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Trump, Putin, and America

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The only way the American political class will ever accommodate itself to the reality of post-Soviet Russia would be if that country succumbed to the second leftist revolution it has been trying for years to incite.  Whether the revolutionaries called themselves communists or “liberal democrats” would make little or no difference so long as the result was “democratic” in the 21st-century American sense of the word—another “propositional” country, tyrannical abroad in the same way that the United States has been since 1945, and thus her “ally” (i.e., her partner in crime) internationally, and liberal-authoritarian at home in the way of postliberal America over the past several decades.

Franklin Roosevelt was sympathetic to the Soviet Union because he thought it “progressive” and because he had a personal rapport with Uncle Joe, because his wife also was a communist sympathizer, and because the advisors, appointees, and staff with whom he surrounded himself agreed with him.  The large mass of the American public, on the other hand, despised and feared the Soviet Union, both as the face of an evil and subversive ideology and as a dangerous military opponent.  The situation was the exact opposite (or almost) of today’s, when the Washington...

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