What Duck Dynasty and Sochi Have In Common

In Russia Rising and Putin pushes American front groups out I looked at changes in Russia.

The common view of history is that the Communists lost in the 1990s. The Soviets gave up without firing a shot and they decided to become capitalists, albeit while retaining Russian nationalism, which saw a resurgence in the 2000s under Putin and which continues to grow.

Another view says the "communists" won. The leftists in Russia, the capital-C Communists, lost to the American leftists. This wasn't a victory of West over East, but of the superior economic system defeating the inferior system. After the defeat of communism, Russians did not in fact want to continue on the path towards greater revolution, but instead rejected revolution wholesale and returned to nationalism and religion.

Thus, the obsession with gay issues in Russia and the anti-gay propaganda law isn't actually about homosexuality per se, but it one move in a larger game of East versus West that is increasingly turning into another ideological battle. This time, instead of a battle between two economic systems, it is a battle between two cultural systems.

In the video below, Srdja Trifkovic discusses how Western political leaders cheered on the gay pride parade in Belgrade. Why is a gay pride parade in Eastern Europe an issue for the State Department? Why are Western front groups pushing Western cosmopolitan values into Russia? These are the new battle lines.

There is also part 1 of the interview in which Srdja Trifkovic discusses how education in Eastern Europe under communism was actually superior to that of the West because it maintained the classical system. Ironically, under communism much of traditional society persisted because the system kept people poor and thus increased the value of non-economic values such as family. There was a very clear persecution of Christians which helped them preserve the faith. In contrast, the open West made far greater inroads into the destruction of the family, traditional culture and religion because there is no organized effort to take them apart and material wealth allowed societies to subsidize economically poor lifestyles, such as single motherhood.

Thus, the Sochi Olympics become a perfect moment for the West to attack the Russia. And it is also the perfect moment for Putin to get the West to show its hand. For example, Africa is increasingly becoming an important region in the world economy, particularly with respect to resource production. China is investing heavily there in the hunt for resources, while resource rich Russia seeks to influence global commodity supplies. Most of the nations in the world that criminalize homosexuality are in Africa and the trend is moving in the direction of Russia, not the West. 83 countries where homosexuality is illegal

New Law In Nigeria Bans Gay Meetings
A new law in Nigeria, signed by the president without announcement, has made it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

The act has drawn international condemnation from countries such as the United States and Britain.

......But Nigeria's law reflects a highly religious and conservative society that considers homosexuality a deviation. Nigeria is one of 38 African countries — about 70 percent of the continent — that have laws persecuting gay people, according to Amnesty International.

The new Cold War is a cultural war. It is also an internal struggle across these nations, with factions on each side in each nation. The attack on the Duck Dynasty star over comments about homosexuality is coming from the exact same force that is attacking Russia and the Sochi Olympics.

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