Monday, September 15, 2014

Thoughts on Vladimir Putin’s Communist Russian Authoritarianism and Soviet Imperialism

Russian Federation dictator Vladimir Putin is not a nationalist, or a national socialist (fascist).  He is a Soviet imperialist who, like other Communists, uses nationalism as a tool to advance his goal of spreading Marxist-Leninism by whatever means necessary.  Putin even appears to the Russian people like the Czars as the defender of the Russian Orthodox Church or of morals for the same reason.  The former Soviet intelligence officer will not be satisfied with uniting the Russian-speaking areas of the former Soviet Empire with the Russian Federation.  As Nazi German dictator Adolph Hitler was not satisfied with uniting German-speaking lands, despite his obsession with racial purity, because he believed his race should rule those whom he regarded as inferior peoples, Putin seeks to conquer, regardless of nationality, under a restored Marxist Soviet Empire, at least.  It is noteworthy that the Russian Federation is the rump of the Soviet Empire, but even the Russian Federation is the remnant of a polyglot empire intent on continuing to rule both Russians and non-Russians.  Unlike national socialists (fascists and Nazis), who emphasize race and racial superiority as the foundation of totalitarian rule, international socialists (Communists) emphasize economic class.  Regardless of the distinctions, both ideologies provide opportunities for bullies and megalomaniacs to conquer.

A pattern has emerged with Putin.  Any legitimate question of Chechen aspirations for independence was suppressed by the authoritarian leader’s dismissal of pro-independence Chechens as criminals and terrorists and his subsequent harsh quashing of their movement, which, I note, caused Islamist terrorists to co-op it.  Georgia’s objections to Russian Federation machinations in its breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia were dismissed by Putin, and the former Soviet Republic’s resistance to Russia was even labeled by him an unprovoked provocation and used as a justification for Russia to invade its neighbor with the excuse to protect minorities.  Currently, the Russian Communist dictatorship minimizes the popular uprising by the Ukrainian people against a corrupt, authoritarian pro-Russian government by labeling it a Western-backed coup d’etat and discredits the Ukrainian nationalist government and its supporters as fascists.  Meanwhile, even within Russia, dissidents or media critics are routinely branded as criminals and charged with violating laws or worse. In short, Putin would have everyone believe that there never is any legitimacy to the slightest criticism of him because all of his many critics are totally evil, while all his actions are justifiable, as he is totally good.  Russians and their sympathizers are thus conditioned by this Soviet-style propaganda pattern to believe the worst about any perceived opponent or threat to Russia’s Soviet imperialism or authoritative rule, while excusing the worst behaviors of Putin’s dictatorship. 

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not a threat to the Russian Federation.  It is a defensive organization.  That the Communist Russian dictatorship supposedly perceives NATO or its expansion as a threat only reveals Russia’s offensive intent, specifically to reconstitute the Soviet Empire.  

During Putin’s dictatorship, the Russian Federation should not in the first place have been admitted to the Group of Seven industrial powers or treated like an ally, partner or even a state that respects the liberty of its own people, as it had never sufficiently proven itself worthy.  Although there can be cooperation in certain areas, such as against terrorism, Russia did not deserve the full respect it was given.  After it lost Western respect when it invaded Georgia, Putin’s dictatorship should not have been legitimized by being restored to full diplomatic dignity, as if the modest chastisements it endured were unwarranted, and as if to reward it for its aggression.    

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