Yesterday was May 9th 2015 – the day marked the 70th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. Technically most European countries celebrate on May 8th in their own countries. May 9th is the date when Russia celebrates (due to the time difference when the defeat was signed) and normally the whole world shares the celebration along with Russia at least out of respect.
Apologists of capitalism claim that this system is the one that allows the individual to fulfil itself. This is true only in the dreams of liberal visionaries because capitals crossed the borders of countries long ago and became transnational. In real life, capitalism is the system that robs countries, ignites wars and enslaves other nations. This happens because capitalism is not meant to provide conditions for you to fulfil yourself, but to increase capitals for their own sake.
A new religion is around – it is called conspirology. Seeking conspiracies is not something new, but now it has some religious patterns because conspiracy connoisseurs perceive conspiracy as something existing for its own sake. Although there have been many plots in history, conspiracy theories are pernicious as long as they create the strong belief that we are all helpless against some kind of elusive evil forces. This belief is successfully preventing many ordinary people from thinking and analyzing the world.
Western tolerance of races and origin is a common theme in popular culture. But the so called tolerance is merely a weapon of media wars. In real life, it is quite different, especially if we have in mind the history of the rich Western countries. It is just a myth worth busting.
Tolerance to races? You must be joking.
Marxism seems to be popular again. In 2008, at the time of the financial meltdown, Karl Marx’s masterpiece Das Kapital was reissued in Germany by the academic publisher Karl-Dietz-Verlag and became a bestseller. A manga comic based on the book was created in Japan and it became a bestseller, too. In 2011, the prominent British intellectual Terry Eagleton came up with the title Why Marx Was Right. Evidently, Marxism is undergoing an unexpected at first sight reassessment. Here is an explanation why.
The question about Stalin’s contribution to history is widely discussed in Russia. Although Russians with patriotic inclinations feel that this is a question of their identity, there is something about Stalin that is worth bearing in mind – his economic policy. This also explains why liberals hate him so much.
There are some myths about the Victory Day (May 9) Worth Busting.
Every year the celebrations of the victory over Nazism are accompanied by some senseless statements that deny the importance of the Soviet Union for the defeat of the Third Reich. To help you remove the bitter bananas from the story, we translated an extract from an interview of the famous Russian political expert Anatoly Wasserman:
Joseph Stalin is known as a controversial personality in history. Although he was claimed to be a ruthless dictator, almost 60 years after his death it turned out that he is respected by the Russian people. In the TV show The Name of Russia, meant to choose the most influential personalities in Russian history, Stalin took third place. What is more, many famous Russian public figures support Stalin’s revival regardless of the fact that authorities do not like this. Definitely Stalin could not be such a cruel dictator and still loved by his people in the same time.
For some Americas this information may be surprising, but I guess the readers of our site are smart enough to know better.
1966 seems a long time ago but thanks to the Center for American Progress (CAP) we can see a very interesting infographic that compares today’s USA vs the United States from the 60s.
Have in mind that in that time, the US is participating in the Vietnam War.
Look at the infographic below to see the comparison between USA in 1966 versus the USA now.