Comments on: The broken promises of Russia’s second revolution Fri, 02 Mar 2012 16:13:53 +0000 hourly 1 By: ICIC Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:45:29 +0000 as with so many other lazy journalists, you’ve quoted Putin out of context. there was a considerable proviso before he said what he said – and you ignored it to suit yourself.

By: xcanada2 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 01:39:12 +0000 To quote Michael Hudson, economist:

It may be time to look once again at what Larry Summers and his “Rubinomics gang did in Russia in the mid-1990s and to Third World countries during his tenure as World Bank economist to see what kind of future is being planned for the U.S. economy over the next few years.

“Throughout the Soviet Union the neoliberal model established “equilibrium” in a way that involved demographic collapse: shortening life spans, lower birth rates, alcoholism and drug abuse, psychological depression, suicides, bad health, unemployment and homelessness for the elderly (the neoliberal mode of Social Security reform).”

Following on with this: The Harvard gang of economists, in their misguided believe in capitalism, or simply to promote their own set of oligarchs, rushed Russia to privatize its national treasure of oil, gas, timber, minerals, and its manufacturing and banking into the hands of a few gangsters. Even Khodorkovsky virtues are supported by the New York Times these days, despite the thuggish ways he attained his billions.

In my view, Putin took back Russia for the Russians. We could use somebody to take back American for Americans. (Not suggesting Putin though. We have a different background.)
America has pretty clearly been usurped by the richies, who can’t even bring themselves to pay their fair share of taxes, while the average American if falling into debt peonage.

The Harvard gang was again up front in America’s economic demise.

By: kommy Tue, 09 Aug 2011 23:04:57 +0000 According to the heart-bleeding author, Russia must step forward and rape herself, in front of the public.

I wonder why they do not do that….Probably their whole history is a history of bloody revolts and sacrafice to save the rest of the world.

Sorry guys, this week it’s your turn, with your wallets.

Export of democarcy is a sweet business, but there are no takers.

By: bao Tue, 09 Aug 2011 20:52:18 +0000 Here’s my assessment of Russia today – They’re not attacking anyone. Their people are happy. They’re not in debt to the world. They have plenty of food, water, and natural resources, including energy, to last them for at least the next 100 years. Their military prevents outsiders from looting those resources. They have the freedom to leave.

So why is anyone criticizing them about anything? If their system is imbalanced in any way, they will collapse on their own, like ours is right now.

By: Rfairb Tue, 09 Aug 2011 20:01:08 +0000 Russia is no less undemocratic than the United States, but the US has a bigger media to loudly insist the two parties are looking out for the little guy. The media also insists that all the other countries need to “open up” to American financial dominance, which is the very definition of freedom. When a Wall Street fat cat croons about freedom everyone should watch out.

By: knavehearts Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:33:26 +0000 didn’t expect such a superficial column from Reuters. Onesided, close-minded. “a mystery still decades later” – really? google Brezhnev and Gorbachev, you’ll see the mystery cracking in front of you.

“a radical break in consciousness”?? how can anyone write something like this without thumbing through Vekhi or Berdyayev at least or anyone from the philosophers boat.

And yes, you are forgetting there were THREE revolutions in Russia last century (1905, two in 1917).

By: ChrisHerz Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:29:14 +0000 So its the army in Egypt which holds power, and we await the appearance of the new US-financed dictator. Meanwhile we are told Stalin (or perhaps merely Khrushchev) has been reincarnated in Putin?
Our brilliant Washington policy hacks like Ms Glasser have been so often right in their assessments that we must give to them automatic deference.

By: Ananke Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:28:23 +0000 Meh…the present status benefits Russians and Russian businesses. They are not stupid at all to allow outsiders to control their natural resources, regardless the endless pro-democratic articles written against Putin. You guys should live and work there, before you talk non-sense. Yes, it is impossible to do business as an American in Russia, but that doesn’t mean locals aren’t doing well.

By: SamRB Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:14:12 +0000 Interesting article, yet I am bothered by the quick reliance on Freedom House facts to support claims of scarce freedom within former Soviet bloc states. There have been a number of published reports documenting the faulty logic and apparent lack of in-depth research done by Freedom House, regarding how to properly judge the concept of ‘free’ and which countries have more or less of it.

I read and own your book Kremlin Rising and thought it was excellent. I am optimistic towards Russia’s future; The upcoming presidential election will tell the rest of the world a lot about how and in what direction we should perceive Russia to be moving politically and economically.

I really think you are far off the mark 74LS08 with your comment, ” In 50 years Russia will be a Muslim state and Siberia will be controlled by China.” I think your prediction is based off of little real evidence.

By: hazel123 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:33:31 +0000 It was Pope John Paul II the Great who successfully destroyed communism and gave hope to the people who are ever seeking, as the author grossly understates, “an intellectual and moral quest for self-respect and pride.” Far more than mere self-respect and pride, they continue to seek something far more profound, literally a better meaning to life than that offered by an authoritarian, atheistic ruling class. To love God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength is the meaning of life, and it took our Catholic Pope to bring down the power of God to shake communism to its very roots.

“ow many divisions does the Pope have?” queried Stalin. Now he knows, in Hell.