The situation: A foreign group calculates a potential loss in the 20-year timeframe if Domestic Policy A becomes supported in government.
10,000 “maybe leaders” under the age of 25 have their social media accounts hacked for the purpose of finding indicators that they are supportive of Domestic Policy A. Among these 10,000 “maybe leaders”, 200 are found to have relatively high dedication in support of that particular issue.
A foreign group calculates a potential loss in the 20-year timeframe if the domestic policy issue becomes supported in government. With access to data on known positive and negative stimuli and other means of coercive, semi-voluntary or other influence on “any maybe willing puppet” — most especially those who may be persuaded to believe that there is no choice and in the end just do anything they are directed to do in a particular moment, but also including those who believe that they are in the service of some particular objective which will involve their group becoming powerful and hence themselves becoming powerful or otherwise advancing their objectives, etc. –, this foreign entity then goes about determining a sequential processing of “any maybe leaders” who support Domestic Policy A who are then to be targeted for Zersetzung-style 3.0 eradication from relevance.
In 10 years time, the 200 “maybe leaders” who previously actively advocated for that policy have been whittled down to 5, and all of them have been manipulated in a manner that has led to them having revolutionary sentiment disproportionate to reality, and more generally for them to be positioned in an unnecessarily highly confrontational manner which then positions support for Domestic Policy A as associated with madness.
In 15 years time, Domestic Policy A is no longer on the agenda, and rarely even heard of.
Result: The presence of a relatively high number of “puppets for the taking” in year 0 is hacked in a manner which censors a certain viewpoint and ultimately leads to the absence of the superior policy in year 20.
Superior solutions start with recognizing inferior situations.
(Quite some variety of more complex situations could be imagined, but the simplicity of the example draws attention to the realistic nature of the risk.)