The world has turned upside down and now sidewise as well since it seems that Russia, once the evil communist empire, may now be returning to its culturally conservative roots while the USA, one-time leader of the free world, embraces radicalism.
A recent article by William S. Lind in American Conservative points out the obvious: Vladimir Putin’s Russia is now the world’s foremost defender of conservatism, having replaced in that role the United States that once seemed to protect and defend traditional values everywhere.
Lind starts his commentary with a reminder whose significance many Americans have not yet apprehended.
“An unfortunate legacy of the Cold War is the negative attitude some American conservatives yet harbor toward Russia.”
I had once translated a letter from Alexander Solzhenitsyn to President Reagan that provides some insight into the American right’s mistrust, not of Soviet communism, but of Russia itself. You can read it here.