#PresidentWeakHorse vs. Vlad the Impaler
Bill Quick

Lawrence Solomon: Vladimir the Great | Financial Post

Putin is popular with most Russian demographics — rich, poor, young, old, Russian, ethnic, as well as male, female — and for good reason. After centuries of serfdom and privation under the czars, after decades of central planning and privation under the Communists, and after a decade of chaos and privation in the 1990s, Putin has delivered stability and prosperity.

By the end of 2006, the midpoint of his reign to date, his reputation was made. Russia’s GDP had almost tripled over the previous four years while its reserves had increased more than six-fold, the ruble was strong, inflation had been halved, the economy was growing at 7%, almost everyone had been made better off. Despite the recent recession which hit Russia’s energy-dependent economy especially hard — GDP plummeted by 8% in 2009 — Russia soon bounced back and it now boasts the world’s third-fastest growing economy. All told, since Putin came to power at the end of 1999, per-capita GDP rose an estimated six-fold, according to the IMF, and real disposable income is at its highest level ever.

I’ve got small use for Vlad the Bad, but compare his record against that of Bush/Obama, and especially against Obama.


Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


#PresidentWeakHorse vs. Vlad the Impaler — 3 Comments

  1. A small population with nukes and missile technology can be a force multiplier. Do you think the USSR could have occupied Eastern Europe if a significant part if the locals weren’t just as totalitarian as they were and willing to secure local power in exchange for loyalty to their Russian masters? Do you think there are no candidates to fill that breach today, either in Eastern Europe, Western Europe or even the US?

    Rome didn’t fall from overwhelming force. It fell because Romans were not willing to defend her and instead fought for their own little fiefdoms or just accepted subjugation because the warrior spirit had long ago left them.