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“Never attribute to malice that which can be explained by stupidity.” – anonymous police officer
The Barbarian – Hilaire Belloc
The Barbarian hopes — and that is the mark of him, that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilization has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort, but he will not be at pains to replace such goods, nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being.
Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is ever marveling that civilization, should have offended him with priests and soldiers…. In a word, the Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this, that he cannot make: that he can befog and destroy but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.
We sit by and watch the barbarian. We tolerate him in the long stretches of peace, we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence; his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creed refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond, and on these faces there are no smiles.
The Russians got their money’s worth out of a disinformation campaign that targeted both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Throw in some Ukrainian oligarchs who were sympathetic to Russia, and some elitists in the United States that became useful idiots, and we’ve had almost four years of national turmoil.
Tears of mourning after Ms. Clinton’s loss in 2016 turned into rage and psychotic obsession. Rage and obsession that was not confined to the political class. The mainstream media went after the 63 million voters that voted for Mr. Trump.
Disinformation and corruption is a fine art in Russia. Corruption is no stranger to Washington, DC.