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The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin's Spies Are Winning Control of America and Dismantling the West

a book by Malcolm Nance

(our site's book review)

Malcolm Nance Says Russia Is Out to Destroy Our Democracy

The Amazon blurb says that Retired Intelligence officer and New York Times bestselling author of The Plot to Hack America, Malcolm Nance, offers a provocative, comprehensive analysis of the Russian Federation's master plan to destroy democracy, the methodologies used in the 2016 election, what will be their next steps, and how to stop them.

Malcolm Nance's previous book, the New York Times bestselling The Plot to Hack America, blew the whistle on Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Vladimir Putin's plans to undermine the 2016 presidential election, alerting the public to the full scale of the hacking and helping usher that story to the top of the headlines. Based on his original research and countless interviews with espionage experts, Nance's new book, The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin's Spies Are Winning Control of America and Dismantling the West, examines why Putin and his underlings aimed to sabotage the election, reveals the full scope of their plans--including how the hacking accomplished a crucial first step for destabilizing the West--as well as what they have in store.

Malcolm Nance's previous book, The Plot to Hack America, blew the whistle on Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Vladimir Putin's plans to undermine the 2016 presidential election
Malcolm Nance's previous book, The Plot to Hack America, blew the whistle on Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Vladimir Putin's plans to undermine the 2016 presidential election

The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin's Spies Are Winning Control of America and Dismantling the West exposes how Russia has supported the campaigns of right-wing extremists throughout the U.S. and Europe, seeking to create anti-democratic sentiment around the world that can be leveraged to build a Russian-led alliance of non-democratic autocracies. Nance examines how and why Putin's associates have sought to bring fringe candidates in the West into the mainstream and how they have used the populist battlefield of social media to mount their vicious campaigns.

Nance examines how and why Putin's associates have sought to bring fringe candidates in the West into the mainstream and how they have used the populist battlefield of social media to mount their vicious campaigns
Nance examines how and why Putin's associates have sought to bring fringe candidates in the West into the mainstream and how they have used the populist battlefield of social media to mount their vicious campaigns

Revelatory, insightful, and at times shocking, The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin's Spies Are Winning Control of America and Dismantling the West reveals for the first time how Russia's recent hackings in the U.S. and Europe and its increasingly belligerent rhetoric fit into its master plan to unseat democracies around the world.

Interestingly, the Russians saw the American Empire building plans at work from 1945 to today, and they saw an opportunity to learn from our successes as well as our mistakes. Our successes were not about winning wars, which we didn't, since WWII, but about exploiting various countries' resources usually by installing dictators friendly to the U.S. corporatocracy, even if we had to overthrow decent leaders trying to help their countries to do it.

Since what we SAID (we're engaging in democratization) was the opposite of what we DID (overthrowing democracies out of greed), the Russians pretended they were democratic (they are authoritarian kleptocracies) while supporting the campaigns of right-wing extremists throughout the U.S. (e.g., Trump) and Europe, which would leverage their power and influence. Part of this is democracy dismantling, which the G.O.P. is hard at work doing in the U.S. and Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of PiS, is doing in Poland. The foreign minister thinks that the 2010 Smolensk air crash, in which President Lech Kaczynski and all his retinue perished, was a murder planned by President Putin. Who knows? See The assault on democracy in Poland is dangerous for the Poles and all Europe.

This is very reminiscent of U.S. shadow government assassins who bumped off Presidents Omar Torrijos of Panama; Jaime Roldós of Ecuador in 1981; Patrice Lumumba of the Congo in 1960; Eduardo Mondlane of Mozambique in 1969; Amilcar Cabral of Guinea-Bissau in 1973; Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, in 1980; Benigno Aquino of the Philippines in 1983; and Mehdi Ben Barka of Algeria in 1965. Why? They wouldn't heed threats from our corporatocracy to cooperate with our exploiting their resources. See A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption.


Putin Is Practicing Modernization from Above—Authoritarian Kleptocracy Style

"The strategy followed by Yeltsin, he observes, was “modernization from below.” Its engine was private initiative, with big business in the lead, and minimal limitations on civil liberties and political rights. Putin, by contrast, is dedicated to “modernization from above,” with the state as the most powerful actor, the agenda-setter in economic matters as well as in politics. . . . The executive once again dominates the legislature and the judiciary. Moscow’s control has been re-asserted over formerly self-governing provinces. The national mass media, especially television, also largely bow to the Kremlin. The police, the security services, and servile courts have become policy tools. . . . foreign oil “majors” have begun to think twice about putting billions of dollars into projects in the country’s far north and east, where most of its oil and gas are located. In jeopardy is Russia’s future as a dependable, long-term supplier to the world market."

"In 2005, for the first time since 1999, Russian oil exports decreased in absolute terms. Thinking only of the short term, as most restorationist regimes have always done, the Kremlin has begun to poison the goose that lays the golden eggs. . . . No longer is the integration of Russia into the family of Western capitalist democracies held to be a goal, even a distant one." (Source: What Does Putin Want?, Leon Aron)

Thinking only of the short term, the Kremlin has begun to poison the goose that lays the golden eggs—no longer is the integration of Russia into the family of Western capitalist democracies held to be a goal
Thinking only of the short term, the Kremlin has begun to poison the goose that lays the golden eggs—no longer is the integration of Russia into the family of Western capitalist democracies held to be a goal

Putin wants to be lead dog in a pack of cooperating authoritarian regimes. These regimes may even continue to use the word democracy for cosmetic reasons. But democracies they are not. All of which suggests the question: since Putin won the 2016 election for Trump and Trump respects strongmen and wants to be one himself, exactly what deal did Trump make with Putin if he delivered the presidency to Trump? Also: does Trump have more allegiance to Putin or to the U.S.? We've all learned since election day that 99% of Trump's allegiance is to himself and his family. (Nepotism is not a bad word to him, and customs about nepotism followed in the White House since 1776 do not even interest the orange oligarch.) But is the other 1% of Trump's allegiance going to us or to Putin?


The G.O.P. and Trump Are Helping Putin Destroy Our Democracy

Trump's taking from the nonrich and giving to the rich has all the oligarchs laughing like spotted hyenas all the way to their money bins
Trump's taking from the nonrich and giving to the rich has all the oligarchs laughing like spotted hyenas all the way to their money bins


Trump  is not interested in our laws or Constitution or Bill of Rights or democracy or freedom or rights or the environment or global warming. He cares only about Donald Trump
Trump is not interested in our laws or Constitution or Bill of Rights or democracy or freedom or rights or the environment or global warming. He cares only about Donald Trump

Now that we've seen him in action for over a year, we can be sure that he is not interested in our laws or Constitution or Bill of Rights or democracy or freedom or rights or the environment or global warming. What he cares about is his power, his bank account, loyalty from others to him, others agreeing with him (or he labels them fake news), compliments, what Fox and Friends says (they act like his P.R. branch, rarely questioning even his most outrageous tweets), and himself. Especially himself. Folks, we have a narcissistic, self-absorbed demagogue in the White House. Deal with it. It's a good test for the democratic structure if we have a fully functioning democracy in place. One with functioning checks and balances in place. Oops! Even before the Republican nutbags took over, the democracy was in deep doodoo. See The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted.

David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more
David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more

Even though the G.O.P. went nuts, becoming an apocalyptic cult of armageddon-craving fundamentalist wackos whose anti-democratic actions are motivated by greed (and their lifelong "commitment" to democracy has been exposed to be fraudulent to its core), a strong government and democracy could have dealt with it. But we have a weak government and democracy, so Putin was easily able to compromise us so he can line up Trump as one of his authoritarian pack dogs in Putin's Pack. In It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America, David Cay Johnston shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government under the Trump Administration, destroying it from within and compromising our jobs, safety, finances, and more.


Trump's Swamp Draining Turned Out to Be Swamp Stocking

Draining the Swamp—Trump promised to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, dumping people who were only there to exploit their positions
Draining the Swamp—Trump promised to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, dumping people who were only there to exploit their positions


Stocking the Swamp—Contrary to his promise to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires who are already exploiting their positions
Stocking the Swamp—Contrary to his promise to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, Trump has filled his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires who are already exploiting their positions

The Koch brothers and Donald Trump share a set of undemocratic beliefs with most of the rest of the U.S. oligarchs: that taxes are a form of tyranny and government oversight of business assaults freedom. This is the self-serving thinking of the greedy oligarchs that actually run this country. Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right and Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America.

Okay Vladi, you old dog, I lead or you bleed—got it? Okay Donny, whatever, dude! (Jeez—he's so bossy!)
Okay Vladi, you old dog, I lead or you bleed—got it? Okay Donny, whatever, dude! (Jeez—he's so bossy!)

The G.O.P. and Trump Are Doing Everything Hillary and Bernie Warned They'd Do

The Democrats are saying "I told you so," but the Republicans, when they ask themselves how they could have allowed themselves to send a fox to guard the henhouse, justify their actions by looking at how the new Trump tax plan is making them richer than kings. Meanwhile the feathers are flying in the henhouse as the orange oligarch dismantles democracy, regulations . . . and hens.

The Republicans, when they ask themselves how they could have allowed themselves to send a fox to guard the henhouse, answer: 'I'm rolling in money!'
The Republicans, when they ask themselves how they could have allowed themselves to send a fox to guard the henhouse, answer: 'I'm rolling in money!'


When greed is the only real value of the movers and shakers, how does one get them interested in anything but their own bank accounts, world be damned?
When greed is the only real value of the movers and shakers, how does one get them interested in anything but their own bank accounts, world be damned?

Below is part of a review blurb from Goodreads about Nance's other anti-Russia book, The Plot to Hack America. According to Nance, the Ruskies lured Trump with the promise of power and influence to sell out the U.S. democracy, NATO, Eastern Europe, and the global order being led by us. The Koch brothers and Donald Trump want things like democracy and taxes out of the way so their incredible greed can go unrestrained. The Ruskies offered them a way to do this. Koch and the Ruskies need to study Trump history. He doesn't play well with others. He cannot share. He will not stay loyal to anyone or any group. He doesn't honor agreements. So their unexamined alliance may go sour before it has time to bear fruit. Look at Trump's record as president. His cabinet tried to be loyal to him, but he was not loyal to them. He fired many and others quit. He seemed quite willing to throw "friends" under the bus. But then again, not one of his buddies seemed interested in supporting democracy, so it's no loss.

Look at Trump's record as president. His cabinet tried to be loyal to him, but he was not loyal to them. He fired many and others quit. He seemed quite willing to throw
Look at Trump's record as president. His cabinet tried to be loyal to him, but he was not loyal to them. He fired many and others quit. He seemed quite willing to throw "friends" under the bus.

"New York Times bestselling author and career intelligence officer Malcolm Nance’s fast paced real-life spy thriller takes you from Vladimir Putin’s rise through the KGB from junior officer to spymaster-in-chief and spells out the story of how he performed the ultimate political manipulation—convincing Donald Trump to abandon seventy years of American foreign policy including the destruction of NATO, cheering the end of the European Union, allowing Russian domination of Eastern Europe, and destroying the existing global order with America at its lead. The Plot to Hack America is the thrilling true story of how Putin’s spy agency, run by the Russian billionaire class, used the promise of power and influence to cultivate Trump as well as his closest aides, the Kremlin Crew, to become unwitting assets of the Russian government. The goal? To put an end to 240 years of free and fair American democratic elections." (Source: The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election , Goodreads)

"Malcolm Wrightson Nance (born September 20, 1961) is an American author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, insurgency and torture. . . . He is a former United States Navy senior chief petty officer specializing in naval cryptology. . . . Nance is an intelligence and foreign policy analyst. In 2014, he founded and became the executive director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies (TAPSTRI), a small Hudson, New York-based think tank." (Source: Malcolm Nance, Wikipedia)

In 2014, Nance founded and became the executive director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies (TAPSTRI), a small Hudson, New York-based think tank
In 2014, Nance founded and became the executive director of the Terror Asymmetrics Project on Strategy, Tactics and Radical Ideologies (TAPSTRI), a small Hudson, New York-based think tank