Some history people don’t understand, at least as I see it. The fall of the former Soviet Union as described in “Revolution from Above: The Demise of the Soviet System” by David M. Kotz was not a bottom up revolution, as it is often lazily portrayed, but a top down one at least in Russia, engineered by the Soviet elite Nomenklatura as they were called.
They became envious in the mid 1980s of the American elite under Reagan, who were beginning to amass the fortunes of the Gilded Era. The Nomenklatura had lots of privilege but it was job dependent and not vast personal fortunes they could use to establish dynasties with or live outside Russia.
So they triggered the collapse of their own system and established a kleptocracy, stealing state assets as they were privatized. Meanwhile the people of Russia wanted to be like Sweden and instead they got Sicily. Out of the chaos and collapsing living standards and life expectancy, out of the anarchic kleptocracy an authoritarian regime of Putin eventually emerged using nationalism to divert attention from the rise of a plutocracy of the very rich.
Now the favor is being repeated in the reverse direction. The US mega rich counter envy the authoritarian power of Putin, and even more obscene wealth/power he has amassed and are seeking to emulate it in the US by electoral and media manipulation to create a similar kleptocracy here, with the same nationalist bigotry as the diversionary force to con the electoral turkeys to vote for Thanksgiving to come early over and over again. And Putin supports this as Russia remains an economic basket case and so all he can hope for is to benefit from international Trump caused chaos just as he benefitted from it within Russia. Unleash the dogs of chaos say Trump and Putin in chorus.
Gramsci Hegemony 101. So much easier to amass fortunes by the political-financial-kleptocratic-casino than actually making things people want or running a real democracy rather than a sham nationalist “populist” one.