Not Just America: Germany and Other Countries Blame Russia for Losses By Status Quo

George Washington's picture

Glenn Greenwald notes that – in the face of Trump and Brexit (which were primarily caused by economic policies which have created massive inequality) – the Democratic National committee is trying to blame everybody and everything but their own status quo policies and candidates which rig the system for the fatcats and hurt the little guy:

The indisputable fact is that prevailing institutions of authority in the West, for decades, have relentlessly and with complete indifference stomped on the economic welfare and social security of hundreds of millions of people. While elite circles gorged themselves on globalism, free trade, Wall Street casino gambling, and endless wars (wars that enriched the perpetrators and sent the poorest and most marginalized to bear all their burdens), they completely ignored the victims of their gluttony, except when those victims piped up a bit too much — when they caused a ruckus — and were then scornfully condemned as troglodytes who were the deserved losers in the glorious, global game of meritocracy.




A short, incredibly insightful, and now more relevant than ever post-Brexit Facebook note by the Los Angeles Times’s Vincent Bevins … wrote that “both Brexit and Trumpism are the very, very wrong answers to legitimate questions that urban elites have refused to ask for 30 years.” Bevins went on: “Since the 1980s the elites in rich countries have overplayed their hand, taking all the gains for themselves and just covering their ears when anyone else talks, and now they are watching in horror as voters revolt.”


For those who tried to remove themselves from the self-affirming, vehemently pro-Clinton elite echo chamber of 2016, the warning signs that Brexit screechingly announced were not hard to see. Two short passages from a Slate interview I gave in July summarized those grave dangers: that opinion-making elites were so clustered, so incestuous, so far removed from the people who would decide this election — so contemptuous of them — that they were not only incapable of seeing the trends toward Trump but were unwittingly accelerating those trends with their own condescending, self-glorifying behavior.




The warning lights were flashing in neon for a long time, but they were in seedy places that elites studiously avoid. The few people who purposely went to those places and listened, such as Chris Arnade, saw and heard them loud and clear. The ongoing failure to take heed of this intense but invisible resentment and suffering guarantees that it will fester and strengthen. This was the last paragraph of my July article on the Brexit fallout:

Instead of acknowledging and addressing the fundamental flaws within themselves, [elites] are devoting their energies to demonizing the victims of their corruption, all in order to delegitimize those grievances and thus relieve themselves of responsibility to meaningfully address them. That reaction only serves to bolster, if not vindicate, the animating perceptions that these elite institutions are hopelessly self-interested, toxic, and destructive and thus cannot be reformed but rather must be destroyed. That, in turn, only ensures there will be many more Brexits, and Trumps, in our collective future.




Democrats have already begun flailing around trying to blame anyone and everyone they can find — everyone except themselves — for last night’s crushing defeat of their party.


You know the drearily predictable list of their scapegoats: Russia, WikiLeaks, James Comey, Jill Stein, Bernie Bros, The Media, news outlets (including, perhaps especially, The Intercept) that sinned by reporting negatively on Hillary Clinton. Anyone who thinks that what happened last night in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, and Michigan can be blamed on any of that is drowning in self-protective ignorance so deep that it’s impossible to express in words.




Put simply, Democrats knowingly chose to nominate a deeply unpopular, extremely vulnerable, scandal-plagued candidate, who — for very good reason — was widely perceived to be a protector and beneficiary of all the worst components of status quo elite corruption. It’s astonishing that those of us who tried frantically to warn Democrats that nominating Hillary Clinton was a huge and scary gamble — that all empirical evidence showed that she could lose to anyone and Bernie Sanders would be a much stronger candidate, especially in this climate — are now the ones being blamed: by the very same people who insisted on ignoring all that data and nominating her anyway.


But that’s just basic blame shifting and self-preservation. Far more significant is what this shows about the mentality of the Democratic Party. Just think about who they nominated: someone who — when she wasn’t dining with Saudi monarchs and being feted in Davos by tyrants who gave million-dollar checks — spent the last several years piggishly running around to Wall Street banks and major corporations cashing in with $250,000 fees for 45-minute secret speeches even though she had already become unimaginably rich with book advances while her husband already made tens of millions playing these same games. She did all that without the slightest apparent concern for how that would feed into all the perceptions and resentments of her and the Democratic Party as corrupt, status quo-protecting, aristocratic tools of the rich and powerful: exactly the worst possible behavior for this post-2008-economic-crisis era of globalism and destroyed industries.




Trump vowed to destroy the system that elites love (for good reason) and the masses hate (for equally good reason), while Clinton vowed to manage it more efficiently. That, as Matt Stoller’s indispensable article in The Atlantic three weeks ago documented, is the conniving choice the Democratic Party made decades ago: to abandon populism and become the party of technocratically proficient, mildly benevolent managers of elite power. Those are the cynical, self-interested seeds they planted, and now the crop has sprouted.

Indeed, the Dems re-elected Mrs. Status Quo – Nancy Pelosi – as minority leader. And Pelosi claims:

I don’t think people want a new direction.

Similarly, outgoing Senate minority leader Harry Reid says:

I don’t think the Democratic Party is in that big of trouble.


I mean, if Comey kept his mouth shut, we would have picked up a couple more Senate seats and we probably would have elected Hillary.

Of course, the whole claim that Russia hacked the U.S. election is baseless … as is the whole hysterical claim that Russian propaganda swung the election.

But it’s not just America …

After Brexit and Italexit – with a potential Frexit looming on the horizon – the status quo in Europe is also trying to shift attention (look, squirrel!) from their failed policies to boogeymen.

For example, European leaders are also claiming that Russian propaganda is interfering with European values.

And Germany’s incredibly unpopular Social Democratic party is claiming that Russia might hack its election.

A former British cabinet member alleges that Russian hackers “probably” swayed the Brexit vote.

And Washington Post national security reporter at Adam Entous told BBC this week that a CIA official claims that Russia hacked the Brexit vote, and the vote in Ukraine (starting around 1:09:58).

What’s next … the status quo starts blaming their electoral losses on little green men?

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SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Of course it was Russia! This is how your hard core commie works. Your hard core commie doesn't care for human life, not even their own. Ever since they fluoridated our water in 1946, nobody has seen a commie drink water. Why? Because they know. Your commie only drinks vodka. Major Jack D Ripper (Ret) expressed it best. "I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids."

GreatUncle's picture

Personally I think it is great what they are doing ... why?

Blame it on the Russians.

The losing control, their hysteria starts ramping everything up, like walking an elite to the guillotine, oh they will kick and scream but it's coming boy.

Should have let the power wane a little, let things settle down, allow things to go back into the shadows, it might have taken 20-30 years but it could have happened.

NOPE, I AM GOING TO BE KING, ALL THE PEASANTS CAN EAT CAKE ... so we are going to blame it on the Russians to start WW3 because that economic reset is needed to keep the economic system that has been looking after us for centuries has to be maintained.

atthelake's picture

This is how wars have, always, started.

Orly's picture

Uuuund Voila!

Here we have Angela Merkel saying just last week that if she loses the election, it's because of the Russians.

h/t: Drudge


Lisa Montez's picture

Glen Greenwald's got it wrong. It wasn't economic policies that ushered in Brexit and Trump. If it were, this would have happened in 2012. Remember . . . the recession? No, no, this was the people saying they (we) didn't want the same old war-mongering elite to continue with their ruination of the middle east with their wars, the US with their welcoming of illegal immigrants and Europe with the flood of refugees. We're also sick and tired of this stupid political correctness! We know this is the elite's attack on free speech and if we don't stop it now, we will have an authoritarian state. The people have spoken and we're not going to take it anymore! 

inosent's picture

I live near the pacific ocean, with an ocean view, not far from Manhattan Beach, CA. When I read headlines like this, it makes me think Russia must really be doing something good to be so hated by the jew controlled west. Ahhh, if only Russia were located where the jewSA is and the jewSA where Russia is, I would move there in a hearbeat. Alas, my hypocrisy is made known to the world. How could I ever stand to live in any other place? I complain a lot about the jewSA, but I  live a pretty good life - very good, actually. I guess I write so much because I want to keep it that way. I am very spoiled, that is for sure, as I bet many other posters at ZH are as well.

ducksinarow's picture

This "blame the Russians" narrative sounds like Russia is the middle child in a room full of siblings older and younger who are letting the middle child take the credit for all the bad crap they have been doing. Russia has its own faults and its own self interests  and contrary to popular opinion the world does not revolve around Russia nor the EU. By the time "the kids" sort it out, there will be 8 years passed and the questions will be new and some one else will be to blame.

By the way, the headlines about Trump and the coporations that appear to be suddenly joining forces to hire people again, reminds me of the story of Stone Soup. For those who have never heard the story:

Once upon a time there was this small village that was somewhat cut off from the rest of the world in poverty and finally there was no food to be had by any of the villagers and people were starving to death. A man comes to the village and in the course of a conversation or two discovers the dire straights of the people. Finally he tells them that he can make sooup out of a stone and the hungry villagers perk up. The man tells them to bring the finest stone in the village and he instructs the women folk to bring a large boiling bowl to the center of town where he instructs them to fill the large bowl with water. He then places the stone into the water has it starts to boil. He shakes his head and says you know this soup would be better if we just had a little salt. A villager looks thoughtful and says I know where we can get some, and he takes off and brings back a handful of salt. The man then says you know a few carrots would make this soup taste even better and suddenly a woman speaks up and says I have a few carrots, and another speaks up and says I have the last of the potatoes I will go get them. And finally after about an hour a man speaks up and says I have this left over deer meat that I salted down waiting for when things get really bad and he goes to get the meat and brings it back. By the time all the villagers had contributed there was a pot of deer meat and vegetable soup big enough to feed then entire village. Some flour and yeast were found and enough bread was made for each villager to have a nice large slice to go with their soup. The moral of the story is that you can start with nothing but a rock and end up with a meal fit for a starving village.

Trump has begun the pot of stone soup for America by tapping into the resources that were there all along but separately did no one any good.

Neochrome's picture

Apparently, Putin is some kind of God, he looks to the left and there goes BREXIT, he looks to the right and there goes the US election. And it is a fact that Trump is also known as God Emperor.

No wonder they understand each other so well...

quax's picture

No god, but a clever ex-KGB man who (according to the Russian federal budget) spends almost one billion annually on counter-intelligence.

g'kar's picture

"I mean, if Comey kept his mouth shut, we would have picked up a couple more Senate seats and we probably would have elected Hillary."

Seems to me the FBI did everything possible to keep Clinton's ass out of prison where she deserved to be. She actually should have faced a firing squad along with everyone else involved in the cover-up.

not dead yet's picture

It was the reaction of Hillary and her handlers that sunk her chances after the the Comey announcement. If they would have downplayed the whole thing and commended the FBI on their work the whole affair would have blown over. If there was something there they could have squashed it after the election. Their ranting and raving and calling for Comey's head made the headlines and made everyone, including Hillary supporters, think that she had something really bad to hide. Thanks to their reaction when Comey said there was nothing there after combing through the emails no one believed him.

dexter_morgan's picture

Gee, not like this is coordinated in any way, these elitist crusades? It like those videos where 30 different news stations lead with exactly worded statement.Gee, not like it's scripted much.

I guess THEY really do think people are stupid. An, listening to the irrational left lately, they may be correct. 

TeaClipper's picture

It's just the puppies barking, go back to sleep

MaxThrust's picture

So they are now talking about Russian hacking of Brexit.

Wow they really worked quickly on this investigation. It has only took "them" 5 months to realize the Russians did it.

And we are supose to believe this " incredible".

They still think the sheeple are as dumb as we were 10 years go.

Sorry to spoil you happiness but we are awake now and you cant put the Genie back in the bottle.

Overdrawn's picture

In the UK, the main reason was the economic migrants.  Nobody asked the people if we wanted our country destroying.  Don't you think the people should have been given the right to vote on the issue?  None of the political parties mentioned this when they were running for office because they knew we wouldn't vote for them. No, they let hundreds of thousands of economic migrants into the country, then passed laws to prevent us saying anything negative about them.

May seems to be doing a good job so far, she is much better than Cameron, Brown, Blair & Major, but the damage has been done and the people blame the EU and Blair mainly.  I doubt the UK will riot over this, but I can see major civil unrest occuring in mainland Europe.

As Greenwald says, the politicians are still in denial, they call us uneducated, racist, xenophobic, whatever.  This is their reality check, and it is happening because they have and still are destroying our countries.


Publius Maximus's picture

Democracy wasn't established for the people to decide their fate but to be watered down with representation so that the representants could be influenced more easily. Try that in a real monarchy or a dictatorship - you can only influence them by going to war with them or instigating a revolt like the CIA does all the time.


shimmy's picture

Russia, Saddam, Bin Laden/AQ, Putin/Russia.

The U.S always has to have their boogeymen to blame for everything and to pin their false flags on.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

He who controls the "U.S. Dollar" controls the "Euro"!

Hint: Your money is no longer worth what you tell the rest of the World it is "worth"!

Germany and "other"...

It's time to lose the Albatross and curse that comes with it going on 71 years and start anew! Otherwise you will look like Fallujah and Aleppo very soon!

jeff montanye's picture

imo that was a weak last line (in the post).  it's better out and nothing more.  lose the parenthetical phrase as well.

old naughty's picture

first, they point their fingers (at person, or the keyboard);

then they point their guns and ICBMs;

next may come the nukes...

then the united-against-alien-war will be on...

kabuki !  kluk,,,kluk,,,kluk,,,kluk,,,kluk

"aliens" roflao !

Resistance is futile.