Anthrax 2001, a spaced odyssey

Introductory essay:

Anthrax Story Features:

“When, in 1934, Stalin had a Leningrad party boss killed–and then wept at the man’s funeral, railing at the enemies of Russia–a uniquely modern phenomenon, which I shall call state vendetta, was born.  State vendetta is somewhere between conventional warfare and mafia violence.  Where the narrow aim of the former is to suppress a specific enemy, and the indiscriminate aim of the latter is to terrorize all rivals, state vendetta is closer to ritual assassination.  Blending secrecy with rumor, death with propaganda, the totalitarian chieftan or oligarchic group aims above all to manipulate public opinion, terrifying the populace into submission.  The elimination of a specific opponent is never the issue.”
…”More recently, circumstances surrounding the events of September 11, 2001, have been interpreted by a majority of the population in ways that differ markedly from the official version, yet the fear of being branded a conspiracy monger effectively deters the average citizen from delving too deeply into the controversy.  This is precisely the sort of emasculation of public opinion that state vendetta aims to achieve.”
…”Given such symbiosis, any observer of the epoch who is not a conspiracy theorist is not deserving of the name of historian, while any citizen of democracy who is afraid to read his books is not deserving of the name of citizen.”
— Andrei Navrozov,  June 2010 issue of CHRONICLES



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