This all still doesn’t feel real to me. Last night I was reading some about just how much Russia has been able to influence the election and how many Republicans knew about it and went along with it and I find myself only able to really comprehend things like how this must signal some kind of battle between the CIA and the FBI. Or laughing at Trump discounting the news stories because the sources are the same as those that lied us into war in Iraq (and yes, I know it’s not true, but it still made me laugh out loud to see it. Are Republicans now admitting that they lied us into a war? Are there any qualms yet in the intelligence community about going along with it?).
I genuinely don’t know what it means for our country. Or for the world, really. If Russia had invaded and set up a government to its liking, we’d all know to be appalled and frightened. The signal would be there that life is different. But this is nebulous, unrecognizable, hard to make sense of. Which makes me think it’s a better form of warfare. How do you resist the subtle influence? Where is the stand to be made?
Most alarmingly, were we so full of hubris when we were doing this to other countries that we just assumed it couldn’t be done to us? Did we not learn from what we were doing how to build defenses?
I feel like I’m living in a knock-off William Gibson cyberpunk dystopia. Knock-off, because the facts of this reality border on satire, and Gibson’s stories are more believable. Ugh.
I keep wondering what the plan is. Every day there is something worse.
The feeling of unreality is what they want–we have to not let ourselves be gaslighted into thinking things are normal, but we also have to not let ourselves be gaslighted into thinking that we are through the looking glass and that cause and effect won’t work. We have to keep feeling that this is reality, and that it is wrong. And we have to keep announcing the wrongness clearly and loudly.