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  1. Enoki

    Enoki said, 8 months ago

    At least he is doing something…

  2. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 8 months ago

    Yeah, laugh at Putin, laugh at China, laugh at North Korea. Nearly a hundred years ago people laughed at despots in Germany, Italy, and Russia, on the presumption that laughter would make them slink away. In all they presumed and laughed too much.
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    Most of us are plankton bobbing in the currents of history. The gods love men of steady sense and hate the proud, but first must have their entertainment. Eventually we will pay to play and end the game.
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    As my old uncle used to say, “I joos sayem, I don splainem.”
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    Will this rotten winter weather never end?

  3. warjoski

    warjoski GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    @Sharuniboy

    By the same logic, there should never be any international criticism of any other country. Putin has made a few remarks about America, has he not? Putin’s a big boy. He knows that if he dishes it out, he needs to take it. Also, isn’t there a big hoopla about imprisoning people for dissenting political opinions? Or is that part of the ‘business’ we should just ignore?

  4. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, 8 months ago

    Putin is scared of girls, gays, democracy, human rights, and apparently deodorant, from what I’ve heard…..

  5. lopaka

    lopaka said, 8 months ago

    Russia’s new tzar

  6. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 8 months ago

    Putin is getting plenty of oil and gas money to attempt the comeback of the USSR. His PR machine is also working to make him seem heroic. It seems to be having an effect at home and internationally.
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    But if people in the West admire Putin, it would be an error similar to when people initially admired the Communists and the Nazis; and Mussolini because he “made the trains run on time.” People might admire the outward efficiency and toughness, one vigorous man in control, in contrast to the perceived weakness and inadequacies of their own leaders in dealing with problems.
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    Those were mistakes then and it is a mistake, now. Despotic leaders have an initial glamour and allure. They have streamlined agendas and exude power. They seem to be Winners. But they do this by mixing basic truths with lies and thereby skew reality in their favor.
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    It is an ethical and moral Ponzi scheme. Before it falls apart, it has attracted more followers and this seems to legitimize expansion of the movement. Onlookers might be frozen to indecision how to react:
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    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.”
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    Evil often has a beauty that dazzles and makes for a wavering of basic self interest in its victims. If it isn’t recognized for what it is, and opposed, people lose ground and might never regain it. It reminds me of a section of chilling dialogue in the first “Alien” movie:
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    “Ash: You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.”
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    “Lambert: You admire it.”
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    “Ash: I admire its purity. A survivor… unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.”
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    Needless to say, I am fascinated by the emergence and progression of yet another despot, and the flabby international reaction to his actions. I fear Putin, and I despise those who enable him.

  7. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 8 months ago

    @Enoki

    At least he is doing something…
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    Are you saying it’s better that he literally attacks his critics? You’d rather live in a Police State, where what you say or do can get you beaten and imprisoned (or worse)?

  8. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, 8 months ago

    I, too, fear Putin…he is too close to the old USSR type of thinking… ;)

  9. watmiwori

    watmiwori said, 8 months ago

    @emptc12

    But being laughed at worries despots. Else why do
    they [despots]send them [laughers, political cartoonists] to concentration camps, or out then up
    against a wall?

  10. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 8 months ago

    @watmiwori

    A French proverb states, “Ridicule kills.” But in the Soviet nations even humor was co-opted to a certain extent by the State (see link below).
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    Russian humor has been similar to their food – starchy, thick, and almost indigestible. Like a vaudeville ballet with elephants wearing galoshes.
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    I’m no expert, and my information might be out of date. I wonder if the younger generations have done it better, having access to international social media?
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krokodil

  11. Incredulous

    Incredulous said, 8 months ago

    @Zuhlamon

    Not very aware of your surroundings, are you?

    IAI

  12. Zuhlamon

    Zuhlamon said, 8 months ago

    @Incredulous

    Yeah right. Political police operatives are beating, imprisoning, and killing people here in the United States. All those concentration camps created by Obama, and the United Nations invading to (you know) take away our guns, rape our cattle and steal our wimmin.
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    Yeah. Happens all the time in Nugent-land.

  13. Gregory Kruse

    Gregory Kruse GoComics PRO Member said, 8 months ago

    Pussy Riot doesn’t run when whipped.

  14. churchillwasright

    churchillwasright said, 8 months ago

    @Zuhlamon

    The US fell 13 places in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom rank to #46 last year.
    How’s that grab ’ya?

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