How to fight hatred and foolishness? Op-Ed by Victor Pelin

“Hatred and foolishness deserve to be combated through jokes…”

Hatred, indicator of impotence

The reaching of one year of the election of Maia Sandu as President of the Republic of Moldova and of 100 days of the establishment of the Gavriliță Government caused different reactions in the media. There were neutral reactions based on facts and also moderate reactions of support, but there were also reactions full of hatred and even visceral hearted, in particular on the part of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova (PSRM) and the Party of Communists of the Republic of a Moldova (PCRM). The latter even said that “the fight against the regime becomes the fight against Nazi dictatorship”.

Comparing the government of the Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), which was marked by all kinds of flaws, with the Nazi dictatorship, is not a simple exaggeration. It is foolishness. Moreover, foolishness grows exponentially if we notice that it occurred on November 12, 2021, at a distance of exactly 81 years of the meeting of the head of the Soviet government Vyacheslav Molotov with the Nazi leader Hitler. In that meeting, Molotov admitted that: “there are many resemblances between the USSR and Germany because the ruling parties in both of the states are of a new type”. And, given that the two regimes were similar, their leaders discussed plans to divide the whole world into spheres of influence, after dividing the spheres of influence based on the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact. In this regard, it is unnecessary to reiterate the crimes committed by the Communist and fascist regimes to highlight the resemblances between them

Vova, aged homologue of Bula

Foolishness, as tyranny, can be combated, including by ironizing on them. In the Soviet period, there were developed special literary divisions for the purpose. The jokes and small poems about Vova (diminutive of Vladimir – VovaCHEKА (a forerunner of the notorious KGB, e.n.), were exclusively popular. Without pretensions to achieve the peaks of the given genre, the PCRM’s foolishness uttered immediately after the recent congress of the party, held in Russian, required to be put on verses somehow. The used vocabulary is within the limits of the language used by the leader of PCRM in the public sphere, for which he had to offer apologies.


Hatred and foolishness deserve to be combated through jokes.

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