Sunday, July 30, 2017


Trump and frequent  Republican admiration of Russia’s dictator V. Putin are well documented. (See poll results mentioned below)  If you call yourself a ‘libertarian’  or Patriotic Republican who values freedom and democracy, how can you admire this man and his admirer Trump? Look at Trump’s record on issues important to true libertarians and those who sincerely care about American democracy.   I'm not talking about all Republicans or all libertarians.  I am certainly not talking about Sen. John McCain.[parens by blogger] or anyone at

This article from the libertarian website tells it like it is.
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“One of the surreal twists of the past year in American politics has been the rapid realignment in attitudes toward Russia. Democrats, many of whom believe that Russian interference was key to Donald Trump's unexpected victory last November, are now the ones sounding the alarm about the Russian threat. Meanwhile, quite a few Republicans—previously the keepers of the anti-Kremlin Cold War flame—have taken to praising President Vladimir Putin as a strong leader and Moscow as an ally against radical Islam. A CNN/ORC poll in late April found that 56 percent of Republicans see Russia as either "friendly" or "an ally," up from 14 percent in 2014. Over the same period, Putin's favorable rating from Republicans in the Economist/YouGov poll went from 10 percent to a startling 37 percent.”  . . .

Nonetheless, there is a real Russian effort to counter American—plus NATO and E.U.—influence by supporting authoritarian nationalist movements and groups, such as Le Pen's National Front, Hungary's quasi-fascist Jobbik Party, and Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn. Today's Russia is no longer just a moderately authoritarian corrupt regime trying to maintain its regional influence. Cloaked in the mantle of religious and nationalist values, the Kremlin positions itself as a defender of tradition and sovereignty against the godless progressivism and the migrant hordes overtaking the West. It has a global propaganda machine and a network of political operatives dedicated to cultivating far-right and sometimes far-left groups in Europe and elsewhere.

Joanna AndreassonTom Palmer, vice president for international programs at the Atlas Network, has been actively involved in projects promoting liberty in ex-Communist countries since the late 1980s; he has taken to warning against a new "global anti-libertarianism." Writing for the Cato Policy Report last December, Palmer noted that "Putin, the pioneer in the trend toward authoritarianism, has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into promoting anti-libertarian populism across Europe and through a sophisticated global media empire, including RT and Sputnik News, as well as a network of internet troll factories and numerous made-to-order websites."

Slawomir Sierakowski of Warsaw's Institute for Advanced Study and Emma Ashford of the Cato Institute have also warned about the rise of an "Illiberal International" in which Russia plays a key role.

Of course, for many libertarians, the post–Cold War international order that Putin seeks to undo is itself of dubious value. For one thing, that order is based on America's role as GloboCop, which isn't very compatible with small government. For another, it enforces its own "progressive" brand of soft authoritarianism, from over-regulation of markets to restrictions on "hate speech" and other undesirable expression. Yet for all the valid criticisms of the Western liberal establishment and its foreign and domestic policies, there is little doubt that the ascendancy of hardcore far-right or far-left authoritarianism would lead to a less freedom-friendly world. And there is little doubt that right now, Russia is a driving force in this ascendancy.  [Notice that the problem is not government regulation, it is 'over-regulation.' The problem is not government per se, but too much corrupt, inefficient and wasteful government that often steps on fundamental rights.  Libertarianism is NOT anarchistic or anarcho-capitalism.] . . .

. "But there are real reasons to worry.While "democracy promotion" in countries with no homegrown liberal tradition is a project likely to remain discredited for the foreseeable future, support for genuine grassroots pro-freedom aspirations in countries that look to America for leadership is a far more complicated matter. Ukraine, Georgia, and even the Baltic states may not be paragons of liberal capitalism today. Yet if they were bullied into a return to Russian vassalage, it would be a net loss for liberty and, arguably, for America as well."



  1. Putin puts Russia first. Would that Obama had done so for the US.

    I can't say that I "like" Putin. But I respect his astuteness in politics and I respect his ability to give soft answers to obvious hostility--such as the ridiculous sanctions and the expansion of NATO--while quietly enabling his own country to respond with strength should that prove necessary.

    Note that our sanctions have had harmful impact on our Eurozone business partners, as well as pushing Russia and China together in multi-hundred-billion dollar business arrangements. I think it's fair to say that Putin and Xi have shown wisdom in resisting our efforts at western hegemony.

    It is said in physics, "For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction." In the case of the China/Russia reaction to US foreign policy, it appears that their actions are more than equal.

    Give heed to the issues of world reserve currency and the petro-dollar.


  2. Thanks for the post.Can you give me a yes or no agree/disagree to the title of the post? Feel free to explain your answer Thanks!