Selling Russia: Retail, or Wholesale?

One thing that is immediately apparent as we move from Harvard/Dulles to Houston is that the conspiracists are constantly upping the ante.  Compared to the Houston Project, both Harvard and Dulles look like underachievers.  It is with the Houston Project (as elaborated by General Petrov and his many imitators) that conspiracists really start thinking big.

Harvard and Dulles confirm my earlier point about the apocalypse as local event: the end of Russia may as well be the end of the world (if you live in Russia).  The Houston Plan loops around to global annihilation while never losing sight of the centrality of Russia.

The Houston Plan goes back to the conspiratorial well (no, not anti-Semitism; that particular poisoned well was already tapped out by the Harvard Project):  the cabal of multinational schemers who really run the world.  Ironically (a word I realize I’ve been overusing, but it’s not my fault that irony is anti-Russian conspiracy’s primary byproduct), the renewed emphasis on the cabal is the result of a Western import.  By the beginning of the 21st century, many of the more popular English-language conspiratorial tracts are translated and published in Russia. John Coleman’s Conspirator’s Hierarchy: The Committee of 300 is repeatedly referenced in Houston and Houston-adjacent conspiratorial writings; as the title suggests, it describes the machinations of our true overlords.   Many of Coleman’s tropes were then picked up by RT/Russia Today, the Russian English-language television channel that has provided a home for the lunatic fringe.  

Thus Russian conspirators and Western conspirators end up speaking the same language, constantly referring to the Trilateral Commission, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Bilderberg Group. The Bilderberg Group is anelite club whose secrecy has sparked a predictable set of claims as to their true activity, and whose leaders (the “Olympians’) are conspiring to corrupt the world’s youth along the lines laid out in both the Protocols and the Dulles Plan.   If I am unable to think of their name as anything other than the “Build-A-Bear Group,” that, at least, is hardly their fault.   

The Houston Project is predicated on one of the obsessions of post-Soviet political culture: the fate of Russia’s natural riches.  The Project’s plan to destroy Russia as a state by dismembering it into dozens of tiny statelets is, at first glance, nothing more than a resource grab, supported by numerous fictitious quotes by Western leaders.  Since 2006, the Russian media and blogosphere have been claiming that former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lamented the injustice of Russia’s share of the world’s oil and mineral wealth (Siberia should therefore be under international control).

Albright herself has denied saying any such thing, while Putin has managed to have it both ways (“I’m not familiar with this quote by Madame Albright, but I know that such thoughts wander through the minds of certain politicians”). [1] This fake quote is part of a perfect feedback loop, reinforcing both the rapaciousness of Americans (and particularly the Clinton administration, responsible for the bombings in Serbia) and the greatness of Russia itself. And its way was paved by the Houston Project.  

For the Houston Project, the expropriation of Russian resources is only the beginning.  The real goal of Western conspirators is far more evil, and also a much more primal threat to blood-and-soil notions of Russian identity.  The Houston Project makes literal one of the primary metaphors of national betrayal: that Russia is being bought and sold.  Now the truth comes out: the West is plotting to take the Russian land itself.   Why?

To move there, of course. 

Next: The Last Resort Property


 [1] Anna Smolchenko, “Putting Words in Albright’s Mouth,” Moscow Times, November 7, 2007.