[Aaus-list] Vice News DPR documentary

Romanchuk, Robert rromanchuk at fsu.edu
Tue Oct 14 22:33:11 EDT 2014

Here's a useful analysis from Oliver Carroll, who's there:
NB the last few paragraphs: soon, if not already, the "NRs" may not be the main problem.

Robert Romanchuk
Associate Professor of Slavic
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Florida State University
Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
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Tallahassee FL 32306-1540
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Indeed, probably more could have been done in the socio-economic sphere during the 20+ years of Ukraine's independence.  But is that the main problem?  Does a higher proportion of alcoholics in Kramatorsk as compared to Sambir lead to greater support for separatism?  I think not.  The damage had already been done during decades of Soviet rule.  I remember well how Gorbachev was greeted in Donetsk in 1989 or 1990—e.g., Gorby asks the crowd something about the Ukr. language.  The response?  "I'll speak Ukrainian if it reduces the price of kolbasa."  Everyone thinks this is hugely amusing, has a good laugh.

Where Kyiv (politicians and some "public intellectuals") is clearly at fault is making believe that there is no "ideological" (for lack of a better term) problem in the east and south or outright denying it  (cf. the discussion of "two Ukraines.").  How many times over the years have you heard that all of this separatism business is "shtuchne?"
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True, I suppose, though the term “this bio-mass” has disturbing overtones (“human material,” etc.). Moreover, this reminds me of how we American northerners view the South and its “rednecks.” I wonder how much of that stupidity is a result of poor education, poverty, unemployment, alcoholism and malnutrition (and their effects on offspring), a toxic environment, etc. The well-fed bourgeois liberal of New York and the well-fed bourgeois patriot of Kyiv despise the “element” their policies have allowed to develop in places like, respectively, Mississippi or the Donbas. Maybe they should instead share some of the benefits they’ve had in terms of hygiene, education, employment, social infrastructure, etc. If Kyiv had paid more attention to the southeast, Russia might not have found it so easy to find a mass of social discontents ready to take up arms for its cause.

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The video confirms what some of us have been saying for a long time:  The narod of Donbas evidences that amazing condition of mass stupidity—stupidity, in the sense of just plain dumb, dull, something like "low information" people here in the US and A—and low-life thuggery.

Witness (at around the 12th minute), for example, one of the terrorist leaders interrogating a young man because of his collection of pro-Ukrainian stickers.  He says something like this:  "If you are a collector, as you claim, then why do you have so many of these stickers?"  There are no words.

Sorry.  With this bio-mass one can neither build a nation nor sustain a state.

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