Why You Should Watch the Tucker/Putin Interview

If you are an American who cares about free speech, world peace, and history, you should not miss the Tucker/Putin interview that aired on X. This is not your typical media interview, but a rare opportunity to hear from one of the most powerful and controversial leaders in the world.

The interview lasted for two hours and had 150 million views in the first 24 hours. That’s more than most mainstream media programs have in a month. Why is this interview so popular and important? Here are some reasons:

  • It shows the value of dialogue and understanding. The USA was built on the principle of free speech and a desire to understand an adversary’s point of view. The more the two most powerful nations on the planet with nukes can sit down and talk, the better off all of humanity is. Tucker Carlson did not shy away from asking tough questions, but he also listened respectfully and tried to find common ground with Putin. This is a refreshing contrast to the usual demonization and propaganda that we see in the media.
  • It reveals Putin’s strategy and vision. What Putin is doing by going so deep into the history of Russia is not a filibuster, but a very intentional and intelligent strategy that should not be overlooked. Putin’s power stems from his ability to foster a national identity above all else. This is a huge challenge for him and Russia, and is in fact, unsustainable in large part because of the amount of effort that it takes. He needs to expend incredible effort constantly rebuilding and reinforcing a narrative that supports that national identity in order to maintain power. The amount of time he dedicates at the very beginning of this interview just shows how important this is and how much effort is required.
  • It challenges the mainstream narrative. Putin is reasonable and wants to make peace. Western leaders should return to diplomacy to end the war. The people of the world desire peace. Putin is lied about because he speaks the truth. These are some of the statements that Putin makes in the interview that go against the mainstream narrative that portrays him as a ruthless dictator and a threat to democracy. Whether you agree with him or not, you should at least hear his side of the story and judge for yourself.

Here are few takeaways from the interview:

  • Russia wants peace. Putin repeatedly emphasizes that Russia does not want a confrontation with the West, but a cooperation based on mutual respect and interests. He says that Russia is ready to work with any US president, as long as they respect Russia’s sovereignty and security.
  • Putin is sophisticated and a man of history. Putin demonstrates a deep knowledge of Russian and world history, as well as current affairs. He cites historical facts and figures to support his arguments and to explain his perspective. He also shows a keen awareness of the geopolitical and economic forces that shape the world order. He is not a simple-minded or ignorant leader, but a sophisticated and experienced one.
  • Putin understands the shadow men behind our leaders. Putin hints at the existence of a hidden elite that controls the world and influences the decisions of our leaders. They are the ones who benefit from the wars and conflicts that plague the world.
  • There are more than 5 good reasons for Ukraine war. Putin gives a detailed and nuanced explanation of the Ukraine crisis, which is not a simple or black-and-white issue. There are more than 5 good reasons for the war. He also blames the West for supporting a coup d’etat in Ukraine and for provoking Russia by expanding NATO and deploying missiles near its borders.
  • Bitterness for how world has treated Russia and optics around Russia. Putin expresses a sense of resentment and frustration for how the world has treated Russia and its people. He says that Russia has been betrayed, and isolated by the West, especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He also says that Russia has been unfairly portrayed as a backward and aggressive country, while its achievements and contributions have been ignored or downplayed.
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