The following is from a recent interview of author John le Carré with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air program. I’ve never read much of his work, but I found these comments to be of interest:
“Let’s look first of all at the operation influence, if you like, and how that’s exerted. What we suspect the Russians are doing, not only in the United States but they did in Britain for the referendum, maybe in Britain for the elections. They certainly interfered in Macron’s election in France.
So who are these forces? (and) what is really spooky I think and profoundly disturbing is they come from the West as well as the East. That there are oligarchs in the West who are so far to the right that they make a kind of natural cause with those on the other side of the world.
Both of them have in common a great contempt for the ordinary conduct of democracy. They want to diminish it. They see it as their enemy. They see, they’ve made a dirty word of liberalism, one of the most inviting words in politics. And so they’re closing in on the same target from different points of view. That’s the first thing.”
He also had a little more to say about this campaign to “undermine the decent processes of democracy.”
Links to this interview and to other related interviews with John le Carré are found below, in the following web links: