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Thread #146443   Message #3397033
Posted By: GUEST,Tony
29-Aug-12 - 10:56 AM
Thread Name: Free the Pussy Riot Three
Subject: RE: Free the Pussy Riot Three
999: It turns out we agree on most things. I don't like Fischer's views either, but his case shows how harshly governments in general deal with dissent, and I think it says something about how a case like Pussy Riot would be handled in the US or Canada, if we could ever have an equivalent case.

The main problem with that is that people here just won't protest, though we have as much reason to as the Russians. And I believe it's because we're so polarized on less critical issues that we've really stopped functioning as a democracy. We vote for whichever imperialist plutocrat says he agrees with us about gay marriage and abortion.

Good point about the Olympics boycott over the invasion of Afghanistan by its next-door neighbor. The Russians didn't boycott the games when the US went halfway around the world to invade. But I guess we're almost partners this time.

The only thing I disagree with is that "the protest will not in and of itself cause change in Russia." As I've said before, I think the way they did it changes things greatly and irrevocably for the worse.