by Peter Zeihan on September 14, 2022
Bernie Sanders has long been my least favorite personality in the American political world. Not because he’s an idiot (although he is) or because his ideology is historically, morally and economically blind (although it is all those things), but because he has long been an enthusiastically active and willing stooge for Moscow’s propaganda in the United States. Jill Stein regularly makes my bottom five for similar reasons.
But times change. Apparently, the mass murder of Ukrainians in the tens of thousands did something in Sanders’ mind that Moscow’s pointing of thousands of nuclear weapons at his constituents did not. No worries for the Kremlin. There are others in the Western world willing to prostrate themselves to Vladimir Putin. Their reasons vary (greatly) but to a person they are among the greatest threats to the American experiment and way of life.
I’m not going to dive into their rationales. That’s a task for people with far greater interest in the Thunderdome of American politics than I have ever possessed. But I can and will outline the whys of Russian propaganda. It didn’t come out of the blue. Its very existence is wrapped up in how Moscow has ruled its territories going back to the beginning.