Kremlin says 90% of Russians are Idiots
As you well know, dear reader, we are loathe to agree with a single word uttered by Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin. But when one of Russia’s leading “educators,” Leonid Poliakov, a dean of history at the Moscow State Pedagogical University, tell us that 90% of Russians are idiots, we have to grudgingly make room for the possiblity that he could be right.
Robert Amsterdam has noticed that the Kennan Institute is about to publish a new book reviewing post-Soviet history textbooks. In it, Poliakov states that Russian textbooks should present “a positive unity with past” because “90 percent of students are not meant to be tasked with thinking critically about history, but need only to be presented with one, simple, positive narrative.”
In other words, they’re idiots. Their thoughts and insights about the meaning of Russian history are without value, so they don’t “need” to know the truth. They only need to be fed a stream of palbum like a goose being fattened for fois gras, so that they can become helpless cogs in the neo-Soviet machinery.
And, mind you dear reader, this is policy. The new book meticulously documents how Putin’s KGB regime has systematically purged facts from Russian history teaching, replacing them with propaganda about how Russia is a wonderful paradise ruled by wise patriots leading it to ever greater glory. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!
Anyone who has studied actual Russian history (granted, they’d almost have to be someone who’s not actually Russian) knows that his shameless, unbridled contempt for the common man is a theme in Russian governance that runs right the way back through the Soviet era to the tsars. Russian rulers, while professing love for their country, have always viewed the population they govern as worthless idiots to be exploited and manipulated, not respected and nurtured, a part of the problem rather than a part of the solution.
Maybe that’s the reason that Russia has suffered two catastrophic national collapses in the past 100 years alone, and is hard at work right now on making it a hat trick.