Continuing the Switchover theme.
Cold War 2 is reversed from Cold War 1 in terms of governmental behavior, but not in terms of the people on both sides.
Before 1989, most Americans were some type of Christian. Protestant, Roman, Generic. Before 1989, most Russians were Eastern Orthodox Christians.
After 1989, the people are the same, but the church organizations are changing, which causes people to move in or out of organizations.
In America the organized 'established' churches have been accelerating toward Satan, while the disorganized evangelicals have remained Christian. The people have responded by moving out of the Satan-trending churches and into the continuous-Christian denominations.
In Russia the organized 'established' church is moving AWAY from its corrupt connection to Sovietism, so the people are moving back into the church. There aren't a lot of disorganized evangelicals, so that part of the parallel doesn't apply.
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In both phases of the Cold War, the two sides have sent out propaganda to the rest of the world.
In CW 1 before 1989, Russia's government sent out a Marxist Soviet message, which didn't represent the feelings of the Russian people. America's government sent out a generic Western message, basically Christian in culture if not ideology. This did represent the American people.
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In CW 2 after 1989, Russia's government is sending out a culturally Christian message, agreeing with the major teachings of both Christians and Muslims. This represents the feelings of the Russian people in a general way. America's government is sending out a Gramscian Soviet message, which doesn't represent the feelings of the American people.
I couldn't think of an appropriate icon for Gramsci, so I used the good old hammer-n-sickle. But it's really not the same thing.
The Marxist-Soviet message starts with the common Abrahamic goals of helping the poor and suppressing the rich; then accomplishes those goals by brute force.
The Gramscian-Soviet message runs counter to all
Christian and Muslim goals. Crime is good; families are bad; charity is wrong; facts are EVIL; sexual deviance is good; paying taxes is stupid; robber barons are exemplary saints.
Grab everything Moses and Jesus and Mohammed were trying to teach, toss it in the trash and do the exact opposite.
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