Vladimir Milov served under Vladimir Putin as his Deputy Energy Minister. Since then they had a little fall out. US General H. R. McMaster interviewed him for his show ‘Battlegrounds’ (organized by the Hoover Institute). In the interview Mister Milov shares with us some insights into Putin’s rise, the inner workings of the administration in Russia and the attitude of the public. The full recording is long and you find it here.
This video summarises and adds illustrations to the audio. Unfortunately, the microphone and/or sound setting of the original document are not great and I do not know how to improve on that. If somebody can clean it up and make it available to me, I will re-upload it with the polished sound. But in any event it is easily comprehensible still. On some segments (notably at the beginning) the voice modulation sounds strange. This is because my cuts “corrected” grammar flaws or pre-empted an interruption of the interviewer that make listening to it rather more difficult. They do not misrepresent Vladimir Milov’s views (and everybody can check the original to prove me right).
On the 2nd December the EU Commission issued a statement on their official website that reports on the assurance of the German government to prevent ultra-vires verdicts of its courts. “Ultra vires” are cases about alleged power overreaches of an institution. The conflict that sparked the utter submission of our legal system under the arbitrary rule of the EU resulted from a struggle between the German Supreme Court and the EU Court of Justice over the rightfulness of the national central bank’s bond-buying activities abroad. I explain the details in the video. The website with the note is this one: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/inf_21_6201
The Bundesrat (roughly comparable to the US Senate) has passed a law to monitor our heating habits. The lawmakers say that they want us to learn how to heat ‘consciously’ (German: bewussten und sparsamen Umgang mit Wärmeenergie anzuregen). A snitching, remotely accessible heating meter is to be mandated on all new installments and existing heaters will be fitted with one by the end of 2026 at the latest. On our utility bills we will not only see our energy use compared to that of the previous year, but also to the AVERAGE of OTHER RESIDENTS.
Our public broadcaster aired a speech by Detlef Flintz which sounds like a page from the Great Reset playbook. And it is shockingly direct. Yes, you will consume less. Yes, you will be forced. Yes, you will produce differently. Yes, masses will have to rely on welfare. Yes, we will rebrand it as basic income. Yes, we do make comforting promises about its sufficiency. Telling the masses these things plainly is so far the most brash test balloon that I have seen.
Harrison Mwilima at Deutsche Welle, which is a leg of the German public broadcasting system, has designed a new form of cooperation between Africa and Europe: Europe denies all its interests and African regimes get everything they want.
For that to work Europeans have to listen. Currently they work with dictators, he abhors, just to curb migration. They should rather listen to same dictators, he proposes. The piece is another intellectual gem highlighting the quality of German public broadcasting.
If you want to control men, you must kill his wishes, aspirations, and everything that is holy to him. Sneer and derision can destroy what logical arguments can’t. Ayn Rand analyzed in her novel “The Fountainhead” the mechanism of authoritarianism. Amidst our freedom-suffocating crisis there are some who enjoy themselves way too much.
Elisabeth Raether smells blood. The death of capitalism is in the air. Her article, co-signed by ZEIT deputy editor-in-chief Bernd Ulrich and Correspondent for Economics Mark Schiertz, exhilarates in the face of the death of ambition, of market demand, and of hope. The title: Do I Need This? (German: Brauch ich das?)
Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner and her French equivalent Didier Guillaume have announced that they will work towards a ban of chick shredders. That sounds nice. Chicks look cute, after all. But wait! Male chicks? Sorry, as an unashamed macho I sometimes get distracted… The reality is that looks aren’t everything (outside of dating, of course) and we wouldn’t make as much fuss over rodents or fish with comparable brain sizes. There are no mature technologies to detect the sex before hatching. Alternative ways to reorganize agricultural production are certainly more expensive and low food prices are only a disposable luxury for the bourgeoisie that simply has too much money.
Angela Merkel’s speech to the Employers Day (Arbeitgebertag) is the perfect opportunity to dive into the collectivist, welfare-addled mindset that cripples our country. Her aggregation of power is centered around making “representatives” of various demographics chummy with one another at the cost of those who they supposedly represent. Merkel regards continental Europe as a system between capitalist America and the communist China. Between the hand-out grabbers and the cold competition, she sees the “challenges” of our time sandwiched: digitalisation and climate change. Both challenges must – of course – be tackled top-down and with an iron fist.