Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Didn't Get the Message

Time analyzes Vladimir Putin [bold added]:
Putin has developed a personal ideology, made up of at least one part personal theology and another part manifest destiny. Putin is Russian Orthodox, a deeply conservative faith with an ancient liturgy, ties to saints of the Middle Ages and an allergy to social change. [snip]

Then there is the geopolitical creed of Eurasianism, which holds that Moscow is a “Third Rome” that must form the core of a civilization distinct from a decadent and rotting West.
25 years ago Francis Fukuyama wrote in the End of History that western liberal democracy had triumphed over other political models. To be sure,
"it is not necessary that all societies become successful liberal societies, merely that they end their ideological pretensions of representing different and higher forms of human society."
Unfortunately, Russia, China, and the 80% of the world that does not live in North America or Europe didn't get the message that the West had won.

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