From Russia with Lvov
100 days of taking it hard in the tank at the pump to cancel a nation of 145 million.
Among the calamities of war may be jointly numbered the diminution of the love of truth, by the falsehoods which interest dictates and credulity encourages.
— Samuel Johnson (The Idler, 1758)
The diminution of the love of truth.
The greatest tragedy of our present age was summed up by a British lexicographer almost three centuries ago. This was apparently the first English language use of the popular idiom ‘truth is the first casualty of war’.
The endless diminution of the love of truth means we are always at war.
The perpetual wars of war-loving empires require managing the impressions of those wars and there is no way to effectively execute this mission without targeted censorship of sources and individuals who undermine those desired impressions.
There is no great fanfare in still discussing the
conflict ass-whupping of Ukraine. Deficient attention spans have done their job. The spectacle has faded, and that is always the best time to take an honest accounting of the follies and calamities that have transpired, often intentionally though often resulting in unintentional farce and comedy.
In February, the west effectively “canceled” all Russian sources, banning Russia Today from the curious eyes of the war empire’s subjects incapable of using a Virtual Privacy Network (VPN) to move their virtual location to Russia. In a globally interconnected world, an attempt to isolate and cancel an entire nation and its 145 million citizens is a folly only conceivable by myopic managerial midwits in the District of Corruption unqualified to operate the house of mirrors at a state fun fair.