Do you think the Baltic States and the Ukraine should be “entangled” with Russia because they were historically part of Russia?
No. But if they want to put NATO armament on their own soil, they’re asking for trouble. Russia’s simply not going to tolerate that. (I think there’s limits to what the entire eastern bloc can put in-country, actually. It’s just that nobody knows where those limits are.)
Now, Chomsky is probably overly idealistic sometimes. He thinks all power blocs or even large nation-states are wrong. But he does provide a consistent moral position. That gives me clues as to who is being influenced by trolls.
It was apparently improper for Russia to be forced into the neoliberal order after communism. They needed time to adjust to capitalism.
But I actually believe that today, it’s good for the Russians to have an independent Ukraine and Baltic States on their borders. They provide examples of freer societies that the Russians can move towards
Well, Russia’s not “not-free” now. People live their lives pretty independently from the government. It’s not like there’s secret police all over the place and people speak of politics in hushed tones (or not at all) like you see in China.
I guess the larger question is what happens post-Putin. It could move back towards an oligarchy again, stay the same, or have democratic reforms. But it won’t be because the people are pushing for change, I don’t think. They’ve got a decent balance of freedom and security at the present, and if you’re not in Moscow or St. Pete’s, the economy is probably doing pretty well where you are.