(De-)Mobilizing America

15 Jun 2020

(Moscow-on-Thames) As Vladimir Putin launched the public campaign for his constitutional reform, he took the opportunity to tell Russia a bit about the United States, and about democracy in general.

“What is democracy?” Putin asked (rhetorically, in more ways than one). “It’s the power of the people, that’s right. But if the people elect their higher authorities, then those higher authorities have the right to organize the work of the organs of executive power in such a way as to guarantee the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population of the country. And what’s happening there [in America]? The president says, ‘We need to do X’, and the governors say ‘Go to hell.'” [...]

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