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Post Do Not Confuse a Regime with a Nation
Created by John Eipper on 10/17/20 10:38 AM

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Do Not Confuse a Regime with a Nation (Paul Levine, Denmark, 10/17/20 10:38 am)

Last month (September 25th), Eugenio Battaglia confessed that he was not a "fan" of Aleksei Natalvny "because he received political money from a foreign country (US National Endowment for Democracy)." Like many people who grew up in a repressive dictatorship, Eugenio confuses the regime ("government") with the nation ("country").

Dictators from Il Duce to Putin encourage this confusion, because then dissidence becomes a form of treason. As our resident old-fashioned fascist, Eugenio confirms the confusion between regime and state. Is this why he absolves Putin of involvement in the poisoning of Navalny but rather blames it on "an international deep state"? Or has Eugenio been drinking too much QAnon Kool-Aid?

JE comments:  "Disagree with our government, and you are a traitor."  Repressive regimes have relied on this trick for centuries.  Turning to Eugenio Battaglia, I accept that he acquired his beliefs naturally, from a childhood in Mussolini's Italy.  QAnon has nothing to do with it...Eugenio?

WAIS hasn't paid any attention to one of the more bizarre conspiracy theories of my lifetime:  QAnon, which posits the existence of a vast child sex-trafficking cabal with the goal of bringing down Donald Trump.  The theory is too outrageous to have been made up, so (unsurprisingly?) it has many adherents.


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