- Series: Sovietica (Book 47)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1985 edition (October 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9027719691
- ISBN-13: 978-9027719690
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,152,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Russian Mind Since Stalin’s Death (Sovietica) Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1985 Edition
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If to believe some gurus with their impressive volumes about the mysterious Russian soul, long enslavement by Mongols and centuries of serfdom, this fine book could be meaningful for the historians of Russia only. Alas, now it appears to be as important for a lot of the Western countries too. And not because of Hitler, whose subjects had nor Mongol oppression, neither centuries of serfdom - Nazi epoch shows that the instrument of fear can be equally effective both for careless Russians and for meticulous Germans. But this instrument is extremely costly in terms of human lives, spoiling the world image of totalitarian regimes, and sometimes, even leading to wars or total collapse of economies. So the numerous modern followers of old utopian projects prefer to use another instrument, called "Entitlements". The innovation owes its overwhelming popularity among the Western politicians not so to its pleasant-looking humanitarian design, as to the smoothness of speedy work: thanks to it, the task of turning people into sheeple is performed not only without any GULAG, killing fields or Gestapo prisons, but with constant applauding both from the UN and from the local media. Meanwhile, the result is absolutely the same: education, law and press are already nearly as totalitarian as they were in the USSR, the yoke of politcorrectness is as harsh now as the yoke of the Party Moral Code was, the labels "Rasist", "Birther" or "Islamophobe" are as "shut-upping" as were the Soviet "Imperialist spy", "Wrecker" or "Cosmopolite", Western Parliaments are exploring the road to full servility with an enjoyment, unknown to their East-European colleagues of the Stalin's times, and the electorates start to vote for annihilation of their freedoms and economies without too much intimidation or even too much fraud. The famous mindset “It Can’t Happen Here” is appropriate no more: IT is already in the West. But, as with longevity of exposure to radiation, the West, thanks to its rather short period of being eaten alive by the Social Justice mantra, is still able to return their nations' initial health: they have no endless dark decades of Communism behind them!
Thus, I think that the good old book of Yuri Glazov is a real (and quite an up-to-date!) treasure for better understanding of the totalitarian radiation's efforts to corrupt the soul of any nation, - be it by the pitiless Soviet henchmen or by the kind Western entitlements. Rostislav, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.