In Russia, conspiracy theories are particularly prevalent. In a country wrought with corruption and subversiveness, conspiracy theories are a norm. Although most of them may prove not to be true, it does show something cool about these people of Russia. It shows their longings and needs in their lands that have been held with false hopes.
The writer of this particular article illuminates a specific theory. He says that during the 1990’s, Russia was in dire need of international help, but at the time, Communism was already thought of as the archenemy of capitalism. In turn, Russia fakes its collapse. Soon after, America begins to poor in with its capitalism. While bringing in economic aid, they also bring in income disparity with their capitalism. Like the Manifesto suggests, Russia will rise up, like a Phoenix. It was start a movement. As people will soon come to understand the flaws of Capitalism, Russians will be led by the next communist party, and begin a massive uprising to bring back communism.
The people didn’t like communism before because they haven’t ever really experienced Capitalism. Russia began in a feudalistic state straight to communism and haven’t ever gotten the chance to understand Capitalism. Now that it has, they can maybe take advantage of these feelings and start going back to their old ways.
However, this is all a rumor. But I think the story is particularly interesting because as Anthropologists, we can use these stories to understand the people. Their sufferings they face is really prevalent in this certain case because it shows how much they wish to live comfortably, without really having to worry about the next days meal or the human rights violations they may face everyday.
But you never know, maybe Russia will rise again like a Phoenix. And maybe, Communism hasn’t really failed. Maybe, us Americans are the bad guys, people incapable of understanding true happiness due to the disillusions of Capitalism. This story illuminates some many questions that American Anthropologists could tackle in a direction of open-mindedness if they ever really want to understand anything about people.