Life was better eight centuries ago; the medieval serf at least had the advantages of an integral social order and an integral worldview.
Learning to Love Small Government Again
The false “small government” of classical liberalism is a state with less authority but more power. Source
More than 40,000 Syrians enlist to fight for Russia, human rights group says
How We Got Here: Ukraine
The events leading up to Putin's invasion of Ukraine suggest there's much more to this story than raw power expansion. Source