Agents of Chaos

Agents of Chaos is an American documentary miniseries directed by Alex Gibney and Javier Alberto Botero, revolving around Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.

Timed for release before the upcoming US Presidential elections in November, Agents of Chaos is a warning. For a country that prides itself on its democratic norms, Agents of Chaos reveals how fragile American democracy is.

As much as Americans tout their cultural superiority, the fact is that the systemic injustices and deeply embedded social divisions were easily exploited by Russian bad actors in the months leading up to the 2016 Presidential elections.

Agents of Chaos does an excellent job in tracking the events that led to the election of Donald Trump. The analysis presented is succinct as well – the roots of the current dilemma that the USA (and the world) find themselves in, lies in Russian president Vladimir Putin’s desire for his country to be considered an equal to the USA.

Putin was able to find an ally in Trump, though inadvertently. The documentary makes it clear that Putin would have succeeded in destabilising the USA, whatever happened in the US Presidential election. Thus, the theory that Trump is/was a Russian asset from the get-go is wide of the mark.

In fact, as the documentary details, the irony is that Trump was taken seriously by the democratic mainstream. The Obama administration was aware of Russian meddling but did not take the necessary action to deal with this effectively.

The reason? They did not want to be seen to be influencing the election in favour of Hillary Clinton. The net result was they actually helped Trump to win the election by failing to confront the Russian interference head on.

The inevitable conclusion? The Obama administration by upholding democratic traditions and playing by the rules actually damaged democracy itself. Russia has won the Cold War by exploiting the new technology – developed by American corporations – and the USA is on a downward spiral that they may never recover from.

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