THE POWER OF SOFT POWER: JAPAN, RUSSIA, AND THE USSA

Every now and then I receive an article that is so thought-provoking I have to share it, and my own opinions about it, even though - as is the current case - my thoughts are still in the process of formation. This is consequently not quite an "op-ed" piece; it's more of a "thinking out loud ramble". In this case, the subject of my ramble is that of "soft power", the idea of "culture" as a geopolitical card that looks increasingly, to my amateur eyes, like it is being played on the world scene, and played deftly by some players that know how to play it.

Permit me an anecdote here: months ago I had a private conversation with a friend who is a financial advisor for a major government in the Pacific. We were discussing the way Mr. Putin has been able to so successfully play the soft power culture card. At the time, I was analyzing Russia's moves on the world stage in terms of a rather radical thesis, namely, that Putin's Russia is not a "neo-Stalinist" state, as it is usually misunderstood to be by the West and in particular by the corporate controlled media of the West, and its quackademic "think tanks." Rather, I opined to my friend, Russia was experimenting with something very unique, something defined by its long history: its grounding as a culture in Eastern Orthodoxy; its invasion by, and eventual expulsion of, the Mongols; its Drang nach Osten and the "collection of the Russian lands" under Ivan the terrible and the drive across Siberia to the Pacific; its "westernization" under Peter the Great; and, of course, its sad experience with Marxism, a western philosophical import; its invasion and surrender to the Central Powers in World War One and following civil war; the devastating invasion by Hitler in 1941; and finally, the collapse of the Soviet Union.

What Putin's Russia was and is, I argued with my friend, is that it is the world's first "post-post modernist State," and that meant, I argued, that we would see Russia doing some "unusual things" on the world stage: (1) it would challenge the dogma of the globaloneyists that the nation-state is obsolete, and the world needs to be run by the likes of David Rockefailure and Darth Soros. (I don't know about you, but that idea appeals to me even less than the world being run by Bonaparte, Wilhelm II, or Adolf Hitler.)  (2) Russia would begin to play its soft power culture card, not only domestically, but internationally, and make a play to speak for the culturally and politically disenfranchised conservative in the West. To be sure, that was a very radical idea, but I was perfectly serious in proposing it. Mr. Putin had, at the time we were having our discussion, made several speeches to the effect that Russia's way forward lay, in part, by not neglecting its spiritual heritage; Russia would, he opined, protect the rights of minorities, but it would not allow them to tyrannize the majority nor overturn that inheritance. But that was for domestic consumption. Shortly after we had our discussion, sure enough, Mr. Putin began to address these types of remarks to the outside, and more specifically, to the West, targeting those individuals in the West of similarly conservative cultural values, while taking direct aim at the cultural progressivist left in the West. In short, Mr. Putin was maneuvering Russia - and himself - to be the representative of the culturally and politically disenfranchised conservative in the West.  Mr. Putin and his advisors are attempting to create a new national branding of Russia, and they have been more or less successful.

Which is why I found this article shared by Mr. T.M. about Japan's use of the soft power culture card so very thought-provoking:

Japan has turned its culture into a powerful political tool

In the main, I have to agree with this article: Japan has managed, quite cleverly and successfully, to create a national brand of "western technology and traditional Japanese culture" and if one looks closely and carefully, much of that philosophical approach has spread to the other Asian powerhouse: China. Both countries are rearming, but if one looks carefully at their diplomacy, they are interested in two things: (1) getting things done and (2) producing things. The sweeping nature of the agreements already in progress in the aftermath of Mr. Putin's visit last December to Japan, and Mr. Abe's recent visit to Russia, are testament enough of the recent effectiveness both of Russian and of Japanese diplomacy, and I strongly suspect that it is the fact that both governments and their leaders understand and respect the soft power of culture, and the absolute necessity of preserving it, no matter what the nutty Gramscian progressivists and Mr. Globaloney might say in their perpetual use of shaming tactics.

With that in mind, think of the "national brand" of the United States...

See you on the flip side...

58 thoughts on “THE POWER OF SOFT POWER: JAPAN, RUSSIA, AND THE USSA”

  1. Robert Barricklow

    3 out of 5?
    The more I narrowed to scope and targeted to jist of my comments to more the slice & dice technology did its “thing”….
    Corleone’s “our thing”.
    Couldn’t even get to a “High 5[didn’t even get inked…]
    let alone “4 something”[inked, but moderated]

  2. Robert Barricklow

    Now back to the subject of “culture”[subject to moderation herein, as in the current posts(yesterday’s on above topic) in moderation on this subject(refer to Professor Corey in today’s posted video)]

    1. Robert Barricklow

      As What’s my line would say/one down and ? to go].
      The financial system has been inoculated into “our” culture since the public commons[common land for common use] began being enclosed[Inclosure Acts of early 18th century made it legal to privatize (enclosures actually began to spread like the plague in the16th century).

      1. Robert Barricklow

        2 down and ? to go…
        This financialized system is now part of culture’s DNA; it touches everyone’s life, “we” are a financialized society and every activity we engage in requires finance, whether it’s building a Corleone “business”, a house with a ball n chain debt attached, or an educational background as a new debt slave.

        1. Robert Barricklow

          3 down and ? to go.
          This close interconnection between “our” culture and finance can be seen in some of the descriptive terms that bleed our language of its vitality in expressing such twisted double speak Orwellian concepts
          like “credit”, “equity”, “bond” “share” and “trust”.

          1. Robert Barricklow

            4 down and 1 to go..
            Financial entities then allocate resources to favored societal and cultural groups of their DNA; providing payment systems, without which the countercultures will wither and die on the vine.

  3. anakephalaiosis LMFAO we Men in the West, you can call us ANY name ya want …there REALLY is NO insult that bothers US Lol …sept U talk bout Our Momma’s …than It’s ass kicking time 😉 we’s can go on & on &ON bout this ,that reason y the West is this ,that our ONLY problem we’s got is good men do …nothing

  4. if we’re talking public relations, the ivy lee is proud of the putin makeover. i still have a hard time about it remembering his own apartment buildings getting blowed up and blamed on chechnyan rebels. and then years of terrists justifying all sorts of power consolidations domestically for putin et al. years that included some of his best generals defecting back and forth from russia to chechnya and back to russia over and over. hmm. does that sound like the way generals normally work? would smedley butler or anthony zinni have done that?

  5. “and the world needs to be run by the likes of David Rockefailure and Darth Soros. (I don’t know about you, but that idea appeals to me even less than the world being run by Bonaparte, Wilhelm II, or Adolf Hitler.)”

    And there goes…

    1. Vomito Blanco

      I guess the question is: what would the world be like if Hitler had won? Would Africa be the mess it is? Would there even be Africans? If I know Himmler and the boys, Africa would have been depopulated to a degree and then remolded into a to a hunter-gatherer theme park/safari adventure (on the surface. Below ground the mining operations would continue using Slavic slaves). The hispanic culture of the New World would have been left alone as Hitler loved to salsa and enjoyed spicy food. (The reason why he chose to hide out in South America). North America would probably have been de-industrialized and restored to a 19th century cowboys versus Indian battleground as Hitler was a huge fan of pulp western fiction (and likely the reincarnation of Geronimo). More than likely, the fuhrer would have ordered the wehrmacht to give the Indians better tactical training so they could be more proficient at holding their territory from the white settlers. German tourists would come over to watch the battles and may even have paid money to embed themselves into one of the rival groups on their holidays.

      George Soros and David Rockefeller’s lives probably wouldn’t have changed much. Soros would still be serving as a fence for plundered nazi loot, using his wily ways to launder it into the global financial markets, and Rockefeller and his family would still be working for IG Farben. Considering their value to the Reich, I am sure the nazis would turn a blind eye to Soros and Rockefeller’s cultural practices of ritually murdering children as well. More than likely, this fad probably would have spread into the nazi elite over time, certainly into the SS as Himmler loved magic.
      You can also be certain that one of Adolf and Eva’s children would have married a jewish person (a capable slave manager who was saving the Third Reich tons of money in armament production or perhaps a lovely lifeguard who caught the eye of one of Hitler’s sons while touring a concentration camp). Overtime they would have charmed their father-in-law into conquering the entire middle east and setting up a homeland for the chosen people. The Nuremberg laws would even be rewritten to give jews special status in the reich on account of their previous victimhood and from thence onward they could only be tried in rabbinical courts which would supersede all other courts and they would also be allowed control of the Reich’s currency. Likewise, reparations would also be paid out to all jewish victims of WWII and would come in the form of conquered territory where the new jewish owners would be given lordship.

      1. Vomito Blanco

        Had Napoleon conquered the world and his heirs now in control, we would be fighting endless wars throughout the galaxy. If one of his heirs ever came across Dr. Farrell’s Giza trilogy, the pyramid would no doubt be reactivated and put to use in our war efforts in space.

        1. Vomito Blanco

          If Wilhelm II had conquered the world, a bunch of inbred people would be currently running the planet and things wouldn’t be much different than the way it is now.

  6. Phil the Thrill

    I’ve had a Vladimir Putin bumper sticker on my hoopty for over a year now. Ain’t been pulled over since.

  7. Robert Barricklow

    Of course my rather long comment[for moi]
    was moderated. In part, I’m pleased…
    as it conforms with comment I made about the Rockefeller, Soros, Rothschild’s cultural protocols.
    This is change.. in … live action!!! [moderation]…

  8. Robert Barricklow

    Their are two primary cultures vying for control at the heart of culture for sometime. That is the public power[representing people] versus private power[representing the few. This has now collapsed into the nation states[people] versus transnational corporations[few]. It gets complicated, in that, a nation state is one that issues her own currency. Greece, Italy, Spain, and others under the European Union are NOT nation states. They’re culture is therefore being decimated by the transnational corporate internationalists. Even the U.S. does not issue her own currency, via Art1, section 8 of her constitution. This is because the international banking cartel runs the west through the facades of nation states that are simply part of the international banking ‘s corporate fascism structure with it’s strong deep state ties[misnomer, as this is more an international creature with no interest in representative nation-state governances]. Thus, the culture of Greece as a Nation State that birthed democracy is no longer the case. As perfect example of a culture being usurped by private power interest.
    In Greece the politician, as in other so-called Western States, has to become the invader client politician. In Greece, the European Union, IMF and bond holders. But these politicians have no power whatsoever[no currency]. The private power is forcing Greece to sell off what’s left of its public assets that haven’t already been privatized, to foreign investors and private bondholders
    Just as Texas, California and other states want to have their own states[secede from U.S.]; you have to have your own currency, your own constitution. Greece could use the international law of odious debt to GREXIT but they need their own currency in-place for one. No country should be obliged to disregard its own democratic voting and to dismantle its public sector, give up its sovereignty to bondholders. And no country should be obliged to pay foreign creditors if the price of that is shrinking & self-destruction of that economy[austerity protocol] – to cede its sovereignty to the Brussel’s bureaucracy, meaning the European central bank on behalf of its bondholders.
    This is the 21st Century’s economic warfare on nation state cultures writ large across the globe.
    The march toward a Rockefeller, Soros, Rothschild’s manufactured culture of Earth as a dead rock; not a living planet.

  9. (Interesting. Three separate postings of below just ‘disappeared’ when I posted them. No ‘modded’ warning, just gone. Somebody doesn’t like this Truth getting out, I suspect…)

    As far as what Russia is, two excellent articles give insight (go to th@saker dot is:

    /searching-for-russia/

    “Russia is not that mysterious. She is, however, rather dramatically different from the west, central and east European countries and even though a big chunk of Russia lies inside the European continent west of the Urals, in civilizational terms she is far removed from the so-called ‘West’, especially the modern West.

    For example, Russia never underwent any ‘Renaissance’. I would even argue that Russia never really underwent any Middle-Ages either since, being an heir to the East Roman Empire (aka Byzantium), Russian roots are in the Antiquity. While one could, arguably, describe the phases of western civilization as Middle-Ages -> Renaissance -> Modernity -> Contemporary era, in the case of Russia the sequence would be a much shorter Antiquity -> Modernity -> Contemporary era.”

    /the-ancient-spiritual-roots-of-russophobia/

    “What is important for our purposes is this: not only did the Frankish invasion of Rome mark the end of the Roman civilization in the West, it also cut-off the western world from the Roman Empire which continued to exist for another ten centuries. The process of severance between the two parts of the Empire began in the 5th century following the fall of the city of Rome and continued throughout the following centuries. During the 10th century, Rome suffered during the so-called dark ages (saeculum obscurum) and the so-called the “Rule of the Harlots” (pornokratia). At a time when the Roman Empire in the east was almost at the apex of its glory, the Franks were indulging in an orgy of destruction and corruption which completely changed the face of the western part of the European continent and completely severed the vital cultural and spiritual ties which had kept the Roman Empire together in the past centuries.

    During the following 1000 years while the Roman Empire continued its existence in the East, the European Middle-Ages slowly and painfully gave birth to a new civilization, the West European civilization, which really took its first mature shape during the Renaissance with it’s re-discovery of the ancient Greek and Roman world. Whatever form this so-called ‘re-discovery’ took, it is a fact that the 1000 years of the Middle-Ages separate modern western civilization from the Roman civilization and that modern Europe was born not of the Romans, but of the Franks. The (Orthodox) East, however, has never known any ‘Middle-Ages’ and has maintained a cultural and religious continuity to the ancient Christian world and the Roman Empire.”

    1. Robert Barricklow

      The went missings are harder to phathom-out.
      Sometimes I wonder – if these anonymous disappear algorithms, inherently designed for mischief, within frameworks of certain contextual parameters; isn’t endemic throughout they’re systems’ regimen – all the more to cement-in their absurd adherence to so-called pyramid/order.

          1. gosh and robert. had similar dissappearances couple weeks ago. got to where nothing i posted was getting through. filled out a ticket to daniel and emailed him – for some odd reason i have daniel’s email address in my contacts. he replied surprisingly quickly and found that somehow i got spam listed and everything i wrote and sent was getting spammed out. it’s fixed now. and my awaiting mod entries have gone down by 90% too.

          2. what’s curiouser now is that it feels like a little brother somewhere is messing with this computer i’m using. occassionally while downloading video files the last couple nights, the system burps and slows. suddenly my keyboard starts sporadically not working. same for the mousepad. repeated shutdowns of modem and computer seemed to resolve it. i noticed tonight when it started that my bluetooth icon kept flashing on and off. odd since i keep bluetooth off. checked it and my preferences were asking my approval (repeatedly) for allowing remote devices access to control of the system via bluetooth. turned that off too. everything seems fine now. maybe until i go to download more controversial videos?

          1. Robert Barricklow

            ZDB
            I copied correctly
            yet when engaged it goes to another url that doesn’t exist.
            Not at all controversial video.
            Just a purposed glitch to cause annoyance.

  10. As far as what Russia is, two excellent articles make sense of this:

    https://thesaker.is/searching-for-russia/

    “Russia is not that mysterious. She is, however, rather dramatically different from the west, central and east European countries and even though a big chunk of Russia lies inside the European continent west of the Urals, in civilizational terms she is far removed from the so-called ‘West’, especially the modern West.

    For example, Russia never underwent any ‘Renaissance’. I would even argue that Russia never really underwent any Middle-Ages either since, being an heir to the East Roman Empire (aka Byzantium), Russian roots are in the Antiquity. While one could, arguably, describe the phases of western civilization as Middle-Ages -> Renaissance -> Modernity -> Contemporary era, in the case of Russia the sequence would be a much shorter Antiquity -> Modernity -> Contemporary era.”

    https://thesaker.is/the-ancient-spiritual-roots-of-russophobia/

    “What is important for our purposes is this: not only did the Frankish invasion of Rome mark the end of the Roman civilization in the West, it also cut-off the western world from the Roman Empire which continued to exist for another ten centuries. The process of severance between the two parts of the Empire began in the 5th century following the fall of the city of Rome and continued throughout the following centuries. During the 10th century, Rome suffered during the so-called dark ages (saeculum obscurum) and the so-called the ‘Rule of the Harlots’ (pornokratia). At a time when the Roman Empire in the east was almost at the apex of its glory, the Franks were indulging in an orgy of destruction and corruption which completely changed the face of the western part of the European continent and completely severed the vital cultural and spiritual ties which had kept the Roman Empire together in the past centuries.

    During the following 1000 years while the Roman Empire continued its existence in the East, the European Middle-Ages slowly and painfully gave birth to a new civilization, the West European civilization, which really took its first mature shape during the Renaissance with it’s re-discovery of the ancient Greek and Roman world. Whatever form this so-called ‘re-discovery’ took, it is a fact that the 1000 years of the Middle-Ages separate modern western civilization from the Roman civilization and that modern Europe was born not of the Romans, but of the Franks. The (Orthodox) East, however, has never known any ‘Middle-Ages’ and has maintained a cultural and religious continuity to the ancient Christian world and the Roman Empire.”

  11. marcos toledo

    The West is suffering the affects of the mistakes and mental confusion of the Roman Empire and it’s Barbarian successors to that empire. As for Japan it along with Korea is part of the cultural matrix whose center is China. The USSA traditional culture seems to a faux-pseudo mishmash dedicated to the destruction of any real culture it encounters. Witness it ongoing continued attacks on indigenous cultures Worldwide based on a Western Asian religion. Russia is the inheritor of the Hellenistic Roman tradition ironic since it was not directly influence by it but by it’s eastern remnant via Christianity.

    1. anakephalaiosis

      If Paul had gone to America, he would NOT have said: You are Americans in America. He would have said: You are the lost sheeple of Israel, and there is a new Covenant coming down the pipe. Get ready! Sugarcoating the sour apple is not the way of the Lord. Fire and brimstone is. I bring no peace but sword. Matthew 10:34.

      Christ rules the “gates” of friends and foes because he is a trilithon. Adam was made out of clay, because sun-dried bricks were used to erect the “trilithon”. Any triumphal arch is an Adam. Christianity is based on megalithic ideology. Adam is the gate.

      The Gospels give hints. There are three wise men in the beginning and three crosses in the end. Because Christ is trilithon (i.e. three stones). The tale also includes a pregnant virgin and a unicorn. The placement of a star straight above is a giveaway. Because that is how to construct a sun cross, i.e. a sun watch on a farm.

      Point is, that the source of Western power derives from the false assumption of a “divine ruler”. Venetian oligarchs pose as corrupted kings and queens, and claim divine right to rule. But the megalithic ideology in the Bible does not support their claim.

      Megalithic ideology is the patristic exegesis of the druid runes. Behind the LITERAL letter of the runes, there are TROPOLOGICAL symbols of life, that mirror the ALLEGORY of year’s cycle into an ANAGOGE of legislative principles.

      Because the allegory of the runes repeats the topology of the year, it follows, that either man is an expression of year, or year is an expression of man. Since man is created in the image of God, then it is a giveaway that Yahweh must be the year.

      The fact, that Yahweh is the year, brings together the twelve tribes in the Zodiac, and that is the Holy Grail. The rightful king is the righteous king of the grassroots. Because drawing sword from stone is seed sprout. Donald Trump is a grassroot king in green man’s favor, Pepe the frog.

      1. Phil the Thrill

        You know, I really appreciate someone who can work Yahweh, Donald Trump, and Pepe the frog into the same paragraph. It’s a bit of a struggle for me to follow your reasoning, but keep it coming.

  12. Vomito Blanco

    Let’s not forget that embedded into the soul of Russia is a far more ancient spirituality that is once again re-emerging across the planet now that the Kali Yuga is finally receding. Russia is home to the Vedas. For somewhere along the shores of the Arctic Ocean these great hymns were composed and the Vedic culture was given birth. Perhaps this is why the land and its people have been perennially under the assault by these demonic forces of chaos, murder, lies and ugliness.

    1. Vomito Blanco

      I’ll take this over K- pop any day. When I see a k-pop videos (South Korean pop music), I see a country horribly infected with the mind cancer. (No wonder the western oligarchs want to start a war on the Korean peninsula. They’ve been watching these k-pop videos and now they got a craving for some k-pop style pizza toppings). Japan has always made a valiant effort to preserve their culture and chart their own cultural course. South Korea has gone to the dogs. (Or the dogs have returned to get revenge). The mind cancer has infected their politics as well and they have a progressive cult of their own now which I have heard is quite formidable and problematic as they have been calling for more immigration. (someone please correct me if I am misinformed).

      1. Phil the Thrill

        Well then, you might check out the Japanese band Babymetal, Senor Vomito. –sorry, dunno how to put the squiggly over the ‘n’. No k-pop there, my man; more like, k-BOOM. Who doesn’t like a song called “Gimme Chocolate”?

      2. Vomito Blanco

        Phil the Thrill,

        See my link above. How does Dr. F put it in his vidchats? Similar themes are popping up? In this case it is teenage Japanese female metal bands, baby.

        1. Phil the Thrill

          ohmyeffinay, this is hilarious. No, sir, by my word, I did not check out your video link before I posted my comment.

      3. Oh my lord !! .. I endured about 7 five seconds of “Babymetal” then hit delete .. What does one say?? .. What does one think ?? .. Speechless … again !! … still !! …….

    2. vomito, that’s some serious production costs expended. there’s big enough money behind them that this didn’t come out of some anti-mr globaloney fringe folk. even if they did they got big money guiding them now. those lyrics didn’t look so steve goodman / john prine – esque either. makes me think of mainstream productions that came out of nowhere and monopolized the air on corporate media. brought to mind disco, ramones, gogos, spice girls,…?

      1. Phil the Thrill

        God bless The Go-Gos, because I said so.

        (….and all the GDS-nauts who have a copy of “God Bless The Go-Gos” pump their bangle-wristed fists in the air and scream, “Yeeaahh!”)

  13. anakephalaiosis

    The token of supreme masculinity is the sworn oath. Viking and Varangian derive from being «sworn to battle» and «oath keeper». This culture of the warrior oath can be traced back to the «ten tribes», whose sole existence is based around the divine oath in the Bronze Age. When man is true to his word, the woman is true to her man. In the Bronze Age a man’s word was his God. That was the Covenant in the dawn of Western civilization. I bring no peace but sword. Matthew 10:34.

    USA is founded on a piece of paper. Most European nations are founded within the legislative circles of the druids. In comparison the USA was a substandard nation from the beginning. The founding fathers of the USA were freemasons, who did not know how to create a nation, so they just wrote a piece of paper with amendments. A true nation is founded on a sacred oath. This secret knowledge is coded into the rune system of the druids from Britain.

    Giordano Bruno knew the legislative principles behind the Western civilization. So the powers that be put a match to his memory palace. Because he understood the pastristic exegesis of the rune system.

    1. Phil the Thrill

      Jesus said I should let my yes mean yes and my no mean no. Therefore, I should not swear to anything. He also said that I could fulfill the entirety of the Law if I treat everybody like I want to be treated.
      I like Psalm 82 and John 10, myself.

      1. anakephalaiosis

        Bible is contract law. Abraham struck a deal, that Christ fulfilled. It is lightening thunder through the ages. “By myself have I sworn” is the single most important sentence in the Bible. That is the principle of sovereignty in contract law.

        Iron will is a rod. It is also an axis and a lightening conductor. Staff of Moses breaks water. Pipe organ is a voice. Music vibrates the swarm. Sheep is a swarm. Strong gravity makes a swarm rotate around an iron will. Gravity is contract law.

    2. The mighty Iroquois Confederacy advised the colonists to form a united states in order to be as mighty and formidable as they were. The founding fathers would have sworn freemason oaths since they were rejecting Tradition.

  14. “Putin’s Russia was and is… the world’s first “post-post modernist State.””
    _______________________________

    I just think that’s way too much gymnastics and I don’t think that is at all what Russia is, and the problem is the vast distortional effects of the insane and constantly metastasizing monstrosity that is the US empire.

    Put simply, Russia today is acting like a traditional nation state. It passed from the tsars to the rabid Bolshevik invaders and the appalling communist empire without ever becoming a true nation state, and now it is coming into its own in that capacity. Why it looks so novel is that the West has gone off the deep end with suicidal policies driven by its own Bolshevik infestations, and corporatism (i.e., fascism, as Mussolini defined it) running amok as globalism.

    1. anakephalaiosis

      When Cossacks get married, they get a whip from father-in-law to keep house in order. A good woman is a trained dog. She knows her place. Feminists can scream. But that is all they can do. A warrior does not give an inch.

      Russia is supreme patriarchy. In the Viking Age a man was a man, and a word was a word. The name Russia comes from Swedish Vikings who went East. Therefore Russia is Russia, because of my Viking ancestors.

      1. I’m sure your mother would disagree with you refering to her as a trained dog. Hang your head in shame.

      2. Mm. A trained dog is a trained dog. A ‘trained woman’ is a woman who can raise decent children to adulthood who can in turn protect and serve their own young, ad infinitum. It’s a natural call if nature/culture hasn’t been ruthlessly perverted.
        In the west women are taught to be men in an office, so who keeps the children? The “bolshevik”-overlords. I was raised a libtard, lost everything of value in that world by 22yrs, and then turned right around in the following fifteen years of aimlessness to become a classic old-school home-schooling traditionalist. The boy learns to sew clothes so he can sew up a flesh wound. The girl learns to make and fire a bow/arrow so she can hunt her food if necessary. They are taught exceptional manners, kindness, critical thinking too though- so they don’t fall in to the liberal-sucker-trap as I did.
        I was taught little of this except manners and how to fire a rifle. I was taught to work, work work like a man in a white-collar career. In that- Russian women “trained as dogs” have it all over western women. I guess you used the term for an emotional rise. Righto.

        1. love this reply!

          I’ve ‘turned around’ also, much to my happiness, my husband’s happiness, our pets and children, and our home is our sanctuary, cluttered with op shop antiques and rusty mechanical things. We love it. Our flat screen is the only thing that looks out of place, but not when historical dramas are screening though. Sometimes I feel I’ve made a lucky escape.

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