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Ho Ho Ho! Merry Edward Lucas is an idiot. What did "Anne Applebaum with a wiener" do this time? We are going to use our Internet Time Machine to take you back to March 2014, when Edward Lucas participated in a fun debate, "Is Russia a Marginal Power?" Edward Lucas certainly seems to think so. So what country is a "non-marginal power"? An audience member asks this question to Edward, and his answer might not surprise you! Let's see what happens

Audience Member: For the group arguing in favor of the motion – can you describe which countries other than the United States and China that you would consider a non-marginal power, and why, in comparison to Russia?

<figcaption>Lucas with his Estonian "gift card"</figcaption>
Lucas with his Estonian "gift card"

Edward Lucas: I would say most countries in the G20, but I would also say that even small countries can play a really important role; I'd say Estonia – which is like one million people – is a cyber power...

Moderator: Ed, are you saying that Russia is more marginal than Estonia? [Laughter from the audience]

Don't laugh. After all, Lucas is a tax dodger e-citizen of Estonia. Do you feel the power? 

Watch this heartwarming exchange for yourself in the video below. It starts at about 1:27:20:

[video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy2YnAYn08Q]

By the way, Lucas lost the debate. Happy holidays!

 

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