Vladimir Putin Is No Conservative Hero
Morgan Markwood
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I think finishing the text with a bit of reductio ad hitlerum didn’t add to it, and that unfortunately the whole text seems very US-centric, and a bit biased. Maybe I can’t really understand it because of my position (as an outsider to american politics) but the texts seems to present a very different kind of conservative to that one would expect to come from the long conservative tradition. Saying American conservatives love freedom (or apple pies) above all things seems wrong to me, and it also shows a misunderstanding of what conservatism is (either on the part of the author or of the conservatives he is trying to discuss with), on the one hand, and a huge pro-USA bias which doesn’t help the text, on the other hand. Equaling government spending to “suppression of the economy”, as if economic freedom were individual freedoms and as if economy were alike to dissent in a way that if intervened with it is necessarily being suppressed seems wrong too. I also find the definition of American and Russian patriotism a bit off: nationalism and patriotism both mean the love of one’s nation, not one’s government and only indirectly the love of that nation’s main values. Also, a good conservative is someone who won’t ever impose his nation’s values on another nation, as Edmund Burke always remarked, since a conservative must acknowledge that every nation has its own particular values that are specific to it.

Being a conservative is above all being pragmatic, understanding difference between different countries, supporting these differences, and valuing the good traditions that have been inherited, while questioning the bad ones. In that way, being a conservative is questioning universalizing assumptions and arguments, such as the ones that seem to base this text…

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