A Contrarian View on Russia and Ukraine - Rebel Wisdom | Summary and Q&A

March 23, 2022
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A Contrarian View on Russia and Ukraine - Rebel Wisdom


The Russia-Ukraine conflict is seen as a mix of over-optimism, rationalization, and strategic blunders. There is disagreement on the outcomes and morality of the war, with potential geopolitical implications.

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Key Insights

  • 🇷🇺 Geopolitical and security concerns drive imperialism in both Russia and NATO, leading to conflicts like the Russia-Ukraine war.
  • ↩️ The erosion of trust and credibility in the West due to the conflict may prompt other countries to turn to China economically and politically.
  • ⚖️ The conflict highlights the difficulty of balancing strategic interests and moral values.
  • 💁 The information environment in Russia and the West is disconnected from reality, hampering the ability to understand and respond to the conflict.
  • 🥺 The conflict risks destabilizing the global financial and economic system, leading to potential long-term consequences.
  • 🇨🇳 The prospects of a Russian default, coupled with China's support, could reshape the balance of power between the West and China.
  • 🥳 Russia's occupation of parts of Ukraine is likely, but the impact on Putin's leadership and internal political stability is uncertain.
  • 🫱 The potential emergence of an anti-war movement within Russia may significantly impact the outcomes of the conflict.


welcome thank you for having me on the show so samo you have something of a contrary position for what is kind of developing into a bit of a consensus at the moment over the russia invasion of ukraine and i think it's important to to interrogate that i've not agreed with all of your takes and i think we'll we'll maybe kind of disagree over some thi... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: Are there concerns about bias and selectivity in the information about the conflict?

Yes, it can be challenging to trust sources and their presentations or biases. Open-source intelligence provides valuable information, but constructing a complete picture can be difficult due to the messy nature of war.

Q: How does Russia's military operation in Ukraine compare to US military doctrine?

By US military doctrine, Russia's operation is seen as a disaster due to the lack of air supremacy. However, Russian doctrine focuses on building strong anti-air defenses and using artillery for firepower. The effectiveness of this approach is debatable and raises concerns for NATO's potential losses in a conflict.

Q: What is the view on the morale of Russian soldiers and Putin's isolation?

The morale of Russian soldiers is uncertain, as sources on their morale vary and are mostly Western interviews with POWs captured by Ukraine. Putin's isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic has been observed, but there is a streak of paranoia regarding his fear of a bioweapon specifically targeting him.

Q: How does the conflict impact the perception of Western values and the liberal order?

The conflict challenges the perception of Western values and the strength of the liberal order. A decline in Western power and the inability to avoid military conflict with Russia diminishes the credibility and universality of Western values. The response from the West may reunify the sense of common purpose but raises questions about the practicality of upholding these values.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The conflict between Russia and Ukraine is seen as a complex situation with mistakes made by military and diplomatic leaders. It is not viewed as a just war, but the evidence suggests it is not a military disaster for Russia.

  • The reliance on China for economic support creates concerns about the West losing economic integration with other countries in the future.

  • The fog of war and narrative warfare make it challenging to trust sources, but open-source intelligence and on-the-ground information provide valuable perspectives.

  • The military strategies and objectives of Russia and Ukraine differ based on their respective doctrines, making it important to understand alternative models of war.

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