The Inflection Point of Putin’s “Evil Empire” Speech, by Paul Rosenberg and Joe Katzman

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. When Vladimir Putin opens his mouth, it pays to listen. From Paul Rosenberg and Joe Katzman at

As you know, I prefer to focus on building the good rather than identifying the bad. That preference stands, but there is also wisdom in understanding what is happening in the world, so we can build the good in spite of it. (“Wise as serpents, innocent as doves.”) This piece, written recently by one of my friends, is serious, far-reaching analysis. It is especially important as we pivot into a different world than we’ve known. Retain whatever quibbles you like, but read this and understand it. 

By Joe Katzman

We live in historic times – and part of the change is that you cannot depend on western media for anything. At all. Vladimir Putin’s recent speech, which Russia is starting to back with real action, is a perfect example.

If you want to understand the world, part of that regimen requires reading in full what key leaders around the world are saying. It’s very doable. Whether you believe them or like them or not, they say these things for particular audiences. Outside the West, such politicians often have specific geopolitical goals in mind. So read the speeches yourself; don’t depend on some uneducated millennial working for starvation wages and scraps of bootlicking status in some Brooklyn dump.

No head of state is as critical as Vladimir Putin, for obvious reasons – though below the head of state level, you must also pay focused attention to Sergey Glazyev and Wang Huning if you want to understand the current Asian Heartlands Crystalization. Sadly, Wang Huning is opaque now, except through the books he wrote while he was in America during the 1990s (spolier: he concluded that it was all coming down, before he went back home to guide China’s modern strategy). Unlike Glazyev, he’s too Confucian to give interviews, so:

Back to Putin. His speeches since the Ukrainian front burst into kinetic war have been historic, successively heralding the end of the unipolar western order that has dominated the world for the last 500 years. Those speeches have landed with greater and greater credibility as concrete and consequential actions back those words. For those who thought he was just blustering and bloviating, because our politicians believe they can literally cast word spells and change reality… I trust that you’ve been disabused of that notion by now.

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