Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

If Vladimir Putin Were a Commie

May 19, 2017 --

Leftist Katha Pollitt, writing in The Nation, April 21, argues that Russia, under Putin, “is not a communist country; it is a capitalist kleptocracy run by an autocrat and an enemy of human rights.”

This has got LPR to thinking – how would Ms. Pollitt react – indeed how would the U.S. left react-- if V. Putin were the communist leader of a communist Russia?

LPR has a hunch that if Russia were communist, today, the left would oppose the eastward encroachment of NATO to the borders of Russia, would oppose the Polish hardline on Russia as “revanchist,” would support Russia against a Ukraine ‘controlled by “neo-fascists,” and certainly would object sanctions as causing unjust harm to the Russian economy.