Trumpocracy by David Frum

Trumpocracy by David Frum

Author:David Frum
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 2018-01-16T05:00:00+00:00

The conservative journalist Chris Caldwell articulated a more lucid explication of Bannon’s 2014 message at Hillsdale College in February 2017:

So why are people thinking about Putin as much as they do? Because he has become a symbol of national self-determination. Populist conservatives see him the way progressives once saw Fidel Castro, as the one person who says he won’t submit to the world that surrounds him. You didn’t have to be a Communist to appreciate the way Castro, whatever his excesses, was carving out a space of autonomy for his country.

In the same way, Putin’s conduct is bound to win sympathy even from some of Russia’s enemies, the ones who feel the international system is not delivering for them. Generally, if you like that system, you will consider Vladimir Putin a menace. If you don’t like it, you will have some sympathy for him. Putin has become a symbol of national sovereignty in its battle with globalism. That turns out to be the big battle of our times.35



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