Back in the depths of the Cold War, most Americans viewed the Soviet Union as being like the Empire in Star Wars: totalitarian, effective, and monolithic.
Starting in 1987, that image fragmented, revealing yet another slobby bureaucracy comprised of different departments battling for supremacy while presiding over a rotting, inefficient, and generally inept system.
Mathias Rust kick-started this process. On paper, the Soviet Union fielded the most impressive air defense system in history. Without the complexities of private industry and public opinion to address, the Soviets could build their radar and air force installations wherever they wanted.
Military experts went on television to tell us how difficult it was to penetrate Russia, and how difficult a coming war would be. Then a 19-year-old man took off in a small plane and flew it right into Red Square.
He bypassed the entire radar belt, all of the weapons, and the notice of what was expected to be the most powerful and competent dictatorship on Earth. Without meaning to, he deflated Russia.
This revealed some things to observers:
Four years later, the Soviet Union was no more, although many suspect that like most aging hipsters, it simply went underground.
Rust knew what he was doing, in my view. He tells us hints of his motivation:
Mathias Rust, just 19, had single-handedly flown more than 500 miles (750km) through every Soviet defensive shield in a single-engine plane to land at the gates of the Kremlin.
The idea had come to him a year earlier while he was watching TV at his parents’ home where he lived in Hamburg, West Germany.
A summit between the US and Soviet presidents in Reykjavik had ended in a stalemate, and the teenager who had a passion for politics felt he wanted to do something to make a difference.
Most people now do not remember the risk involved in such an event:
The USSR had the largest air defence system in the world. Less than five years earlier, a South Korean civilian airliner had been shot down after straying into Soviet air space, causing the death of all 269 passengers on board.
Planes got shot down regularly for straying off-course, since during the Cold War, each side was concerned that a single bomber might fly over for a crippling nuclear strike. One EMP weapon, or a bomb erasing the right city, and an empire might fall.
Rust revealed that the Soviets were in fact a fraud. They were not as competent as we thought; their military, having debunked itself in Afghanistan, now missed a major event that might have ended in total disaster.
The great Soviet downgrade that followed showed people being more openly defiant to what they thought was the new coming of Hitler, Charlemagne, and Genghis Khan in one. Resistance movements flourished in Eastern Europe, disobedience within the Soviet Union increased, and the international community stopped worrying so much about what the Soviets would do.
It even precipitated great political change:
In the Kremlin there was shock and plenty of red faces as the full extent of the humiliating incident became apparent.
But it is likely that President Gorbachev realised he could use the opportunity to his advantage to rid himself of military officials whom he saw as standing in the way of his reforms.
Within a couple of days the minister of defence had been forced to retire, and the head of the air defence services had been sacked. Over the next few months more than 150 people lost their jobs.
We are going to see the same thing in the West with COVID-19. As I have said many times, like Donald Trump, COVID-19 is a great revealer: it shows us where the sad reality differs from the high definition processed image accompanied by swelling sound.
In the 1920s, people started putting chrome on everyday objects. If you had a cheap product, you chromed it, and then it looked shiny and far-out. At first, chrome was expensive, so people bought the stuff, but when it became cheaper, it took them a decade to catch up to the con.
Now chrome is cheap, or at least a substitute thereof made of layered vinyl, and this shows up on so many things that it is seen as cheap. The fashions of a century ago are now the signals of social failure in a time more propelled by manufacturing.
Similarly, when Joe Biden was in his twenties, ice cream was expensive and rare, so it was a treat. When he munches ice cream in the White House as the world burns, he is signaling to his generation, “hey, I made it,” even though to the rest of us ice cream is a ubiquitous snack food.
In the same way, vaccines in the past signaled massive success; today, they signal weak people, especially Boomers, who fear that they will not survive an aggressive flu. They are simply another way for the system to cash-in.
At every level, COVID-19 was a Matthias Rust style event. The experts blindly took data from China at face value and passed it along with added hysteria and panic. The media wolfed down whatever they said. The peasants berated the rest of us for not having masks and vaccines.
It got so bad that people were talking about executing the unvaccinated, and many businesses including the federal government fired as many as they could. To be an “anti-vaxer” was the new paganism and Satanism, where you were seen as an ignorant enemy of government, science, and humanity.
We now see that the side of government, science, and humanity is a self-interested corporation just like GM or GE. They seek to maximize revenue, which they distribute as salaries and favors, by generating whatever panics they can and cashing in on them.
They are aided by legions of careerists who, upon seeing a panic, seize upon that moment to make their role as important as possible. The mask Karens at various businesses, the dancing TikTok nurses, the local health authorities raising or lowering the danger level all fell for this pathology.
We found out that most people cannot handle power, even a little drop. Even more, they cannot think clearly about everyday events, and react with greed or panic to all things. Democracy, individualism, equality, diversity, and socialism have made us drooling Pavlovian morons.
Like Matthis Rust landing in Red Square, COVID-19 showed us a weak and dying empire that projects itself being at the top of its strength. Its people do not act from goal-oriented motives, but to seize power for themselves, and its governments are created fake narratives to stay in power.
Regime Change is around the corner, historically speaking. Even though the West is ahead of the BRICS, second world of Southern and Eastern Europe, and all of deep third world, it is still in deep trouble because it adopted egalitarianism and that drove it insane, something only COVID-19 could reveal.
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