Americans on the margins and fringes of political life have long known that the two major parties that take turns governing the United States agree on far more than they disagree. If the public at large has the opposite impression, it is only because these parties and their media machines have done a good job at blowing up their actual differences out of proportion.
Recent events, however, have made this task more difficult. America is witnessing a convergence between the left and right wings of its establishment/elites that is more explicit than it has ever been in the past; a failure on the part of populist activists to likewise converge will ensure that the problems both sides acknowledge – namely corporatism, the police state and the empire abroad – will continue along their dangerous trajectories. Continue reading →
In December of last year, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced to the world that Russia was and would remain a defender and promoter of traditional moral values. This followed earlier statements he had made to the same effect. He spoke of a growing global tendency that is “revising their moral and ethical norms, erasing their national traditions and the differences between nations and cultures” as well as the eradication of objective moral categories such as good and evil. Putin’s appeal was also explicitly directed to potential supporters of this position in other countries. Continue reading →