“ Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin.”
Dr. Ivan Pavlov
Putin As Pavlov
Both had their beginnings in St. Petersburg, matriculated in a quasi-martial/technical setting (Pavlov, Kirov Medical Military Academy, founded 1798; Putin, St. Petersburg Mining University, founded 1773).
Manipulation of behavior became their common specialty—Pavlov via his physiological studies at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Putin, his intelligence-gathering machinations at the FSB Academy. Pavlov won the Nobel Prize, having been previously nominated several times before specific fields of inquiry had been formalized; Putin was nominated in 2014 for that Prize, and in 2016 was awarded the Hugo Chavez Peace Prize. Ahem.
For (St.) Pete’s sake, enough of this parallelism—prove your thesis, whispers my behavioral governor, a.k.a., conscience (as Carol in ‘As Good As It Gets’ declaimed: con-science?!)
Okay. Our unifying topic, then: “ conditioned reflex, or classical conditioning (also known as Pavlovian or respondent conditioning) refers to learning procedure in which a biologically potent stimulus (e.g. food) is paired with a previously neutral stimulus (e.g. a bell). It also refers to the learning process that results from this pairing, through which the neutral stimulus comes to elicit a response (e.g. salivation) that is usually similar to the one elicited by the potent stimulus.” Wikipedia.
Here, we simply substitute money for food—specifically, borrowed funding. And, with Putin as the top of the ‘food chain’ (ahem) of a kleptocratic nation state known as The Russian Federation, the lender in these reputed transactions is the functional equivalent, through its various front ‘banks’, of a racketeering organization. The borrower, by default (having no other legitimate sources of funding for his various building projects owing to multiple bankruptcies) is none other than Mr. Trump.
As openly boasted/ confessed by at least one source–his biological son, Eric–many such transactions have been had with ‘Russians’, almost exclusively, albeit through opaque techniques typical of money-laundering legalistic fronts. Now, the Juris Doctor department of my cranium detects that The Trump Organization, along with its hundreds of subsidiary technically legally constituted ‘fronts’ may be—and have been for decades, at least since his last bankrutpcy—a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization (the very essence of state and federal statutes commonly known as ‘R.I.C.O’, nothing to do with that nice intern in accounting, btw).
Back to behaviorism and its long study since Dr. Pavlov and his mentor, I. M. Sechenov, a Russian physiologist, whom Pavlov described as ‘The father of physiology’. Wikipedia.
Pavlov’s work with classical conditioning was of huge influence to how humans perceive themselves, their behavior and learning processes and his studies of classical conditioning continue to be central to modern behavior therapy. The British philosopher Bertrand Russell was an enthusiastic advocate of the importance of Pavlov’s work for philosophy of mind. Wikipeida.
Perhaps most salient of all generally well-observed factual behavior of Mr. Trump is his extraordinary deference to and protean respect—often unwarranted to be charitable to both Trump & Putin—directed at Putin.
This scribbler puts it to you, then, thinking audience whose very eyes and attached brains are in that percentile of independent thinkers: Is our ‘President’ responding to the historical ‘bell’ increasingly tolling for him, or is he simply responding as any old school debtor to the prospect of the assortment of blackmail tools available to Mr. Putin and/or his many minions whose behavior is reputed to be, ironically unrestrained by such unscientific concepts as morality/conscience/law?
Spoiler alert: The vatic seer part of the self-same cranium invoked earlier is prepared to call it—between two preeminent prosecutors at the state (Schneiderman, NY Attorney General, et.al.) & Robert Mueller, Special Federal Counsel, U.S. DOJ more than sufficient justiciable evidence, direct and circumstantial, is already held; the resulting behavior of Mr. Trump, heretofore the dangerous lap-dog of Mr. Putin, will, by Summer 2018 be that of a felonious mendicant, relieved by law of all related assets.
“R.I.C.O. TRUMPS TRUMP’, coming soon, in bold type in those ‘fake’ news outlets everywhere, including near you.