Long Sort of Interview on “Russian Meddling”

A long sort of interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald. The Russia “meddling in the election” story has sadly taken over much of American media focus, which is detrimental to the country and its need to focus on issues that would actually improve the well-being of the general population. There’s no hard evidence that the Russian government had a major impact on the election, and even if they did, the U.S. itself has a long history of interfering in elections. Beyond interfering in elections, the U.S. actually has a history of supporting horribly violent overthrows of sovereign governments. The U.S. supported the 1953 coup in Iran that lead to a brutal regime ruling in that country until 1979, for one brief example.

Another disappointing thing is the person even Fox News admits is the most popular politician in America — Senator Bernie Sanders — runs around the country showing what a strong and meaningfully popular political platform is. Senator Sanders doesn’t mention Russia much, as he has his eyes on what matters — e.g., the attacks that threaten to cut the safety net, the essential economic issues (inequality, taxing Wall Street, infrastructure), and healthcare. He literally has the blueprint and is vocal about expressing it, but still too few Democratic politicians are learning from it, such is the corrupting nature of excessive corporate campaign cash and the effect of the distracting Russia narrative.

There’s a spacing error with the third and fourth last paragraphs of the article, but I have to wonder how many people actually read through to see that.

And even if claims about Russian meddling are corroborated by Robert Mueller’s investigation, Greenwald’s not sure it adds up to much — some hacked emails changing hands, none all that damaging in their content, maybe some malevolent Twitter bots. In his eyes, the Russia-Trump story is a shiny red herring — one that distracts from the failures, corruption, and malice of the very Establishment so invested in promoting it. And when in January, as “Journalism Twitter” was chastising the president for one outrage or another, Congress quietly passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize sweeping NSA surveillance, you had to admit Greenwald might have been onto something.

“When Trump becomes the starting point and ending point for how we talk about American politics, [we] don’t end up talking about the fundamental ways the American political and economic and cultural system are completely fucked for huge numbers of Americans who voted for Trump for that reason,” he says. “We don’t talk about all the ways the Democratic Party is a complete fucking disaster and a corrupt, sleazy sewer, and not an adequate alternative to this far-right movement that’s taking over American politics.”

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“For me, the fundamental question is: How satisfied are you with the prevailing order, with the status quo?” By this, Greenwald does not mean life in the Trump era but the behavior of American elites over the past several generations. “How benevolent do you regard American power and American institutions?”