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When 70% of Russians say NO to communism, and fewer than five percent say YES, the will of the people is fairly clear.
or he's very skilled at manipulating perceptions, either way the result is the same.
The revival of Russian cultural heritage is in full swing after it was nearly lost to the creeping, bland uniformity of the soviet era. Powerful, influential churches of several faiths (primarily the orthodox church) gained more than most from the soviet collapse, they are in a good position now to prevent its resurection.
Historically, communism has been easiest to pitch when the people are living in abject poverty,
Executive action will replace democratic election...I mean, once the people lose their voice, there's really nothing to do...Which despite what many think, is more than possible.
One of they key policies of the Soviet Union was to keep their people under contol. The did this by fear, oppression, deception, and of course, the expulstion banishment of free-thinkers, and the 'Iron Curtain' policy, keeping new ideas from becoming common knowledge...what you say here raises the hackles on my neck, as to me, it indicates that one minor piece is in place, and that Russia truly may not be far from what we speak of.
Um, not to alarm anyone, but RELIGION, especially in the Orthodox church (in which every facet of the congregation's lives are affected by the church, especially that of those highly invovled..) Is at it's core another form of control. I dont' mean to offend, but organized religion (and you can see this throughout history), is a way in which leaders kept their population under control.
Injustice is the key to the revival of the Communist movement. When people begin to see injustice, and imbalance...they begin to look for solutions, and Communism comes VERY readily to hand.
By this measure the USA is exponentially closer to a communist rebirth than Russia.
Chechnya...We all know what can happen when your country has terrorism on the brain, right? We can see it first hand here in America. It will create a division on the inside such that those on the one side will turn upon those on the other. With conflict like this, it can become quite easy to consolidate one's power. All it takes is a single, galvanizing event...for America it was 9/11, and we are now reaping what was sown, and see the waxing power of the Bush administration.
Russia hasn't much changed...they've just changed the sign out front.
This attack already took place, and Russia managed not to devolve into a autocratic nightmare. The Beslan school massacre would have been enough to send most other leaders scurrying for their red phones, but Putin applied the principles of asymetrical warfare and did exactly the opposite of what his enemies wanted him to do. Rather than bomb a random country to placate the people's call for justice, or close the borders and engage in fear mongering, and give legitimacy to the terrorists, he simply applied the rule of law and resisted the impulse to take out the pliars and blowtorches.
Good arguments from both sides
An interesting debate, with two interesting sides of argument. Both of you have stuck to your sides of the debate well and both of you have raised some interesting ideas.