Monday, August 12, 2013

Why calls to boycott Sochi 2014 highlight western double standards

Above you can watch an extract from a new interview with me on RT questioning why Stephen Fry is focusing on Russia, and not on the many countries which have a far worse record on gay rights.


Nick said...

I think we're all guilty of double standards in this matter - east and west, governments and individuals (like Mr Fry for instance) alike. So why pick on just one side?

Vladimir Gagic said...

As far as the reference to Nazi Germany, Ernest Rohm, the chief of staff of the SA and Hitler's patron, was gay, as were many other members of the nascent Nazi party. For details see the book "The Order of the Death's Head: The Story of Hitler's SS" by Hohne.

Just because a person happens to be homosexual, or heterosexual for that matter, doesn't mean that person automatically has a monopoly on morality.

The Russian law may be wrong, but it is will of the people. In came up from the masses, not down from the elite. If Westerners really want to improve the well being homosexual men and women in Russia, then improve the well being of all Russians, regardless of identities.

That means meaningful jobs and basic necessities like law and order. It is no coincidence the American civil rights movement happened during the great economic expansion of the Keynsenian 1960s and not in the middle of the Great Depression. That same logic would apply to Russia today.