would have to use to frighten us. Without austere bare-knuckled communism Russia cannot be the boogeyman it needs to be.

Mere oligarchial fascism? Phooey, we already have that here.
And our fascists are bigger than their fascists.
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