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CharlesXII do you plan on reading the new Gorbachev biography

getting a ton of hype https://www.amazon.com/Gorbachev-L...
Krampusnacht
  09/14/17
Definitely going to read that.
LathamTouchedMe
  09/14/17
I fully intend to Youtube my going to Russia to piss and shi...
ARE Reptile
  09/14/17
"A more reviled figure is difficult to imagine. Joseph ...
LathamTouchedMe
  10/12/17
It's not on my immediate radar. I'm not as interested in mod...
ColdplayXII
  09/14/17
tyft I think I'm gonna read it tho
Krampusnacht
  09/15/17
It's a really nice book. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm fascina...
LathamTouchedMe
  10/12/17
Basically everyone is a skeptic/critic of our system, at lea...
Baby, there's Trump outside (blankbump=/=endorse)
  10/12/17
Agreed. I drew some parallels with my own life. Though it wa...
LathamTouchedMe
  10/12/17
HyperNormalisation is a 2016 BBC documentary by British film...
.,......,.,.,.,:,,:.,,.,::;.,..,:,.,,:..;,,:.::,,
  10/12/17
Might check out alexei's book too. I saw someone else post a...
LathamTouchedMe
  10/12/17


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Date: September 14th, 2017 2:46 PM
Author: Krampusnacht

getting a ton of hype

https://www.amazon.com/Gorbachev-Life-Times-William-Taubman-ebook/dp/B06XKFP455/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1505414799&sr=8-1

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34210816)



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Date: September 14th, 2017 2:58 PM
Author: LathamTouchedMe

Definitely going to read that.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34210881)



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Date: September 14th, 2017 3:13 PM
Author: ARE Reptile

I fully intend to Youtube my going to Russia to piss and shit all over his grave though I expect it will be difficult due to the 50 foot high mountain of shit others will leave there before I even get a chance. A more reviled figure is difficult to imagine. Joseph Stalin polls higher than Gorbachev.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34210984)



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Date: October 12th, 2017 11:33 AM
Author: LathamTouchedMe

"A more reviled figure is difficult to imagine. Joseph Stalin polls higher than Gorbachev."

Yep. This is mentioned in the introduction. Gorbachev enjoys high favorability in the West (including among those leaders he worked and met with) and is detested in Russia. He takes most of the blame for what happened in the 90's after he resigned. What's fascinating is reading masha gessen's biography of Putin right before Gorbie's biography. Gessen portrays Putin as a greedy thug with gaudy taste. Gorbie comes off as a friendly intellectual (though at times vain) who can chat with everyone from rural peasants (where he grew up) to professors.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34424759)



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Date: September 14th, 2017 5:36 PM
Author: ColdplayXII (CharlesXII)

It's not on my immediate radar. I'm not as interested in modern biographies. For recent history I prefer topical nonfiction.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34212110)



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Date: September 15th, 2017 9:18 AM
Author: Krampusnacht

tyft

I think I'm gonna read it tho

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34216199)



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Date: October 12th, 2017 11:26 AM
Author: LathamTouchedMe

It's a really nice book. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm fascinated by how a lot of reformers/liberals/skeptics like Gorbachev knew the system was garbage way back in the 60's but largely kept quiet and acquiesced. Beyond the spotlight on Gorbachev, it's a good insight into the details of Soviet governance, education, and economy.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34424699)



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Date: October 12th, 2017 11:29 AM
Author: Baby, there's Trump outside (blankbump=/=endorse)

Basically everyone is a skeptic/critic of our system, at least privately, and it persists

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34424720)



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Date: October 12th, 2017 11:35 AM
Author: LathamTouchedMe

Agreed. I drew some parallels with my own life. Though it was a lot worse for them. It was really a question of acquiescing or being banished. There wasn't much flexibility in their system, lol.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34424773)



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Date: October 12th, 2017 11:43 AM
Author: .,......,.,.,.,:,,:.,,.,::;.,..,:,.,,:..;,,:.::,,


HyperNormalisation is a 2016 BBC documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis. In the film, Curtis argues that since the 1970s, governments, financiers, and technological utopians have given up on the complex "real world" and built a simple "fake world" that is run by corporations and kept stable by politicians. The film was released on 16 October 2016 on the BBC iPlayer.[2]

The term "hypernormalisation" is taken from Alexei Yurchak's 2006 book Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation, about the paradoxes of life in the Soviet Union during the 20 years before it collapsed.[3][4] A professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley,[5] he argues that everyone knew the system was failing, but as no one could imagine any alternative to the status quo, politicians and citizens were resigned to maintaining a pretence of a functioning society.[6] Over time, this delusion became a self-fulfilling prophecy and the "fakeness" was accepted by everyone as real, an effect that Yurchak termed "hypernormalisation".[7]

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34424833)



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Date: October 12th, 2017 2:59 PM
Author: LathamTouchedMe

Might check out alexei's book too. I saw someone else post about the documentary and "hypernormalization".

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=3731889&forum_id=2#34426444)