The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! (To Tell Us the Truth)

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One of the intelligence community’s (sic) bits of “evidence” that Putin tried to subvert American democracy during the presidential election is that Russia’s state-backed TV channel RTbroadcast, hosted, and advertised third-party candidate debate.” Oh horror! What will those Russians do next, expose the truth about candidates? Oh wait, it’s already alleged they did that.

You certainly won’t find American news channels ruining our democracy by broadcasting a debate between the Libertarian and Green Party candidates. We can be assured of that, thank goodness. Two-party democracy is safe indeed — if we can stop the Russians.

The declassified report also stated:

“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. Russia’s goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process…”

Really? By disclosing the truth? Maybe public faith ought to be undermined.

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Sheldon Richman is the executive editor of The Libertarian Institute, senior fellow and chair of the trustees of the Center for a Stateless Society, and a contributing editor at He is the former senior editor at the Cato Institute and Institute for Humane Studies, former editor of The Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education, and former vice president at the Future of Freedom Foundation. His latest book is America’s Counter-Revolution: The Constitution Revisited.