Zelenskyy is being credited with something that is not in him
David Brook wrote an opinion The Triumph of the Ukrainian Idea published by The New York Times.
Here is what one can read in this article:
“That idea is actually two ideas jammed together. The first is liberalism, which promotes democracy, individual dignity, a rule-based international order.
The second idea is nationalism. Volodymyr Zelensky is a nationalist. He is fighting not just for democracy but also for Ukraine — Ukrainian culture, Ukrainian land, the Ukrainian people and tongue. The symbol of this war is the Ukrainian flag, a nationalist symbol.
There are many people who assume that liberalism and nationalism are opposites. Liberalism, in their mind, is modern and progressive. It’s about freedom of choice, diversity and individual autonomy. Nationalism, meanwhile, is primordial, xenophobic, tribal, aggressive and exclusionary”.
Who is David Brooks? Mr. Brooks has been a columnist with The Times since 2003. He is the author of “The Road to Character” and, most recently, “The Second Mountain”. He is definitely not an expert in Ukrainian, Russian or Eastern European studies.
This might explain why he puts together anything and everything.
Not many people can mix up unmixable — liberalism and nationalism. Unfortunately, too many people see nationalism with blood on its hands. Many enough people consider as nationalists typical liberals, like Donal Trump, just because those liberals identify themselves as nationalists, like Donald Trump.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukraine’s president, by very many is considered as Ukrainian nationalist he never had/has been and he isn’t.
In 2019, while running for presidency, at that time still Vladimir Zelenskyy was asked about his ideology. He muttered that he was… libertarian.
Since then, Zelenskyy changed his ideology a few times, and I am not sure that he is capable to identify his ideology. Besause his education doesn’t allow him to define any type of ideology.
Zelenskyy’s political party, Servant of the People, strange as it may seem, is rooted in… Bolshevism. That’s why his fellow party members are often called as Green Bolsheviks.
I am not sure that David Brooks is better educated in this field. That’s why he can allow himself to mix unmixable.
There is one more reason for D. Brooks not to express his opinion on the topic he wants to be an expert in (I mean his earlier opinion on Putin). The guy has absolutely no idea about the NATURE of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Unfortunately, he is not alone. There historians (sic!) specializing in Russian/Ukrainian history who show lack of knowledge of it. And Timothy Snider is among them.
Here are some articles by V. Ivanenko about V. Zelenskyy published in 2019–2022 (in Ukrainian):
You can search more about Zelenskyy on this site.
Read more to understand Ukrainian idea and issues of Ukraine’s politics and governance: