Saturday, March 13, 2010
90 Gridlocked in Latvia (9)
Dawn, day, dusk.
When history is forgotten and replaced by a shallow myth, everyone who lends the myth a credulous ear puts one foot in the zionationalist camp. This is not to say that battles to overthrow the yoke of oppression cease to be heroic deeds or that shallow myths fail to mention them. Even so, the nation needs a history of sufficient depth of credibility to discover its bearings and not resort to tortured persuasions that do not persuade.
Unfortunately, Latvia ends the first decade of the 21st century as a nation absent a persuasive leadership. To have to listen to the leaders of Latvia insist that the priority of Latvia in 2010 is “providing employment” to those whom previous administrations of the government failed and are still failing is like telling the nation go dig another crater for a meteor or go and deforest your country. The current government of Latvia, in short, has not only no idea what to do with itself in the future but exists for no other reason that the people of Latvia have not yet given it a “not-vote”. One may think that the Latvian people are as much a crater in the ground their government.
Is perhaps the passivity of Latvia due to a myth of origins that is a crater, too? It is a question worthy of attention.
Montsegur, Languedoc; the other burnt down the castle of King Visvaldis of Jersika. “Visvaldis” is of course a Latvian name with ontological meaning, which is why the king may also have been a high priest. While King Visvaldis and the kingdom of Jersika are known to Latvians, their importance has rather compulsively been replaced by the figure of Kaupo (d. 1217). Historians and literati have tortured the hell out of the figure of Kaupo trying to avoid calling him one of their own. Who was Kaupo—such an unavoidable, yet unmentionable figure?
CaterineBruschi's argument (see p. 88 ff) that the Catholic Church used spies, also known as “explorers”, to intimidate and “…loosen(ed) the heretics’ bonds of loyalty and secrecy, introducing suspicion and fear….”, Kaupo may be seen to be a member of the Children of Johns arch-Christian tradition, who betrays not some vague “religious views of Baltic tribes” (“baltu cilšu reliģiskos uzskatus”) as Latvian philologues are wont to refer to the Children of Johns, but serves in unmentioned ways to undermine the history of a people and a region. Indeed, by failing to see Kaupo as a spy who is intimidated by the Inquisition to spy on his own, but by presenting him instead as a figure that lends itself to the interpretation of various “meta-narrations”* (all presenting Latvians from a neo-Christian perspective), the history of Latvia is made invisible, not to say false.
Lacanian paradox (mirror stage), a radicalized Latvian ought bemoan the inability of the orthodoxy-mired state of Latvia to divorce itself from the figure of a christianized Kaupo, the spy for the West, and constructing from the flattened ruin of Jersika an economically viable and mind enlightening surround for Latvians and all who come to visit.
The problem for a zionationalist government in Latvia is that while most NATO countries agree with the U.S. policy of securing Oil and whatever other goodies in the Middle East for the West, the EU countries in spite of being members of NATO, do not wish to destroy Russia, but merely weaken it by hooking its people to over consumption of European rather than Chinese products. In moves clearly in opposition to Baltic zionationalists, Germany and Russia are about to circumvent the Baltic countries by laying a gas pipeline along the bottom of the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, France has negotiated with Russia a deal that sells it four Mistral class warships and purchases from Russia 14 Soyuz rocket boosters.
The Baltic zionationalists are countering the projects of Germany and France by puffing up NATO military exercises. [Is this not like digging a hole for a meteriorite to fall in?] Starting Saturday, March 17th (to 20th) various types of fighter planes will thunder over my head in the Latvian countryside to impress an unmentioned antagonist. Will these exercises impress at a time when the zionationalism in Latvia has suffered the people huge economic losses not only due to corruption in the government and business circles, but because of a failure to integrate the nation’s 6:3:1 ethnic ratio into 1? The propaganda that tells the public that the zionationalist government in office is the bridge that spans economic failures in the past and present to economic success in the near future has the smell of something rotten in Riga about it.
Asterisk & Notes of Interest:
* My comments on Kaupo are based on a paper by Renate Kākliņa, “Vēstītāja perspektīva Kaupo tēla interpretācijās”, Kultūras Forums, January 22-29.
On material depravation in Latvia.
On the theme of “more-equal-than-others” see George Orwell's "Animal Farm".
A recommended read: “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism” by Emmanuel Goldstein (A book within a book from George Orwell's "1984").
Of great interest to me is this and like articles. It presents some of my reasons for supporting the growing of Johns Grass in Latvia.
These blogs tend to be a continuum of an idea or thought, which is why—if you are interested in what you read—you are encouraged to consider reading the previous blog and the blog hereafter.
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