[Marxism] The Oligarch Threat | by Tamsin Shaw | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
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Thu Aug 29 07:45:07 MDT 2019
On July 24, 2019, a buoyant Boris Johnson swept past crowds shouting
“Bollocks to Brexit! Bollocks to Boris!” and was ushered into the hushed
splendor of Buckingham Palace. There, he shook hands with the antique,
bejeweled Queen Elizabeth II, and became the prime minister of Great
Britain, elected not by popular mandate but by members of his
Conservative Party. That same day, on the other side of the Atlantic, a
frail and reluctant Robert Mueller took his oath before giving public
testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, and later the House
Intelligence Committee, on a controversial and difficult
twenty-two-month-long investigation—made more challenging by multiple
witnesses’ lying under oath—in which he had painstakingly examined
Russian interference in the 2016 election of Donald Trump.
That day was also chosen by Netflix for the worldwide release of the
documentary by filmmakers Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim, The Great Hack.
Within a week, millions of viewers had watched it. For many, this was
their first exposure to the links between the political upheavals on
both sides of the Atlantic. The documentary almost certainly alarmed
many more people than Mueller’s testimony did. July 24 was as close as
we have got so far to a day of reckoning with the nefarious activity
designed to manipulate voters in both the UK and the US in 2016.
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