George Will on Vladimir Putin

March 17, 2014

George Will’s column recalls Stalin’s mass starvation, which killed many millions of Ukrainians, and reminds us of the system that fathered — or perhaps grandfathered — Putin. I’m not a student of Putinism, but these lines rang true to me, and I thought I’d pass them along:

[Putin] is a barbarian but not a monster, and hence no Stalin. But he has been coarsened, in ways difficult for civilized people to understand, by certain continuities, institutional and emotional, with an almost unimaginably vicious past.

Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, and tort law, at UCLA School of Law, where he has also often taught copyright law, criminal law, and a seminar on firearms regulation policy.
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