At The Financial Times: Michael Ignatieff on the meaning of the Trudeau victory, a comment by Political Realist

One reads, in awe, of Mr. Ignatieff’s praise of the return to democratic values, of adversaries rather than enemies, to the political process of Canadian state. Good luck to Mr. Trudeau in his endeavor to restore a necessary civility. Yet a glaring object lesson exists, for the political realist, in the recent history of Europe, that Mr. Ignatieff and his R2P allies practiced with all the political dishonesty, even the self-serving mendacity that he criticizes in the political behavior of Mr. Harper: the Western sponsored Coup in Ukraine and the incitement of a New Cold War. His enthusiastic allies in the press were, to name but two, The New York Review of Books, home of the cult of Isaiah Berlin ( Mr. Ignatieff being one of its primary acolytes) and Eurozine. Born here was the myths of Russian revanchism and Putin as The New Stalin, repeated in all the respectable bourgeois publications, as a matter of received truth: it was as if all those publications, print and internet became, like the New York Times, propaganda conduits for the American National Security State.Perhaps, at this point, the reader should recall the Berlin apothegms regarding incommensurables, which at this point acts as a stand in for political hypocrisy and or the more complimentary notion of political pragmatism?

Political Realist

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