Streamlining Nashi

Yesterday, fellow Blogger-in-arms Kevin Rothrock of the a unparalleled A Good Treaty and I were on Al Jazeera‘s The Steam talking about Nashi and Navalny.

When the show approached me (as a result of Kevin’s recommendation) I was wary of being on the boob tube. Having my mug plastered across the airwaves has never been a desire, and having to speak off the cuff is always intimidating. But I acquiesced when they offered to have me on via Skype. Plus the fact that Kevin was in studio was certainly an incentive since he has my mad respect.

Still I was a bit uneasy and became more so when I saw the Stream’s post about the upcoming show: “Russia’s Seliger 2011: Fueling Fascism?” I have no problem with the wanton use of the F-word, unless it ends with -ism.  I was so worried that I would be asked “Is Nashi fascist?” that I did a quick review of Robert Paxton’s essay, “The Five Stages of Fascism” to make sure my conceptual Ps and Qs were straight to explain my reply of an emphatic “No.” Thankfully, the question never came.  And when the issue of Nashi and nationalism came up, Kevin handled it superbly.

All in all, I though it was quite a good show.  The questions were good and there was space for adding complexity. It was definitely a pleasure to participate, and I would do it again if asked.

For those who didn’t catch the broadcast here are the show in two segments:

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