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Opinion: Putin's Not Post-Communist, He's Post-Fascist


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Cal
- 122 days ago - spiegel.de
Some like to idealize Vladimir Putin as the ideological successor to the left-wing Soviet leaders, but that's sheer nonsense. His speeches offer clear evidence that his points of reference originate in fascism.



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Justin Vale (17)
Friday May 2, 2014, 9:51 am
there a difference between being a nationalist and being facist. and besides peoples minds are clouded because of the germans during the hitler era. those were racist idiots. fascism is just socialism with a touch of capitalism.
The situation in Ukraine, from a Russian perspective, is untenable.
The Yanukovych administration was removed from office because they started shooting protesters. The removal process itself is very speculative and may not have been constitutional. This has been over-looked because they were allegedly shooting protesters.
The new government, which wasn't elected, is now shooting people.
NOT OK to shoot pro-Western protestors, OK to shoot pro-Russian protesters is how the Russians are reading this situation... and it's a situation that is literally on their border.
Russia has legitimate interests in the area and this is not nor should it be acceptable from their perspective.
putin is a lot better leader than the black face actor we have in the white house. give him a break now and then.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday May 2, 2014, 10:01 am

This author is very good at apologizing for and justifying every move Putin makes. If Putin is motivated by fear of encirclement let him say that, not just move in an aggressive stance, aggressive by the perception of neighboring countries, not just the US. As for the anti-gay being the face a New Russia, this is not what the people of Russia say. Stop westerner decadence? Gee, who said that first? Oh yeah, Stalin.

I read recently that Putin goes to bed and dreams of being Peter the Great, then wakes as Stalin - at least in his mind.

The republicans need to hire this writer, a real turd polisher.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:15 am
Putin makes George W look almost angelic - a world leader who rides around shirtless and acting like Genghis Khan is a few grapes short of a bunch.
 

Rhonda B. (100)
Friday May 2, 2014, 11:31 am
Noted. Thank You Cal!
 

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Christeen Anderson (476)
Friday May 2, 2014, 5:57 pm
He is doing what a good leader should do.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:26 am
I see no difference in what the Russians have done in the Ukraine and what the US has done in South America.Both sides claim that these territories are their are in sphere of influence.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 2:14 am
Noted and spam flagged. As for Putin- I'm not a fan. Spam flagged.
 

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Saturday May 3, 2014, 2:15 am
Why did I just write spam flagged twice?? Watching a very close game of footy while typing. Silly me.
 

John S. (301)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:43 am
It's not even a close approximation. And while Under communism, there is no private sector except the black market, and Fascism is only interested in controlling a few key aspects of life in its country, does not mean that an attempt to introduce capitalism in an organize manner. Realize in the early days of the transformation they was open mayhem in the country, with murders and kidnapping galore.

To say that Russia is turning fascist is as serious a charge as can possibly be levied – Nazi Germany with thousands of nuclear weapons. Fascism in the popular consciousness has a pretty simple, straightforward definition: a country that will invade and enslave the world by force, and gas its Jews.

One can think that Vladimir Putin‘s system is bad while noting that it is not fascist. Though I would have to say that many in Russia support him (and I know people in Russia).
 

Marija Mohoric (51)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:13 am
noted, tks
 

Apolonia Pl (401)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:18 am
I'm astonished after reading comments like "Putin is good leader". :-(((( Good leader to whom?!!!! He continues russian imperialistic ambitions, started by Peter the Great, and after him by Stalin. He is going to rebuilt Great Russia, for every price. Look what he is doing at Ukraine! He will torment that country until he will take possesion of it - completely. He will take it piece by piece, bypassing direct annexation to prove that he isn't "bloody dictator". But he is, and bloodsucker too. :-(((
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 12:19 pm

If you believe the political correct language of the corporate media, this is all true.

Unless you start to open your eyes...

Now Ukrainians Kill Ukrainians - UPDATES
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 12:23 pm

btw, 'The Spiegel is 'The Voice Of Israel' AND NATO in German speaking countries.
You should read the comments of the Germans tired of the war propaganda and Russia-bashing there opposing the junk, Der Spiegel, the Anglo-Saxon mouthpiece of Neocon-American-Terror-Organization (NATO) dishes up.
(As long as the comments are not disabled)
 

Jane H. (133)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:22 pm
(extreme) Russian communism IS fascist. Russian political culture has been authoritarian since the Czars.
 

S J. (116)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:57 pm
I guess he may be unseated by my rainbow friends. I love Rusia, her culture and people but not Putin.
Thanks Cal
 

Ben B. (39)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 7:08 pm
Can't really comment on Putin's political influences, communist-vs-fascist, being a nationalist doesn't make him either left or right leaning, as both sides of politics can have nationalist forms and expression. However you could expect a former KGB agent to be concerned with security issues.
 

Apolonia Pl (401)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:47 am
It doesn't matter what label you put on him. Look on his actions! He is called Putler now...
 

ParsifalOFFLINE S. (100)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 2:12 am

makes fun, bashing President Putin, yeah !

(and it distracts so well of the atrocities of the war monger-dictatorships in the West)
 

Franck R. (51)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 5:37 am
No comments for putin
 

Apolonia Pl (401)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 7:38 am
I've got this message from one of my American friends:
"He is serving his people well. The U.S. is painting a horrific picture of him and they are backing this entire event. The Russians do not want to starve to death again at our hands. If you desire the truth then please read the foreign newspapers and listen to their reporters."
It's uneblievable how that person is blind and wrong!...
I'll ad only that I can see the truth by my own eyes, and by eyes people I know. I don't need foreign news for learning what's going on at my neighbours!... I live near Russia, so I saw russian crimes on my own eyes! I've seen what they did in Poland for years, and still do.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 9:30 am
Given the opportunity, this man simply wants to roll Russia back to the days of the Czars.
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 2:56 pm
Putin is dangerous man. He should of stayed out of Ukraine and let the Ukrainian people fix their own issues. I am not for all these big Countries getting their noses into things all the time.
 
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