We all of us live in a banana republic of one sort or another: “a country operated as a commercial enterprise for private profit, effected by the collusion between the State and favoured monopolies”. And we all risk ending up in a kangaroo court: An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment . Only, in our system, it ends in no punishment at all for those in the right place. That’s just as much kangaroo, though. Either the thing functions, or it’s kangaroo. It’s either the rule of law, or there might as well be no law at all. At present, there is no such thing as the rule of law in either Russia, China or the US. So let’s stop fooling ourselves.
The main difference between us and the Pussy Riot girls is not that they are more oppressed; it’s that they have balls, and we have none.