Quote Of The Week

…It should be noted, however, that there is another powerful factor which works against the chance of any kind of peaceful reconstruction and which is equally negative for all levels of society. This is the extreme isolation in which the regime has placed both society and itself. This isolation has not only separated the regime from society, and all sectors of society from each other, but also put the country in extreme isolation from the rest of the world. This isolation has created for all from the bureaucratic elite to the lowest social levels an almost surrealistic picture of the world and of their place in it. Yet the longer this state of affairs helps to perpetuate the status quo, the more rapid and decisive will be its collapse when confrontation with reality becomes inevitable…

— From this excellent (as always) WeaponsMan post

Read the source post in its entirety.

Then consider the similarity/dissimilarity ratio between late-stage USSR, PRNK, and FUSA, from a career bureaucrat/Deep Stater perspective. If you wish, consider the impact (or lack of same) of disruptive technologies on that POV.

Discuss and show your work in comments.

A little thinking music to help you along:

13 responses to “Quote Of The Week

  1. William Munny

    eyebleach.com

    You’re welcome.

  2. William Munny
  3. Thanks a lot. I listened to your song,I woke up with three Korean hookers from Sunshine Spa. .
    VMF-214 squadron launching from the USS Sicily CVE-118 First to bomb the dirty commie bastards.. Semper Fidelis. Black Sheep.August 3,1950.

  4. Thats how I wear my skivvies too, when I want to signal my wife that tonight is the night I lay pipe…..

    • craigs listers, I can see the nexus. Smooth, very smooth. Lol!. I’ll bet your a fucking babe magnet, like the rest of us!.

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      Dirk

  5. The career bureaukrat is, by pay & enticements, further separated from their own subordinates. It is the way. Similarly, it is why, for example, General/Flag Officers must all be considered political officers, whatever connotation one chooses for the word “political.” I’ve seen that transformation, both in agency civilians as well as in the military. Most of us just assumed there was a standard surgical procedure wherein the subject was taken away and the cells enabling critical thinking & learned leadership were sucked out & disposed of as bio-waste.

    Partly as a result of witnessing the above, most subordinate to that level simply want to live long enough to retire, or to get their time-shared dacha and be let alone. Brief rejoicing when encountering a maverick leader is tempered by the knowledge, gained over time, that it cannot last long.

    As the character of Barley Scott-Blair says in The Russia House, “It’s as corrupt as America, but there’s less bullshit.”

  6. Jimmy the Saint

    Capitalist lies! Comrade Leonid could easily pass the imperialist pencil test. That photo has been doctored!

  7. Gov doesn’t need to separate itself from the people. It only does when it has something fear. Tyrants always learn to fear those they disposes.

  8. trumps a scumbag.

    here’s the work.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-13/kushners-set-receive-400mm-chinese-firm-nyc-real-estate-deal

    it’s not my fault. i didn’t vote. 🙂

  9. Camacho2016

    Comrade Leonid “The Body” Brezhnev makes a 3 AM (eastern US time) booty call to Hillary.

    “I am hot. Sticky sweet.
    Da. From head to feet!
    Pour some sugar on me!”

    C’mon scrot! Where is the matching picture of Hillary?

  10. Ol’ Weaponsman is pretty slick. If I didn’t know any better he was alluding to the current course of the US deep state regime.

    Then there’s the quote from Andrei Amalrikso’s essay how:
    “…Marxist doctrine has delayed the break-up of the Russian Empire, the third Rome, but it does not possess the power to prevent it…”

    “…Under this assessment it is not difficult to imagine what forms and directions popular discontent will take if the regime loses its hold. The horrors of the Russian revolutions of 1905-7 and 1917-20 would then look like idylls in comparison…”

    “…It should be noted, however, that there is another powerful factor which works against the chance of any kind of peaceful reconstruction and which is equally negative for all levels of society this is the extreme isolation in which the regime has placed both society and itself. This isolation has not only separated the regime from society, and all sectors of society from each other, but also put the country in extreme isolation from the rest of the world. This isolation has created for all from the bureaucratic elite to the lowest social levels an almost surrealistic picture of the world and of their place in it. Yet the longer this state of affairs helps to perpetuate the status quo, the more rapid and decisive will be its collapse when confrontation with reality becomes inevitable…”