Some conservatives, encouraged by Vladimir Putin’s rhetorical defense of Christianity and tradition, have portrayed the president of post-Soviet Russia as the new great champion of Christendom. But is the “former” KGB Colonel sincere, or is he simply utilizing and cleverly exploiting the pathologies of Western social liberalism to fit his anti-American propaganda narrative? In his latest analysis, written for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, Dr. Chodakiewicz seeks to answer this question while critiquing the writings of Patrick J. Buchanan.
Putin’s Active Measures, Buchanan’s Grief
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz
SFPPR News & Analysis
28 April 2014
“In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity,” Patrick J. Buchanan recently wrote. “The West’s capitulation to a sexual revolution of easy divorce, rampant promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, assisted suicide – the displacement of Christian values by Hollywood values.”
Buchanan quotes Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post saying that “she was stunned in Tbilisi to hear a Georgian lawyer declare of the former pro-Western regime of Mikhail Saakashvili, ‘They were LGBT.’” He cites Masha Gessen, author of the book, The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin, saying, “Russia is remaking itself as the leader of the anti-Western world.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defense of decent civilization, however, is as legitimate as Lenin’s New Economic Policy was free market. Its salient point is reducing the West to LGBT. To oppose it is to claim a moral high ground in the world. Yet, it should be obvious that the Kremlin’s approach is absolutely relativistic. One should not be surprised when, sometime in the future, Russia invades Poland to free its oppressed sexual minorities.
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