Who is the most influential human being on the planet? My vote goes to Vladimir Putin.
Putin has established himself as one pole in the great global debate of the era, the debate between authoritarianism and democracy. He has a coherent strategy to promote his authoritarian side of that debate. He’s able to humiliate and disrupt his democratic rivals at will and get away with it. He’s become a cultural hero to populist conservatives everywhere — in France, Italy, the Philippines and the Oval Office.
Yes. Thank you David Brooks. Here is one of many goood, a few crazy comments,