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A society and culture of suppression, social dominance and control

Reader comment on item: My Disastrous Meeting with the Soviets

Submitted by Rondipass (United States), Oct 30, 2019 at 10:31

An observation: after just reading an account of PLA and Hamas quasi official self representation and public persona on self political presentation is how illustrative both these soviet and Middle East worlds are of the cross cultural nature of totalitarian, paranoiac, delusional, aggrandizing leadership and social constructs. Orwell and Kafka elaborated and illustrated their social and personality functions with evocative power by illustration of the intellectual and emotional worlds of such actors and participants. If I speak in whispers I can tell you of a totally different sector of soviet Russian society living much the same as your encounter. My source was a personal Russian friend and expatriate who said he escaped the clutches of the Russian Mafia and KGB.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
I knew one of the participants [98 words]BorisNov 12, 2019 12:09255951
Different cultures [47 words]Peter HerzNov 1, 2019 18:14255775
1It's still the same today [149 words]Peter ChewOct 30, 2019 15:25255739
Ah, you do remember the good old days... [2 words]TRMOct 30, 2019 12:49255736
The Collapse of the soviet union [296 words]Alex BaldorOct 30, 2019 11:47255735
A society and culture of suppression, social dominance and control [120 words]RondipassOct 30, 2019 10:31255734
1Incredible how the Soviets resembled today's Islamists [172 words]DaveOct 30, 2019 10:04255733
3Disastrous Meeting [58 words]Michael CavalloOct 30, 2019 09:48255732
Seen that, done that [86 words]FredOct 30, 2019 18:44255732
1disaatrous meeting indeed [66 words]KephaNov 1, 2019 18:20255732
You ask what was the point of the exercise? [23 words]BernardNov 7, 2019 20:10255732

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