BY DAVIDMURRAYLAW@GMAIL.COM

Big Daddy Xi, Putin the Poisoner

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bid Daddy Xi was the name commonly used in the PRC press for the Chinese leader until 2016 when it was officially abandoned, with the argument that one did not want to establish another personality cult in China…. Putin the Poisoner is the name Alexei Navalny gave to the Russian President after being condemned to his most recent jail sentence in 2021.

 

 

You determine what happens to your nation

 

not by free speech and democratic election

 

but by incarceration and defenestration

 

envenomation and other forms of execution:

 

  • murder

 

 

You hold to the conviction

 

that democracy’s strengths are a fiction 

 

that in this and future centuries

 

will dominate the autocracies

 

  • -whilst contemporary history tells a different tale

 

 

Democracies are far from perfect

 

recently many have suffered serious neglect

 

they need large-scale reform

 

as for any socio-political construct is the norm

 

  • but they have a capacity for renewal that autocracies do not

 

 

Do you really think that a government that seeks to control

 

its people’s choices – political, economic and moral

 

can command the support of a population that however seemingly obeying and subdued

 

feels fundamentally screwed

 

  • this is to fly in the face of history

 

 

You can beat your drums

 

you can sound your guns

 

but it is clear that your writ

 

is to stay on the job until you (non-violently) die in it

 

  • your peoples will eventually challenge this course

 

 

You Vlad, you Xi

 

this is a plea

 

for you to recall your Marx

 

and what he had to say about how information and its exchange

 

  • this are key factors driving social change

 

 

These are your Achilles’ heels

 

challenging the ideals

 

on which rest your power, suggesting all Is well

 

between you and your clientele

 

  • it isn’t and you know it

 

 

Your days are numbered

 

your sins will be remembered

 

you can seek refuge in an African chateau

 

but your legacy your peoples will know

 

  • -and hold in contempt for generations to come.

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