I’m getting very tired of the myth that Putin is somehow irrational, crazy, or sick.
Putin’s “irrational” actions have given him the kinds of approval ratings that Obama and Hollande couldn’t even dream of, greatly strengthened his regime, expanded his country’s territory, and made millions around the world worship him as a proponent of an alternative to modernity.
Yes, Putin’s supporters are brain-dead freaks. Yes, he is only loved in Russia because Russians are isolated and misinformed. Yes, there is no alternative to modernity and it’s better to recognize that sooner rather than later. But exploiting the fears and the inadequacies of modernity’s outcasts is not irrational. It’s the exact opposite.