Funny how things have totally gone south as soon as Trump left. Biden’s standing up to Putin is the same way he stood up to Corn Pop.
Yeah I guess we’re not talking about Covid anymore.
Putin is a patient strategist. His war against Ukraine is eminently rational in view of his prior ideological commitments and the present weakness of his geopolitical rivals. Ukraine is not scary, it should have been obvious to our foreign policy “experts” that Putin would eventually attempt this—and that global pandemic fatigue provided an ideal opportunity.
It’s not really Nato either. Don’t blame the crisis on NATO’s eastward expansion because it’s been too long since the Baltic states (etc.) joined for that to be the proximate cause. This failure of thought is fundamentally American.
It assumes individual leaders and the nations they govern do not have deep memories that shape longterm strategy. Not every nation is as prone to forget its own history as the U.S.
We’re entering a period in which merely tactical thinking is insufficient. This is a longterm crisis that must be resolved with strategic tools, not the least of which are cultural and spiritual.
Our decadent society is no match for what Putin has just ushered in…
From C.S. Lewis’s “The Abolition of Man”:
Lots-O-Propoganda. What are the chances that the same woman from a bombing in 2018 ends up the exact same way in 2022?
“We must collectively cease the dependence on Russian oil and gas that for too long has given Putin his grip on Western politics” – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Dudes, maybe this wasn’t the best time to shut down the Keystone Pipeline, as well as take the US from net exporter of oil, to a net “consumer” of oil from…the Middle East producers. Ooof.
How you liking the Great Reset so far?
Meanwhile, while you are distracted by the Ukraine theater event….
The myth of Benevolent Authoritarianism is second only to the myth of Honest Big Government in terms of dangerous ideological delusions. Authoritarianism cannot be harnessed to “fortify” democracy, any more than wolves can be taught to guard sheep. The “Great Reset” is supposed to make democracy stronger by making it smaller. High walls of authoritarian power will be constructed around the shrinking meadow of liberty. The walls will be policed by wise, compassionate autocrats and their business partners.
Sure, there is a growing list of things you Little People don’t get to vote on, but don’t worry – those are issues you’re not smart enough to understand. The notion of middle-class boobs or trailer-park rubes daring to defy the Consensus of Experts is absurd. But you see, only by trusting a morally and intellectually superior elite to manage the population and most of our national wealth carefully can we achieve true, meaningful “freedom.” You will be liberated from the burdens of need, consequence, and responsibility. It will never become tyranny. How could it be, when you Little People get to cast a few votes every couple of years? That’s the only check needed on power. You can just “throw the bums out.” It can’t be a dictatorship if people get to vote against the dictator.
“I won 48% of the vote so everyone must do as I command” is NOT AT ALL the same thing as “just government deriving its powers from the consent of the governed,” but too many of us have been tricked into accepting it. Nor would winning 90% of the vote be an acceptable substitute. Whatever happened to the “tyranny of the majority,” the rights of the minority, and keeping politics out of private life? You don’t hear much about any of that stuff anymore, because the Ruling Class is lusting hard after its post-pandemic vision of Benevolent Authoritarianism.
NY Times Opinions, especially Thom Friedman’s, never seem to age well:
CBS–imagine the hubris to run cover for Democrats. Issues plaguing us for a year due to 2 weeks of turmoil in Ukraine!
Trump Inflation: 1.8% Biden Inflation: 7.5% Trump Gas Prices: $1.84 Biden Gas Prices: $3.53