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  •  Pico is better qualifies than I (9+ / 0-)

    to fit this into the specific Russian context, but I think that what you are describing is one strain of homophobia. Homophobia is a subset of xenophobia. That has always been a useful tool for political control. The kind of powerless and resentful people you are describing are particularly susceptible to its enticement. It describes the people who were first attracted to the Nazi movement. However, the people who use it for political are equally infected by it. They would display a different psychological profile.  

    •  Oh absolutely! I think the (7+ / 0-)

      motives of those that manipulate it for political aims are different than those who suffer from this malady.  If you look at the US context, it seems like the "1%" is actually economically (and even to a degree, culturally) internationalist and cosmopolitan.  Their investment strategies reflect that they don't have a nationalist bone in their body.  They break down all trade barriers and have never encountered an investment they didn't like, regardless of whether it undermines national prosperity, families, and opportunity.  Similarly, this crew has never encountered a "corrosive values" investment that they didn't like so long as it turned a profit.  The best example of this is the FOX corporation.  We focus obsessively on the Fox news network, ignoring their other stations that gave us such "family values" shows as Married With Children or Beverly Hills 90210.  The fact that they promoted shows such as these and similar ones indicates that their motive is purely profit driven and has nothing to do with "values".

      All of this shows that the 1% merely uses things like xenophobia, misogyny, homophobia, nationalism, crazy class aspirations, etc., as a tool to motivate people to support their agenda rather than something they really believe in.  So it goes.

      •  The present MNC approach to cultural (3+ / 0-)
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        manipulation is derived from some very expensive and advanced computer modeling techniques. I think that is a highly "evolved" form of political manipulation.

        I'm thinking more about structures that are deeply embedded in cultures such as Russia where the same forms of exploitation persist over many generations. The actors who play different roles all have them intertwined with their psychological makeup. They didn't just think them up in a strategy conference.

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