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Bonfire of the sanities
Russia’s Beer Nativism

aa5ed876-4a8a-11e5-_963842cNationalist activists are showing their love for Mother Russia by destroying foreign beer as a way to promote domestic food products in the wake of the self-harming food import ban that the Kremlin introduced as a counter to Western sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. The London Times reports:

A group of ultra-conservative Cossacks, spearheaded by a rock star, have marched into a supermarket and ripped apart cans of “unpatriotic” booze.

In an apparent response to western sanctions, Stas Baretsky, 43, a former vocalist with the Moscow-based band Leningrad, joined the Orthodox Union of Cossacks in their campaign of destruction in St Petersburg.

As a crowd of onlookers gathered, he ripped apart a can of Danish lager with his teeth, spraying foam everywhere. “Don’t we have our own beer?” he asked. “Have all our beer factories been closed down?” […]

Mr Baretsky joined the Cossacks in their search for American and European Union produce to destroy. He said that he had been named “minister of culture” for the Cossack group. “We are in a state of Cold War with the European Union,” Andrei Polyakov, the Cossack leader, said. “Europe causes us trouble, and we have to feed it by buying its goods?”

Earlier in August, Moscow tightened the terms of the ban by ordering any that any contraband comestibles be destroyed. That’s been followed by the public crushing and burning of a many picnics’-worth of such foreign products as Dutch flowers, Spanish Ham, and French cheese. Strangely enough, beer isn’t even on the list of prohibited products.

At the end of the 1400’s in Florence, the social pendulum swung wildly and frequently between moralizing conservatism and orgiastic, opulent hedonism. It was there that Dominican priest Girolamo Savonarola and his followers rose up at the end of a particularly decadent period and ransacked the city’s homes for sinful objects like games for gambling on, fancy clothing, expensive non-religious artwork, and, most famously, mirrors. They burned the loot in the town square—the so-called bonfire of the vanities.

Just like in Florence (and hopefully not like that other great historical incident of burning cultural objects), the Russian protests are a jarring demonstration of how much and how quickly cultural moods can change. The relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated further and faster than almost anyone had imagined it might. It’s been less than two years since the invasion of Crimea. Remember the reset?

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  • JR

    I didn’t know Uncle Fester was Russian.

  • fastrackn1

    Such a great piece of land, with so many resources…what a waste. And they will never be able to get their heads out of their….

    Russians are such an embarrassment to the white race….

    • Tom

      The people doing this are such an embarrassment to the human race.

      FTFY.

      • Andrew Allison

        Thanks. The people who are doing this are hooligans, of which we have our fair share of such right here.

      • fastrackn1

        “FTFY.”

        No…as always, I meant what I said.

        One only needs to look at the history of the country….

        • Tom

          Trust me, I am well aware of your…issues, all of which you somehow managed to pack into the last sentence of your post.

          • fastrackn1

            I only deal in reality…not the mindset of the PC, enablers, white guilt, liberal elite, or the worst of the bunch…compassionate conservatives.

            If, when we had a chance, we would have done to the Russians what we did to the American Indians, the world would now be a much calmer and safer place…and we would have saves trillions of dollars.
            Do you think we should give all our possessions back to the Indians and go live in teepees and worship the wolf?

            Those who deal in reality don’t have “issues”, those who don’t, do….

          • Tom

            Anyone who deals in categories such as “the white race” does not deal in reality, but in the PC fantasies of a hundred years ago.
            Anyone who believes the world would be a better place had we done to Russia what Hitler wanted to do to it is even more bonkers.

          • fastrackn1

            “Anyone who deals in categories such as “the white race” does not deal in reality, but in the PC fantasies of a hundred years ago.”

            I have absolutely no idea what the heck your statement means…it makes no sense.
            But I will say that the white race IS reality no matter how much you want to wish it away. It is also the race that brought us the great civilization and comfortable lifestyle many of us enjoy, including yourself as you type away on your keyboard there…Tom….

            I figure you are either a woman, a minority, a liberal, white and riddled with white guilt, or an intellectual (weak minded person who thinks intellect and peace can solve all problems).

            “Anyone who believes the world would be a better place had we done to Russia what Hitler wanted to do to it is even more bonkers.”

            Hmmm…so let’s make a weak attempt to take the high road and bring Hitler into the conversation…no thanks.

            So let’s start here.
            Okay, do you believe the world is a better place because the USA exists? Yes or no?
            Do you believe the USA would exist if we hadn’t done to the Indians what we did to them? Yes or no?
            Do you believe the world is a better and safer place because Russia exists? Yes or no?

          • Tom

            “I figure you are either a woman, a minority, a liberal, white and riddled with white guilt, or an intellectual (weak minded person who thinks intellect and peace can solve all problems).”

            None of the above, thanks for playing.

            “Okay, do you believe the world is a better place because the USA exists? Yes or no?”
            Yes
            “Do you believe the USA would exist if we hadn’t done to the Indians what we did to them? Yes or no?”
            If by “what we did to them” you mean the broad “replaced subsistence agriculture and nomadic lifestyles with industrial agriculture,” then no. If you mean “ran roughshod over them just because we felt like it,” then yes.
            “Do you believe the world is a better and safer place because Russia exists? Yes or no?”

            Compared to polity what your method would create, yes.

          • fastrackn1

            Right..the USA exists because we exterminated the Indians and created the greatest and most comfortable civilization in history. By the existence of the USA, many millions of lives were saved and made better through medicine and technology…many more millions than the number of Indians we exterminated.

            We didn’t run “roughshod over them just because we felt like it”. Do you think the Indians and Mexicans would have simply given us the land the USA occupies?…no, we had to remove them. Brutal and nasty…very much, but it is just Darwinism in action…survival of the fittest.

            “Compared to the polity your method would create, yes.”
            I was talking about the USA having a chance or two in history to invade Russia and remove the native people to the point where they are inconsequential so that we could occupy the land and make it part of the USA, or something along those lines (USA-type “polity”).
            How much pain and suffering by non-Russian people has occurred around the world and over the years, because Russia always has to support the opposite side that we do in any conflict, no matter how nasty the government on the other side is? How many screwed up governments have we had to support, that we don’t want to support, but have to, so we can keep Russia on the ropes as much as possible? I could go on and on with the global consequences of Russia’s existence. Millions and millions of lives, trillions of dollars, untold pain and suffering, and so much of USA’s time wasted fighting them instead of making the world an even better and more comfortable place.
            Imagine how much more of a benefit the USA eliminating Russia would have been to the world than the screwed up, anti-USA mess, Russia has created over the years. The benefits we would be realizing now are almost unimaginable.

            Now imagine trying to take land from the Indians and create a place like the USA now days because of all the PC BS the human race is mired in….

            Regarding the ‘white race’ thing, I am white and damn proud of it. I am not going to kowtow to any of the PC garbage everyone seems to be so afraid of, nor feel even a tiny bit guilty about what my race has done in to others history, or about saying what I think about my race.
            Those who have a problem with anything ‘white race’ better remember who crea…as they sit at their computer, on the internet, in their climate controlled house, with the lights on, watching their big screen, planning their flight to Europe, having a few cars in the driveway….

          • Tom

            If we’d actually exterminated the American Indians, wouldn’t there be…well…no American Indians?
            The sort of polity that we would have to become in order to order the slaughter of the Russian people in their entirety would have proceeded to do the same elsewhere. We wouldn’t be supporting bad governments because there would be no one left there to govern.
            As to being proud or ashamed of being white…bah. My ancestors did great things, and they did terrible things. For myself, I’ll take neither pride nor guilt in anything I’ve not done personally, and can’t say as I think much of those who do.

          • fastrackn1

            “If we’d actually exterminated the American Indians, wouldn’t there be…well…no American Indians?”

            ?…that is all you can come up with to support your comments?
            …and I didn’t say ‘total’ extermination, I said “exterminated”, which is what we did.

            The polity that created the USA by the removal and extermination of the Indians and the Mexicans didn’t ‘proceed to do the same elsewhere” now did it Tom?…no it didn’t. And it didn’t ‘proceed to do the same elsewhere’ because of the extermination of many Indians during the creation of Canada either…did it?…no it didn’t.
            My point is simple, clear, and based on reality, not PC and other emotional nonsense. If we would have done to the Russians what we did to the Indians, the world would be a better and safer place for the reasons I previously stated, and more,…simple fact…Tom.

            So back to my initial comments that brought your first response.
            1. Russian lands and resources have gone to waste because they could have been used in a way that could have really benefited the human race.
            2. The Russians can’t get their heads out of their a**es, history has proved that.
            3. The Russians are an embarrassment to the white race…A. because they are WHITE, Tom,
            and B. because the white race is the race that has created our great civilization and all of it’s comfort and conveniences, and the Russians have contributed little to that compared to what they could have…it’s that simple Tom.

            You, as all of your type do, have provided no credible argument for your thoughts.
            I have provided overwhelming evidence based on human history (Reality), Tom…a reality that you and your emotional PC types all enjoy the fruits of…including those fought and died for by those ‘white’ ancestors.
            I am proud of my race and my country, and I have nothing but contempt for those who don’t.

            If you are going to reply to my comments, at least have something to back it up…not silliness like “FTFY”, in an attempt to take some PC-crap moral high ground, or score some up votes from the kitten-crowd on this blog.

  • FriendlyGoat
    • Andrew Allison

      But what about the Russian leadership [grin]?

      • FriendlyGoat

        Okay, good one. I applaud your jokesmanship today (without agreeing on the substance of it.)

  • Boritz

    he ripped apart a can of Danish lager with his teeth, spraying foam everywhere

    John Belushi lives.

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