The Silence of the President re: Ukraine

January 28th, 2014 by Blackminorca

This article raises critical issues.

6 Responses to “The Silence of the President re: Ukraine”

  1. Khalid says:

    What about Nestor Makhno? Now there was a true Cossack. During WWI, and, the Russian Civil War, he fought against the Reds,the Whites, and, the Germans, to establish an independent anarcho-socialist state in South-Eastern Ukraine. Makhno didn’t cotton to the Menonites, and, wasn’t overly fond of Jews. Between campaigns, he indulged himself in drunken debaucheries. These personal traits speak for themselves. Nestor Makhno epitomized the free Cossack tradition. He was no different than Stenka Razin, or, Pugachev. He rose from nothing to leadership of an agrarian anarcho-socialist state, and, the command of it’s army.

    Makhno was a poor stable-hand in his youth, he shares that experience with Taras Shevchenko, but, differs from the great poet, in that, poverty caused him to make a hard-left political turn upon reaching the age of reason. Being of a practical, rather than, poetic mind, Makhno demonstrated martial brilliance as commander of the Black Army, turning back the last gasp offensive of Wrangel. He also pioneered the use of horse-cart mounted machine-guns, tachankas, in mobile warfare. At the height of Makno’s military success, Trotsky turned on him, and, attacked his rear. The Black Army was defeated, and, Makhno had to flee Ukraine with the Cheka on his heels. He ended his days in exile in Paris.

  2. Blackminorca says:

    Anarchists hardly adhere to the Cossack tradition of God, democracy, seperation of powers, and the general rule of law.
    http://www.lucorg.com/block.php/block_id/26

    The Cossack Constitution lent much to the US one – the oldest and most successful constitutional democratic republic in the history of the world.

  3. Khalid says:

    I said “free” Cossack, not the tamed Cossacks the Tsars used to oppress the Russian peasants, and, workers.
    In the beginning, the Cossacks were runaway serfs who had adopted the ways of the Tartars in order to survive on the steppes. If a serf could make it all the way to the Sich, he could ask to join the Cossack host. Off, course, while fleeing to the Sich, he had to avoid being robbed, and/or, murdered by the very same Cossacks he was coming to join.
    Before being broken by the Tsars, the Cossacks were quintessential Anarchists. If a hetman displeased his host he could be trussed up, and, thrown into a river. Every real Cossack made, and, lived, by his own law. Jews were considered “open season” prey, and, could be plundered at will. The romantic view of the Cossacks seems to lack any mention of their fondness for banditry.

  4. Blackminorca says:

    We imagine that whatever you call whatever might have existed but Cossacks were always regimented and governed by rules, especially in the earliest days when serfs escaped and joined together to fight the Tartars.

    http://education.yahoo.com/reference/encyclopedia/entry/Cossacks

  5. Khalid says:

    Besides the hired Cossacks, there were others who admitted no lord over them—the free Cossacks, the Russian equivalent to the free warrior Cossacks of the Tartars.

    By 1474, free Cossacks of both Slav, and, Tartar origin, were operating beyond the frontier watch-posts, in the no-man’s-land of the steppes. Tartar Cossacks, roaming the country between the Volga, and, the Don, were ‘accounted valiant, as they plunder both Circassians, and, Russians,’ and, Genoese traders knew of ‘robbers, and, Cossacks,’ of Moscow who were just as indiscriminate in selecting their prey. Beyond the reach of all authority, Tartar, or, Russian, these wild marauders threatened any intruder into the rolling prairie, and, helped earn it the name of ‘the wild country’ (dikoye pole). ‘Only occasionally, Cossacks cut across it, seeking, as is their way, someone to swallow up…For they live by plunder, are subject to no man, and, run across the broad, and, empty steppes in bands of three, six,ten,twenty,sixty and more men.’

    Longworth, Philip,”The Cossacks,”London:Constable & Company Ltd.(1969)p.15.

  6. Khalid says:

    Not a scholar, eh? Too bad. We could of had an interesting historical discussion. Perhaps, you are a literary person. In that case, we could e-chat about “Quiet Flows the Don,” by Sholokhov. I seem to be the only commenter on your blog, indulge me.

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