Bored now, which is why I have not mentioned it in a while.
Democracy produced the wrong result in Ukraine, so the Cathedral staged a coup. The instrument of the coup was the Maidan movement, which is supposedly an indigenous Ukrainian movement, but its web page is in English in the distinctive dialect of the American ruling elite. Intercepted phone conversation revealed that State Department regarded the nominal leaders of the Ukraine as menial functionaries which they got to appoint and dismiss.
Russia counterproposed regional autonomy, so that there would be some Ukrainian independence from the Cathedral. The USG was not having any.
So, war. This looks like straight USG imperialism. If, as seems likely, the final outcome is that the Ukraine gets partitioned between Russia and the USG, as Poland was partitioned between Hitler and Stalin, that will not be Putin’s fault. He made several attempts at compromise that would have preserved Ukrainian independence.
The interesting implication is that if the Ukraine is run by low level menials of the state department, by people a long way down in the State Department hierarchy, then most or all of Europe is run by low level menials of the state department, as Mencius Moldbug depicted it long before these events.
Lately Putin seems to be moving to a straight imperial position, in which Ukraine will be partitioned, but really, don’t much care. What is interesting about the Ukraine is what it tells us about the rest of the world. If a menial in the state department treats the nominal leaders of the Ukraine as considerably lesser menials, what of other leaders of supposedly independent nations?
As you know, the entire west, in suspicious unison, simultaneously decided to allow itself to be overrun by third world hordes.
When Australia broke ranks, this was deemed illegal under international law, though oddly, until very recently international law did not require countries to allow themselves to be overrun by third world hordes. The UN took a break from condemning Israel to condemn Australia. Every international human rights organization now believes that economic refugees from anywhere in the world have a human right to settle in Australia.
This pattern of sporadic minor resistance suggests that the USG empire is ruled through soft power, and soft power is, in fact soft. It is not that when the prime minister of Australia disobeys he gets shot. Rather it is that the television stations, radio stations, and universities supposedly owned by the government of Australia announce that the prime minister is violating human rights. Except when, as in the Ukraine, it turns hard and they start shelling schools and apartment buildings, which is terrible when Israel does it, but no big problem when the “government” of the Ukraine does it.
While every human rights organization everywhere condemns Australian violation of human rights in intercepting boats on the high seas full of illegal immigrants, they don’t seem to notice any violation of human rights when the Ukrainian government shells civilian targets. That is soft power. On the other hand, when the Ukrainian government shells civilian targets, that is hard power.
Soft power is a bunch of supposedly independent, supposedly non government organizations, speaking in one voice, their master’s voice. One day everyone spontaneously and suddenly agrees it is a human right to move to formerly white majority countries, just as it is a human right for a man to be a woman – but freedom of speech and freedom of association are no longer human rights.