Voices from Russia

Sunday, 29 May 2016

29 May 2016. Does Orthodoxy Bless Capitalism?

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HH with one of his old-time bosom pals… Comrade Fidel! HH doesn’t hang out with godless rightwing trash like Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Rod Dreher, Chilly Hilly, or Butcher Biden… he hangs out with Comrade Fidel and wants the world to know it!

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I saw this on FB:

Supporting worker co-ops? Clearly, the IOCC isn’t seeking ideological approval from the Acton Institute. The natural economic inclinations of Orthodoxy are distributist, agrarian, and communitarian. The idea that Free-Market Neoliberal Capitalism is natural to Orthodoxy is so absurd as to barely be worth correcting. Almost as absurd as the fact that one keeps having to, over, and over, and over… it’s unnatural and bad news… you don’t need to be Orthodox to see its folly. Then again, a farce can fool anyone.

Orthodoxy has always upheld the regulatory function of the state as it believes that mankind isn’t only fallen, but quite unable to right that state on its own. The Church has NEVER held the view that the state should only have a limited role, as that assumes mankind’s perfectibility, which is an utter and brazen heresy. In short, Orthodoxy CONDEMNS everything held by the contemporary western “conservative” faction… a godless, mercenary, and self-centred creed, if there ever was such. The konvertsy such as Dreher and Whiteford lie… they all lie… they’ve made up a fabulous and pernicious “religious” fable to go along with their perverted political fancies… oh… they ARE against abortion and homosexuality… they believe that makes them “moral”. I think that their conceit is mistaken… I’m not alone in thinking that way…

BMD

Monday, 2 May 2016

Easter Greetings from Comrade Zyuganov… The Bright Resurrection: A Holiday Celebrating Goodness, Justice, and Dignity, and the Unity of All Who Work in the Name of These Unfading Ideals

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I sincerely and heartily greet you on the Day of Resurrection! For two millennia, this holiday celebrated the triumph of life over the decay, of light over darkness, of loyalty over betrayal, bringing together all people of goodwill. For our country, after two decades of violated dignity, we now see that it’s regained respect and credibility on the world stage, this holiday is a sign of hope for revival and prosperity.

Our country’s foundations lay on pillars that shaped its history for a millennium, creating a vast country stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific, creating a Russian inheritance from the Black Sea to the white expanse of the Arctic Ocean. The most salient pillar is a strong state, without which we couldn’t survive in the midst of such vast spaces. Our historical experience shows us that only a centralised, prudent, and perceptive authority is capable of melding this huge space into a single state sovereignty, to successfully face greedy invaders eager for our riches. However, the pillar of spirituality is no less important, as it undergirds our sense of patriotism and of our selfless loyalty to the Motherland. Spirituality nourishes our warriors, the defenders of our sovereignty; it inspires our authors, inventors, and creators. The next highest ideal is justice, which is a primordial feeling in every Russian. A society that doesn’t respect this principle isn’t respected; it’s unsustainable, doomed to discord and strife. Without justice, without respect to the working class, despite our endeavours and talents, we’d find it impossible to face our current challenges and threats.

We won all of our achievements and victories only due to the fact that these traits are timeless traits of our Russian and Soviet civilisation. This sense of oneness and joint effort helped us to face brutal invasions and restore devastated lands, to create a mighty science,  a spiritualised literature, and elevated arts. This year, it isn’t coincidental that the brilliant celebration of the Resurrection fell on the Red Unity Day of all working people, whose labours create everything necessary for life and work, whose podvigs* defended the country in wars and struggles. It was only possible by uniting our honest intentions, true words, and selfless deeds.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

In less than six months, we’ll have elections to the highest legislative body in Russia… the RF Gosduma. Let’s be mindful of how important it is to have true and unmercenary people in all bodies, since Russia has already exhausted the storehouse of good gained from our glorious heroic past. We should choose the sort of people who, in the words of Apostle St Paul, “don’t hide by employing idle talk”, to whom we can entrust with establishing just laws in our difficult times. We should elect those who give us confidence in the future, who find their inspiration in justice and spirituality, who place the people’s interests above all. The welfare of the people is the highest interest of the State and of the Motherland.

In this bright and blooming month of May, we’ll celebrate another anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. We still recall how the celebrations in honour of the anniversary of the Victory and the Marches of the Immortal Regiment in Russia and in foreign countries moved us, and how we saw the enthusiasm in Sevastopol and the Crimea on their reunification with the Motherland. Symbolically, on 9 May 1944, the Red Army liberated Khersones Tavrichesky (where Christianity came to Russia) and the Hero City of Sevastopol, exactly one year before the final defeat of fascism and the Great Victory. This year’s parade, with us holding the portraits of those gone into eternity, will occur on soil that’s once-again Russian. On that day, the kids in the Crimea will send thousands of paper “Victory Ships” floating in the Black Sea. “Seven feet under your keel” to heroic Sevastopol and the victorious Crimea!

The words of the poet and philosopher A S Khomyakov spoke of the resurgent “life of the spirit, the spirit of life” of our Motherland, saying of our Rodina’s bright inheritance:

Keep to our integral heritage

Despite the high cost of just affairs;

Preserve our age-old holy brotherhood,

Love its life-giving chalice,

With faith keep its brilliant wealth

In truth, with unsoiled justice.

The Spirit sanctified all of you,

Your heart heard Heaven’s voice,

In the coming days, life has in store

Yet new glories and wonders!

To the feast of the Resurrection of Christ!

To the May Day holiday!

I wish happiness, accomplishment, and the joy of blessed labour to all Orthodox Christians! Peace and prosperity to all people in the world!

30 April 2016

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Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the TsK KPRF

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

https://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/154580.html

Sunday, 1 May 2016

1 May 2016. This was May Day in La Habana… The Anglos Had Best Not Get Their Hopes Up Too Far

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This was today’s May Day demonstration in La Habana. Far from being moribund, socialism in Cuba is still strong. Why? It’s simple… Cubans don’t want the Anglo filth to dominate and denigrate them like they did from 1898 to 1960. As one Cuban said:

The Spaniards were bad, but they didn’t look down on us. The Americans not only were worse, they made it clear that they were morally superior to us. I’d die before I’d let the Americans back on the island. My dad fought the American invasion at the Bay of Pigs. I’ll fight them too… he was right.

Cuba isn’t “easy picking’s”… the USA will find that out to its cost…

BMD

Sunday, 10 April 2016

10 April 2016. A Point to Ponder on Struggle

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Revolution is about construction, not destruction. Rage and anger is understandable and rational, especially from the most oppressed, but it isn’t a basis for a political movement. Those who get involved in the struggle to overthrow capitalism simply because they want to punish people or be a “big shot” have done more harm than good. Left organisations should empower and unleash their members, not hold them back and degrade them.

Caleb Maupin

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