Ben Walsh

bcw8434@nyu.edu
Articles by Ben Walsh

Putin: Fascist or “Merely” Soviet? Part II

Putin’s worldview owes less to apocalyptic fascisms like Nazism than to his experiences as a young man working in the Soviet intelligence service. At base, he is a conservative whose heart belongs more to the Soviet 1970s than to Imperial Russia.

Continue reading...

Putin: Fascist or “Merely” Soviet? Part I

In many ways, Putin’s regime meets the expanded definition of fascism. In recent years, Russian public discourse has become increasingly nationalistic, with Putin positioning Russia as a singular civilization locked in a decisive struggle with a decadent, materialistic, and debauched “West.”

Continue reading...