Putin comes from a line of ideological dictators (including Hitler and Stalin). These dictators become hostages to their own worldview. Hitler used to say “I pursue my destiny with the same certainty that a sleepwalker pursues his path”. The smashing power of reality may overwhelm Putin. Right now, he lives in a cocoon of lies, but once he gets a clear set of information, he will realize that he has failed because he has humiliated Russia more than anyone else, especially because Finland and Sweden will most likely join NATO. Russia’s foreign policy towards Finland has always been to deny that country any foreign policy. Lenin and Stalin would hate what he has done. They were Machiavellians and valued success. This is how he will meet his downfall. His fiasco in Ukraine has shown the bankruptcy of oligarchic kleptocracy. Putinism has failed politically, militarily, morally. But as a set of ideological salvationist fantasies, it will outlive Putin the same way Maoism has outlived Mao.
Mesaj de la Vladimir Tismaneanu
“Your previous posts didn’t follow our Community Standards, so you can’t do things like post or comment.” Am făcut apel la Board-ul FB. Postarea era din 28 mai 2022. Este limpede ca cineva, “stim noi cine”, cauta in arhiva paginii mele orice poate genera asemenea stupide hartuieli. Am spus ca poza este de la Conferința de la Munchen din septembrie 1938, ca îi include pe premierii Neville Chamberlain si Edouard Daladier împreuna cu dictatorul german Adolf Hitler. Postarea era despre complicitati, ingenuncheri, capitulari. Despre appeasement.
L’homme n’est qu’un roseau, le plus faible de la nature; mais c’est un roseau pensant. (Blaise Pascal)
Omul este doar o trestie, cea mai fragilă din natură; dar este o trestie gânditoare. (Blaise Pascal)
Gaudium in veritate: It is my pleasure to recommend in superlative terms this book by my friend and U-MD colleague, Piotr Kosicki. Superbly written and truly illuminating, this is comparative intellectual history at its very best! Congrats, Piotr, see you on Thursday and Friday at our conference on “One Hundred Years of Communist Experiments.” Thanks for the great inscription!
In order to calm the crowd outside, the portrait of Lenin is rapidly being removed from the council room of the city hall by a freedom fighter. Gyor, Hungary. October-November, 1956. © Erich Lessing | Magnum Photos
Image: October-November 1956. Budapest. On Vaci Road was the Soviet Cultural shop, members of the insurrection looted it and destroyed the propaganda material. Photo by Erich Lessing (Magnum)
He embodies brilliantly three gifts: the gift of friendship, the gift of love, and the gift of wisdom. Happy Birthday to Andrei Pleșu, a noble citizen of the European Republic of Letters!
Image: Launching my book “Fantasies of Salvation” at the Embassy of Romania, Washington, DC, November 1998.
City of liberty, Gdańsk, March 2017: In memory of the great European philosopher Jan Patočka, for whom responsibility was a duty and a virtue. Born in 1907, this student of Edmund Husserl became a spokesman for Charter 77. He died forty
This post is dedicated to the memory of two Andrés: Malraux (1901-1976) and Glucksmann (1937-2015). To be or not to be European? This is question. The French elections are about modernity versus traditionalism, inclusion versus exclusion, civic patriotism versus atavistic xenophobia, hope versus fear, confrontation with the ignoble pages of the past versus revisionist denial, tolerance versus intolerance, Enlightenment versus Counter–Enlightenment, the France of Jean Jaurès, Léon Blum, Jean Moulin, Jean Monnet, Pierre Mendès-France, René Char, and Albert Camus versus the France of Charles Maurras, “L’Action Francaise,” Drumont, Vichy, les collabos, Doriot, “Je suis partout,” and the neo-Poujadisme. The very fact that Emmanuel Macron is a member of the editorial board of the monthly journal “L’esprit” indicates a political philosophy committed to the open society. I definitely support him and I do hope that he will be the winner!