Saturday, February 2, 2013
Brookings Institution: Video: Foreign Affairs: Fiona Hill & Clifford Gabby: Vladimir Putin as Statist: Restoring the Greatness of Russia
I don't believe Vladimir Putin the President of the Russian Federation is a Communist. But he does represent the new Statism or reformed Statism in Russia and is certainly not a Liberal-Democrat. Or even a Conservative but someone who believes that the role of government is to preserve the state. And to look after the state the country as a whole, even if that means limiting individual freedom. And centralizing more power with the Federal Government in Russia and with the Kremlin itself. Valadimir Putin is Russia's version of a Neoconservative in America, not completely Authoritarian. Not a Communist, not believing that all power in the country should be controlled by the Federal Government. But someone who values the state and order in the country over freedom and thats how he's governed there.