Buchanan Acknowledges Paleo Putin Love

There has long been some admiration of Putin in paleo circles. Here, Buchanan asks “Is Putin One of Us?

Is Vladimir Putin a paleoconservative? In the culture war for mankind’s future, is he one of us? While such a question may be blasphemous in Western circles, consider the content of the Russian president’s state of the nation address. With America clearly in mind, Putin declared, “In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered.” “They’re now requiring not only the proper acknowledgment of freedom of conscience, political views and private life, but also the mandatory acknowledgment of the equality of good and evil.” Translation: While privacy and freedom of thought, religion and speech are cherished rights, to equate traditional marriage and same-sex marriage is to equate good with evil. No moral confusion here, this is moral clarity, agree or disagree.

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I love that Buchanan mentions paleoconservatives by name, as the word seems to be used less frequently these days.

I think it is important that we acknowledge that Putin is likely far from pure lest we sound naive. You don’t serve in the KGB or rise  to power in Russia by happenstance. But I do think Putin really does recognize that modern Western style progressivism and globalism threatens a traditional nation state like Russia, and his resistance to it is genuine. Putin appears to get “the big picture” much better than do a lot of mainstream conservatives who still harbor grudges from the Cold War.

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6 thoughts on “Buchanan Acknowledges Paleo Putin Love

  1. C Bowen/Hawthorne

    Well, the column did that, but the big development, as Pat asks perhaps rhetorically at the end, Dugin has been intro’d in a manner of speaking to regular Buchanan readers.

  2. roho

    I like Putin!………He appears a legitimate Christian, leading his nation back to their roots of “Russian Orthodox Christianity”. “FOR GOD AND COUNTRY” is not complicated for me, and I know my priorities.

    I would never choose DEMOCRACY over CHRISTIANITY…………..Read what you wish, but it is what it is.

  3. Kirt Higdon

    I agree with roho on Putin, but Vlad has his work cut out for him. Because of the demoralization of more than 70 years of Communist rule and the looting which followed, the Russian people are in a precarious situation. Unless the demographics are turned around, they will simply disappear in another few generations. Putin is working hard on this, but so far he has only checked the decline of the birthrate and rise of the death rate; neither as far as I know has been reversed. And there definitely are limits to what any ruler can do. People cannot be forced to have kids and bring them up and Russians cannot be forced to give up vodka. Gorbachev tried that and it was a factor in his overthrow.

    The Russians certainly still need our prayers and they are the canary in the coal mine for the rest of the human race. Germany and Japan, among major nations, are now starting to lose population and birthrates are declining worldwide. The human race seems to be contracepting and aborting itself out of existence while preparing the life form (robotic AI) which will follow it and perhaps finish it off.

  4. Weaver

    Excellent Buchanan quote:

    [T]he 21st century struggle may be horizontal, with conservatives and traditionalists in every country arrayed against the militant secularism of a multicultural and transnational elite.

    And Red you’re probably right that we view Putin as greener grass than he is, but he might be as good as can be asked of a human. You give praise to the strong who resist some temptation, but the weak who can’t even be tempted are hardly praiseworthy.

  5. PermReader

    God save America from them both. Majority of the Americans(exept leftists ans fascists ) are democracy-oriented,so the “ends justifie means” is not the tradition.”Conservatism” of the backward traditions and ideologies of the countries like Russia has nothing in common with the democracy.The “tradition values” of such societies can be defended by any means,including the terrible ones. This big tent of the conservatives can be inconvinient for the common sence people.

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