W/each new day I know why part of my family left shithole of imperial Russia. 100 years after last rev lets hope 4 another1 #ComeAtMeBroski— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) December 15, 2016
Ian Tuttle of National Review is hardly a friend of the Alt Right [The Intellectual Rot At The Heart of the Beltway Right, American Renaissance, April 9, 2016]. But even he could hardly let slide the charge that Russia was somehow devoid of cultural accomplishments.Can't load tweet https://twitter.com/iptuttle/status/809400686924431362: Sorry, you are not authorized to see this status.Of course, among the students Wise lectures, such names are probably unknown. After all, even Shakespeare is no longer suitable for education in supposedly elite American universities. But still, take a guess about what would happen to a man who earns a living speaking on college campuses if he made a blanket claim that an entire national culture had no accomplishments.Much of the hatred and fear of Russia seems to have less to do with any policies of Vladimir Putin's government than with a kind of ethnic hatred against the Russian people. Louise Mensch, of the ostensibly center-right website Heat Street, infamously claimed last month that Russia was "joyless" and had "nothing." In contrast, she claimed, America had produced the late Leonard Cohen! (Cohen was Canadian. [Louise Mensch adds one more Twitter gaffe to her list, The Spectator, November 11, 2016] Still, one has to admire her persistence, as she's now moved on to openly calling for World War III.[Head of Heat St, Louise Mensch, Calls for Obama to Conduct Air Strikes Against Russia, Zero Hedge, December 12, 2016]Hatred of the Russian people as such seems to be one of those forms of bigotry which is not just permitted, but openly celebrated and rewarded in the United States. Ultimately, it tells us more about the System which rules this country than it does about the supposed sins of Vladimir Putin.
Seriously when your contribution to the world is Faberge eggs, autocracy and pogroms, no one should much care what you think.— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) December 15, 2016