Russia plumbs Hilarious new Depths of Stupidity
One thing you have to admit about Russia is that no matter what ridiculous, humiliating gibberish it might spew forth today, it can always outdo itself tomorrow.
Jaundiced though we may be by spending so many years observing Russian self-destruction, we admit to being surprised upon learning that as a central part of its new government initiative to pursue innovation in business Russia was calling in . . . Ashton Kutcher.
The notion of Russia calling in this ridiculous airhead to advise them on how to innovate speaks volumes about how utterly confused Russia really is. One minute Russians are screeching to high heaven about the incompetence of American advice, blaming America for Russia’s economic downturn, and the next they are going hat in hand to Ashton Kutcher. It’s Russia in a nutshell. And we do mean nut.
Joining Kutcher were bigwigs from Cisco Systems, Twitter and eBay, as if computers and Internet were the highest priority for innovation in Russia and as if Russia might genuinely be interested in making Western-style Internet openness a central feature of Russian computer use. These two suggestions were even more hilarious than Kutcher’s antics.
But the biggest belly-laughs of all came from taking a look at the leader of the Russian side, one Vladislav Surkov, the Joseph Goebbels of neo-Soviet Russia, who boldly declared to the Vedemosti newspaper that “consolidated power is the instrument of modernization.” As Streetwise Professor states: “Consolidated power is decidedly not the instrument of modernization, when ‘consolidated’ means power that is not subject to constraint by the rule of law.” The notion that Russia can “innovate” while simultaneously rushing to become a neo-Soviet dictatorship is truly unspeakably absurd.
As the Moscow Times reports, so-called “president” Dima Medvedev disbanded the Federal Agency for Special Economic Zones in October, just three years after its creation. Now, Medvedev is talking about building a “Russian Silicon Valley,” a so-called “city of the future.” Surkov made open references to operating the city the same as Soviet predecessors were run.
It really does seem that Russia has gone quite mad. Utterly detached from reality just as in Soviet times, because there is no criticism from independent media or opposition political parties, the Kremlin is behaving just like the Soviet government always did, with equally hilarious and hopeless results.