Streetwise Professor

February 9, 2024

When Vlad Met Tucker

Filed under: History,Politics,Russia — cpirrong @ 6:47 pm

The hysteria over Tucker Carlson’s interview of Vladimir Putin is yet another monument to the stupidity of our age. And a very revealing.

Apparently Carlson was supposed to go all Perry Mason on Vova, leaving him to blubber out confessions. As if.

Putin is a pathological liar and master of whataboutism and projection. He would have batted away more aggressive questions with ease, and probably enjoyed it. As the old joke goes, never wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and the pig likes it.

As it was, Carlson’s questions gave Putin ample opportunity to put his psychopathy on full display. His long historical disquisitions were particularly revealing, though not at all surprising to me as someone who has written about them for going on two decades.

As for projection, this is a classic:

This from the guy who has for decades intimidated his own population with an imaginary Nato threat.

But most are probably unfamiliar, and giving Putin a platform to spin his Fractured Fairy Tales view of history to a Western audience is a great service.

Indeed, those screeching the loudest should be particularly happy that Putin’s pathologies are put on display to the world: it gives them an opportunity to show them for what they are.

But the “elites” cannot countenance the idea of Putin (or Trump for that matter) communicating with the public without going through their filter. This betrays either deep insecurity about their ability to demonstrate that the ludicrous is in fact ludicrous, or more likely, a deep disdain for the ability of the hoi polloi to discern Putin’s mendacity without the tutelage of their betters. In their minds, they are pre-Reformation priests and only they can be trusted to convey scriptural truth to the masses: the shlubs cannot be relied upon to draw the “right” conclusions–that is, the officially sanctioned ones.

The Reformation is a pretty good metaphor of our current travails. Publication of the Bible in the common languages of the people made possible “every man his own priest,” which was a deep challenge to the authority of the established Church, which claimed a monopoly on truth, and in particular on the interpretation of the Bible. Today, modern platforms permit people to access information not filtered and curated by our “elite” clerisy.

And the clerisy’s reaction is no different than that of the Catholic Church in the 15th and 16th centuries: moral panic that triggers a repressive response.

The reaction also shows what they think of you. That without their oh so benevolent guidance, you are all to prone to lapse into heresy. So the repression is for your own good, dontcha know.

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  1. Personally I prefer spelling élite the fancy way … ‘cos, you know, it’s a kind of cosmopolitan signalling – at least to those in the ‘know’ wink wink 🙂

    Comment by Simple Simon — February 11, 2024 @ 12:08 pm

  2. If you spell it e-lite you might be suggesting that that mob lack serious virtues, being essentially intellectually frivolous.

    Comment by dearieme — February 11, 2024 @ 4:10 pm

  3. The bit of Tucker I enjoyed most was his expression of surprise and bewilderment that Moscow was finer than any American city – orderly and clean, with beautiful buildings.

    Comment by dearieme — February 15, 2024 @ 10:12 am

  4. What is it with with the subway and all those western useful idiots, from Bernie to Tucker? Of course, if you loot a third of Eurasia into stone age, you can have a few Potemkin subway stations around the Kremlin built with the proceeds. Does not change that most of Russia looks like a Ukrainian drone has just visited.

    Comment by Ivan — February 16, 2024 @ 5:59 am

  5. @Ivan; surely his point was that American cities are turning into shitholes: Moscow happened to give him a new comparison to make rather than the usual Tokyo, Singapore, …

    Comment by dearieme — February 16, 2024 @ 1:25 pm

  6. Nothing on Navalny yet?


    Vlad thinks this is not a new poisoning, but the effects of the prior poisoning(s).

    What say you all, TT, Ivan, deareme etc?

    VP VVP

    Comment by Vlad — February 17, 2024 @ 9:51 pm

  7. What says me? God alone knows. Putin is murderous enough to have ordered it; but is he stupid enough to have ordered it now?

    Once you’re in a world of spies, intelligence services, professional assassins etc, it’s all smoke and mirrors.

    I don’t even know whether Putin has denied ordering it – but if he has why should I pay any attention to him? He’s no more likely to tell the truth than Joe Biden.

    Comment by dearieme — February 18, 2024 @ 4:31 am

  8. Navalny’s political goal has been to fight corruption in Russia’s murderous totalitarian regime (so it would be able to murder more people more efficiently). Looks like his fight has been somewhat successful after all.

    Comment by Ivan — February 18, 2024 @ 11:24 am

  9. as far as Carlson’s “interview” with Putler – here is the reaction I got from a friend in Kyiv

    Putin finally outing himself as an apologist for Hitler was worth my time.

    If there was a single hard-hitter in that entire interview, it’s probably this:

    “Do you believe Hungary has a right to take its land back from Ukraine and that other nations have a right to go back to their 1654 borders?”

    Comment by elmer — March 2, 2024 @ 7:11 pm

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