There is Bear in the Woods: Putin’s Russia

As Putin stood in his Kremlin office in the winter of 2000 he faced a Russia close to anarchy and teetering on the edge of collapse.  The optimism of the past decade had collapsed along with the policies of the Yeltsin administration and the hope of a democratic Russia seemed further away than ever. Putin would respond to this crisis in a way that put his distrust, and quite frankly his disgust, for an open system fully on display. In just over a decade, Putin would replace the ‘wild west’ style of the Yeltsin years with a tightly controlled system of “vertical power.”  By consolidating power and persecuting his enemies, Vladimir Putin would elevate himself into the position of a 21st Century Czar and truly turn his country into “Putin’s Russia.” Continue reading There is Bear in the Woods: Putin’s Russia

FBB Debate Special: We’ll Always Have Paris

Earlier this week President Trump announced that his administration would be withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Accords. Today, in this FBB Debate Special, John and returning contributing writer Roger Durling will square off over the question of whether or not President Trump’s decision is as big of a deal as it’s being made out to be. Neither John nor Roger saw each other’s arguments before they submitted their final drafts to Tom and Winston who edited the article into its current format. Continue reading FBB Debate Special: We’ll Always Have Paris