The Right Coast

September 13, 2004
Does He Mean What I Think He Means?
By Mike Rappaport

In Brian Leiter's absence, there have been some pretty disconcerting posts from his guest bloggers, but this one crosses the line. Benjamin Hellie titles his post, "On winning the cold war" and then writes "Well, at least freedom for Russia was a positive outcome, right?" While I certainly agree that Putin's rule is quite troublesome, he seems to be suggesting that nothing else was positive from ending the cold war. Let's be clear: Ending the enslavement of Eastern Europe was a massive human good. Benjamin Hellie should clarify his position. He should make clear that he agrees that freedom for Eastern Europe was a good or defend this moral outrage.