François Fillon’s Putinism, a comment by Political Observer

That ‘Free Market Revolutionary’ Mr. Fillon is giving the editors at The Financial Times the jitters, not because he favors ‘shock’ and ‘speed’, not just an echo of Marinetti but a quotation from that notorious  Futurist/Fascist.That rarest of political creatures a Marinetti Thatcherite, a hybrid of hybrids in an intellectual climate that fosters such creatures.

But because Fillon isn’t captive to the New Cold War myth of ‘Putin The Terrible’ and has a penchant for a kind of undesirable  independence: the question of whether Fillon will  support the cabal of the US, the EU and NATO in the murderous adventurism in Ukraine remains problematical, at best. Porcine Spartan Mr. Robert Kagan, in these pages not many weeks ago, warned of the architects of a breach in the ‘Liberal International Order’ a variation on the theme of ‘The Rebellion Against the Elites’ favored by the editors of this publication.

Yet those editors are uncertain, and that uncertainty leads to the use of  François Heisbourg, of the ultra respectable Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique: the intellectual bureaucrat has institutional/political standing, that dates back nearly to Voltaire and his education at the College Louis-le-Grand. And of Sartre and Aron at  École Normale Supérieure, and the French tradition of the grande école.

Heisbourg’s essay is the necessary speculative thinking , within the framework of the current iteration of political orthodoxy, that puts Fillon’s political pragmatism to the test, and finds for its deviationism, in essence a betrayal to that political orthodoxy, that must be rooted out by rhetorical means. This essay is just the beginning of a long campaign!

Political Observer


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