The Martinez Perspective : Vladimir Putin — Moral Actor or Machiavellian Realist?


Martinez and Blakeney podcast

On this episode of The Martinez Perspective, host Brandon Martinez is joined by journalist and radio host Joshua Blakeney.

Brandon Martinez

The focus of this discussion was the dogmatism of the Left, how ideologues discard facts and truths that do not coincide with their ideology, Zionist militarism, neocon wars and the role of Vladimir Putin’s Russia in world affairs.
Is Vladimir Putin a “hero” as some anti-Zionists view him to be? Is he a moral actor or a Machiavellian realist motivated purely by self-interest and economic considerations?
Martinez and Blakeney discuss and debate Putin’s motivations and whether or not the view of Putin as “good guy” is parochial and superficial.
They also discussed the merits and drawbacks of realism vs. idealism and the dichotomy of being an activist vs. an intellectual.
Should we prioritize certain independence struggles over others? For example, is the Chechen struggle for self-determination from Russia fundamentally different from that of the Palestinians? Should we place some victims of imperial governments above others in a quasi-caste system of victimhood? And how is that compatible with a moral universalist outlook?
All of these interesting concepts and ideas are discussed on the show. Don’t miss this one!

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