Hegel liked to say, “The Owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of dusk” – that wisdom comes too late. A Hegel-like historical irony may also be unfolding.
Is there an ideological/philosophical divide lying at the root of current Russia-West tensions?
In 2016, Washington pundits were shocked to discover the grim reality and anger of working people in “flyover country” that fueled the candidacies of Bernie Sanders on the left and Donald Trump on the right. The foreign policy establishment of both parties may soon discover that utterly ignoring popular discontent with America’s wars may fuel a similar populist eruption.
Stephen F. Cohen speaks aboard the Nation cruise, December 2, 2017, introduced by Nation Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel.
Late this month Russia will host and broker a new round of Syrian peace talks in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi.
Ira Helfand, MD is co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize. As co-Founder and Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, IPPNW’s US affiliate, he knows terrible truths about nuclear war.
Despite its claims to “open-ness,” liberalism in its late modern Western form becomes self-contained to the point of closure. Allied with such power constructs as the “liberal world order,” globalization (a word that came into common usage only after the fall of the Soviet Union) tends towards the homogenization of political space and the radical constriction of pluralism.
One is tempted to conclude that the Washington foreign-policy establishment has learned little over the past century.
On January 10, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) released a Foreign Relations Committee staff report purporting to detail a “nearly two decades-long assault on democratic institutions, universal values and the rule of law across Europe and his own country” by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
For the popular US cable news network MSNBC, the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world is apparently not worth much attention-even as the US government has played a key role in creating and maintaining that unparalleled crisis.