Our modern world is interconnected by many largely invisible networks that we take for granted. No nation and no individual person can prosper without them. They are the physical manifestation of a simple truth: humans do best in collaboration with others.
The American myth of the Lone Ranger, aloof, independent and powerful is indeed a fiction. Putin is discovering that his authority is not absolute, and that his country is dependent on the goodwill of other nations.
Followers of Ayn Rand’s individualist philosophy might learn from this. Individual enterprise stands on the shoulders of networks of producers, educators, scholars, and ordinary working people who populate the social networks that prosper us all.
It’s all about community.
To the point, this interview illustrates how even Putin and his supporters are deeply dependent on the financial networks of the rest of the world.