(all too brief) Gary Kasparov Interview

Gary

Caught this on the Radio Free Europe website. Sorry for the Real video and not something freer. Our tax dollars at work there. In any event, I don’t know if he’s deluding himself to feel better in the face of heartless, overwhelming, bone-crushing opposition. But let’s assume, for a second, that he’s right. I’ll continue trying to imagine the world Gary’s talking about. He’s literally risking his life by simply speaking truth to power.

UPDATE: a more detailed editorial by Kasparov in the Wall Street Journal I just found. Same idea.

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Author: iamacat

Professional writer and multimedia artist. Having studied Japanese and other non-roman alphabet using languages, I appreciate the particular frustrations of language learners in the computer world. I enjoy helping people get their multilingualization going, no matter what operating system or desktop environment they happen to be in. Being an open source enthusiast, I push uim and anthy without reservation in *nix environments. Although lately, ibus has made things easy in modern Linux distributions, to the point of making much of these old posts moot.

2 thoughts on “(all too brief) Gary Kasparov Interview”

  1. As a man living in Russia I was proud for Kasparov`s victories in the chess but as a politician he is disappointedly unconvincing. Though details about his detention is more likely truth I can`t approve his way of barking on the current authorities just because he is in opposite team( for reference – there is no such institution as ‘KGB’ in Russia anymore. he intentionally emphasizes that well-known to west word to get more scary picture of repressions from past.)
    Moreover his concern about ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom’ not worth a rotten egg while there still are ‘democracies’ which send people to Guantanamo for no reason.
    Any nation have to defend themselves so what is wrong with not allowing ‘random pre-paid politics’ to power? – i`m yet to heard his intentions about what to do and how to correct problems of the country after he(if only) will come to power.

    Well… sorry for random rant, I just spotted your site and with it`s help now have uim working – ありがとう ^ ^

    P.S. oh, btw, he is not risking with anything

  2. Hey, D-ion! Glad I could help with your Japanese issues. I’ll continue to write on Japanese input in Linux, among other topics in open source. Please feel free to let me know if you have any particular questions. Sometimes I don’t go into detail becuase I’ve done something so many times, that I forget some of the gotchas.

    Well, Mister Putin was KGB, and you know what they say about those siloviki, no retiremenet. NKVD, FSB, KGB, CIA, NSA, DHS, call it what you want, at some level, it’s a para-military force used to protect government interests, regardless of whether or not those interests run counter to those of individual citizens; we have ours too! I am no defender of the current regime here in the U.S. I was vehemently against invading Iraq, Illegal renditions, presidential lawyers rationalising torture, the list goes on. By the way, habeus corpus rights for those illegally detained prisoners has been restored. We have checks and balances. I write about Russian matters because I care about Russia as a human being, not as an American or some other nationality.
    I realize the problems did not start when Putin assumed leadership of the country. And I understand how a grandstander like Kasparov might appear to many. I view with no small amount of skepticism anyone who has such easy access to the Wall Street Journal editorial page. But truth is truth.
    Your comment relays a sentiment I’ve heard repeated by many defenders of the current situation in Russia, and of repressive regimes worldwide. It belies an ignorance of, or at least a contempt for true democratic principles. Yes, majority rules, but there is a minority, and its opinion matters. It is crucial to have a “loyal opposition” in order to have realistic discourse. To disagree with state power and openly remark on the farce that is current day Russian politics is not at all crazy. You seem to think that being in opposition to the dominant party is somehow a “crackpot” position. It is the dominant party in Russia, along with its bogus lackey “opposition” parties, that has stifled discourse and dissent in a paranoid fashion that can only be described as pathological. Why worry about these piddly litle nothings, if they have no public support, if they really don’t mirror the opinion of any but a small minority? Instead, Mister Putin, and his surrogates have used their state power to harass, arrest, declare illegal, and otherwise hassle these so-called insignificant malcontents. None of them are inciting open rebellion; far from it. They want the best for their country and are working to achieve it by legal means. I try to be impartial, but it gets harder every day. Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. And if it’s the State that owns all the presses, or can shut them down at a whim, the outlook for civil society in Russia does not look good.

    What a mix, politics and kanji input systems. Thanks for your comments!

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