Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why American Conservatives LOVE Putin's Mafia State

From Wikipedia: "A mafia state is a state system where the government is tied with organized crime, including when government officials, police, and/or military take part in illicit enterprises. The term mafia is a reference to any organized crime groups strongly connected with the authorities..."

And further down in the entry:

"The term has been used by some Western media to describe the political system in Russia under Vladimir Putin's rule.[13][14][15] This characterization came to prominence following the United States diplomatic cables leak, which revealed that US diplomats viewed Russia as a "a corrupt, autocratic kleptocracy centred on the leadership of Vladimir Putin, in which officials, oligarchs and organised crime are bound together to create a 'virtual mafia state.'"[16][17] Journalist and author Luke Harding argues that Putin has 'created a state peopled by ex-KGB and FSB officers, like himself, [who are] bent on making money above all.'[18] In the estimation of American diplomats, 'the government [of Russia] effectively [is] the mafia.'[19][20][21]

"According to the New Statesman, 'the term had entered the lexicon of expert discussion' several years before the cables leak, "and not as a frivolous metaphor. Those most familiar with the country had come to see it as a kleptocracy with Vladimir Putin in the role of capo di tutti capi, dividing the spoils and preventing turf wars between rival clans of an essentially criminal elite."[22] In 2008, Stephen Blank noted that Russia under Putin is 'a state that European officials privately call a Mafia state' that 'naturally gravitates toward Mafia-like behavior.'[23]

"Nikolay Petrov, an analyst at the Carnegie Moscow Centre, said 'it's pretty hard to damage the Russian image in the world because it's already not very good'.[24]

"London's Mayor Boris Johnson, writing in 2013 for The Telegraph, pointed to 'a scam, a gigantic criminal conspiracy by which the Russian police and tax officials colluded with the judiciary and mafia to steal millions from the Russian state', referring to the murder and subsequent trial of a Russian whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky.[25]

Does it begin to make sense yet?

Conservatives love Vlad (The Impaler) Putin's mafia state...from

"Russia has become a dangerous place for dissent. Its ex-KGB president, Vladimir Putin, has accomplished what Republicans in America only dream of: he’s built an electoral majority by appealing to the most religious and conservative elements of society, including by courting the alliance of the Russian Orthodox Church. With his victories, he’s becoming increasingly autocratic, dispensing with even the pretense of democracy.

"Besides his notorious sidestepping of term-limit laws, he’s presided over show-trial prosecutions of political opponents and reformers on flimsy or trumped-up charges. He’s brought down the wrath of the state against artists who mock religion. He’s looked the other way as crusading journalists have been brutally beaten and murdered, and his government may have been directly involved in at least one such killing. In the classic tactic of dictators everywhere, he’s diverting attention from his own authoritarianism by painting a marginalized minority as a powerful and sinister enemy corrupting society from within. In this case, the invented enemy is Russia’s LGBT community..."

A few of the Cons get an itchy feeling between their toes...the two big ones, that is...

"Sarah Palin explains Vladimir Putin's manly qualities."

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (R) assists in polar bear research during his visit to Alexandra Land on Franz Josef Land in the far north of Russia in the Barents Sea, April 29, 2010.  REUTERS/RIA Novosti/Pool/Alexei Nikolsky  (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS) - RTR2D8Y8
Wrestling a bear and putting a tracking collar on a tranquilized bear accompanied by a large group of scientists are two different things.

"Sarah Palin demonstrates the dangers of only talking to people who share your world view: 'People are looking at Putin as one who wrestles bears and drills for oil,' Palin said to Fox News’s Sean Hannity on Monday night..."

But back to "Putinism" and the Cons' goal of a New American Age of Feudalism:

"The political system under Putin features some elements of economic liberalism, a lack of transparency in governance, cronyism and pervasive corruption, which assumed in Putin's Russia 'a systemic and institutionalized form..."

The Conservative Pledge...

...with a little help from their friends.

Every one of their benefactors will do well in the Mafia State of America!

Unless you're some kind of Librul...


The Cons can only fantasize about their dream ticket, and if Rafael Cruz can become naturalized why not?

It's not going to happen, but let's Criminalize Conservatism...just in case.


"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral
philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

John Kenneth Galbraith.