He has been on my podcast before.
This time, Iain chatted about
- Russia’s justifiable security concerns;
- Russia’s technocractic ambitions;
- the West’s technocractic ambitions;
- the incoming multipolar world order; and
- why public-private partnerships are dangerous.
Legitimate safety concerns
Vladimir Putin has legitimate safety concerns around the West’s (and NATO’s) desire to both unseat him and
bring democracy flatten Russia like they did in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Libya, [insert country]. Cleaning up Ukraine is justifiable, as Dmitry Orlov notes, since the Biden administration is using it for a proxy war.
At the same time, Vladimir Putin has globalist ambitions and goals to create a multipolar world in which the United States is no longer the superpower. He is a powerful politician who wants to introduce increased mass surveillance and digital identity, and this must not be forgotten.