Putin in Space
Just as there are any number of ignorant Russians who, hilariously, believe their country really only leased Alaska to the United States, there are many who will insist that the Americans never landed a man on the moon (not even once, much less multiple times). Apparently Americans are not clever enough to do so — but more than clever enough to fool the rest of the world into thinking that they did!
Such ignorance, such laughable stupidity, and such mind-boggling contradictions are what emerge from decades of crazed, feverish neo-Soviet propaganda. Even watching the Soviet system destroyed was not sufficient to convince hapless Russians to reject it. So right after it fell, the rushed to put the KGB right back in power, in the person of Vladimir Putin — doing so because a man they claimed to hate, Boris Yeltsin, told them to.
The latest instance of Russian brain fever has the population believing that even though Russia, admittedly, has never even once landed a man on the moon, it will build a station and start permanently living there by 2030.
We would find Russian belief in such a notion hilarious were it not for the dire consquences it suggests for the country and its future.
In this issue, our lead editorial documents the appalling poverty faced by ordinary Russians every day of their lives. Time and again, we’ve shown how the Russian economy is failing and all the basic indicators of national progress prove that Russia is on the verge of collapse. It doesn’t even rank in the top 130 nations of the world for life expectancy.
Yet Russians somehow think they have billions of dollars to gamble on a ludicrous effort to live on the moon. Even if they somehow managed to do it, how could they possibly reap sufficient benefits to justify the horrific expense involved?
They could not. But Russia, because of its general ineptitude and its pandemic corruption, is no more capable of actually realizing a project like this that it appears to be of breaking with its failed Soviet past and building a new, hope-filled future. Likely, Russia will soon abandon the whole idea the way many small children abandon the idea of growing up to astronauts, and we will hear no more of it. The alternative is grim indeed: Russia will press forward and humiliate itself once again before a slack-jawed world, at the cost of many human lives and endless amounts of capital Russia cannot afford to lose.