Vitamin Therapy

Vitamin Therapy

Although I imagine he's not watching much television these days, let alone America's Sunday talkshows, Alexey Navalny would have heard a high-level US official speculate on his untimely demise had he tuned into CNN’s "State of the Union" over the weekend. "We are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose, and I’m not going to telegraph that publicly at this point," US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said, adding that the White House has "communicated that there wi
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  1. Hm. That would be true only if the post Putin era was dominated by vengeful pro-democrats. It’s a fairly rare combo. Pro-democrats tend to go for “truth and reconciliation” b/c once you start going after one tool of the regime, it’d be fairly logical to go after all and that’s impractical since it’s likely 30-70% of the population. Denazification, for example, was noted for its complete hypocrisy. Though, my impression is that it was effective so maybe unfairness is unavoidable but fairness is not the highest virtue in that situation.

    That said, it seems more likely that Putin will be replaced by an even worse brow shirt-nationalist. Someone like Zhirinovsky or Rogozin. I imagine that judges following central command will be very much in demand in that Russia…

  2. I suspect Navalny is intent on matyrdom. I cannot fathom any other potential outcome than the one he is presently living out. Perhaps with his recent brush with death that is acceptable to him.

  3. I’ve been reading a book on Maimonides. He created a new distinction between speech devoid of intent and active speech (full of belief), to create a way out of the martyrdom trap. When forced to choose between forced conversion by the Almohads and life, he said choose life.

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