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.
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.