Dr_Chimera wrote:I just don't buy that. I think to say that is to flatter the Russian elites more than anything. And gosh, most of the destabilization has been of US's own doing: their own paranoia about what they think Russia is and can do.
I don't think RT has much influence on voters, but I think it's pretty naive to dismiss the influence of social media on modern political discourse. Particularly when there is plenty of polling showing how much utter BS people believe that can be directly linked to the BS memes floating around on facebook, twitter, etc.
In any case, the idea that Putin and co. would not destabilize the West due to financial, etc. ties is pretty flimsy. For starters, the same logic carried great weight prior to WWI. Also, as said, it discounts the opportunities that would be generated by said instability. Russia is not nearly as powerful as many like to suggest, but neither is it some benign presence from a western perspective.
And, really Chim, Russian efforts to influence western elections is pretty well established at this point. It's fine to complain about US intervention in political processes elsewhere, but that does not make Russia's actions any less real.