…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

The Chernobyl anniversary came and went, an opportunity for the reason-challenged progies to rehash their anti-nuclear propaganda, with no mention of the real cause of the incident, i.e. inevitable decline of the workmanship and quality control under socialist management.

The images of some heavily decorated survivors reminded me of something, and it took some time to click. The woman, her clothing, medals and facial expression evoked the Russian female translator in Dad’s Army’s The Honourable Man episode. She, of course, was a faithful image of the Soviet heroines the Eastern Block media constantly presented.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose , in Russia in particular.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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