In 1961 the brilliant French astronomer Audouin Dollfus ruled that “Moscow is a state of mind.”
It was a rather innocent remark. Ever since the far side of the Moon was photographed by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 in 1959, Soviet astronomers had been insisting that one of the “seas” on the far side be named Mare Moscoviense (the Sea of Moscow). American astronomers objected to the proposals reminding the world community of astronomers that the established tradition for naming the lunar maria was to use names that denote either a condition of nature or a state of mind. In 1961, while presiding over the meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Berkeley, California, Dollfus solved the problem by ruling that “Moscow is a state of mind,” and therefore there was no problem in naming a lunar mare after Moscow. Even though the ruling was on favor of the Soviets, they did not like Dollfus’s ingenious solution.
For once Dollfus, who was responsible for multiple discoveries on planets and satellites in the Solar System, made a discovery here on out own planet, without using a telescope, or spectral readings, or anything other specialized tool. Yes, Moscow at the time was a state of mind more than it was a capital of a nation.
Moscow was full of inner contradictions in the early 1960s. Just a few years after the death of Stalin, Moscow was struggling to cast off the memories of its Stalinist past, and yet it didn’t want to cast off the Communist doctrine that created Stalinism. It desperately wanted to prove its ability to create better welfare for the workers, and it constantly failed, lagging behind the capitalist West. Those were the years when the Soviets killed a few dozen of their best pilots in failed attempts to get man in space, only to prove how much superior they were to America. At the same time, 40+ percent of the territory of the Soviet Union was without electricity, and Russian families lived in komunalki. These were the years when Khrushchev used his shoe to bang on his delegate-desk in the United Nations; and these were the years when he promised America, “We will bury you,” while at same time buying millions of tons of grain and meat from America to feed the Russians, left starving from the successes of the collectivized agriculture.
Moscow was a lunatic asylum at the time; that’s exactly how it was described by many Russian dissidents living there. It was a collective case of schizophrenia, paranoia, and inferiority complex combined with maniacal behavior, not only among the Party elite but among the general population as well, being the victim of the official policies of a schizophrenic totalitarian government. So when Audouin Dollfus said “Moscow is a state of mind,” he said a truth that transcended the specific meaning he meant.
Washington DC is a state of mind these days. More specifically, schizophrenia.
We have Democrat politicians who claim to represent the lower economic classes in the society, and the American workers. Very few of these Democrat politicians have net worth lower than one million dollars. Even fewer are those that ever worked in a factory.
Those same Democrats claim to be against the corporations while receiving record donations from those same corporations.
We have Republicans who vow to fight the socialist policies of the Democrats, and then turn around and create their own socialist policies. (Ask Romney about how bad Obamacare is.)
We have environmentalists who decry carbon and pollution, while driving around in gigantic SUVs and living in spacious houses that need a couple of thousand of dollars a month for air-conditioning.
We have groups of political activists who protest against Wall Street and then vote for Obama who is supported by the money of that same Wall Street.
We have war hawks who are out there to fight wars and then they do everything to prolong the wars instead of winning them, or just get out of there before it’s too late.
We have Congressmen who vote for tax increases and then cheat on their tax-return forms.
We have politicians who speak against inflation and then do nothing to end that creator of inflation, the Federal Reserve.
We have a President who comes in the name of “the poor and the oppressed” in this country and then uses his office to extort as much money for his private gain as possible, using even his daughters to cheat the taxpayers out of their money. That same President says things exactly the opposite to what he has said before, and he doesn’t seem to even comprehend the contradictions in his own words.
We have a Federal Reserve Chairman that admits we are in trouble, and then pledges trillions of dollars to bail-out Greece.
We have political pundits that call the peaceful Tea Party events “terrorism” and the violence and the chaos of the leftist mobs “peaceful protest.”
The list can be expanded.
Washington DC is not a capital anymore. It is a state of mind, or rather, of mindlessness. It is a lunatic asylum.
It needs to be isolated from the rest of the nation. For its own good, and for the good of everyone else.