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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
New studies presented to the Senate Intelligence Committee indicate that Russia used classic communist class warfare techniques in its efforts to disrupt the 2016 Presidential election. Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) responded to the studies saying,
"This newly released data demonstrates how aggressively Russia sought to divide Americans by race, religion and ideology, and how the IRA [Russian troll farms] actively worked to erode trust in our democratic institutions. Most troublingly, it shows that these activities have not stopped." The studies, conducted by cybersecurity firm New Knowledge and Oxford's Computational Propaganda Research Project, also indicated Facebook, Google, and Twitter were the primary platforms.
Communist revolutions across the world historically use class warfare-pitting various groups of people against others-to foment revolution. It is part of the Marxist playbook. In the 2016 election, Russian social media organizations, called troll farms, used social media to disrupt US society by amplifying falsehoods and factual stories that divided Americans. They played both sides-liberal and conservative-using propaganda to cause anger, suspicion, racism, religious prejudice and more. One tactic, according to the reports, was manipulating journalism by impersonating state and local news enterprises on Twitter and Instagram, creating news narratives within both liberal and conservative audiences.
These tactics are still ongoing. While the news media is depicting them as Russian influence in the election, a more appropriate characterization may be Russian disruption of American society. Moreover, while not all, but many of the news narrative themes the Russian troll farms used on social media were amplified and repeated by the mainstream news media. Liberal news organizations consistently have covered those espousing political intolerance and ideological bigotry. Their 92%-plus negative coverage on the Trump Administration is convicting evidence. This is something that will be denied profusely, but must be considered: The leftists', owners of the social media platforms, and the news media's political viewpoints align with the Russian tactics of class warfare and they didn't stop with the election.
The leftists and news media will use these studies to point the finger at the Russians and say Russia attempted to elect Trump by influencing voters. The reality is that Russia is using class warfare on social media to disrupt the entire country and the leftists and media play into it because it aligns with their political ideology. No doubt conservatives and Christians also fell victim to the Russian tactics by passing on outrageous memes and fake stories found on social media because they wanted to believe the content. This is where discernment needs to be exercised. Jesus said of the end times in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." This is repeated in many places in the Bible. We are living in very deceptive times and many want to pit us against one another because they know a house divided cannot stand. Be vigilant.