On Ukraine, and studying the past to make sense of the present.
Great read! As a US resident I also have avoided any takes on the war and your above summary/analysis is really refreshing and informative! 👏👏
Jen, thank you, this is wonderful. Please keep the thoughts coming. I learned a lot already.
Thank you for sharing this knowledge with us.
Omg please do a podcast.
Jen, I adore your willingness to speak up on tough topics, and do it so well informed and thought out. It’s not just a “bah im angry, they bad, I good” argument, but educated and relatable. I’m all for seeing more of that here and thank you for wanting to share 💖
Well said. I appreciate your research and the time you're putting into this. I've been watching BBC World News every morning before work and every night before bed, just to try to keep up with what's happening in Ukraine, and I have a few trusted Twitter sources, but there's just so much information. It can be overwhelming most days.
Great research, Jen! There is so much disinformation out there from nearly everyone. It was disheartening seeing leftist media warmongering just as you'd expect from the right. It's not atypical of the US, but still frustrating as most of its citizens want nothing to do with any wars.
I also appreciate you using your voice to share what you've learned in hopes of cutting through the clutter of media talking heads with agendas. I get why people say to separate the art from the artist, but that is pretty much impossible to do since one influences the other. This does makes it super easy to want to support you and other artists that take a critical idea to current world events. Look forward to learning more.
This is great practice to becoming a substitute Geography Teacher if you ever consider to be one 😉
That aside, it's a great read and I enjoyed the post. Thank you and it's good to have you back!
Thank you for this. I am definitely one of those who doesn’t have time to sift through all the info to figure out what is real or not, and I appreciate you sharing what you’ve learned.
This was a great read. Thanks for a balance of art + being human. As being a human means occasionally having to speak up, and you always do so with thought, care, and empathy.
Thank you for this! I hadn't read this post before suspending a ton of my subscriptions for a while (money issues!), but now that I've read it I have to re-start my payments here. :) It's so rare to find someone I follow, with a 'Western' perspective, actually willing to tackle this stuff. I follow a lot of the UK (and US) Left, and have been disappointed with the lack of historical knowledge around Russia/Ukraine. A lot of The Discourse seems to just date everything to post-1991, or even 2008 which is of course ridiculous. Anyway, I'm looking forward to more on this from you. <3
Makes me incredibly happy to see how I formed you are on the topic and that you want to share your knowledge.
As a Polish person it makes me very sad seeing people romanticising USRR and Russia as an extention (even worse when it comes from my own 'backyard') because we, Eastern European countries, know Russia (and its predecessors) only as an invader.