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O what is a totalitarian state today3 stars In a nutshell the writing is good and the author has a great deal of knowledge about Russia but the storytelling is sub par The author should have ollowed at most one person s story in tandem with the The author should have The Other Mother: A wickedly honest parenting tale for every kind of family followed at most one person s story in tandem with the arching theme of Russia s march to autocracy The book is not particularly dramatic At times iteels like a regurgitation of well integrated newspaper articles about Russia over this period This is understandable since the author is a journalist but in the end the read just This Is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids: A Question Answer Guide to Everyday Life (Book for Parents of Queer Children… felllat Where's the Mother?: Stories from a Transgender Dad for me Imagine the United States collapses in the nearuture And imagine someone decides to write about the collapse of contemporary America 20 25 years Pride Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes from nowocusing only on Trump racism poverty health care etc In order to do so this person ollows the rise of Richard Spencer and the lives of a bunch of liberal middle class individuals rom NYC LA and let s say Houston Would this be a Journey to Same-sex Parenthood: Firsthand Advice, Tips and Stories from Lesbian and Gay Couples fair depiction of life in the US Yet this is what Masha Gessen does with the Soviet Union and Russia in her book Gessen is a Jewish woman who was told by her parents that in order to beat the Soviet antisemitic machine they could no longer live in our country something that she herself would tell her children years later before leaving Moscowor New York This is what the reader is warned about in the prologue some sort of guidelines to Buying Dad: One Woman's Search for the Perfect Sperm Donor frame the events narrated in the book Gessen traces the life trajectories of six different people who grew up in the post Soviet space plus Aleksandr Dugin who makes sporadic and at times incomprehensible appearances here and there The idea of using other people lives seems to give a lot of credibility to the point Gessen tries to make which to put it bluntly can be summed up as the Soviet Union was a terrible place to be and Russia is not any better The problem though is that if you choose to portray the life of the son of a party official of the daughter of aamous politician of the grandson of Alexander Yakovlev etc the picture that you get will get cannot possibly be complete And that s understandable Masha Gessen together with some of her protagonists is an intelligent and she tells the stories of the people she knows and relates to Keep that in mind she tells the story What we hear in the book are not the voices of the six protagonists but their stories You're Not from Around Here, Are You: A Lesbian in Small-Town America filtered by the author s voice which makes all the difference in the world Gessen is a journalist with a specific agenda she is not Svetlana Alexievich The result is a book that tries to explain the slow descent of Russia into totalitarianism without really portraying the people who have been supporting Putinor than twenty years because she dismisses them as the embodiment of Homo Sovieticus who was and is only able of doublethink And the reason is that Gessen doesn t know these people she doesn t want to acknowledge them like Clinton saying that Trump s supporters were deplorables When Gessen talks about Occupy Pedophilia a short lived movement active in 2013 14 she uses the word thug to describe the guys involved in it but underlying reasoning is the sameGessen is angry at Russia but the underlying is the sameGessen is angry at Russia she props up her biased account with negative comments about every possible aspect of life there Mommy Man: How I Went from Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that looks like a gaudy giant wedding cake to the geometric tiles of the sidewalks in Moscow resembling tombstonesrom the small number of movies that had been produced in the Soviet Union which is New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, Birth false to grand statements about the Soviet Union such as knowing which way the wind was blowing could mean the difference between life and death Gessen s account on contemporary Russia is about how Russia is not America than how Russia really is At one point she writes Intellectuals were alwaysalling into the trap of mistaking the written word Mein Kind liebt anders: Ein Ratgeber für Eltern homosexueller Kinder for a true mirror of life I hope the readers of this book won tall into the same trap. Paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all and against the war it waged on understanding itself which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the Gay Parenting form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state Powerful and urgent The Future Is History is a cautionary taleor our time and or all tim. ,
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"fear the open expanse of liberal reedom preferring the narrow corridor of authoritarian StateMost Russians the book "the open expanse of liberal reedom preferring the narrow corridor of the authoritarian StateMost Russians the book yearn not Lesbian and Gay Youth – Care and Counselling for change and opportunity and the responsibility and anxiety that may go with them butor order imposed A Gay Couple's Journey Through Surrogacy: Intended Fathers from above and strength and stability Strong and stable where have we heard that latelyThe book contains a discussion of the precise meaning of totalitarianism Hannah Arendt is uoted along with other writers But the precise meaning is largely beside the point In 2017 opposition politics in Russia is all but impossible If you oppose Putin you may be murdered like Boris Nemtsov Elections are rigged even if Putin opponents are excluded and rigging is therefore unnecessary Academics are monitoredor ideological conformity Demonstrations are all but impossible to stage Protesters may be arrested by the hundred Justice is arbitrary and controlled by the executive Corruption aboundsGessen discusses whether a totalitarian state needs an ideology The answer appears to be not necessarily but it helps especially when you are getting started and you can change it as circumstances demand And the ideology should be a single simple idea Like MAGA or Brexit perhapsThe current ideology is Eurasia or Greater Russia as people in Ukraine are well aware and its high priest is Alexander Dugin Dugin is the Steve Bannon or Nigel Farage of Russia only worse According to this book Dugin has a personal connection to the American neo Nazi Richard Spencer the Hail Trump guyDugin s ideology is all about traditional Now That You Know: A Parents' Guide to Understanding Their Gay and Lesbian Children, Updated Edition family values which are threatened by Western liberalism There are no such things he says as universal human values Liberal social but not economic ideas are to be abhorred they are Western and an affront to white Christian civilisation as epitomised by the Russian World Putin is thus the leader of a movement to restore European Civilisation This is where it gets really scary LGBT people are deviants who deserve to be liuidated the Russian opinion polling on this is devastating And a warning this book contains descriptions of homophobic vigilante violence tacitly state sanctioned that may cost you sleepTo what extent do people like Bannon Spencer Farage Le Pen and Trump buy into Dugin s despicable ideology How intent are they on spreading it outside of Russia They may seem like comic villains but we should ask ourselves this uestion before we laugh too muchApartrom Nemtsov the characters in Gessen s book survive though most of from Nemtsov the characters in Gessen s book survive though most of leave Russia The book leaves you Les Citadelles: Tomes 1 2 feelingirstly that Russians do not deserve their My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes fate Homo Sovieticus notwithstanding and secondly that neither do we in Europe or America and we d better think about thatTowards the end of the book Gessen notes that in June 2017 a Russian opinion poll reported that Russians choiceor most outstanding person of all time in the entire world was Joseph Stalin The Future is History by Masha GessenThis book won the National Book Award in 2017 It is an oddly constructed read tracing the last thirty years of Russia Four Russians born in the 1980 s at the dawn of democracy are profiled as they grow into adulthood of the new Millennium Due to their political beliefs and in some cases sexual identities they become opponents of the Putin regime on the losing side of this political struggle But the story also tracks Yeltsin and Putin so there are in effect six parallel stories In the mid to late 90 s disillusioned Russians Simply the Quest felt outrage towards NATO s involvement in the Balkans which included the airstrikes in Serbia Additionally the militants in Chechnya were causing a great deal of outrage too Many Russians were nostalgicor the old days of motherland Lo and behold into the void steps Vladimir Putin He wins an election promoting his neo nationalist agenda Bit by bit his regime dismantles Russia s semi democratic trajectory int. Lows the lives of our people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia each with newfound aspirations of their own–as entrepreneurs activists thinkers and writers sexual and social beings Gessen charts their. Bias on top of bias on top of bias I Guts feel about this book the way Ielt about The Bronze Horseman It is clearly written by an emigrant Nought Forever: World Book Day 2019 from Russia who hates EVERYTHING about Russia There is no attempt to be objective here vitriol in every sentence where even the most innocuous things are described as depressing and dire and BADree government sponsored mind you preschools portrayed as a cross between baby prisons and warehouses really
"how did we all make it then after attending them this is just "did we all make it then after attending them this is just of the most ridiculous exaggerations My memories of my standard preschool include playing a lot outside eating and taking naps and doing arts And Learning Songs And Dancing And Going learning songs and dancing and going the beach Well I guess this is how Masha Gessen is making her name in the West She can come up with ridiculously convoluted theories of why Russians welcome and love Putin homo soveticus my ass but the reality is simple not many Russians could make it in a cut throat unregulated post perestroika capitalist Russia including my parents who could barely keep it together in the new ree market Is this so hard to comprehend that majority wanted to go back to the time of paltry but guaranteed income ree medical services and uality education They thought Putin would bring back the often imagined rosy past and they still think the same way nowRead Secondhand Time The Last of the Soviets There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom: Rejacketed for something balanced a criticism with a perspective and understanding The slow transitionrom one The Little Voice: A Rebellious Novel form to another We see this process this morphing through the lives of several individuals professionals in the 197080s USSR and children born under Soviet control who witness the shifts through each decade of their lives and the paths they each take into adulthoodGessen is an artful researcher and interviewer She shares the lives of her subjects without judgement She reserves her criticismsor the government there is a lengthy discussion on how to define the modern Russian state authoritarian totalitarian illiberal democracy etc but bears these out with the systematic abuses of power and human rights violations and how they affect the lives of all of her subjectsWe trace the days of Gorbachev and perestroika through the My Sister Jodie fall and rise of Yeltsin andinally the long tenure of Putin as it plays out to 2016 and there s been since She spends chapters on Ukraine and the Orange Revolution the protests in 2010 and on the dissidence of Pussy Riot and other activists and the encroachment in Crimea including a short history of the region and the various ethnic cleansings that took place there in the over the last century Perhaps the most interesting thing that Gessen shows is the mental state and health of a country or several countries as Entreprenante entrepreneuse former Soviet states now stand independent and how hopelessness depression and anxiety are used as control measuresI will be chewing on this oneor a long while It is a dense read 500 pages interspersing history and politics with personal stories and one of the most important and prescient books that I have read in yearsGessen is a top tier writer and I want to return to her work very soon This is an important bookIts purpose is to explain how and why Russia returned to a state of totalitarianism despite the initial hope and democratisation of the Yeltsin period Why did the Russian people not El bloc de las edades fasten on to their newreedoms in the way that the citizens of the Baltic republics and to a lesser extent those of Ukraine didMasha Gessen s explanation explores via the lives of seven individuals and through three disciplines which did not exist in the Soviet period sociology psychoanalysis and opinion polling the persistence of what she calls Homo SovieticusThis character the opinion polling and a bit less plausibly the psychoanalysis suggest did not What Does It Mean to Be Kind? fade away after the collapse of the Soviet Union nor even with the passing of generations Putin era youth groups like Nashi diffe. The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how in the space of a generation Russia surrendered to a virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy Award winning journalist Masha Gessen’s understanding of the events andorces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled In The Future Is History Gessen ol. ,