A heart-warming friendship

The specter of Russian spying, sabotage, and influence in U.S. politics preoccupied Republicans for much of the second half of the 20th century, sometimes to the point of hysteria. Now that Russia is actually spying, sabotaging, and influencing a U.S. presidential election, not to mention escalating nuclear tensions, few seem concerned. What has changed? Perhaps now that Russia’s nominal communism has been discarded, Republicans see more clearly their affinity with Russian politics: oligarchy, military aggression, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, violence toward protesters, and myriad other forms of intimidation veiled as “order.”

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