The leadership that has lead them into their version of Criminal Capitalism Inc. is, however, another matter altogether.
Russia itself. It's great technical capability. It's great ability to work stoically through tremendous adversity. That we need very much. Just as we need the abilities of the Chinese, the Europeans, the countries of the Pacific Rim; the Indians, the countries of Central and South America, and Africa and all the rest (and please folks, lets not let an arbitrary listing, or its order, suggest anyone less, or more than anther).
The real irony here, of course, is that we have our own branch of Criminal Capitalism Inc. to deal with as well. That's a big part of what makes this so difficult, and why, to what should be our everlasting shame, so many of our own are ready to make common cause with the corruption, abuse of power, and outright evil, that Criminal Capitalism Inc. does willfully, and with great resolve .
Then you have the fundamental obsolescence of Capitalism on top of that to deal with as well. So you can see we have a lot on our plate with which we must attend. And either we deal with it or, as the old street saying goes, it will deal with us; and not at all to our liking, or long term interests. Something that we have in common with our planet as well, as is only too painfully obvious.
This is why we must begin to prepare ourselves for the need to take more direct action. Because it may indeed come down to us; all of us working, hourly wage people, as well as the salaried who represent the low, and mid level management class, and the still true to the entrepreneurial spirit entrepreneurs. All of us must prepare to take the direct action of work stoppages across as much of this nation as we can possibly muster. Because that may ultimately be the only way we will make them listen. That this old, toxically mutated form of economic operating system has had its day and must be replaced if we are to continue on as a species, on a living planet.
I can only hope that the people of Russia can see this as well; the people who once, at least pretended to think, quite highly of the working people not only in their own country, but in the rest of the world as well. Time will tell as always but I remain hopeful with the same resolve as those who who seek to crush all sense of hope.