Carlson's interview is good reason to make Putin look ridiculous
Everyone has laughed at Vladimir Putin's historical delusions
Indeed, a complete mess, from a scientific point of view. But there is one small problem: Putin lives in a political reality, not a scientific one. And political reality is shaped by headlines (and subheadlines at most), not by the number of scientific references. And political reality is also shaped by the frequency of repetition from opinion leaders.
If you look closely at Putin's interview, it consists of two messages:
- Ukraine does not want negotiations, while Russia wants them;
- Ukraine is an artificial entity.
The first message is, by the way, the main narrative of the Russian Federation for 2024, and they are promoting it everywhere and on all platforms. But this is a separate topic.
As for the second, despite all Putin's historical nonsense, this message is repeated by him many times and it is reduced to headlines and subheadings and goes to conditional rednecks.
And here we have one important thing: we do not oppose anything to this. There is an information vacuum that is being filled by this historical nonsense.
Therefore, it is extremely important to give our response to this nonsense, because otherwise, when the same redneck decides to find out something on Google about us and the Russians, he will only get Putin.
Putin justifies the war with history. In an information war, to ignore this fact is to shoot yourself in the foot.
And it would probably be right for our president to give a lecture on our history in a Western university. And a landing party of our most famous Ukrainians (not necessarily historians) would give their lectures.
Unfortunately, we have to give our response to all this Putin's nonsense.
And one more thing: this interview is a good reason to make Putin look ridiculous. Because if we don't make him funny (and we're not doing that yet), he will become serious. And we definitely don't need that.
About the author: Vadym Denysenko, political scientist.
The editors don't always share the opinions expressed by the authors of the blogs.