Snyder: To Understand Putin, Read Orwell

Is Putin crazy–or crazy like a fox? The noted author Timothy Snyder, author of the massively important and equally depressing book Bloodlands on how Poland was ravaged by Germans and Soviets, explains:

But we need to dig a bit deeper into the plot for the three concepts needed to understand this very strange war, in which Putin has radicalized Russian politics, destroyed a European peace order, challenged Europeans’ assumptions about their entire future — and even threatened nuclear war. Every reason proffered to explain a war that is pointless to the point of nihilism is obviously bogus or self-contradictory or both. To grasp this horrible event in which people are killing and dying for no discernible reason, we need to remember some key concepts from Orwell: Eurasia, doublethink and learning to love Big Brother.

via Politico

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