Glenn Greenwald’s Transpartisan Illusion and Roger Stone’s Fragmentization
I have no idea if these two men have met. I’m sure though, Stone knows all about Greenwald. It’s why he did his recent interview at the Intercept. The Intercept is best known for Greenwald.
They may or may not know each other personally. Greenwald reportedly is buddies with many of the Right wing think tank types in his own words. But Greenwald’s theory of politics fits Stone’s dirty tricks like a glove.
Here is Greenwald’s theory of politics:
“Greenwald had come to reside in a peculiar corner of the political forest, where the far left meets the far right, often but not always under the rubric of libertarianism. He held positions that appealed to either end of the political spectrum, attacking, for example, U.S. foreign policy as a bipartisan projection of empire. Like most of his writings, his critique of America abroad was congenial both to the isolationist paleo-Right and to post–New Left anti-imperialists. His social liberalism struck an individualist chord pleasing to right-wing libertarians as well as left-wing activists. Greenwald began to envisage bringing these groups together—to dissolve the usual lines of political loyalty and unite the anti-imperialists and civil-liberties activists on the left with the paleoconservatives and free-market libertarians on the right—in a popular front against the establishment alliance of mainstream center-left liberals and neoconservatives.”
Ok. So compare this notion of Greenwald’s transpartisan alliance with Roger Stone’s theory of politics:
According to journalist Marc Ames, a longtime Stone-watcher, the mainstays of the Trump-Stone alliance are three:
1. Roger Stone’s dirty tricks specialty is manipulating vote fractures, and weaponizing anti-establishment politics to serve the electoral needs of mainstream Republican candidates.
2. Roger Stone and Donald Trump have been working together since the mid-1980s, mostly on sleazy campaigns to help Trump’s casino business, but also in politics.
3. Roger Stone and Donald Trump worked together in at least two major “black bag” operations manipulating anti-establishment politics to help the mainstream Republican presidential candidate.
At this point, we don’t need to know whether or not Greenwald and Stone are friends, it’s clear Greenwald’s theory fits Stone’s theory like a glove.
Greenwald’s alleged transpartisan coalition of the Teabaggers on the Right and Firebaggers on the Left ends up hurting the Center Left and benefitting the Center Right. Every time. I have no idea what Greenwald’s motivations are but no doubt Stone sees them as greatly advancing his agenda of ‘weaponizing anti establishment politics to serve the electoral needs of mainstream Republican candidates.’
“Behind the scenes of the Donald Trump – Roger Stone show.”
“Anti-establishment politics is a racket”
Ames wrote this back in August, 2015.
Ames also talked about ‘The Weed Nazi’ Gary Johnson, and ‘The Third Party Swindle.’
Back to Roger Stone’s MO:
“I don’t think Stone ever says what policy he is for in this memoir, and he might well consider a focus on policy a distraction. There is only winning and losing an election, and five methods for achieving a victory recur again and again in races that Stone is involved with, four methods that create a mirror maze of confusion, misdirection, and elimination. The first is through association, by having a candidate receive an endorsement from a person or group who potential supporters of the candidate are predisposed to view as an opponent, or through association with something unquestionably malevolent made via protesters, pamphlets, or other means funded by Stone’s campaign but without any fingerprints. The second is by having a group, funded by allied interests, oppose a candidate or policy due to some larger moral principle that everyone can agree on – the issue is not candidate A versus B, but opposition to crime, gambling, or child abuse. The third is the smear, saying your opponent is corrupt, weak, racist, a rapist, a murderer, a pedophile, always helpfully done not through you, the opponent on which this tar might stick, but through a phantom proxy. This last is used very, very often by Stone. The fourth, and one of the most effective, is through fragmentation of the vote. There is, say, overwhelming support for candidate A, who will raise the minimum wage, versus candidate B, who won’t. You split this overwhelming vote by funding another candidate, who wants to raise the minimum wage even higher, and who chastises candidate A for compromising their principles and being beholden to business interests for not asking for a higher wage. Through a vote split, candidate B, the one who says he believes the condition of workers must be improved, but not through easy sounding solutions like a higher minimum wage, scores a victory. At the same time, you make great efforts to keep the votes for your own candidate or issue from being fragmented. The fifth is vote suppression, of black and latino voters, who tend to poll democrat. The first four have been employed in elections that Stone has been involved in, with Stone often taking credit. The fifth has been employed alongside Stone’s efforts, though perhaps without the collusion of Stone.”
UPDATE: As I suspected, Stone knows all about Glenn Greenwald. Here he appeals to his authority while claiming there was an assassination attempt on his life.
Stone went on to contemplate who may have been behind the possible assassination attempt, fingering Democrat opposition and the intel community.
“Who would want to do this to me? I am an enemy of the deep state. I think people know that I was an insider in American politics I was close to power in nine presidential elections. Everything Glenn Greenwald says [about the “deep state”] is true,” Stone claimed, referring to a recent The Intercept article which outlined how the intelligence community is attempting to stifle Trump.
“The Republican/Democrat Bush Clinton deep state has manufactured this Russia fraud. They have compounded it by pushing a clearly fabricated document.”
Again, I don’t know what Greenwald’s motivation is as he keeps his partisan cards pretty close to his vest-he always argues like a very careful defense attorney.
But clearly he brings much Aid and Comfort to Roger Stone. In the general elections he had 16 pieces criticizing Hillary and/or the Democrats and not one criticizing Trump and/or the GOP.
Sure that was just a coincidence.
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