Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: Michael McFaul’s Advice for Vladimir Putin

 

In our recent conversation for Uncommon Knowledge, I asked the Hoover Institution’s Michael McFaul — only a few months removed from his tenure as the US Ambassador to Russia — what advice he would give Vladimir Putin if he were guaranteed the Russian president would listen. Here’s how he answered:

 

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  1. Eeyore Member
    Eeyore Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    “Liberalize, allow for real elections, not ones that you control…”
    [Al Franken chuckles as he hears excerpts from our real elections:]
    To State Bd of Elections during recount: “You know we said 631 votes for Franken? We meant 731 votes…” “Oh, look, I found some cast ballots in the back seat of my car. They must have fallen out when I was transporting ballot boxes…” “Oh, look – over in the corner – a ballot box that hasn’t been counted. Let’s see, 85% of the votes for Franken…” – All ballots were allowed.
    Please tell Mr. McFaul to cast some of his sagacity our way.

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    • May 22, 2014, at 9:31 AM PDT
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  2. Eeyore Member
    Eeyore Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I sympathize with you, Peter. As you indicated on Episode 200, you put up a post highlighting a probing geopolitical question, and all you get is one dollop of snark from one of Ricochet’s tertiary harebrains. Meanwhile, DC gets 25 – strike that, 29 – comments (so far) on…cover songs! No fairness in dis life…

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    • May 22, 2014, at 3:35 PM PDT
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  3. Peter Robinson Founder
    Peter Robinson

    Eeyore:

    I sympathize with you, Peter. As you indicated on Episode 200, you put up a post highlighting a probing geopolitical question, and all you get is one dollop of snark from one of Ricochet’s tertiary harebrains. Meanwhile, DC gets 25 – strike that, 29 – comments (so far) on…cover songs! No fairness in dis life…

    Thanks, Eyeore. I have to admit, though, that I long ago got used to losing the comments war to DC. She’s just a marvel.

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    • May 22, 2014, at 7:13 PM PDT
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