Trump Needs Putin, Putin Trump, and Russians Need Both of Them, Khazin Says
July 20 – In three interrelated articles, Mikhail Khazin argues that Donald Trump
is out to destroy the power of finance capital around the world, needs Vladimir
Putin to help him complete his effort, and that Russians must not blame the
American president for the sanctions others in the US have imposed on them. Russians need both presidents, he says.
to Khazin, Trump is seeking to reverse the de-industrialization of America that
has resulted in an ever greater share of workers being employed in service rather
than productive industries and whose wages have stagnated because services even
more than industries are subject to withering competition from abroad.
a result, most of the population has seen its incomes stagnate or fall; but
there is one big winner: finance capitalism and the educated elites who support
it. Trump has thus decided that he must destroy finance capitalism and especially
its international network that was established after World War II.
forces arrayed against him are enormous, Khazin says; and that is why Trump
needs Putin as an ally. Putin too is interested in destroying the international
order which has left Russia on the margins. And consequently, the two men have
reason to come together and to fight the liberal elites that surround finance
this common ground, created in Khazin’s telling by “objective circumstances,”
the United States government has imposed sanctions on Russia. Some Russians are
thus inclined to blame Trump for this; but doing so, Khazin says, “is just as
stupid as accusing Stalin of organizing the Great Terror.”
Great Terror, he continues, was organized by “those political forces in the USSR
which had put as their goal the task of liquidating ‘Stalin’s group’” and possibly
Stalin as well in order to drive out the Old Bolsheviks and replace them across
the board with “patriotic Soviet technocrats.”
of the political crisis in the United States now, Khazin says, resembles that.
The Clintonites and the international financiers standing behind them view Trump
as “an open threat because they constantly need the emission of new money which
they will not receive as long as Trump is in power.”
two superficially very different situations lead to a single “conclusion,” the
economist argues. “When a new force appears in politics which begins to push on
the old … then the old begins to use against it purely ideological measures,
and with their help increases ‘social tensions’” to try to block the new
is what the finance capitalists and the Clintonites are doing now; but Khazin
says that he thinks Trump is going to succeed just as Stalin did. Russians need
to remember that and thus not to fall into the trap prepared by the world’s
financiers that Trump is behind sanctions against them.
is just as stupid,” Khazin says, “as accusing Stalin of organizing ‘the Great
Terror’ or Lenin of organizing the murder of the tsar and his family.”
rephrase Karl Marx, Khazin’s ideas are not powerful because they are true but
rather because, while fundamentally false, they are easy for both Moscow elites
and the broader population of Russia which grew up on such pseudo-Marxist
analysis to take them without much question and at face value.