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Russia Needs To Finally Become Russian

Russia’s liberal intelligentsia really stands out from the crowd of regular liberals as we understand them in the West. The Russian liberal is defined by a sort of refined self-loathing. He looks at Russia and despairs. It’s too wild, too un-European for him. He wants to bring Russia up to European standards. Only he rarely has any conception of what European standards are, or what it means to be a European.

They are young, predominantly, but there are still old-school liberal intellectual cadres that form the intellectual backbone. They copy Western styles, which means Hipsterdom reigns among the chattering classes of St. Petersburg.

Ah yes, my beloved city. It has unfortunately been infested with Russian liberals since its founding. And now the Hipster plague is ravaging the city’s youth.

Last weekend I went to a birthday party. I was with some trendy bougy middle-class young adults. And we hit up some pretty snazzy places. Everyone looked fantastic. The girls there all had beautiful dresses that clung to their slim figures… and the men were well-put together as well I suppose.

Why do I hang out with these people you might ask? Well, if I’m honest with myself, it’s because I’m a Bobo too.

But at least I am in recovery…

The whole time was spent talking about Western movies, Western bands and they even found time to poke fun at a folk group whose troupe had come by their dacha in the suburbs of the city. They were all aghast that I had passed up on the chance to go see Depeche Mode and London Grammar. (Although our fearless leader, Richard Spencer loves Depeche Mode, I am afraid I never understood the appeal myself.)  And of course, all of them had plans to go to the West.

One chick wanted to go to Germany to study. The birthday girl and her boyfriend wanted to go to Geneva to work as mathematicians. The last chick wanted to go to Australia, just cuz.

Afterward, we went to a trendy club. For the first time in Russia, I saw some nogs that made it past the face control at the front door. Did the Russians in the club like it? No, they were polite but kept their distance for the most part. They didn’t like it. But they tolerated it. After all, that’s what Westerners do, right? For it to be a trendy club, it would need to have a couple of those magic negros that the Westerners seem to love to stuff in their music videos.

Russian trendy types are like children in that sense. They ape the West with no real understanding of why things are done that way there. It’s why you can have green-haired girls here who are raging racists. They don’t understand the cultural baggage that colored hair brings with it in the West. They just mimic it with amusing results.

I wanted to ask my merry company questions that I knew they would have no answers to like:

What more do you need? Why are you like this? Why are you filled with such self-loathing for you and yours?

I didn’t though. I learned a long time ago that they themselves don’t know.

I am not the first to notice this tendency among certain Russian classes to look West, though. Naturally, it took a German to systematize and explain what Russia is and isn’t.

Oswald Spengler, my lord, and Fuehrer, believed that the Russian soul was split into two parts. The European-looking elite and intelligentsia were infected with a Peterine desire to remold Russia into Europe. Tolstoy was a great example of this line of thinking. Having read a lot of Tolstoy, and once being enamored of this world-view I completely understand on an intuitive level what Spengler was getting at:

“The Russian soul is not the same as the Western Faustian, as Spengler called it, the Magian soul of the Arabian civilisation, or the Classical of the Hellenes and Romans. The Western Culture that was imposed on Russia by Peter the Great, what Spengler called Petrinism, is a veneer. The basis of the Russian soul is not infinite space as in the West. It is not Faustian imperative, but is the plain without limit. The Russian soul expresses its own type of infinity, albeit not that of the Western which becomes even enslaved by its own technics at the end of its life-cycle.”

And then there is the other half of Russia. Dostoevsky was the avatar of this second Russia, the harbinger of the awakening Russian soul. Now, I never read Dostoevsky. I always thought it was too dark and complex. But now, as I find myself ruminating on this cleave within the Russian psyche between the Peterites and the genuine Russians, I find myself wanting to give Dostoevsky another shot, despite him hating on my beloved Bobo haven:

St. Petersburg says Dostoyevski, it is the most abstract and artificial city in the world. After this everything that arose around it was felt by the true Russdom as lies and poison. A truly apocalyptic hatred was directed on Europe, and Europe was all that was not Russia. The first condition of emancipation for the Russian soul, wrote Aksakov in 1863 to Dostoyevski, is that it should hate Petersburg with all this might and all its soul. Moscow is holy, Petersburg Satanic.

Alright, but that’s just like your opinion, maaan…

I find the Spengler explanation a better frame of reference to explain Russia’s liberal intelligentsia than any traditional Left/Right explanation that would be more at home in Continental Europe, or Whig/Tory divide that might explain the Anglo-sphere.

These Russian Liberals aren’t really “liberals” in the Western sense of the word. In more ways than one, they are the true elan of Russian society, always have been. They are well-educated, well-mannered and well-meaning. Their liberalism stems from shame for their country and their desire to see Russia be accepted into Europe. They long to show you, the Westerner, how Western they are as well.

And when they try, they can really dazzle you. Take the entire city of St. Petersburg. Built by Italians architects to put anything Europe had at the time to shame. I can honestly say that they succeeded. Versailles is cute and pretty, but Petergof is awe-some and stunning.

See what we Russians can do when we put our minds to it!?”  it screams!

But let’s not forget our group of Russian intellectuals, drinking Whiskey (because Vodka is for the proles) around the table at the restaurant, celebrating and chit-chatting, surrounded by other well-to-do Russians as well. Let’s ask them here and now why they want to be Western so bad:

“We’re for free-speech!” they proclaim!

How adorable.

They don’t know that the West has left that part of its history behind already in favor of speech codes and stifling PC shame culture. Nothing I can say will divorce them from that view, or course. They will have to go there and see for themselves.

“We are for European Civilization!” they exude!

How cute. Not even Europe believes in European civilization anymore. But here in Russia? Everyone reads the European classics, studies the history of Renaissance art, and sighs with longing for Paris, the city of love and culture. Lol.

“We believe gays should be tolerated and not persecuted!” they reason.

How passe. Don’t they know that tolerance was in the 90’s? Now it’s abject worship- and don’t you forget it!

“Please, please don’t lump us in with those rubes that like to swear, drink and brawl that compromise the mass of the Russian lumpenproletariat!” they murmur into their glasses.

Ah! Now we’re getting somewhere.

They don’t want to be considered “Russian” in the way Westerners consider Russians to be. In short, all the values that we think will save Russia in the long-run; its ability to still be brutal, harsh and unwelcoming of the Other…these are the values that Russia’s liberals turn their noses up towards.

“Why can’t our people act civilized?” they moan.

They want to be accepted as Europeans, so no wonder they preach tolerance- not of Hachi’s and other browns, mind you- no, they can’t stand those people either. Rather, they long for Visa-free travel, a strong rouble (to buy Italian goodies) and a cessation of hostilities between Russia and the West.

 

The thought that the West might have absolutely zero intentions of ever welcoming them into the European family as equals simply does not register in their minds. Nor does the fact that Russia is largely blameless in the post-Cold War world environment register either.

Their entire worldview is premised on the idea that if Putin and Russians, in general, acted with more deference to Europe, surely then they would be accepted as European and not as the great Other.

And of course, many of their sort hold views that would make even the Republicuck party label them as bigots and neo-nazis. But try telling them that. They really think that they are actually progressives.

And of course, they seem unaware that Russians remain the only group of people in the West that it is absolutely OK to hate on with near-genocidal intensity.  Whether it’s Neocons, Cold Warriors, or now Western liberals, the great White threat of Russia is the only safe target for Western scorn and feelings of faux patriotism.

Truly though, the ground is fast-disappearing under the feet of Russian liberals, despite the resurgence of Navalny as the opposition candidate. They are so thoroughly discredited, that they are only trotted out from time to time on Channel 1 so that Soloviev and Zirinovsky can bellow at them about what traitors the Yabloko liberal party of the 90’s was.

I enjoy those moments.

But it seems to me that there is an awakening in Russia. And I am thankful for every glimpse of it that I catch. The awe and respect that the masses used to have for these intellectuals is waning- noticeably so. They are growing independent of the consensus of the liberal elite and finding their own voices.

I notice it when I travel out of St. Petersburg especially. Many common Muscovites don’t give a shit about being more European, they’re quite content to be Russian. You can just feel the difference in the way they talk to you.

It’s even more pronounced in Siberia. I was lucky to meet some local patriots in the places I visited. They couldn’t care less about impressing me, or showing me how Western they are.

They knew that Europe was killing itself. And they explicitly said so.

“Russia needs to finally be Russian.” – thats what these people told me.

Powerful words. Here are some more prophetic words by Gogol:

˜Wait, the time will come when ye shall learn what the orthodox Russian faith is! Already the people scent it far and near. A Tsar shall arise from Russian soil, and there shall not be a power in the world which shall not submit to him!”– Taras Bulba

Am I being too optimistic when I say that Russia is a nation that is just starting reach an understanding of itself? Maybe, after all, this is only visible on the grassroots level for now.

The liberal classes though are getting jittery. So, the professors try their best to rail against Putin and hope that some Western institution invites them to come over as some Dissident a la Pussy Riot to become a propaganda piece in the West. Meanwhile, the sons and the daughters of the well-to-do plan their trips to Australia and Germany. They think that they will be welcomed with open arms.

Good luck and good riddance to them, I say.

 

 

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Rusty Shakleford
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Now Putin cucked and dehosted dailystormer.ru. why should he care what Western backed liberal Russians think, the country is not liberal at all?!

Alex Grachev
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“Russia needs to finally be Russian” means something different. Please sorry for my very bad English… I’m from Russia and I am surprised how much the western nationalists wrong about Putin and Russia. I will tell you who Putin is. Ethnic Russians lost their country in 1917 after The Great Jewish Revolution. And still nothing changes for us. Our country is in the hands of international mafia. And Putin whom you like is a leader of that mafia now. He destroys the last thing left of ethnic Russia. Do you know we have open borders with Asian ex-USSR countries? We… Read more »
WR_the_realist
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With the Trump election I was quite astonished by the vehemence against Russia by the same liberals who favored detente when Russian was full communist.

Hagarqim
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The Russian emblem is a double headed eagle. one head looks to the west and the other looks towards the east, thus the limitless spirit of the Russian soul! This I was told and explained to me by a German

Andrew Miller
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Mr. Law, your smugness is highly repellant.

I’ll admit I’ve never been to Russia but certainly only a fool could think that everything “Russian” is good or that everything “Western” is bad. Europe is indeed killing itself but no honest person could say that Russia isn’t killing itself. Look at their birthrates, their drug addiction rates, their alcoholism rates, their HIV rates and their treatment of the infection.

The fact that you think that heavy drinking is a “value” that will “save Russia” shows how foolish your mentality is. I don’t understand why they let you write here.

Artem Vorotnikov
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> only a fool could think that everything “Russian” is good or that everything “Western” is bad You should uncouple *Soviet* and *Russian*. Like a malignancy that clings onto a vital organ. Or like PC-riddled America from WASP core. Once you succeed you get classic modern Europe as is. That is why antagonizing Russian and European makes no sense. > Look at their birthrates Which are one of the best in Europe. > drug addiction rates > HIV rates If only among homosexuals and lowlives. > their alcoholism rates Only among 50-year old Soviet degenerates. Young adults barely drink anything… Read more »
Vincent Law
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Birthrates rising, drug addiction drastically reduced, alcoholism drastically reduced, the HIV epidemic is a meme (all the fags and junkies are dying off).

Jew or Boomer, Mr. Miller?

Andrew Miller
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Wow you are so edgy bro.

Three Stars
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He never said any of those things. You are just ascribing ethical values to his observation because of your defective reasoning. I forget how this tendency is called but it’s common enough to have a name.

alex i
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Seems like the Westernizers have eventually won in Saint Petersburg and the Slavophiles in Moscow respectively:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westernizer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavophilia

And what do you make of NLM movement?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Liberation_Movement_(Russia)

Vincent Law
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supported by the Kremlin. Mostly pensioners and ww2 enthusiasts. Non-organic even if the sentiment is shared by a large segment of society.

Diversity Heretic
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Once your brain is wired by learning that impossibly inflected language as a child, I don’t see how a person can ever be anything but Russian.

Randy
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Excellent man excellent

unpaidpundit
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I suspect that well-educated Russians simply lack cultural confidence. Historians point out that ideas, whether they be technologies, political philosophies, or cultural movements, have moved across Europe from west to east. This is because travel and commerce was easier along the coast, and people carry ideas with them when they travel. Russia simply needs a conspicuous popular cultural success (The Bolshoi Ballet won’t do. It’s too refined, and appeals only to intellectuals.). A Russian architect has to get a skyscraper built in Chicago to rave reviews. A fashion house in St. Petersburg has to become the next Versace. A Russian… Read more »
melanf
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“Russia simply needs a conspicuous popular cultural success ”

Russia has a “successful” (in Russia), popular culture (e.g. the vast and popular fantasy literature – for example http://imgur.com/a/CwDkc ). Just this culture is unknown in Western Europe/America.

Harry Flashman
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Good piece – arguably couldn’t this be said for most of Slavdom? Don’t we see a similar cleavage in Poland as well – different of course, but in the same vein.

Vincent Law
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Haven’t been to poland, will have to go and see.

Riopel
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Realistically, Russia has only two choices: become European or become Asian. There’s no third option, unless they want to become black.

WP
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Europe is now black

Vincent Law
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Or become Russian.

Riopel
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The Kiev Rus was founded by Nordic Europeans called Varangians.

Before 1917, Russia was on course to becoming a legitimate European country. It had painters, poets, and philosophers that nearly rivaled Europe’s. The jews destroyed all that in 1917 and turned it into an Asiatic tyranny.

Russians have a choice. Pick up where they left off in 1917 or continue the Asianification the jews started.

Vincent Law
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You think in TGSNT memes. You have very little understanding of EE and the USSR otherwise.

Игор
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Unfortunately it seems more choice between Eurasia and well http://afropean.com

NotYouNotSure
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I am curious what they would say if you asked them about what is happening in Italy now (letting in a near endless amount of Africans) or with Merkel who invited those third worlders. Do they really not see this is what Europe is now, why would they ever want to emulate these “european values” ?

Vincent Law
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They concede the point…for awhile. Then they forget and keep on cucking.

Dogge
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Soloviev and Jirinovski are kikes tho.

Vincent Law
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very true.

Flavius
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Your description of the situation in Russia is largely valid for my country, Romania, too. Our liberals are almost exactly the same as the Russian liberals described in the article, while the rest of my country has far more in common with Russia than with Western Europe. Romanian liberals feels the same type of disdain toward their own nation and people, the same intention to immitate everything and anything “Western” and the same desperate desire to be accepted as “true Westerners”. I suspect that the same thing is true for most Eastern European nations.

Vitvini
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Interesting new video on Dostoevsky and the Jews

Vincent Law
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Yeah he was a raging anti-semite.

WHAT
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Vincent, were those ethnic russians or (((russians)))? There is an, erm, intellectual russian figure by the name of Galkovsky, you should read what he says of those creatures you described. No parentheses despite the -sky, as far as I know, and boy does he name the zhid.

Vincent Law
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regular russians unfortunately.

WHAT
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WHAT
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Jesus Christ, Chechenova is on a roll.

Old Gregg
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I don’t see the problem with Russians identifying as European. They are European.

ATruePatriotTrump2016
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ATruePatriotTrump2016

They don’t wanna become European in an ethnically minded sense. They wanna become European in the fag marriage and open borders sense. Tolerant as it were

Vincent Law
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Its like a Frenchman hating his French culture and wanting to be thought of as English.

Yes, there’s a lot of good about English culture, but its cucky behavior to say the least to fetishize the foreign over what is your own.

Randy
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The Europeans aren’t Europeans anymore though

Arthur Vickstrom
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It’s a complex issue because ethnic Russians are racially White but their mentality is very different from that of Western Europeans. And not just because of Hollywood’s negative influence on modern Westerners. We’ve noticed the difference between our respective peoples since the 1700s.

Western Europeans are more ‘mechanistic.’ We like to have theories and principles by which to view the world. Russians are more ‘fatalistic.’ It’s hard to describe the difference. You have to talk with both groups to understand it.

alex i
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Interesting. There is a well-known story named The Fatalist from Lermontov’s novel ‘A Hero of Our Time’

Gubbler Chechenova
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Maybe White Folks should look to German history to forge a New Order. Think of Prussia vs Austro-Hungarian Empire. The AH Empire was bigger in land size and had 4 times the population of Prussia. But Prussia prevailed. Why? AH Empire’s size and diversity were its undoing. Prussia was smaller in population, but it was all German, and as such, tightly bound together. In contrast, AH Empire’s size in people and land were huge, but there was little unity. German-Austrians made up only 1/4 of its population. The ruling German-Austrians had difficult time keeping all the subject peoples together. It… Read more »
Crud Bonemeal
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If you guys won’t ban gubbler for posting cuckoldry memes, now you can ban him for spamming!

Gubbler Chechenova
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They need to ban you for being a nagging annoying dork.

Arthur Vickstrom
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Scanning a typical gubbler post:

“Blacks -> White Women -> Russia -> White Women and Blacks -> Ghetto Jungle Beat -> something about rap -> 23rd paragraph about Negro Testosterone levels -> Russia verses Nazis -> Did I mention Black guys yet? Oh, yeah that was paragraph 29”

Eventually you’re like:

http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/vader_didnt_read.gif

Gubbler Chechenova
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For the ‘spooks’, I think it’s like a game. Once you join the intelligence community, it’s like spy vs spy. You get so caught up in the game that you play for pride and prejudice. You don’t even think ideologically. You don’t care who is president AS LONG AS he lets you play the game. The US has been playing this game against Russia for so long that many in the intelligence community is addicted to the anti-Russian game. They see bear-hunting and bear-baiting as a rite of passage, pastime, and ritual. It’s like what became of fox-hunting in Britain,… Read more »
Gubbler Chechenova
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Jews and homos fear Russian nationalism as a model for other nations. Since US is the world hegemon, if the US goes nationalist, it will be a threat to globalism. So, by casting Russia as the Evil Bogeyman, the media seek to undermine any easing of ties between US and Russia. If media spreads the hysteria, “Russia is evil, Russia hacked US elections, Russia is a threat”, then any friendly gesture on the part of Trump’s administration toward Russia can be denounced as Treason. This hysteria is to sabotage any improvement between the US and Russia. The Jewish-controlled Media are… Read more »
Gubbler Chechenova
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Putin can only do so much and be around for only so long. Russian people must mature and learn to become great on their own. Russia has huge advantages. If Germans or Japanese owned all that land and resources, Russia would be the #2 or #3 economy in the world. Russia has 1. Large enough population with decent enough IQ. 2. Lots of land 3. Tremendous resources 4. National pride(something lacking in most white nations) 5. Moral capital(as victors over Nazis, survivors of communism, and resisters of homo-globalism). But its economy is that of Italy and only because of its… Read more »
Gubbler Chechenova
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I would never say Russia should become like today’s Germany, Japan, or Korea. But, there is something good about them that is missing among Russians. It is THAT which the Russians must learn. It’s like extracting chemicals from a plant. It might be poisonous to consume the whole plant. But there might be elements in the plant that might be beneficial to health. So, it’s a matter of Cultural Extraction. What useful or positive elements can you extract from Germans and Japanese? Also, people do change over time. Germans and Japanese were once sane. They had the balance of pride… Read more »
Gubbler Chechenova
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Ultimately, Putin is a technocrat and a manager. Russia needs a prophet, a visionary. A Russian Moses and David. Russia had its share of great leaders, but the main message was OBEY and FOLLOW. The whole mentality is that Russians on their own will just be slovenly, lethargic, directionless, confused, and excessive with drink and dancing on tables. Because Russians are such semi-barbaric boors, they need a strong hand and strong state to do anything. So, Russia’s great leaders are men like Peter the Great. Even though Ivan the Terrible(though it could be translated as Awesome) wasn’t a nice guy,… Read more »
Gubbler Chechenova
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Chinese had a huge nation-empire and were satisfied with it. Russians too were content with land empire, which is why they didn’t seek overseas empires much. They even sold Alaska. But the only way smaller nations like Britain, Spain, and France could be Great Powers was by conquering more land. And New World offered them this opportunity. Spanish/Portuguese took the southern parts, Anglos took the middle part, and French took the northern part(and claimed Louisiana territory). But Anglos eventually took the northern part too when English beat the French in Canada. And then Napoleon sold Louisiana territories to the US.… Read more »
Gubbler Chechenova
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True nationalism means a deep sense of shared blood and narrative, preferably over territory called ‘homeland’, with others of your kind. This sense of togetherness is real on the genetic, historic, and territorial level. (Even if others of your kind are away from the homeland, they look back to homeland as the true their true home and feel an affinity with others of their own kind.) After all, a Hungarian in America looks back to Hungary as his ancestral homeland. He doesn’t look to any other nation as his true homeland. It’s a sense of roots and origins. And when… Read more »
Gubbler Chechenova
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America revolves around the axis of Jewish Neurosis. Because of Jewish-Globalist control of media and academia, much of what is called ‘American’ is Judeo-centric. If not for Jewish Power, most Americans would not be obsessed about Iranian nukes, Putin-is-Hitler, Russia-is-threat, White-pride-is-evil, Diversity-is-great, Homos-are-angelic, and Trump-is-Siberian-candidate. Because Jews control media and academia, their interests-agenda-biases-hatreds-ambitions-greed take center stage and enter the minds of countless Americans. Imagine if Hindus or Chinese had the kind of media-academia power that Jews have in America. Their uniquely biased idea and vision of ‘America’ would come to occupy the minds of Americans hooked to mass media. So,… Read more »
Gubbler Chechenova
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Russia had serfs. China had slaves. So, why don’t they have race problems like the US? Because Russian serfs were Russian and Chinese slaves were Chinese. So, when the system was eradicated, the once-serfs or once-slaves could be like everyone else. In contrast, the slaves were black in America. So, when black slaves were freed, they were no longer slaves but still black, and THAT was the problem. Slavery or no slavery, blacks remained stronger, more muscular, more aggressive, more psychopathic, louder, booty-shaking, and bigger-donged. In a way, end of slavery caused more problems for whites since stronger and more… Read more »
Hagarqim
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because the US ended up with the worst type of slave. a race with a very low IQ

Gubbler Chechenova
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We are in the Third Jewish War on Russia. First Jewish War on Russia was Bolshevism. Second Jewish War on Russia was Privatization, which really should be called Pirate-ization. Third Jewish War on Russia is Strangulation. How dare Russia restore national sovereignty and defy the new globo-religion of Homomania? Trump should be a bit more understanding of Palestinians. Though Palestinians are the underdogs, the media favors Israelis against Palestinians by 9 to 1 margin. It’s like what the media did in 2016 election. They favored Hillary over Trump by 9 to 1 margin. So, using Palestinians-as-a-metaphor, Trump is like a… Read more »
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