Its allegations and practices suggest disdain for American institutions, principles, best interests, and indeed for the American people.
If only Joe McCarthy had lived to see this moment, when it’s suddenly in vogue to attribute large-scale events in American politics to the hand of Russia and to inveigh against domestic subversion.
Alleged election-meddling aside, there is a great deal of exaggeration of Russia’s power and its threat to the U.S., says author and scholar Vijay Prashad.
According to an analysis of the raw data by Law and Crime, Joy-Ann Reid, recently and glowingly profiled as a heroine of the #Resistance by the New York Times, received some 267 total retweets by the private sector Russian troll brigade.
Trump’s tweet about Moscow laughing its ass off was unusually (perhaps accidentally) accurate. Loyal Putinites and dissident intellectuals alike are remarkably united in finding the American obsession with Russian meddling to be ridiculous.
The claim that Russian meddling in the election is “an act of war” comparable to these events isn’t brand new. Senators from both parties, such as Republican John McCain and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, have long described Russian meddling in 2016 as an “act of war.” Hillary Clinton, while promoting her book last October, described Russia’s alleged hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s email inbox as a “cyber 9/11.”
I fear the indictment of Russian internet trolls may lead to less freedom for both Americans and Russians.
Why I have my doubts about whether Trump colluded with Moscow.
Note that the Ukrainian revolution occurred in 2014, which just happened to be the year, according to the U.S. indictments, that Russia initiated its grand program to influence America’s 2016 elections. George Kennan was right: Russia inevitably would react badly to the NATO encirclement policy…
As in past panics over foreign propaganda, from the 1790s onward, these fears have culminated in calls for controls on expression. Tim Wu had an Orwellian op-ed in The New York Times last week that redefined certain forms of speech—”false stories,” “foreign propaganda”—as forms of censorship, so that suppressing them is really “reinvigorating the First Amendment.”