Buchanan on Putin, Right Wing Populism

Pat Buchanan’s latest column contains nothing remotely surprising. The American right wing nationalist praises Vladimir Putin, the Russian right wing nationalist and the European right wing populists like France’s National Front and the UK Independence Party.

A second telltale sign of the new populism is traditionalism and cultural conservatism, reverence for the religious and cultural history and heritage of the nation and its indigenous people.

That victory in the recent Eurovision contest of Conchita, the bearded transvestite drag queen who performed in a gown, though celebrated by much of the European press, sent a message to millions of traditionalists that this is no longer their culture.

Another aspect of the rising populist right, as the New York Times notes, is a grudging admiration for Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Why? Putin not only publicly rejects the moral relativism of the West, under his guidance Russian social legislation is being consciously rooted in traditional Christian concepts of right and wrong.

Putin is the anti-Obama, moving to occupy the cultural-moral vacuum left by America. As we celebrate multiculturalism, LGBT rights and abortion on demand, Putin repudiates Hollywood values.

This is precisely the opposite of reality. Putin is not standing up for morality, he is undermining it. The morality he espouses and enforces is a childish one, a list of simple rules handed down by a God that appears not to exist and used to oppress people. I would argue that a genuine morality is based upon maximizing human liberty. Punishing people for being gay or for advocating gay rights, as Putin and Buchanan are so eager to do, is the opposite of morality. Authoritarianism is immoral. Oppression is immoral.

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After spending several years touring the country as a stand up comedian, Ed Brayton tired of explaining his jokes to small groups of dazed illiterates and turned to writing as the most common outlet for the voices in his head. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show and the Thom Hartmann Show, and is almost certain that he is the only person ever to make fun of Chuck Norris on C-SPAN.

  • Olav

    Vladimir Putin has them all fooled with his bullshit about “traditional values”. In reality he is mafia boss and a murderer. It’s sad because the Russian people deserve better. Russia has huge problems that Putin has no intention to solve.

  • colnago80

    Re Olav @ #1

    It should also be remembered that Putin is a former KGB apparatchik and still behaves like one. I would also mention that my former boss went to high school in DC with Buchanan and told me that he was a drunk while attending that school.

  • steffp

    “reverence for the religious and cultural history and heritage of the nation and its indigenous people.”

    This from a white American comfortably sitting upon a pile of red Indian skulls…

    “Russian social legislation is being consciously rooted in traditional Christian concepts of right and wrong.”

    Only if it fits in with Putin’s agenda. Russia still has 42 abortions to every 100 births. (It’s regarded cheaper than contraceptives)

  • jameshanley

    Funny, I thought voting Conchita Wurst the winner was itself an expression of populism.

  • Pen

    I”m afraid he’s a raving idiot who doesn’t understand that European far-right ‘cultural conservatism’ as exemplified by the Front National and UKip is based on something only a handful of Americans have access to, namely indigenousness. Why support people whose central ideology is utterly outside your field of experience? Especially when, it must be said, it’s centered around a characteristic that’s proved perfectly unnecessary.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Olav @ # 1: Vladimir Putin has them all fooled with his bullshit about “traditional values”. In reality he is mafia boss and a murderer.

    What makes you think there is a contradiction there?

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …though celebrated by much of the European press…

    Was it? From what I’ve seen, foreigners always sound excited.

     

    …sent a message to millions of traditionalists that this is no longer their culture.

    Yeah! I’m with him! Why can’t all TV shows be made for me?

  • howardhershey

    The right has a loooong history of endorsing strongmen dictators who espouse right-wing or so-called Christian values (even Muslim strongmen, although that may be their oil speaking)..

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    colnago80 “I would also mention that my former boss went to high school in DC with Buchanan and told me that he was a drunk while attending that school.”

    I’d drink too if I had to go to High School in DC with your former boss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Olav@1:

    I think Buchanan understands Putin perfectly. At his heart, Pat Buchanan has always been a fascist. He sees a kindred spirit in Vladimir.

  • colnago80

    Re howardhershey @ #8

    Case in point, troll and Phalangist Jonathan Grey who greatly admires the late and unlamented Francisco Franco.

  • busterggi

    Putin is doing a great imitation of Hitler, of course Buchannan admires him.

  • jonathangray

    colnago80:

    the late and unlamented Francisco Franco

    Unlamented by some …

    One girl said she and her friends often had arguments between those who thought Franco did a lot of good to the country and others who thought he was the worst thing that happened to Spain.

    Another told me how Franco had ruined the feelings Spaniards had for their national flag.

    “We can’t be proud of ours,” she said. “The Spanish flag has become a sign of intolerant nationalism.”

    Quite a few of the teenagers said they thought Franco had been good for Spain.

    “I think this country must have been wonderful under Franco,” said one boy. “In those days Spain was safe for it citizens – unlike now.”

  • jonathangray
  • colnago80

    Re Jonathangray

    I am underwhelmed. There are even folks in Germany who lament the demise of Schickelgruber, n Russia who lament the demise of Stalin, and China who lament the demise of Mao. If we looked hard enough, we might even find a few who lament the demise of Vlad the Impaler.

  • dingojack

    Oh come on Jon-Jon surely you could a least stand, hand over your heart, and proudly sing the lyrics of the Spanish national anthem, right?

    Dingo

  • busterggi

    coinago80 – Vlad Tepes is not dead, he’s living-impaired, at least that’s the rumor.

  • jonathangray

    If we looked hard enough, we might even find a few who lament the demise of Vlad the Impaler.

    He may not have been a saint but at least he kept the Mohams at bay.

  • thebookofdave

    @18

    Thanks for proving SLC’s point.


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