The pic says it all, and yet, as of late, so many wayward wanderers seem to be so far from their physical ideological homeland, Mother Russia. This post is not meant to specifically pick on Dmitry Orzo, a Russian-American outspoken critic of America, although he serves as an appropriate example. Who is Dmitry Orzo, you may ask? Here’s a link to his blog, ClubOrzo. And of course, like Kunstler, Orzo has his very own Wikipedia page here signaling he’s arrived and is someone…unlike me since there is no me, remember? Dmitry is popular in both far “Right” circles and far “Left” circles which is no small feat but is also increasingly fashionable these days since both circles (of hell?) have come to hate what America has become…or what each circle delusively believes what America’s become versus what it may once have been. Dmitry, despite his full time career job as a computer engineer, finds the time to talk up Collapse and The End of America without missing a beat. He maintains periodic postings at his blog, has given and continues to give numerous speeches about the topic of societal Collapse and….….. has written several books on the topic with this offering, Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects, exemplative of his line of reasoning. Per that link there is this instructive comment from Ivan:
Biased and unbalanced, February 1, 2013
I purchased this book thinking that I was going to get a balanced and unbiased comparison of the fall of the USSR and the economic and social problems facing the US. Instead what I got was an anti American piece of work. Orzo at times tries to say a negative thing or two about the former Soviet Union, but I think that this is more of an attempt to hide his contempt for the US rather than to give an abject account of how things were in that country. However, the writer certainly does a poor job at hiding his dislike of America. But perhaps that was not his intention. In all honesty the book is entertaining at some points, but the reader cannot miss the fact that Orzo really wants, wishes and is hoping for the total collapse, destruction and demise of the US. Given the fact the the writer believes that things were, are and shall be bad in America, I can only wonder why he still decides to live and work in that country. Who knows, perhaps he is one of the hundreds of spies sent to the US by the USSR during the Cold War who still reside in America and enjoy the freedoms that will otherwise be denied to them in Putin’s one party state.
I don’t want to spend too much time on Orzo because he’s just one of many examples and not the point so I’ll try to make this reference to him short but sweet. If you review his Wikipedia page, you’ll note he emigrated with his family from Russia in 1974 at the age of 12. I imagine Orzo’s family’s journey from Russia couldn’t have been an easy one. The Cold War was still going strong at that time and Russia wasn’t keen on releasing its citizen prisoners unless, of course, there were exceptional circumstances . But somehow Dmitry’s family miraculously managed. Interesting.
Orzo is honest enough to assert he’s not an expert on the Soviet Union and its collapse, but then ignores that assertion and opines about it and a potential American collapse like there’s no tomorrow (haha). As the review comment posted above concerning his book mentions, Orzo is not particularly objective and impartial when it comes to the subject of comparing America to Russia (not the former Soviet Union). He is extremely negative towards America and extremely ingratiating and accommodating to Putin’s Russia. He’s imbalanced in his critical approach. Why? Only he and his fans can answer that. The most anyone else can do is conjecture as to the why. I’ll leave the conjecturing to equally imaginative minds. The reviewer of Orzo’s book hints at one possibility. Something to consider.
Isn’t that a great photo above? I call it From Russia With Love. Now that’s the good life, isn’t it? Nice tan. Nice boat. Dirty Harry sunglasses. Proverbial cell phone presents an image of a busy and important individual taking calls whenever and wherever. It reminds me of Eminence Front by The Who. I wonder who’s on the other end of the line? Putin, or another FSB handler? Dominoes? Mike Ruppert calling for some consolation after another meltdown? Orzo’s stockbroker? The only thing missing is a saker falcon and a bust of Putin as a roman emperor like the one to the right on the desk of an ass-licking Moscow businessman.
Dmitry is so disillusioned with America (if he was ever illusioned), he’s still here…in America…furiously pounding away on his keyboard criticisms of the country that allowed him to self-actualize whilst writing computer code in his spare time.
Let’s take a look at some of what Dmitry has to say about the recent events in Ukraine.
Notice how lenient, and actually complimentary, he is on/to Russia and Putin and how scathing he is of the West and America. Invading Iraq bad. Invading Ukraine good. Look how he justifies and rationalizes Putin’s obvious aggression. I agree with most of the criticisms of military adventurism, but that applies to everyone everywhere, not just America and the West. Orzo’s using reverse American Exceptionalism. Putin does too. No one in their right mind can call him objective and impartial. In fact, he’s pretty much saying the exact same things Putin is saying word for word as though both are reading from the same script. Orzo even appreciates a good (or not so good depending on your perspective) Jew joke like this one from his blog:
Joke #1: President of Israel calls up Putin and says: “Vladimir Vladimirovich, I didn’t know you were a Jew!” Putin says, “I didn’t either; what makes you think I am a Jew?” President of Israel says: “You got Americans to pay you $5 billion to take over Crimea. You must be a Jew!”
Is this guy funny or what? Who doesn’t like a good Jew joke every now and then? Seriously now, what got me started on all of this is a growing trend I’ve been observing that I mentioned earlier. This comment I left over at Ian Welsh’s blog will keep me from typing my thoughts again:
The contrived Ukraine crisis has been most instructive and has validated completely a thesis I’ve been developing via observations and research for several years now. Both the hard “Left” and the hard “Right” in their hatred of all things American (what America is today) have embraced other brands of Authoritarianism around the globe (to include the CPC, Putin’s Russia and the Council of Guardians in Iran) utilizing the principle “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
I consider the partiality in leveling criticism treasonous and traitorous. Carrying water for Putin and hiding behind his prodigious apron strings is cowardice. If you can’t stand up to ‘Empire” without hiding behind another form of Tyrannical Authoritarianism, you are a traitor to any effort to free us all.
Now we know who the traitors are, once and for all. I, for one, will not lend a hand when you’re gathered up. You’ve dug your grave and turned your back on freedom.
I’m not talking about Ian here. I see him as an equal opportunity critic who hasn’t necessarily embraced tyranny in his case against tyranny, but the majority of those who comment here are absolute treasonous traitors and by virtue of this latest crisis are naked in their Authoritarianism for all to see.
My next blog post will be Dmitry Orzo–Go Home, And Take The Rest of The Traitors With You.
Anyway, if this crisis were real, the West could easily bring Putin to heel, but it would cost them. Follow the Money.
Call The Bluff
Another reason I’ve brought up Dmitry Orzo is because he’s a name that’s bandied about incessantly in hard “Right” and hard “Left” circles. The part of the bloggerverse that caters to this growing segment is constantly making reference to Russian propagandists like Orzo and linking to their respective blogs. But Orzo isn’t the only reference.Another less subtle, and actually quite bizarre, blog author who’s making the rounds in the anti-American blog space is the The Vineyard of the Saker. If you follow that link, you can’t help but notice the absurd statement in the upper left hand corner “Russia Stands For Freedom.” If the blog is satire, it’s so extremely obtuse as to not even be worth it. Nonetheless, to me it is satire and I treat it as such. Pursuant to that, I left a satirical test post the other day to gauge the tenor of the reaction. Needless to say, it’s exactly as I assumed. The rabid pro-Russian anti-semites at that blog attacked immediately and labeled me a federal troll. In the interest of fairness, I will post the satirical, over-the-top evocative comment I made at The Vineyard of the Saker.
Thank you for serving as a sponge for Western treasonous traitors. Your site is being offered as a link far and wide by all those, including many dissenters in the West, as proof of their hatred of all things “American.” We now know who they are, and when the time comes, hopefully their idol, Vladimir Damien Putin, will welcome them with open Gulags (versus arms). In that sense, you have provided an invaluable service. As for the meat of your content, pure ФСБ propaganda.
I’m prepared to call your bluff and Putin’s bluff, Saker. I’m ready to die. Are you and Putin? I don’t think so. You’re survivors, and survivors don’t commit suicide. You’re bluffing bullshitters, and if anyone in a position of a power had any balls, they’d have called you and Putin on your bullshit nuclear trump card already. You’ll never use it. Never. Want to bet?
My post was obvious satire posted to a blog which should be considered obvious satire. Remember, although satire is humorous, it’s humor with a point. Russia stands for freedom? Riiight (you must click this link – it’s priceless and humorless Putin worshipers wouldn’t understand). What’s even more truly bizarre is that this blog author has warranted a blog post dedicated to him and his blog at Colonel Lang’s site, Sic Semper Tyrannis. I’ll provide a link to the specific post at Lang’s blog at a later date. I tried to but Lang’s blog is inaccessible right now as is Bernhard Horstmann’s (b’s) blog Moon of Alabama. The cyber army of Russian propagandist commentators claim it’s the Feds. In this case, they may just be right, but personally I think it’s just a typepad problem since it appears to be affecting all typepad blogs. If they were stymieing Lang’s blog, that would be an interesting turn of events, since Lang is a former director of human intelligence. Still, his blog dances very close to the flame, imo, and the circles I’ve been describing in this post also reference Lang’s blog judiciously to support their pro-Russian, anti-American propaganda.
The post I’m referring to at Sic Semper Tyrannis inquires as to the identity of The Saker of the Vineyard‘s author. There is an Arab proverb that says “he who doesn’t know the falcon will grill it.” I think the who is irrelevant. I don’t care much for the who. The what is more important. What is The Saker (that’s how his fans refer to him)? In my satirical post I implied he was a Russian agent, but I’m not certain about that. It may well be he’s with American intelligence and is running a honey trap operation luring in Russian agents and anti-American terrorists. Either way, that blog is much more than its cover, and yet it’s increasingly used as a source of authority in more conventionally mainstream spaces like Lang’s blog. If Putin and the FSB are behind it and behind a whole lot more when it comes to this trend of anti-Americanism at hard “Right” and hard “Left” blogs, then I have to tip my hat to them. A job well done. It’s working masterfully, just not on me.
Those are just a couple of examples from unconventional sources finding their way into conventional spaces in the bloggerverse. There are also conventional sources that are embracing Putin and Russia in their hatred of what they believe America has become versus what it once was. Take this linked post from the arch conservative William S. Lind, one of the originators of fourth-generation war (4GW) theory. Per the link, here’s some of what Lind has to say about his Russian love:
An unfortunate legacy of the Cold War is the negative attitude some American conservatives yet harbor toward Russia. Conditioned for decades to see Russia and the Soviet Union as synonymous, they still view post-communist Russia as a threat. They forget that Tsarist Russia was the most conservative great power, a bastion of Christian monarchy loathed by revolutionaries, Jacobins, and democrats. Joseph de Maistre was not alone among 19th-century conservatives in finding refuge and hope in Russia.
Under President Vladimir Putin, Russia is emerging once more as the leading conservative power. As we witnessed in Russia’s rescue of President Obama from the corner into which he had painted himself on Syria, the Kremlin is today, as the New York Times reports, “Establishing Russia’s role in world affairs not based on the dated Cold War paradigm but rather on its different outlook, which favors state sovereignty and status quo stability over the spread of Western-style democracy.”
In his own Times op-ed on Syria, Putin wrote, “It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it.” Sen. Robert A. Taft and Russell Kirk also doubted it.
Moscow appears to understand better than Washington that the driving foreign-policy requirement of the 21st century is the preservation of the state in the face of Fourth Generation war waged by non-state entities, such as those fighting on the rebels’ side in Syria. Russia has rightly upbraided Washington for destroying states, including Iraq and Libya.
When Putin came to power following the chaotic Yeltsin years, there was a real possibility the Russian state itself would disintegrate. Putin’s greatest achievement, and the reason for his popularity within the country, is that he saved and strengthened the Russian state instead. Blinded by their worship of the clay god “Democracy,” Washington elites cannot perceive the importance of what Putin did, but conservatives should. Russia can be an effective ally against Fourth Generation entities, and conservatives prefer states to stateless anarchy. Russia’s new-old conservatism is evident not only in its foreign policy but at home as well. In September the Financial Times reported:
Vladimir Putin called on Russians to strengthen a new national identity based on conservative and traditional values such as the Orthodox church yesterday, warning that the west was facing a moral crisis. … Mr. Putin said Russia should avoid the example of European countries that were ‘going away from their roots’ by legalizing gay marriage and excessive ‘political correctness.’
“People in many European countries are ashamed and are afraid of talking about their religious convictions,” Putin is quoted as saying, with religious holidays “being taken away or called something else, shamefully hiding the essence of the holiday.”
“We need to respect the rights of minorities to be different,” he added, “but the rights of the majority should not be in question.” American conservatives can only dream of an American president saying such things. Should we not cheer a Russian president who dares to defy “political correctness?”
The world has turned upside down. America, condemning and even attacking other countries to push “democracy” and Jacobinical definitions of human rights, is becoming the leader of the international Left. Russia is reasserting her historic role as leader of the international Right. This is a reversal of historic importance. American foreign policy should be based on America’s interests, not on affinity for any foreign power. But putting America first does not require being hostile to Russia or anyone else. On the contrary: American conservatives should welcome the resurgence of a conservative Russia.
Wow! If this doesn’t make you laugh out loud and scratch your head at the same time, then you need to check your pulse. Is everything satire these days? It seems so, and if so, my vain attempts at satire are redundant; how do you effectively satirize satire? Fortunately, there were a few sane commentators who found Lind’s adulation of Russia absurd and contradictory, although there were also more than a few who agreed with him which should be unnerving if it weren’t so inappropriately hilarious. Here’s a few examples of some sane retorts to Lind’s insanity at that link:
Michael K says:
February 11, 2014 at 11:04 am
Russia under Tsar Nicholas II was described as an autocracy without an autocrat. Russia has found the autocrat to bring back Tsarist autocracy. I do not understand how any Anglosphere conservative can support someone like Putin who has murdered journalists, thrown opponents into prison, and has no problem trampling on civil liberties. The only thing missing are the pogroms against Jews.
February 11, 2014 at 11:27 am
A few years ago, I read about how, when one of the Founding Fathers traveled to Russia to meet with Catherine the Great, she asked them to prosecute and shutdown newspapers in the US who were publishing disfavorable things about her. The Founding Father in question (I forgot who exactly) replied that the new American government had no power to shut down the press.
This account highlights the difference and the conflict between “old” conservatism and American liberalism. Why the author celebrates the “old” conservatism of Russia I have no idea. But I do find it troubling. This is the conservatism that our Founding Fathers fought against. This is the conservatism the Constitution was designed to guard against. If American conservatives are sympathetic and welcoming to this new “old” conservatism, then they have betrayed the very ideals our government was founded upon.
As for me, I’ll stick with individual rights, democratic government, free speech and freedom of religion.
Vladimir Moss says:
February 11, 2014 at 11:33 am
Lind has completely misread the situation. The fact that Putin makes some valid criticisms of American policy does not suddenly make him a conservative. He called the fall of the Soviet Union “a geopolitical tragedy”, he has placed the KGB/FSB in full control of all aspects of Russian life (including the church)and he has poured enormous resources into the armed forces that should have been used to raise the standard of his desperately deprived people (I mean the majority, not the criminalized class that surrounds and depends on him). He is a conservative only in the sense that Hitler was a conservative. He defends Russian sovereignty for the same reason that Hitler defended German sovereignty – to establish a platform from which to destroy his foreign enemies, especially America. His motivation is revenge, his aim domination, his means – money and repression. Remember that he is the richest man in the world with a private fortune worth $130 billion. You can call such a man clever. You can’t call him moral. Please: no panegyrics for the most dangerous man in world politics.
I was pleased to read something sane to counter Lind’s appeasing fealty. Some would call it traitorous. If it’s not, it’s close to it. Imagine this nonsense 60 years ago from the so-called hard “Right?” Unfathomable. If the world were a shirt, it’s been turned inside out. Everything we’ve been taught is now the opposite, but unfortunately too many still pretend it’s as it was which only makes it more confusing. Where did it all go so terribly wrong, or was it ever right, and maybe that’s the problem. I don’t know, but I’m committed to exposing the myriad contradictions in style. It’s a vocation now. I can’t help myself.
The above sane and well-reasoned comments at Lind’s blog were countered by some insane comments that supported Lind’s assertions about Russia and conservatism. Take this one, for example. It’s even more unnervingly bat shit insane than Lind’s analysis:
Kevin R. Pastorino says:
February 11, 2014 at 8:39 am
Thanks for the article.
I am a Bible believing, Baptist Church frequenting, kind of guy (BA mathematics, read Greek and Hebrew, write software for a living).
Given info like the above, and other “leaks” from many other sites, I have been thinking that it might be prudent to move to Russia to start a business. In the USA I might be forced to call homosexuals good. And fined or jailed if I won’t write a website to promote their views. Or, perhaps, forced to pay to kill babies by providing employees with “birth control”. In Russia I might have to face the oppression that non-Orthodox believers sometimes face; I’ll need to “do the math”.
This is serious. Socialists have taken over the DNC, Liberals the GOP (I am not speaking rhetorically). Eventually, after socialism runs its course in the USA, if the Lord doesn’t return first, Christians will still be here, in large numbers, purified by the problems, socialists in particular, cause. The result will be the same in North Korea, China, etc.
Here’s some Russian math for you, Kevin. Is this the kind of conservatism you can get behind? I’m thinking it might be. It’s a great advertising campaign, you must admit. There’s nothing more attractive than raping pregnant women to put them in their place. Per the link:
Russian politician orders aides to ‘violently rape’ pregnant journalist at press conference
A far-right Russian politician is facing legal problems after ordering two of his aides to ‘violently rape’ a pregnant Russia Today journalist in front of other reporters at a press conference.
Vladimir Zhironovsky, of the pro-Kremlin Liberal Democratic Party, launched into an animated tirade against RT journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, – who is six months pregnant – after she asked him an innocuous questions about possible sanctions against the pro-Western government of Ukraine, according to the Daily Mail.
Responding to her question, Zhironovsky grabbed two of his male aides, telling them, “When I say, you run to her and violently rape her” before shoving them in her direction and shouting: “Go and kiss her. Grab her.”
Male and female journalists in attendance were shocked at the outburst with one male journalist asking, “She is pregnant, why are you attacking her?”
Yulia Chuchalova of news agency Interfax spoke up in defense of Dubovitskaya, telling the politician, “This is derogatory, humiliating – what are you doing here?”
Zhirinovsky shouted back, “What are you doing intervening here, you lesbian? Get out of here.”
“There are pregnant women at the Maidan [Independence Square in Kiev, scene of the Ukrainian Revolution] and here as well, druggies and what have you, ” he continued. “We need healthy people. Pregnant women should not show up at work. Sit at home and look after your child, got that?”
Zhirinovsky ended his tirade with “Get out of here, you damned lesbians.”
Dubovitskaya, along with several other female journalists, left before the press conference ended. She was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for shock.
Her employer – news agency Russia Today – indicated that they would be suing Zhirinovsky over the attack.
“Due to the disgusting incident in the state duma, after which our correspondent was hospitalized because of Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s discourtesy, we have decided to use all legal options to punish Mr Zhirinovsky as severely as possible under the law, including by suing him,” RT general director Margareta Simonyan said in a statement.
Members of the Russian Parliament condemned Zhirinovsky’s tirade with Oleg Nilov calling for “silence and some calm as the best medicine for rabies.”
MP Boris Reznik described the incident as “intolerable” accusing Zhirinovsky of being “drunk on his own impunity” and “a disgrace to the Russian parliament.”
The Russian parliament’s ethics commission is reported to be looking into the incident.
I hope Kevin reads this blog post and takes my advice and returns home to Russia with Orzo and all the other traitors. They’re obviously not happy in America and they don’t hesitate to talk up Russia, so I have to say, what’s taking so long? Go already. I’m not kicking you out…that’s not my place to do that. It’s just that I don’t like to see so many people so unhappy. As The Saker emphatically makes clear, “Russia Stands For Freedom” so pretend Orzo’s sailboat is Noah’s ark and set sail for Россия. Putin welcomes you with open arms. Russia annexing America is not going to happen, so if you want the freedom to chain gays to the back of pick-up trucks and drag them across the tundra, you’ll have to pack up and head North where they do what they want (hat tip to the Red Riding trilogy). Smash Mouth Russia beckons. So don’t delay, act now, supplies are running out. Allow, if you’re still alive, six to eight years to arrive. And if you follow there may be a tomorrow. But if the offer is shun you might as well be walking on the sun.
Addendum: I checked in at The Saker of the Vineyard blog earlier this morning, and I’ll be damned if I didn’t find additional support for the thesis of this post. I’m not in the habit of giving myself too much credit for anything, but I do believe my initial post at that blog has had an effect. Today, The Saker is querying his “audience” for ideas on how to moderate his comments. See the first post to this blog for my thoughts and feelings about that, but before I possibly digress, which I have a tendency to do on occasion, I don’t think The Saker’s solicitation is a coincidence considering the timing. Don’t worry Saker, I won’t be posting to your blog again any time soon. I won’t contribute to your obvious honey trap, but I will be watching you like a hawk…not a falcon. And speaking of honey trap, look who showed up at The Saker’s latest Pooh Bear (click the link) party. Monica Perez left the following comment:
Monica Perez said…
Your inclination toward 100% freedom is enough of a guarantee that you won’t actually censor, so go ahead and just throw out the trash. If a red flag goes up for you despite your natural tendency to accept all viewpoints, then I would use the old rule of thumb: “When in doubt, leave it out.” That will keep you from wasting time agonizing over marginal comments.
I’m not crazy about automatically deleting things that get a certain number of flags because that can be abused intentionally or just inadvertently eliminate stuff that messes with people’s social conditioning too much even though it’s a worhtwhile comment.
21 April, 2014 02:03
Isn’t that special (click the link)! Here’s a link to Monica Perez’s blog. As you can see, she has her very own show. The more I delve into these murky waters, the stranger it gets. It literally is a three ring circus. Here’s how Monica describes herself at her blog:
Monica was born in Brooklyn (can you tell?!) and raised in the suburbs of New York City; she grew up the youngest of nine children in a blue-collar Roman Catholic family, and is now the mother of one daughter and two sons, the elder of whom has Down syndrome.
Monica worked as a waitress before and during college and received several generous scholarships that allowed her to transfer from community college to Harvard. She earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from Rockland Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University with a concentration in economics, a law degree from Stanford Law School and a master’s in business administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Monica is a Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) and a member of the bar of the State of New York. She has worked as a commercial banker and an investment banker, among other things.
As an anarcho-capitalist (i.e., extreme libertarian), Monica is a proponent of Austrian economics and an uncompromising defender of personal liberty.
Have you ever heard of fusion cooking? Monica’s obviously fusion demographics, culture and ideology. Monica’s obviously whatever she needs to be at the moment, no matter how ridiculous it is. She considers herself a “defender of personal liberty” and yet she’s hanging out with, and taking cues from, The Saker who is anti-American and pro-Russian to the absurd point of saying “Russia Stands For Freedom.” I’m sorry, but moronic opportunism is no defense against treasonous and traitorous behavior. As far as I’m concerned, if this Kabuki Cold War redux were serious, which it’s not, then these people are on trial. If we have the new Cold War then by implication we should have the new McCarthyism. Let’s get some of these more vocal entertainers like Perez and her ilk hauled before our Kangaroo Congress to testify about their loyalties and begin extradition proceedings to Russia where they can be free at last.