And now the Soviets…er, forgive me, the Russian Federation, is leveling the nasty charge that the interim Ukrainian government is acting like a bunch of Nazis. Oh really? Nazis? Like the party of Hitler that murdered more than 12 million people as their “final solution” and conducted sadistic experiments on human subjects that only the worst kind of psychopath would condone? Those guys? Really?
Vladimir Putin, who is little more than the newest Russian dictator, had his underlings play the Nazi card in an effort to condemn and damage the Ukraine’s new government as they move away from his control and towards the European Union, and Democracy.
It might be considered a type of “transference?”
There are various definitions of the psychological principle of “transference.” It’s been a long time since “Psych-101,” but basically, it means transferring the characteristics of one person, perhaps a person from your childhood, onto another person, possibly someone you just met who might look like that other person from your past. The two people look alike, therefore, you expect them to exhibit similar character traits. Simple enough, isn’t it?
I need you to go to intellectual afterburners, and consider a type of collective transference that is being used not only by the Russians, but by some American politicians, as well.
It’s what the Russians did, when they accused the interim Ukrainian government of behaving like Nazis. It is of course a ridiculous overstatement. So ridiculous, that people are likely to be caught off-guard. Which is, in part, the effect the Russians were going for. They not only want to do as much damage as possible to the new Ukrainian government, they also want to put up a smokescreen, hiding the fact, that it is not the interim Ukrainian government that’s acting like Nazis. It’s the Russians, who are Nazi-like in their new dictatorship, which, despite the glowing cloak of the Olympic Games, is becoming ever more fascist, throwing demonstrators in prison for protesting against the rigged election of Vladimir Putin, sentencing performers to prison for demonstrating inside a church, and on and on, which begs the question of why Russia was given the honor of hosting the Games?
According to Amnesty International, this current Russian Government, is the most repressive gang of thugs to take control of the Russian people since the fall of the Soviet Union. It’s their behavior that is increasingly reminiscent of the Nazis, while they transfer what they are doing onto the interim government in Ukraine, which is moving not toward Fascism, but away from the iron fist of fascism and toward Democracy.
Putin’s greatest fear has to be that what’s happening in Ukraine, might spread across the border, threatening his repressive, regressive, regime. So he transfers what he is, his very political and homophobic essence, onto the interim government in Ukraine, to cloud our vision of what’s truly going on. It’s happened here in the U.S., as well.
Remember when George W. Bush did the same thing, comparing President Obama to “Nazi appeasers?” Isn’t that the same as saying the President approves of Naziism? Didn’t the Neocon partiers receive the message, all the way down the line? Of course they did. Remember the swastika picket signs at the right-wing rallies? Think they came up with that on their own? What rubbish. It was reality in reverse. Transference.
It was the Bush/Cheney regime and not Mr. Obama, that set aside whole articles of the United States Constitution, debasing due process, further stripping away our privacy rights and giving open approval to torture and the wholesale warrantless spying of Americans on American soil. Moving us away from our representative democracy and towards Fascism. Giving control to those wealthy enough to buy it, while the American middle class continues to be devastated, all the while hiding their wrongdoing beneath a thick layer of verbal smoke by suggesting President Obama is guilty of their past deeds.
“It’s not us! We didn’t do it! He’s the one acting like a Nazi!”
It’s the Putin gang of thugs and the Bush/Cheney Neocons that seek absolute control, moving us away from our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms and into Fascism, be it through control by the corporatocracy and the wealthy elite in America or by a post-Soviet regime employing tactics of the KGB in the Russian Federation.
Anyone who crosses these people is likely to be called a Nazi, a conspiracy nutcase or worse, as they transfer their characteristics onto the opposition.
“It’s not me, it’s them. They are guilty of doing what I already did, but now wish to hide and deny.”
It’s terribly confusing, highly effective and maddening. This form of transference, along with regularly updated talking points, have permitted the far-right to confuse and coerce the thinking of millions of Americans who have been duped into believing that which will do them the most harm is in their best interest. And they believe it with a zeal comparable to religious conviction, regardless of how outrageous, improper and un-American it might be.
Just today, the breaking story was once again about right-wing rocker Ted Nugent, who again complained about the Obama Administration because of what he thinks are its “similarities to Nazi Germany.” Imagine that.