Submitted by Iben Thranholm
Red October in Washington in 2017?
I recently I came across a video on Youtube showing a presentation by former Soviet KGB propagandist Yuri Bezmenov, aka Tomas Schuman, who worked for Novosti Press Agency during the Soviet era until he defected in 1970. Yuri Bezmenov issued a strong warning to America that they were not living in an age of peace and love as many believed. Quite the contrary, he claimed. America was slowly being subverted into Marxism. He predicted that it would eventually lead to a revolution in the USA that would put an end to the free world. The question is if the revolution in the US he warned against is just about to happen.
The 1983 video shows a lecture he delivered in Los Angeles on methods of “ideological subversion”, a form of warfare the KGB used against America.
Bezmenov explains that the main effort of the KGB was not conventional intelligence at all. Only some 15 per cent of resources was spent on James-Bond-style espionage, while 85 per cent was devoted to a slow process called “ideological subversion” or “active measures”.
What this means, Bezmenov explains, is to change Americans’ perception of reality to such an degree that no American is able to draw a sensible conclusion in the interest of defending themselves, their families, communities and their country, regardless of the abundance of information available to them. It is a massive brainwashing process achieved at a very slow pace.
The process is split into four stages: 1) demoralization, 2) destabilization, 3) crisis, and 4) normalization.
In his book “Love Letter to America” from 1984, Bezmenov explains how the main principle of ideological subversion is turning a stronger force against itself, and the crucial role demoralization plays in that process.
He writes, “It takes about 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many (or few)? Simple: this is the minimum number of years needed to ‘educate’ ONE GENERATION of students in a target country (America, for example) and expose them to the ideology of the subverter. It is imperative that any sufficient challenge and counter-balance by the basic moral values and ideology of this country be eliminated.
The main methods used by Marxists in the West, Bezmenov explains, were to: “corrupt the young, get them interested in sex, take them away from religion. Make them superficial and enfeebled […] destroy people’s faith in their national leaders by holding the latter up for contempt, ridicule and disgrace […] cause breakdown of the old moral virtues: honesty, sobriety, self-restraint, faith in the pledged word.
The main targets are religious faith, education, media and culture – hippie-movement of that day. Although to all appearances America firmly rejected Soviet Communism during the Cold War, Bezmenov very correctly observes that there was a massive undercurrent of Marxist-Leninist indoctrination at many, if not most, universities and institutions of learning, in the media and artistic communities in the West throughout the 1960s and 1970s that was never challenged or counterbalanced by fundamental American patriotic values. This was especially true of the entertainment industry. According to Bezmenov, a group of rock or pop-musicians with a message of ‘social-justice’ sugar-coated in popular ‘spiritual’ tunes was actually more helpful to the KGB than someone standing in the pulpit preaching Marxist-Leninist doctrine.
The 1983 video shows Bezmenov explaining that the demoralisation process in the US had already been completed to a degree beyond the wildest dreams of the top leadership in the Kremlin.
“This proces was done by Americans to Americans thanks to lack of morals. Most of the people educated in the 1960s, intellectuals are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, mass media and the education system. You are stuck with them,” Bezmenov points out.
This has resulted in the ideology of Cultural Marxism, which consists of eroding all traditions and values, thus destroying the foundations of Judeo-Christian culture. The initial round of Marxism, implemented in 1917 in Russia, was mainly about economical reforms and the distribution of financial goods. This model has now collapsed with the demise of the Soviet Union. No one fights for state socialism any more. Multinational companies have taken over. However, the spirit of Communism lives on in the West, the cradle of Marxism, in the shape of false compassion, freedom and equality in absurd measure. The second coming of Marxism, which now unfolds in the West, assumes the form of identity politics, which aims to obliterate all distinctions based on race, gender, culture and religion, using the weapon of open borders and mass immigration. The special target is the traditional family, which s attacked constantly and viciously in the attempt to create a culture in which identity and fundamental relations are dissolved. Transgenderism is another way to deprive a human of his or her fundamental identity. All this is done in order to allow the state or large multinational corporations to control these individuals, who no longer know for certain who they really are. As Soviet Communism dismantled economic class distinctions, cultural Marxism and multiculturalism will obliterate all identity and national distinctions in order to facilitate global control of the masses. The white, Christian male, branded as a supremacist, is the new capitalist or nobleman, who must go to the scaffold, like the czar and his courtiers. Accusation of hate-speech is the new form of censorship that radical leftists apply to control all discourse. The media have manipulated the concept of truth beyond all recognition of truth and falsehood. Truth is what the powers that be want to apply.
As we witness the current development in the USA, especially after the violent clashes in Charlottesville and the disturbances and violence instigated by movements like Antifa and Black Lives Matter, it is relevant to ask – following Bezmenov’s analysis – if the third item, the crisis, of the “ideological subversion” process is unfolding before our eyes in the USA. According to Bezmenov it may take only six weeks to bring a country to the verge of crisis ( as we saw it in Central America in the 1970s) and – after the crisis – the violent change of power, structure and economy, the period of normalization begins, which will usher in a new regime. We have seen the same method used in the Middle East with the Arab Spring, and the Maidan coup in Ukraine in 2014. Western society is now undergoing the same process with destabilization through radical leftist movements and dominance of social justice warriors.
Just now, protesters carry out a ten-day “civil disobedience” march starting on 28 August in Charlottesville, Virginia, headed to Washington D.C. to fight white supremacy and demand that President Trump be removed from office.
“The March to Confront White Supremacy” states it will travel to the nation’s capital and then occupy it with non-violent demonstrations.
“For years, white supremacist violence, rhetoric, and policies have escalated and intensified – exploding during Donald Trump’s run for president and reaching a boiling point in Charlottesville,” the event’s web site reads.
“We demand that President Trump must be removed from office for allying himself with this ideology of hate and we demand an agenda that repairs the damage it has done to our country and its people,” the march organizers wrote.
Professor Mark Bray, a historian and lecturer at Dartmouth, author of a new book entitled “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” defined the Antifa movement recently in an interview on NBC News:
“It’s basically a politics or an activity of social revolutionary self-defence. It’s a pan-left radical politics uniting Communists, Socialists, Anarchists and various different radical leftists together for the shared purpose of combating the far right.
In the interview, Bray explains that anti-fascists go about resisting fascism, and discusses if they are ethically reasonable as collective self-defence against fascism and Nazism.”
The resistance against the “old, conservative America”, also visible in the dismantling of statues, is now so strong that the opposition to Trump think it is reasonable to discuss if the de radical leftist movements are ethically defensible in their fight against what they call fascism and the policies the claim Trump represents.
As I see it, this bears an uncanny resemblance to the political events leading up to the October revolution in Russia in 1917. Antifa, the tearing down of statues and the march on Washington now resemble the revolutionary Bolshevik uprising that brought down the government in 1917 and later, in February 1918, deposed Czar Nicolas II. Although today’s protesters currently joining in the “The March to Confront White Supremacy” from Charlottesville to Washington DC claim that they are non-violent, their aim is – with or without violent clashes – to depose President Trump and his presidency. If they succeed sooner or later in ousting the president, like the Democrats have attempted to do together with the radical leftist ever since Trump was inaugurated, it will actually amount to a coup d’etat like in the Bolshevik revolution in Russia.
This will complete the ideological subversion that Yuri Bezmenov warned against and take it into its final stage, which is normalization. If this happens, everything we have understood American culture to be will be replaced by pure cultural Marxism, that is, a new kind of Soviet regime with multiculturalism as its ideology.
Paradoxically, these are the very political movements that spearhead the hysteria of accusations of Russian involvement in America’s democratic elections and Trump’s alleged cooperation with the Russians. The radical leftists hate Russia because they cannot forgive them for abandoning Marxism and instead embracing conservative, Christian values as the foundations of modern Russia.
Yet how will the right and the movement behind Trump react if the radicals leftist attack Trump in earnest? Former Trump adviser Roger Stone believes a civil war would ensue if Congress were to impeach President Donald Trump.
In case he is right, the question is whether the right will be able to win such a civil war. Their Achilles’ heel is that they are themselves soaked in the dye of moral and spiritual culture Marxist ideological subversion. There are few genuine conservatives left, but many of them are moral relativists, who live by the cultural Marxist creed. A good example is British homosexual media personality Milo Yiannopoulos, who often rails against the leftists. In a speech entitled “10 things Milo hates about Islam”, he proclaims his hatred of the left, but simultaneously swears his allegiance to it. He states:
“On the one hand, we’re defending America from the excesses of the left, and the threat they represent to free expression and freedom of association. On the other hand, we have to defend the good things that the left has achieved – women’s rights, gay rights, and tolerance […]
Thus is the precise predicament in which the right in the West is stuck. They are against the left’s position on mass immigration, but their morals, culture and spirituality are cut from the same cloth. Not that conservatives are against respect and tolerance, but the right’s desire for civil rights are often based on moral relativism, which is at the core of cultural Marxism.
Demoralization has also had its effect on the right, and therefore it has not the moral superiority to win the battle. It is not fundamentally separate from the left on sexuality and family. The West currently has no real alternative to cultural Marxism unless an entirely new movement arise that re-establishes eternal moral values defined as faith, love, freedom, conscience, family, motherland and nation. Bezmenov also points this out at the closing of his lecture, as he calls for “a very strong national effort to educate people in the spirit of real patriotism and to explain the real danger of socialism, communism, welfare state and big brother state. If people will fail to grasp the impending danger, nothing ever can help the USA. Then its good bye to freedom”, he concludes.
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