Yesterday, The Hilll, published an article, Putin’s renewed attack on the US, by Janusz Bugajski, a senior fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) in Washington D.C.
The article is probably one of the better articles outlining the various forms of “Liberalism” throughout the world. However, I have heartburn about the headline focusing the reader on Putin ‘attacking’ the US. Putin made his statement before the G-20 conference in Japan, to put his statement into context, and he did make direct references to the US. Let me be clear, his statement was attacking the West, which does include the US, but Putin was not focusing on the US, not specifically. His statement was meant to establish verbal Russian dominance, of a sort, over the West. Such is not the case. This is a clear case of a him making a declaration that just is not true. This is consistent with his denials of aggressive, illegal, and intrusive actions around the world.
In the article, Vladimir Putin says liberalism has ‘become obsolete, in the Financial Times, there is a good response to Putin from “Donald Tusk, the European Council president, said he “strongly disagreed” with Mr Putin.
“What I find really obsolete is authoritarianism, personality cults and the rule of oligarchs,” he said.
Most interesting are Putin’s denials of “covertly supporting populist movements through financial aid and social media, notably in the 2016 US presidential election, the Brexit referendum and the recent European Parliament elections.”
Furthermore, Putin’s statement is full of braggadocio, designed and succeeding in enraging many in the West. His point, his purpose? To make his almost 20 year authoritative iron-fisted rule over Russia look better by denigrating all others, the West has gravitated to a liberal democratic system post-World War II.
I am including a teaser below.
Vladimir Putin has trumpeted the growth of national populist movements in Europe and America, crowing that liberalism is spent as an ideological force.
In an FT interview in the Kremlin on the eve of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan, the Russian president said “the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism.
Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant western ideology since the end of the second world war in 1945 — chimes with anti-establishment leaders from US president Donald Trump to Hungary’s Viktor Orban, Matteo Salvini in Italy, and the Brexit insurgency in the UK.
“[Liberals] cannot simply dictate anything to anyone just like they have been attempting to do over the recent decades,” he said.