“The liberal idea has become obsolete. ... [Liberals] cannot simply dictate anything to anyone as they have been attempting to do over the recent decades.”

Such was the confident claim of Vladimir Putin to the Financial Times on the eve of a G-20 gathering that appeared to validate his thesis.

Consider who commanded all the attention at the Osaka summit.

The main event was Trump’s meeting with China’s Xi Jinping and their agreement to renew trade talks. Xi runs an archipelago of detention camps where China’s Uighur Muslims and its Kazakh minority have their minds coercively “corrected.”

A major media focus at the summit was Trump’s meeting with Putin where he playfully admonished the Russian president not to meddle again in our 2020 election. The two joked about how both are afflicted with a media that generates constant “fake news.”

At the G-20 class picture, Trump was seen smiling and shaking hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom U.S. intelligence says ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump called the prince “a friend” who has done a “spectacular job.”

Trump then left for Seoul, traveled to the DMZ, and crossed into North Korea to shake hands with Kim Jong Un, who runs a police state unrivaled for its repression.

Negotiations on Kim’s nuclear weapons may be back on track.

Among other G-20 leaders present were Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi of India and President Recep Erdogan of Turkey, who has imprisoned tens of thousands after a coup attempt in July 2016.

In his interview with the FT’s Lionel Barber, Putin appeared as much an analyst of, as an advocate for, the nationalism and populism that seems to be succeeding the 20th-century liberalism of the West.

Why is liberalism failing? Several causes, said Putin. Among them, its failure to deal with the crisis of the age: mass and unchecked illegal migration. Putin praised Trump’s efforts to secure the U.S. border:

“This liberal idea has become obsolete. It has come into conflict with the interests of the overwhelming majority of the population. ... This liberal idea presupposes that ... migrants can kill, plunder and rape with impunity because their rights as migrants have to be protected.”

Putin deplored Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to bring into Germany a million refugees from Syria’s civil war.

His comments came as 10 Democratic candidates in the second presidential primary debate were raising their hands in support of the proposition that breaking into the USA should cease to be a crime and those who succeed in breaking in should be given free health care.

Putin also sees the social excesses of multiculturalism and secularism in the West as representing a failure of liberalism.

In a week where huge crowds celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall “uprising” in Greenwich Village, as it is now called, with parties and parades, Putin declared:

“Have we forgotten that all of us live in a world based on biblical values? ... I am not trying to insult anyone because we have been condemned for our alleged homophobia. But we have no problem with LGBT persons. God forbid, let them live as they wish.”

He added, “But some things do appear excessive to us. They claim now that children can play five or six gender roles.”

Elton John pronounced himself “deeply upset.”

Putin did not back off: “Let everyone be happy. ... But this must not be allowed to overshadow the culture, traditions and traditional family values of millions of people making up the core population.”

Putin took power two decades ago, as this 21st century began. In recent years, he has advanced himself not only as a foe of liberalism but also a champion of populism, traditionalism and nationalism.

Nor is he hesitant to declare his views regarding U.S. politics.

Of Trump, Putin says, “He is a talented person [who] knows very well what his voters expect of him. ... Trump looked into his opponent’s attitude toward him and saw changes in American society.”

Recalling his own controversial comment that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the greatest tragedy of the 20th century, Putin said the tragedy was not the death of Communism but the shattering of the Russian Federation into 15 separate nations.

The tragedy was the “dispersal of ethnic Russians” across the newly independent successor states of the Soviet Union: “25 million ethnic Russians found themselves living outside the Russian Federation. ... Is this not a tragedy? A huge one! And family relations? Jobs? Travel? It was nothing but a disaster.”

What may be said of Putin?

He is no Stalin, no Communist ideologue, but rather a Russian nationalist who seeks the return of her lost peoples to the Motherland, and, seeing his country as a great power, wants NATO out of his front yard.

While we have issues with him on arms control, Iran and Venezuela, we have a common interest in avoiding a war with this nuclear-armed nation as we did with the far more menacing Soviet Empire of the Cold War.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com.

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Dwasserba

He is former KGB! Underestimate him at your peril!

phydeaux994

I’m still waiting for a Conservative to name a few “FREE” Countries not Governed by “LIBERALS”? We are experiencing as we speak that a “CONSERVATIVE” always wants to be a Dictator. They don’t know how to “SHARE”. Venezuela WAS a “FREE” Country not so long ago, until the “LIBERAL” died.

gabrielshorn2013

Not sure where you got your information phy. From 1999 until his death in 2013, Hugo Chavez (Socialist) was president. From 2013 until now (officially anyway), Nocolas Maduro (Socialist) was president. You have to go all the way back to 1959 before you get to a party that wasn't either a Social Democrat or Copei (green party). Before that it was military rule. Are Socialists not "liberals"?

gabrielshorn2013

Hit send before finishing. Chavez bankrupted Venezuela, leaving the bill for his successor, Maduro, who is also a socialist. It is the cause of the current turmoil in Venezuela, causing many residents to flee to Brazil and Colombia.

phydeaux994

No, Socialists are not “Liberals”. You BTT(BullyTagTeam) RRR(RadicalRightRepublicans) believe that saying that over and over will make that come true but alas! it won’t. Chuck and Nancy aren’t Socialists but a few Democrats lean that way. Putin and Kim Jong Un are Socialists, as are many other Dictators, who Trump would like to join. Liberals are people that Care and Share.

gabrielshorn2013

Name calling phy? Way to make your point. Why do you feel the need to do so? Bernie Sanders is a self-admitted socialist! AOC is a self-admitted Socialist Democrat? You were the one that made the claim about Venezuela. I looked it up and saw you were wrong, and replied. BTW, not a Republican at all, and I've told you that several times. You've also called me a racist in the past, which is hysterical since I am cajun-creole in ancestry. I have never bullied anyone on this site as you have. Someone points out your foibles, and you set your hair ablaze. Good grief.

phydeaux994

My 11:25pm comment yesterday was to counter the “Liberals are obsolete” article’s premise. You ignored my first 3 sentences, the meat of the comment and attacked the last, my example of a “FREE” Country now a dictatorship. And your last sentence asked me a question, which my reply to you answered. What’s with the attack? What name did I call you? And AOC and Bernie do “lean that way”. What’s your beef gab?

CapitanoZanetti

American conservatives. Parroting Russian Propaganda >The tragedy was the “dispersal of ethnic Russians” across the newly independent successor states of the Soviet Union: “25 million ethnic Russians found themselves living outside the Russian Federation. ... Is this not a tragedy? A huge one! And family relations? Jobs? Travel? It was nothing but a disaster.” 2019 is weird indeed

DickD

Your typical right wing, Buchanan column. Quoting Putin and all the other enemies of the U.S. Has anyone wondered why we allow all the foreign students to come to U.S. colleges to study and learn the latest technology? Or are we just going to build that wall?

jerseygrl42

liberalism is all about high taxes on those who work so they can give out "free stuff' to the 37% of working age folks in America who choose NOT to work, thereby keeping the free stuff gang ties to their apron strings ...and of course re-election...it is sick

DickD

Knowing how you feel, Jersey, will you give back any Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, Medicaid - if you get it or might need it in a nursing home and other benefits?

bosco

We have been taxed for years for our Social Security and Medicare benefits - those benefits have been earned. Who will be taxed for the Left's giveaway, everything for free programs? Don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that rich man behind the tree.

rikkitikkitavvi

In a word. YES.

hayduke2

The writer says "A major media focus at the summit was Trump’s meeting with Putin where he playfully admonished the Russian president not to meddle again in our 2020 election. The two joked about how both are afflicted with a media that generates constant “fake news.” Really, you think this needed to be trivalized? You think this is how the leader of the US should act? Sad.

hayduke2

Why continually publish this one sided, full of spin author ? Surely the FNP can find other articles to publish!

gabrielshorn2013

Simple. All sides should be heard, conservative, liberal, and those between.

bosco

Typical lefty approach to silence those with whom they do not agree. Personally, I enjoy reading all opinions in order to be informed.

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