The Zman does frequent posts on his subscription sites at Subscribestar and Substack on the topic of what is actually going on in Ukraine, analysis you generally don’t get at normie news sites. I still take it with a grain of salt but they seem to ring more true than the “valiant Ukrainians led by Zelenskyy on the front lines in his green t-shirt smiting the Cossack hordes” bullshit. As a broad characterization, we are being lied to almost as much about Ukraine and Russia as we were and are about Covid-19. We are lied to by our betters at every turn and on every topic, even when there is no reason to lie, because they just like lying to us thereby making normies question their own sanity.
In a full length podcast, the Zman looks at the origins of much of the over the top hatred toward Russia: A Ukraine Primer. Embedded below in Spreaker or Odysee:Listen to “EP 260 A Ukraine Primer” on Spreaker.
Pretty good stuff, I think he misses the mark a few places but generally does a good job filling in the blanks. Long story short, the Russian incursion into Ukraine wasn’t something that was whipped up out of thin air by evil Vodka Man Bad. It doesn’t even start with the 2014 coup orchestrated by the U.S. to remove the Ukrainian leadership, now occupied by degenerate Zelenskyy.
What is really boils down to, no shocker to most on /ourside/, is the crazed hatred of all things Russia by the neo-conservatives that have dominated U.S. foreign policy for decades and completely control the Republican party. As the Zman points out, on most topics these guys are generic leftists which explains why people like David Frum and Bill Kristol so effortlessly jettisoned normie conservatism once it no longer was useful to Them. They pandered to evangelicals especially using the “Muh Chosen Peeps!” garbage courtesy of dispensational theology driven by the Scofield Reference Bible and the Left Behind books, throwing them crumbs on topics like abortion and gay “marriage”, only to later show that they didn’t give a crap about traditional marriage or defending human life. The neo-con con-job since the end of the Reagan years has been one of the greatest hustles in U.S. political history, a grotesque masterpiece of convincing millions of voters to vote against their own self-interest in order to support the agenda of a religious minority that hates their guts and holds them in the lowest possible esteem.
Anyway this was a useful primer for me, even though I knew a lot of it already it brought it together for me. Maybe worth sharing with your normie friends and family.