Is Putin Right? Has Liberalism Lost the World?

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By Patrick Buchanan

“The liberal idea has become obsolete. … (Liberals) cannot simply dictate anything to anyone as they have been attempting to do over the recent decades.”

Such was the confident claim of Vladimir Putin to the Financial Times on the eve of a G-20 gathering that appeared to validate his thesis.

Consider who commanded all the attention at the Osaka summit.

The main event was Trump’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping and their agreement to renew trade talks. Xi runs an archipelago of detention camps where China’s Uighur Muslims and its Kazakh minority have their minds coercively “corrected.”

A major media focus at the summit was Trump’s meeting with Putin where he playfully admonished the Russian president not to meddle again in our 2020 election. The two joked about how both are afflicted with a media that generates constant fake news.

At the G-20 class picture, Trump was seen smiling and shaking hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom U.S. intelligence says ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump called the prince “a friend” who has done a “spectacular job.”


Trump then left for Seoul, traveled to the DMZ, and crossed into North Korea to shake hands with Kim Jong Un, who runs a police state unrivaled for its repression.

Negotiations on Kim's nuclear weapons may be back on track.

Among other G-20 leaders present were Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi of India and President Recep Erdogan of Turkey, who has imprisoned tens of thousands following a coup attempt in July 2016.

In his interview with the FT's Lionel Barber, Putin appeared as much an analyst of, as an advocate for, the nationalism and populism that seems to be succeeding the 20th-century liberalism of the West.

Why is liberalism failing? Several causes, said Putin. Among them, its failure to deal with the crisis of the age: mass and unchecked illegal migration. Putin praised Trump's efforts to secure the U.S. border:

"This liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population. ... This liberal idea presupposes that ... migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected."

Putin deplored Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to bring into Germany a million refugees from Syria's civil war.

His comments came as 10 Democratic candidates in the second presidential primary debate were raising their hands in support of the proposition that breaking into the USA should cease to be a crime and those who succeed in breaking in should be given free health care.

Putin also sees the social excesses of multiculturalism and secularism in the West as representing a failure of liberalism.

In a week where huge crowds celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall "uprising" in Greenwich Village, as it is now called, with parties and parades, Putin declared:

"Have we forgotten that all of us live in a world based on biblical values? ... I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT persons. God forbid, let them live as they wish."

He added, "But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can play five or six gender roles."

Elton John pronounced himself "deeply upset."

Putin did not back off: "Let everyone be happy ... But this must not be allowed to overshadow the culture, traditions and traditional family values of millions of people making up the core population."

Putin took power, two decades ago, as this 21st century began. In recent years, he has advanced himself not only as a foe of liberalism but a champion of populism, traditionalism and nationalism.

Nor is he hesitant to declare his views regarding U.S. politics.

Of Trump, Putin says, "He is a talented person (who) knows very well what his voters expect of him. ... Trump looked into his opponent's attitude toward him and saw changes in American society."

Recalling his own controversial comment that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest tragedy of the 20th century, Putin said the tragedy was not the death of Communism but the shattering of the Russian Federation into 15 separate nations.

The tragedy was the "dispersal of ethnic Russians" across the newly independent successor states of the Soviet Union: "25 million ethnic Russians found themselves living outside the Russian Federation. ... Is this not a tragedy? A huge one! And family relations? Jobs? Travel? It was nothing but a disaster."

What may be said of Putin?

He is no Stalin, no Communist ideologue, but rather a Russian nationalist who seeks the return of her lost peoples to the Motherland, and, seeing his country as a great power, wants NATO out of his front yard.

While we have issues with him on arms control, Iran and Venezuela, we have a common interest in avoiding a war with this nuclear-armed nation as we did with the far more menacing Soviet Empire of the Cold War.

21 thoughts on “Is Putin Right? Has Liberalism Lost the World?”

  1. Putin is correct – Liberalism has mostly hurt the USA! What the 4 stooges want is to take over the country and ram their Liberal ideas down our collective throats! We cannot allow this to happen! We need to take back our country, our streets, and our lives. These Liberals want us to be like robots ( look at what Pressley said ) and to all think like her, to all think alike – this is exactly what got Germany Hitler! We need to reject the 4 stooges! And Liberal tyranny!

  2. LIberalism is a MENTAL DISORDER….it has allowed the least intelligent and least productive members of society to procreate at a rapid pace while keeping the more intelligent and productive working to pay for it (and unable to have as many children)…..simply stated…it has fostered the DUMBING DOWN of America….

    1. The US as we know now will be gone forever if any of these leftists become President. I never the the American people would be this foolish to even think what these democratic stooges propose.
      So long to the country I once knew.

      1. ‘One of these leftists’ was already in the office, Obama tried hard to kill our country, but he ham strung himself by refusing to even talk with the other side. He could have done much more lasting damage if he hadn’t tried to do everything with his pen and cellphone approach.

  3. Putin is correct. Liberalism morphing into socialism is destroying America for the very reasons he enumerates. He is trying to stop it from destroying Russia. Like Islam, liberalism is a cancer. It is metastasizing and slowly killing the very values that make this country the envy of the world. The nordic countries, Germany and other European nations made a fatal mistake of taking in millions of persons, mostly muslimes, who have no desire to fully integrate. They, like American liberals, want to change these countries to their philosophies without seeing the destructive nature of socialism and free stuff that have laid waste to such countries. Some have realized the error, but is it too late?
    President Trump is trying to stop this disease, but indoctrination of the young in our schools and collages seem to be winning over these young idealistic,but misguided minds. The Democrat party has become the standard of socialism and is willing to trade the destruction of our nation for political power. If it wins the argument, we will cease to exist and theirs will be a pyrrhic victory.

  4. The Acid Test of ‘Liberalism’ as Stupidity is this:

    American ‘Liberals’ continue to see VVP as a ‘Communist’. The have Bolo’d the test.

    This Premise is based on the late Sen. John McCain’s remark, “I’ve looked into his eyes too, and only seen the letters, “KGB”.

  5. If the rules of Darwinism applied to Socialism/Communism, those philosophies would be gone from the earth. They’ve failed every time, and this type of failure would mean the end of an animal species. Unfortunately, humans can be too stupid and amnesic to learn from their mistakes, and so they keep trying with Socialism. Millions upon millions of people have paid with their lives for the experiment and millions more will suffer and die until finally everyone realizes that Communism/Socialism will never work. As someone recently said, America can vote itself into Socialism, but will have to shoot its way out.

    1. Mikey, you are absolutely correct…Should the Lefties EVER get into power here again, there will be a civil war….They will only get into power by using every criminal method available, with help from Soros, the MSM, Killery and the rest of the low-class Libs in office now….That is why they want open borders, to use the lawless invaders and pay them to commit crimes…NO OTHER COUNTRY wants these people, only the low-class Dems…If we keep letting them have their way then WE WILL BE TO BLAME for the carnage they create….ANY person in Office and HATE the U.S. should immediately be thrown out of this country….We used to behead Traitors, what Idiots stopped us from doing that…..

  6. Liberalism is a sin and a grave sin that affects the honor of God, which affects the honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ, but LIBERALISM IS ALSO A FAKE RELIGION. Because we are dying, we are dying of liberalism and its consequences.

    Liberalism is a Mental Disorder and a Disease. In reality, today’s leftist movement is made in much the same way as a sausage: It’s a blend of fascist, communist, and socialist ideologies from twentieth-century Europe, with a pinch of Nazism, all ground together, yet retaining the flavor of its various parts.

  7. Everyone must know that the ultimate goal of uncheck immigration and welfare is to have an overwhelming majority loyal to one party and to create a permanent one-party nation under a socialist government.

    1. It’s worse than that: It’s to bankrupt & destroy us so we can be replaced with the masses of Third World Peoples who have been promised that their lives will be better if they invade us. Much easier for the GLOBALISTS to control if right from the beginning they’re used to us paying the Dhimmi Jizya tax to support them in the countries their Sh’ria will soon be implemented as crowd control. See my comment below. I wonder if this is why JFK was shot.

  8. G d Bless Mr. Putin. Now, if we can just turn off the UN’s . . .

    -Global Compact for Regular Migration;
    -SustainableDevelopment (AOC’s New Green Deal) Agenda 21, Agenda 2030 (why “12 yrs” is the number before Death from Global Warming);
    -UNODA, the Office of Disarmament Affairs.

    These are all actual agendas of the UN that involve replacing current Western populations with Muslim ones; because Islam is “all inclusive” in that its End Times involve slaughtering all who won’t convert to Islam.

  9. Saul Alinsky knew that the way the left could take over a country and put themselves in power was to make the population dependent on government. The more social welfare programs and government regulations (control), the more people would need the government. Russians lived under near-total government control for so long the Russian people became unable to do anything or make any decision without instruction from the government. It has taken several generations for the people to overcome that legacy.
    George Orwell had it right – he just had the date wrong. Unless we fight it tooth and nail, we will become a nation of sheep.

  10. People who depend on a government will keep that government in power – to do otherwise would be suicide. Competent people who have confidence in themselves and control their own destiny are independent and will support a government only as a necessary evil, and only with limited power. They will happily depend on themselves, though not uncharitably.

  11. While Putin analyzes the departure of Liberalism, he doesn’t mention his satisfaction in that Liberalism’s replacement has become Socialism, which puts the agenda closer to Marxism…Putin is a Marxist whom seems to be the Russian autocrat who presumes himself as the one man in the Kremlin with a hold on Russia that was once reserved to Josef Stalin. He is certainly one of the wealthiest men in Europe, if not the world.

  12. Saul Alinsky wrote of “useful idiots”, as well as vilifying and telling lies about one’s enemies and repeating said lies until they become accepted as fact. Sounds a lot like today’s Democratic party, doesn’t it? It is my guess that the bucket is overflowing with useful idiots and they’re all too happy to carry out the will of Satan Soros and the evil globalists. It’s amazing how fast the idiots will sell their souls for a handful of free crap. Everyone on the left doesn’t seem to understand that the reason Trump is president is because the right-minded voters in the U.S. WANTED him there. We didn’t elect an altar boy. We elected the guy who pumps out septic tanks, because America needs it. We must stay vigilant… God bless America.

  13. What seems evident to me is how the President has painted himself into a corner on immigration, to the extent that the Republican party may be permanently crippled in future attempts to obtain political office. He has allowed the opposition to characterize him as unalterably opposed to the immigrants we see trying to get into the country, by whatever means. This means that future voters from immigrants’ ranks will be overwhelmingly, if not completely, Democratic voters.

    The Democrats know this–their call for essentially open borders is a cynical ploy to gain political support–they know whatever the immigrants will be otherwise, when they become voters, they will vote Democratic, whatever their personal ideology. Enemies don’t get voted for. Opening the borders will garner a flood of future Democrats.

    The President may not care–they won’t be voters in time to vote against him–but he is handicapping the Republican party in future elections–perhaps fatally. We could become a one-party nation-state.

    The U.S. needs immigrants–they represent the only source of sufficient numbers of workers to support the nonworking part of the population. Baby boomers are retiring in huge numbers, and later generations are not reproducing fast enough to provide numbers of workers to compensate.

    Republicans are faced with being labeled as anti-immigrant, anti-nonwhite, anti-anybody not their kind of American. They face a choice of opposing the immigrants this nation needs, or letting in more guaranteed Democratic voters. And the support of Republicans, or at least tolerance, of the President’s intemperate statements can only assist in this process.

    The Democrats must be snickering up their sleeves at the gift they have been given.

    It’s not about liberals or conservatives–it’s about who gets the votes–and the power.

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