The Matrix has more than just one way to deal with troublemakers...
So then, who does this second-rate Agent Smith work for anyway? Well humor me for a moment and let's imagine this setting:
Out there is a large, varied group of banking interests, defense contractors, mega-corporations, media moguls, and certain billionaires & mega-millionaires who really like things the way they are. Many of them differ in some of their agendas or goals, but they ALL get to manipulate the system at our expense and thus ALL have vested interests in keeping this dysfunctional status quo going. And imagine that the best way to do so is by contributing heavily to BOTH parties (so you have influence over whoever gets voted into office) and encourage partisan bickering to keep the people too angry, divided, and distracted from noticing who is screwing them over the most. These big players are not nearly as interested in which party wins as they are in making sure everyone picks a side and spends all their energy hating the other team. And so maybe it's in their interest to have goons like our agent here ready & able to bribe, co-opt, or intimidate those who are spoiling their racket.
That'd be quite a pickle. Thank goodness I'm just making all of this up... right? 😉
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