'Golden billion,' Putin's favorite conspiracy, explains his worldview and strategy
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The conspiracy theory claims global elites plot to hoard the world's wealth and resources, leaving the rest of the planet to starve — and it's gaining traction in Moscow amid the Ukraine war.

Putin: “Western elites want to hoard the world’s wealth and enslave everybody else, Russia must break away from their domination.”

Also Putin: “We reject Leninism.”

Every comrade in the world: facepalm

He’s a mass populist trying to appeal to every political tangent at the same exact time (fighting alongside the Russian military in Ukraine are tsarists, communists, mercenaries that have questionable connections to other organizations, etc.) IMO modern Russia’s one of those states Lenin mentioned in the State and Revolution that are reliant on the support of multiple classes and generally just have superstructure for the sake of superstructure

That makes sense. One can think of him too as a bonapartist – I believe Zyuganov described him that way back in 2000 – but of a peculiar sort: one whose government arose not from an established capitalist state in decay, but from a failed comprador regime that replaced a genuine socialist government. Hence he inherits, at the very least, the geopolitical position of the USSR vis-a-vis America and the west.

Did they just figure out the bourgeoisie exist? to own putin?

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Western governments have repeatedly accused Russia of imperialist expansionism

Hilarious shit

It’s actually baffling how they’re the ones that expanded into Eastern Europe, literally at Russia’s doorstep, and that they literally rule the fucking world, but have the audacity to call Russia and China “imperialist”.

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expanded into Eastern Europe, literally at Russia’s doorstep

But bring that up and you get smug “We didn’t expand, those sovereign countries wanted in, who are we to decline the will of the people” and “it’s not Russia’s backyard, those are sovereign countries, deal with it”

they plot to hoard the world’s wealth and resources, eh

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I like how there is no rebuttal of the argument in the article, only calling it a conspiracy theory without even hinting the idea that the capitalists are definitely not trying to amass all the wealth of the world

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Western media long ago perfected the art of seeing something right out in the open, no fucks given if anybody notices it or not, and calling it a conspiracy.

He literally stole this shit from Lenin

This is reframing the correct and realistic position as a fringe conspiracy, and associating it with scary Putin. Any depths required to gaslight and suppress the proles.

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The only incorrect part about that theory is the number of elites. 1 billion is a lot. It’s waaay fewer.

Also > weaponizing food, energy and winter

The country that has a third of the world’s population under sanctions is accusing Russia of this. Fuck off.

The 1 billion is probably referring to all westerners. Even the exploited people in the west still benefit greatly from western Hegemony and the enslavement of the world. I can go to the store and buy cheap bananas in the middle of the Canadian winter. But the people farming those bananas in Central America are food insecure and destitute.

I had to think about it and yes. That has to be what he means.

Lenin did mention the creation of an almost universal labor-aristocracy in the imperial core in Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism

True, but I have a hard time counting the people abandoned during hurricane Katrina, or having their drinking poisoned water in Flint, Michigan or Jackson, Mississippi as global elites. Sure, they aren’t as oppressed as a farm slave in South America or child slave in an African mine, but they aren’t elites either. I am not disagreeing with you comrade, what counts as elite becomes a little subjective.

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That’s what I was thinking. Does anyone really think there are a billion elites? Also, the us is the one stopping people from getting Russian resources.

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Also, the us is the one stopping people from getting Russian resources.

Very valid point. Like yeah, I wonder who is blocking sales of natural gas and sabotaged the Nordstream pipeline. Libs are so manipulative and insincere, I have stopped listening to a single thing they say. They lie and think they have gotten away with it, but it’s just that most people don’t even care to argue with them anymore, which is great.

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The person who wrote this belong in a gulag… im serious…

Stalin’s death is unironically one of the worst things to happen to humanity

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Stalin’s only fault was not living forever/hj

Malenkov should have succeeded Stalin

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