[Marxism] How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump | The New Yorker

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 25 14:41:49 MDT 2018

All this talk about Russian interference in the election is a distraction.  It diverts attention, not only from the shortcomings of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats, but also from the undemocratic nature of the US political system.  As William Blum says:

"Even if you assumed that all the charges made about “Russian interfering in the elections” were true, and put them all together, they still wouldn’t have a fraction of the impact on the 2016 elections as did Republicans in several states by disenfranchising likely Democratic voters (blacks, poor, students, people in largely Democratic districts), by purging state voting lists."


Blum also notes:

"Noam Chomsky has pointed out that Israeli intervention in US elections “vastly overwhelms” anything Russia has done. Israeli leader Netanyahu goes directly to speak to Congress without even consulting the president."

This does not mean we shouldn't criticise Russia.  If there is evidence that Russia spread reactionary propaganda to help Trump, this should be condemned.

But we should keep a sense of proportion. The US ruling class, not Russia, is mainly to blame for the election result.

Chris Slee

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How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump | The New ...<https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/01/how-russia-helped-to-swing-the-election-for-trump>
Jane Mayer on a meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign that makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive.

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