I have read a good part of “The Putin Interviews” by Oliver Stone.
It is hard not to see in Putin a decent human being, fully in control of himself, and with the best of intentions for his country, and his countrymen.
I believe the ‘peace dividend’ you speak of is within our grasp, but we will need some luck along with good intentions, not to mention some statesmanship of the highest order.
‘Populism’ as it is used here (on Common Dreams) is a derogatory term - this is wrong:
Populism is a political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against a privileged elite…" (Wikipedia)
Populism is true democracy in action - in a very real world, wherein the people have essentially no real choices given the money in politics - so we have opted to throw out the whole works - come what may.
This is the way the real world works.
Putin knows this, as does Xi in China.
Our democracy is largely a sham, as pointed out by none other than Noam Chomsky. We are merely consumers to the corporate and business world - and precariats to boot.
Trust the FBI - the CIA - the intelligence community - the courts -
the business as usual duopoly - give me a break!
Reich has it right, and I note that many so called progressives on this site decry his staid stances.
I believe in a well-rounded education for all, and a higher one at that, wherein all are made aware of the knowledge of the Earth System and the Universe at large, as well as historical, paleontological and ecological advances.
From this will follow a one payer medical system and real food, as opposed to the junk we poison our populace with in the name of corporate profit and GDP growth.
Which brings me to Steven Pinker, born in Montreal, my own home town, and his new book “Enlightenment Now”, which I am set to read right after I finish “The Telescope in the Ice” by physicist Mark Bowen, on the spectacular multi-messenger astronomy now a reality with the South Pole’s IceCube neutrino observatory in full operation, and the LIGO and other gravitational wave observatories, as well as the unprecedented optical electromagnetic spectrum telescopes all over the world now surveying the known universe.
This site features too many naysayers - doom and gloom - in my opinion - and almost never highlights the new knowledge daily in evidence right in front of our noses.
I found the following negative review of Pinker’s book emblematic of the Common Dreams perspective, a generalization of course - there being a few exceptions, which of course only lend weight to the generalization.
From the book, “Enlightenment Now”, and the review article, linked to below.
I would be interested in your calm appraisal, as you seem to be right on top of things here on this website.
Pinker’s book can be summed up - not as Utopian, but rather a a necessary response to a dire reality, not unlike Shackleton’s response to his ship Endurance’s capture by the Antarctic ice so long ago:
“Optimism is true moral courage.” (Sir Ernest Shackleton)
As Pinker puts it, “the disdain for reason, science, humanism and progress has a long pedigree in elite intellectual and artistic culture.” Later, he’s even cattier: “Intellectuals hate progress. Intellectuals who call themselves ‘progressives’ really hate progress.”
Pinker on “progressives”