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Friday April 04 2008

English Russia is a great source of quota posts, for when you write what you like to keep as a daily blog, but have spent the whole day doing other things.  Today, for instance, I renewed that parasitical outrage, my “freedom pass”, which enables me to clog up London’s public transport system not at my expense but at the expense of Westminster City Council.  Appalling.  But, great.  But, it involved a lot of queueing at a Post Office.  I spent the rest of the day doing CD shelves, again.  Oh yes, having spent much of the morning doing some writing for here.

So anyway, here’s a classic photo from post-Soviet Russia:

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Yes it’s Lenin.  In bits.

It’s good that so few people any longer query whether civilisation winning the Cold War was a good thing.  For several years immediately after the victory, idiot leftists did query the goodness of this victory of virtue over vice, of sanity over crackpottery.  They said that Eastern Europe would now come to no good, and would soon regret its liberation.  Such jabbering has now ceased entirely, with the economic success of Eastern Europe, at any rate compared to what it has suffered before.  Eastern Europe certainly has its problems.  Who doesn’t?  But they are as nothing compared to the horror and hopelessness of communism.

As for Russia itself, people now talk of a renewed Cold War.  I don’t see that.  I see conflict, but it is only Great Power conflict such as 19th century Russia was also involved in.  There is now no attempt by Russia to plug itself into a world-wide ideological idiocy which makes mischief everywhere, simply by the local idiots threatening it, or just seeming to.

And as for that other world-wide idiocy, militant Islam, well, the longer the Cold War went on, the longer civilisation would have been in alliance with it, and the stronger it would have been when the Cold War did finally end.  The sooner that coalition ended the better, and with the end of the Cold War, it did end.  Should that coalition have ended sooner?  I still don’t think so, even with the wisdom of hindsight.  The thing with the Cold War was to finish the damn thing with a good solid victory.

So you are one of these people who goes to the post office and has long and involved transactions with the welfare state while I am in the queue waiting to send a birthday present to my mother, are you?

Posted by Michael Jennings on 05 April 2008

I am now!

Actually my stuff was done a lot more quickly than I expected.  And I didn’t expect the renewal of my bus pass to involve me walking right out of there with a bus pass, fully functioning.  I thought I would have to wait for it to be posted to me.  As it was, he just stuck something on the old one, and that was that.  After I’d filled in the same damn form I filled in last autumn.

But there was this old biddy in front of me, who just arrived at the front of the queue and nobody dared tell her she was queue jumping, and she took about a minute to do everything that takes a normal person a second.  Not exaggerating.  Lots of eye contact in the queue.  She took about a quarter of an hour to do her stuff.  The woman behind the counter was visibly concentrating on the bit of her training which was about how you sometimes have to be VERY PATIENT.  The queue stretched out into Vauxhall Bridge Road, as if often does.

I say queue “jumping”.  She was way past her jumping days.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 05 April 2008

Anyway, back to the Cold War ... in which the forces of lethargic bureaucracy and endless queues were totally defeated.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 05 April 2008

Outstanding photo of Lenin in the condition he deserves.

WRT idiot leftists and the Cold War, I note that many of the usual suspects now lament in anticipation of the end of authentic Cuba when the last Castro kicks the bucket. Development will spoil the views! Meanwhile authentic Cubans escape their island paradise for the hellish USA whenever they get the chance. Plus ca change…

Posted by Jonathan on 11 April 2008

Jonathan

Indeed.  One thing that makes a difference is that before these damn places disintegrate, there is something to be gained by plugging them, something to suck up to, for personal advantage.  There are goodies to be had.  But afterwards, there’s no personal benefit to be had.  Once Bolshevik Cuba collapses, only the true believers will publicly continue publicly to regret its passing.  Meanwhile, the true believers are joined in their idiot chorus by untrue believers, so to speak.

Although it’s not an either or thing, more like spectrum from pure cynicism to pure idiocy.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 11 April 2008
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