They don’t seem interested in the ordinary Russian. They are aimed at people like me. The one or two percent who speak English well enough to understand their content. Their Russian-language stuff is very poor. Anyway, they just bombard us with stuff about how terrible life in Russia is. They obviously hope the English-speaking, and well-traveled, elite will rise up against our government, out of embarrassment or something. It’s stupid. They’d be much smarter if they targeted us with reasons why America is so great, if it really is so. Telling us how awful our own country is makes us want to love it more.Sounds familiar. It's the same approach they're using against TROLLS of all sorts, and currently against Trump fans. Insult us deeply, hurt us, spit on us, try to make us feel ashamed. Doesn't work. It only shows us the horrible evil of USA STRONG. When you have truth, you speak truth. When you have nothing but lies, you insult the truth-tellers and turn them into permanent hardass enemies. As usual it comes down to idea-based nation vs people-based nation. In the '50s RFE used more effective methods, focusing more on telling the truth about America. Truth was possible in the '50s for two reasons. (1) In the '50s life in USA was generally better than life in USSR. (2) USA and USSR were both idea-based. We thought our idea was better. No matter which was superior, a war of ideas made sense when both governments were riding on ideas. Now USA STRONG is collapsing BECAUSE IT'S BUILT ON IDEAS. Russia, freed of dependence on ideas by its own previous collapse, is just the nation of the Russian people, and Putin rules on that basis. Orlov again. Russia was able to pick up the pieces because it was originally a people-based nation before Lenin tacked on the ideas. America has never been a nation coinciding with an ethnic group. It began with contradictory and nonsensical ideas, so it has nothing to fall back on.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.