Flattery and a Secret Plot by the Kremlin

All flattery, my friends, as Josef Pieper well taught us, is a form of manipulation. Mass flattery manipulates the soul of a culture. It drags a nation to hell.

A quote from Ochlophobist‘s May 19 posting.

The thought is worth slow contemplation. I am reminded of a tee-shirt (admittedly too cute) with the picture of a kitten in a basket. The caption on the shirt reads: “Where are we going? Why are we in this handbasket.”

One question for other bloggers out there. Everytime I go to an E Blogger site, everything directional, etc., is in Russian. I read some Russian but not enough. Is there a switch to read you guys comment apparatus in English? Or is this another Kremlin Plot? Sitting at someone’s website with my Russian dictionary in front of me is not my favorite web experience. If you can help, let me know.

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Fr. Stephen is a priest of the Orthodox Church in America, Pastor Emeritus of St. Anne Orthodox Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is also author of Everywhere Present and the Glory to God podcast series.





5 responses to “Flattery and a Secret Plot by the Kremlin”

  1. Alyssa Avatar

    Its definitely a secret plot. haven’t you been reading the papers this week?

  2. Fatherstephen Avatar

    How can it be a secret if it’s in the papers. Is outrage!

  3. Kevin P. Edgecomb Avatar

    Father, I had exactly the same thing happen when they upgraded Blogger. Here’s how to fix it: Go to your “Blogger Dashboard” to login, then at the top of the tan-colored box in which the login/password are, which disappear when you enter your password, click the link that shows up. (I actually had to right-click that link and pick “Open in New Window” for it to work, so you might, too). Then, in the right-hand column, you’ll see your name at the top and a series of links below. The third link down is the one to change the language. Click that, click English, then click Save Settings, and you should be back to the joy of Anglophonic reading!

  4. Fatherstephen Avatar


    I know this worked for you – but I get tangled up in pages of Russian and just can seem to get to where I need to be. I will doubtless make few comments on Blogger Blogs. My computer has gone to Moscow.

  5. Kevin P. Edgecomb Avatar

    Father, bless! Sorry that didn’t work for you. It took me a while to get to the point where I wanted to change it, and then a couple hours to get it done. I clicked everything until I found the language thing.

    At least your computer will enjoy the sights! I suppose it counts as a kind of podvig, as well.

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