Saturday, May 30, 2009
  Іван Берёзов Общество



Polistra has discussed the distinction between sane and crazy paranoia, as illustrated by the downfall of the John Birchers. After correctly identifying Soviet subversion in the 1950's (sane paranoia), the JBS was penetrated and neutered in the 1970's, now practicing a crazy and complex paranoia that blames everything on the Council for Foreign Relations.

And what happened to the original Birch viewpoint? Where can you find a solid and accurate criticism of the long-running Communist destruction of America? Why, you can find it in Pravda. Of course.

The article begins by calling Americans "sheeple", a trademark Birch word.

Then:

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us [Russians] about our rights and about our "democracy". Pride blind the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, losses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more than ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the sheer volumes. Should we congratulate them?


The part about pop culture in schools is inaccurate: our education system is certainly dumbed down, but not because it replaces learning with pop culture. Rather, it replaces learning with flat-out falsehoods. (Oddly enough, this author missed a truly scathing and perfectly ironic comparison. Russian science and math education is based on discovery, experimentation and discussion. Typical American methods are authoritarian and top-down. The Russian method works. The American method does not.)

But the rest of the criticism is spot on, and echoes Polistra's thoughts exactly.
 


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