“Leadership is the power of one harnessing the power of many”.
John C Maxwell
The Ukraine-Russia war is making headlines all over the world. It has become almost as divisive as the COVID19 pandemic. Mainstream media have either decided or been told to run with the narrative that it is Russia’s fault, that Vladimir Putin who runs his country with an iron fist must be the bad guy. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky represents the liberal world order, western values, and indiscriminate freedom, so he must be the good guy. Where’s the lie?
Perhaps there is not one lie but multiple lies, and no one knows what is true anymore. All I know is the West is not free, we do not live in a liberal democracy and dictatorships are not what you think they are.
What does a free society look like?
Traditionally we have come to understand that free societies are ones that promote free market and Laissez-faire enterprise, the rule of law, civil liberties, limited government, and economic and political freedom centered on individual rights and liberties. Individual rights such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to consume, move, associate, medicate and procreate at will, were just some of the benefits to living in a free society.
What does a dictatorship look like?
First of all a society does not need a dictator. A dictatorship or totalitarian state can be governed by a group of people who control our thoughts, religion, speech, movement, and finances. They employ propagandistic means by working alongside mass media groups, smaller political groups, large corporations, financial and educational institutions as well as law enforcement agencies.
One need only take a cursory glance at Western society today to see we have deviated more into a dictatorship. The governing oligarchy has taken over people’s lives such that whatever ideas of freedom we had, have been hijacked. The worst part is we do not even realize it.
We look at Vladimir Putin and see a power-hungry, evil dictator threatening liberal democracies globally, who terrorizes his people and wants to take over the world. If that is true of Putin, then my hat goes off to his blatant honesty. At least he is not hiding his intentions.
Zelensky, on the other hand, comes off as a liberal cowboy, he has become the West’s poster boy for freedom, democracy, and peace. Zelensky, backed by Biden and other tyrannical, crazy globalists is sweet-talking the entire world into joining him to take down the “bully” Putin. The people love him to the point Russia has been canceled everywhere.
The propagandistic and sinister way in which the story is unfolding highlights the need to question whether the West already lives under a dictatorship and who the real bullies are.