Biden as Kremlin’s Chief Propagandist

The current level of international confrontation will provide the authorities with almost 100% control over a mobilization-type State Duma.

It seems that Joe Biden raised the main subject used to rally society around Vladimir Putin on the eve of the September Duma elections.

Fortunately, the Kremlin’s propaganda achieved clarity with respect to the most current and freshest image of the enemy: the president and the U.S. establishment. During the Soviet era, thousands of books were written describing the bloody past of American capitalism. Many films have been made about the Native American reservations and the enslavement of Black people. You can take those and arrange a new tune — the tune of 2021.

Biden’s help came came right on time. The image of the enemy that had been exploited since 2014 had begun to lose its luster.

One has begun to feel the long-standing decline in the public’s actual income, even in public opinion. People are more and more urgently interested in their long-term prospects, first and foremost those of a material nature. They care about their children’s future, and about the quality and access to medicine and education. It’s necessary to keep in mind the enormous regional differences in how these benefits are actually provided.

When the government raises the subject of equality, it nudges public thought toward a discussion of issues that is, one way or another, related to the redistribution of wealth. Meanwhile, conceptually, this approach smells of mothballs. The Soviet history of equality with respect to poverty and a lack of political rights led to the country’s disintegration and the rejection of a primitive kind of income equalization that had no regard for merit or any actual value created for society.

The modern theory of equality implies equality of access to various types of assets for a variety of people at different periods of their life. In one’s youth, it’s most important for people to get a quality education and find a promising and steady profession. In middle age, the most important thing is the opportunity to acquire good housing at an affordable price. In one’s mature years, access to assets having to do with healthcare is most important. That’s how the problem of equality is understood in societies with a high level of the people’s well-being.

A convincing answer from the authorities on ensuring this type of equality regarding access to key values has not yet been presented. This is the root of much of what leads to protest as an extreme form of discontent.

To all appearances under these conditions, officials fumbled about to find the key issue for the State Duma elections. All of a sudden, we began to hear the name Alexey Navalny, previously taboo, from all the federal TV channels. Most likely they hyped him up in order to turn the main opposition’s image into a recognizable symbol of the West, operating in the expanses of Russia with the aim of containing it in America’s interest. After all, as officials explained, the West is looking for “young, ambitious, energetic and money-loving” novice politicians in order to achieve, with their rise to Russian power, the goals of damaging the national and strategic interests of the Russian Federation.

Insofar as practical people also live in the West, they have vividly demonstrated they are highly ready to turn Russia into a metaphysical enemy of modern civilization. NATO has played a special role here. “Russia, terrorism, the rise of China, and climate change are the main threats to NATO,” as NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently stated in an online press conference while presenting his annual report on the organization’s work in 2020.

“And we must continue to adapt, as we address challenges, both old and new: Russia’s destabilizing behavior; brutal forms of terrorism; sophisticated cyberattacks; disruptive technologies; the security impacts of climate change; and the rise of China … The rise of China and all of these global challenges make it all the more important for Europe and North America to work together. Because no single country and no single continent can face these challenges alone … I believe in North America and Europe together, in NATO, in strategic solidarity,” he added. Stoltenberg, of course, is not an independent figure; he’s the Pentagon’s mouthpiece. Through him speaks the West’s military-industrial complex, which, in the context of a pandemic recession, needs new government-funded orders.

There shouldn’t be any illusions about the fact that a relapse into a sharp spike of confrontation, arms races, and conflict awaits the world in the coming years.

In this environment, a mobilization-oriented propaganda model will secure the authorities almost 100% representation in the next State Duma. Thanks, Biden!

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Jeffrey studied Russian language at Northwestern University and at the Russian State University for the Humanities. He spent one year in Moscow doing independent research as a Fulbright fellow from 2007 to 2008.

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