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The Never-Ending Search for Foreign Subversives

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason

Four days after Donald Trump was elected president, thousands of people turned out for an anti-Trump march in New York City. That in itself isn’t so surprising: There were a ton of anti-Trump protests last November, and New York hosted a bunch of them. But this one, BuzzFeed reports, had been called by BlackMatters, a “Russia-linked” group, and therefore it feeds easily into a broader narrative about alien forces subverting American politics.

If this protest was indeed arranged by Russian agents, that’s a notable story. But that broader narrative is overblown and dangerous—a paranoid tale that scapegoats Russia for America’s domestic divisions, and that is already being used to call for curbs on speech.

Two things are striking about this New York protest. The first is that it was directed against Donald Trump. That undercuts the notion, popular in some circles, that Trump and Putin are joined at the

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