One thing that should be pointed out is that it is not uncommon for “strongman” rulers to have conflicts within their oligarchies and deep states. Putin is clearly a strongman and quasi-dictator even if he purged the corrupt oligarchy that ruled Russian during the Yeltsin period. Turkey’s deep state attempted a coup against Erdogan a few years ago. Trump the used car salesman is obviously not Putin, a former KGB operative, or Erdogan, an Islamist and neo-Ottoman expansionist. Trump is a Rockefeller-Nixon-Koch-Perot-Clinton-Guiliani hybrid and imitator. Anarchists and cohorts need to get past the need to take sides in these intra-state/intra-ruling class conflicts.
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