Who are the most dangerous Russians in the world today?

Editors’ Note: TGP’s Opeds are articles we publish due to their overall great value, but which in a number of aspects, we may actually disagree with. Obviously, this is a fine piece, and the author a fine and well-meaning intellect, laying out pressing truths, so our critique here should not be interpreted as refuting his central theses, especially the description of the West’s cynical and absolutely evil assault on Russia and its possible world-ending consequences. So what are these differences? For example (as pointed in line already) we disagree with the author’s rather sweeping characterisation of Lenin and Trotsky, and a generally hostile view of the Soviet Union and its role in the world, even calling its leaders the “new terrorists”. We also see that he seems to imply a certain belief in the goodness of undisturbed “free markets,” a keystone of hardcore libertarianism, and what these portend, capitalist hell, sooner or later. Equally problematic is the author’s extremely rather reductionist view of the mainsprings of the Russian revolution, which he ascribes to a bankers’ plot conceived by a few families (he is probably thinking of the Rothchilds, and Jewish financiers, again), in support of the Bolsheviks! The idea, we are told, is that the Soviet revolution was supported by the dark forces of the west in order to give true Christianity its coup de grace! This is the kind of ultra-right views usually circulated in looney quarters in the US, and with good reason, and this is not to negate the extremely powerful and semi-hidden and even sinister role that international banking—an arm of global capitalism after all—plays in precipitating terrible human events. How Godwyn (in that aspect alone) seems to be on the same page with ultra-rightwingers who support fascism is a bit of a nasty contradiction since he is obviously a clear anti-fascist! Lastly, due to his rather undifferentiated anti-Sovietism, we say “undifferentiated” because understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the Soviet Union, its errors and accomplishments, requires a far more balanced view, one which incorporates the dialectic of 80 years of nonstop attacks on the Soviet experiment, including an all-out Nazi invasion and an unrelenting Cold War, he still thinks (like Orwell, actually) that it was the Soviet Union that represented and still represents the most extreme and successful case of “mass brainwash” in modern history, whereas anyone with an even basic grasp of US propaganda methods and media structure can see that it is the US—the anglo-saxon world—that is really the best example of pervasive, smooth and effective systemic indoctrination.—PG
About the author
The author writes frequently about Russia and her culture from a highly personal and original perspective, as evidenced by this extraordinary piece, which is also infused with a strong sense of morality. As he states in the essay, he has lived in Russia (St Petersburg, etc.) and is obviously well acquainted with Russian mores, media and current affairs. His dispatches are published in leading political alternative blogs including The Saker, Oriental Review, Russia Insider, etc.

MARCUS GODWYN—he violent overthrow of the Ukrainian government by The US and EU in February 2014 could oh so easily, if hotter heads had been in charge in the Kremlin, have led almost immediately to WW3. It is clear that the Russians did not expect such an extreme move from the west and were caught napping. If Putin was the kind of person who allows himself to be eaten by personal pride or whipped into action while smarting from loss of face and even a few of his ministers and advisers were of a similar hue we could all be radioactive dust by now.



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