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The Odd Bedfellows COVID Makes

[Written last year, posted now]

As I have noted previously, the Democrat Party state (DPS) is a confluence of DP actors and imbedded pro-DP bureaucrats, who have conspired since at least 2016 to implement what has evolved into an attempted, ongoing revolution from above, using both the federal and state apparati to install a socialist single party-dominant regime. Perhaps the most egregious aspect of DPS efforts has been Joesph Biden’s COVID policies and proposals. They demonstrate the growing comparability between Russian Vladimir Putin’s soft-midrange authoritarian regime and the authoritarianizing Biden regime.   

The DPS’s illegal actions include: attempts to illegally undermine a presidential election and the presidency of Donald Trump Russiagate; the summer 2020 riots encouraged and funded by DPS’s backers such as George Soros; massive fraud and perhaps outright theft of the 2020 presidential election; instigation and organization of the false flag ‘insurrection’ at the U.S. Capitol on 1/6; Biden legislation to establish a single party-dominant political regime by attempting to legalize the measures that facilitated the 2020 election fraud, to pack the Supreme Court, and to create two new states (Puerto Rico and Washington DC); inviting hundreds of thousands eventually millions of illegal aliens into and distributing them across the country; the coverup of then VP Biden’s illegal use of the White House to conduct business with China, Ukraine and Russia through his sone Hunter Biden; and implementing draconian, unconstitutional measures to combat COVID.  

There is a curious concurrence between soft-midrange authoritarian regimes like Russia’s, on the one hand, and some democratic regimes and liberal and leftist groups around the world, on the other hand, regarding COVID policy. Mask mandates, state and social pressure, including discriminatory legislation to ‘nudge’ and push taking poorly tested vaccines, making mandatory certificates to access everyday public venues for the unvaccinated or naturally immunized, and proposals and in some states actual measures for implementing QR codes are common fare across regime types. Indeed, in some ways Russia’s Putin has been less aggressive in pursuing COVID by cracking down on the unvaccinated portion of society than some republics, like the still constitutional American republic.

More interestingly, despite all the political science and pseudo-science pointing to the populist threat – a new way for the left to attack conservatives of all stripes – and its nexus with ‘anti-vaxxers’, the fact is that most of the resistance in the West to mask and vaccine mandates comes from conservative constitutionalists. Republican governors in the US, in particular Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Texas’s Greg Abbot, have led the way in resisting such authoritarian measures as the Biden administration’s proposal to require all businesses with 100 or more employees to require their employees get vaccinated or be fired. Not even Russia’s ‘populist’ Putin has raised this issue, and when the Russian government ran a trial introduction of a QR code mandate in separate regions of the country, the public’s resistance promoted Moscow to back off. Unlike Australia, Russia has not created detention camps for the unvaccinated. Unlike Austria it has introduced draconian fines. The rare exception to the conservative-dominated opposition to draconian COVID-related restrictions is part of the British Labor Party, including its leader Jeremy Corbin, and numerous Biritsh trade unions (

The same array of countervailing forces is evident in Russian and American media. Russia’s pro-Western liberal media outlets (yes, they still exist) give no space or airtime whatsoever to news about conservative American actors’ opposition to the Covidocracy. At the same time, America’s liberal-left-dominated mass media and social media are atypically silent about the Putin government’s anti-COVID measures; they cannot charge Putin with authoritarianism regarding them because their beloved Biden administration and other liberal-leftist Western governments are foisting similar or more harsh measures on their populations to combat the pandemic.

Western media coverage of the two countries’ COVID battles changed after Trump was replaced by Biden in the White House, however. Criticism of Russia’s plight with focus on the high number of cases and deaths continued and even intensified, while fear-mongering about the powerful COVID monster and Biden administration efforts to deal slay it replaced the Trump era nearly exclusive focus on numbers of cases and deaths. This would now be unpleasant and political inexpedient after all. In other words, like U.S. state bodies the media is functioning as a state propaganda machine serving one party and ideology. Sound familiar?

Through the prism of COVID policies we get another look at the authoritarian wave sweeping the globe; one that is having an even more stultifying effect in Western republics because they had farther to go in chasing the authoritarian ‘ideal.’ More and more it looks like ‘we are all authoritarians now.’ But count me out.




About the Author – Gordon M. Hahn, Ph.D., is an Expert Analyst at Corr Analytics, and a Senior Researcher at the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies (CETIS), Akribis Group, Dr. Hahn is the author of The Russian Dilemma: Security, Vigilance, and Relations with the West from Ivan III to Putin (McFarland, 2021), Ukraine Over the Edge: Russia, the West, and the “New Cold War” (McFarland, 2018), The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond (McFarland, 2014), Russia’s Islamic Threat (Yale University Press, 2007), and Russia’s Revolution From Above: Reform, Transition and Revolution in the Fall of the Soviet Communist Regime, 1985-2000 (Transaction, 2002). He also has published numerous think tank reports, academic articles, analyses, and commentaries in both English and Russian language media.

Dr. Hahn also has taught at Boston, American, Stanford, San Jose State, and San Francisco State Universities and as a Fulbright Scholar at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia and has been a senior associate and visiting fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Kennan Institute in Washington DC, and the Hoover Institution.

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