Continued from Part Two.
Lords of Public Opinion
The American media is a willing recipient of Soviet subversion. I know this because I worked with American journalists and correspondents in Moscow while on the Soviet side, and after my defection to the West. People habitually refer to the American media as ‘free,’ ignoring the obvious and commonly known fact that most of the most powerful media in the USA are already MONOPOLIZED both financially and ideologically by what are referred to as ‘liberals.’ American media ‘chains’ BELONG to fewer and fewer owners who do not seem to mind that the media are being almost totally ‘liberalized.’ Liberalism, in its old classical sense, means above all respect for individual opinion and tolerance to opposing views. However, in my own experience, communist defectors who have requested, and sometimes literally begged, to have stories of their life in the Soviet Union told to the American people via the major American media have been completely ignored.
One of the most devastating methods of Soviet subversion in the American media is the DISCREDITING of authors like myself and the information and opinion of those who come up with clear evidence of Communist crimes against mankind. This method is well described in my forthcoming book entirely dedicated to the activity of the ‘Novosti’ Press Agency.
Introduction of NON-ISSUES is another powerful method of demoralizing at the level of IDEAS. It will take another full-size book to describe in detail this method. It will suffice here to give a brief definition of NON-ISSUES. An issue the solution of which creates more and bigger problems for the majority of a nation, even though it may benefit a few, is a non-issue (civil rights of homosexuals is not an issue; defending sexual morality is the larger, real issue). The main purpose of non-issues and the devastating result of their introduction is the SIDE-TRACKING of public opinion, energy (both mental and physical), money and TIME from the constructive solutions. Soviet propaganda elevated the art of infiltrating and emphasizing non-issues in American public life to the level of actual state policy.
Addictive ‘Mass Culture’
Years ago, when I was scanning through a pile of Western newspapers in Novosti’s Moscow headquarters, I came across a column written by a Canadian writer, Gregory Clark, in the Toronto Star. Here it is in full. I have saved it for my files:
If I were a Communist agent in America with millions of dollars to spend annually I would not waste it in bribing pubic servants to give away state secrets. But I would lavish and encourage the sleazy tune-smiths of that region to turn out more and more garage ‘culture.’ … Gaggled-headed and obscure musicians would be helped to prominence. I would seek out the more questionable publishers of the dirtier paperbacks and slip them a few hundred thousand so they could set up more respectable head offices. Wherever trend shows towards the beat generation I would offer it a helping hand. Anything that prompted the insubordination of teenagers, anything that contributes to the confusion and exasperation of parents would be most liberally endowed. The basic intention of my spending would be to break down the discipline, encourage relaxation of authority of every kind so as to build up, in as short time as possible, an adult generation that could easily go out of control.
America would look desperately around for any kind of discipline to rescue them and THERE–pretty as a picture, would be Communism, the most iron-fisted discipline since Sparta. The victory would be bloodless… Except of course in concentration camps, torture, prisons, and a few things like that. But nobody would know about that because of censorship of the press.
This was written in 1959! The accuracy of this description of OUR activity stunned me. We had just completed ‘helping a gaggle-headed’ Communist entertainer, Yves Montand to ‘prominence’ in Moscow and were halfway through with publicly elevating ‘obscure’ Indian filmmaker Raj Kapoor to ‘fame.’ The editorial offices of Novosti were teaming with ‘sleazy’ foreign singers, poets, writers, artists, musicians and ‘intellectuals’ coming to my country for support in their ‘progressive struggle’ against their own ‘decadent capitalist’ societies….
There is not much I can add to that statement of a wise Canadian columnist today. Yes, KGB encourages DEMORALIZATION of America through the ‘mass culture’ by relying upon the help of the “useful idiots” of the entertainment business. No, the Beatles, Punks and Michael Jackson are not on the KGB payroll. They are on YOUR payroll. All the KGB had to do is to slowly and gradually CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDES and kill your RESISTANCE to the demoralizing addiction your kids call ‘music,’ make it acceptable, NORMAL; make it a part of ‘American culture’ where it does not belong and never did.
Demoralization–Level Two: Structures
There is a Russian proverb which says: “The sly head gives no rest to the arms.” Let us see what Communist subversion does to your “arms”–the socio/political/economical STRUCTURES of America. The areas of application for demoralizing American structures are: 1. Judicial and law-enforcement system; 2. Public organizations and institutions dealing with RELATIONS between individuals, groups and classes of the society; 3. Security and defense organs; 4. Internal political parties and groups; 5. Foreign policy-formulating bodies both governmental and non-governmental (“think-tanks,” academia, “sovietology advisors,” etc.).
In the area of “Law and Order,” the method of demoralization is to promote and enforce the prevalence of the “legalistic” approach over the “moral” one. Several generations of American lawyers and law-makers, graduating from the ‘liberal’ (that is LEFTIST, Socialist-oriented) schools, after long-time exposure to the Socialist IDEOLOGY, have already created an atmosphere in the U.S. judicial system whereby “underprivileged” criminals are treated as “victims” of the “cruel American society,” and the real victim (the law-abiding society) is turned into defenseless and very underprivileged citizens and taxpayers, PAYING for the comparatively comfortable life of the criminal in or outside prison. The result is as predictable as it is desirable for the subverter: MISTRUST of the American population towards their own judicial and law-enforcement system, and people demanding harsher punishments and stricter CONTROLS in order to fight crime. And what could be better than Soviet or Communist-type control? Even your ‘liberal’ media claims that there is no street crime in Moscow and no drug problem in the USSR.
Similarly, in the area of social life, by encouraging you to put your individual RIGHTS over your OBLIGATIONS (any obligations–private, financial, moral, patriotic, etc.) the subverter achieves the desired effect: a society composed of IRRESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS, each one “doing his own thing,” and acting according to the “law of jungle.” Such subversion of society is the first step to tyranny.
To demoralize America’s PROTECTIVE FORCES it is enough to make your kids call the police “pigs” and “fascists” for a decade, disband police agencies watching over subverters and radicals by calling them “spies” (that is exactly what the American Civil Liberties Union did), stage campaign after campaign of discreditation and “investigation” of the “wrongdoings” of the police, and in twenty years you arrive at the present situation, when the majority of the civilian population of this nation is virtually without civil laws or protection from murderers, lunatics, criminals, etc. Can you now expect your police and civil authorities to protect you and your family in case of terrorist attack or a major civil disturbance?
The American FBI and CIA have had no better treatment. Americans are MADE to believe that your own security agencies pose more danger than the Soviet KGB. There were dozens of “revelations” and exposés on the CIA during the last ten to fifteen years. But there was not a SINGLE public trial of any Soviet agent of the KGB caught in the USA “red-handed.” There were numerous expulsions of Soviet ‘diplomats,’ yes. But an equal or greater number of them came to America to replace their ‘fallen comrades.’
There is not a SINGLE law in America which could be used to legally persecute KGB agents for ideological subversion. But there is a law that prevents your CIA from using YOUR media to vindicate their acts to protect YOU against the KGB subversion. Your media and your Hollywood entertainers lovingly repeat every fabrication of Soviet propaganda regarding the CIA ‘atrocities,’ mixing it with truth, half-truth and blatant lie. Demoralizers like Larry Flint regularly entertain the public with juicy stories about ‘CIA assassinations’ sandwiched between pornographic pictures in his magazine. Do you remember when you saw an American film or read a book about the ‘good CIA’? I do not imply that pornographer Flint or members of the Rockefeller Commission on CIA activities are on the KGB payroll. But obviously pornography, as well as political prostitution pays. It sells Hustler magazine, it sells politicians… and it kills the security of America. Criticism of the KGB does not pay. In fact, critics of KGB subverters may get killed in the process. What are you, my dear Americans? A nation of masochists and cowards? When you read and listen to all this dirt poured upon your security agencies by the media and politicians, can’t you realize that the most just and factual criticism of the CIA is wrongly addressed? Security agencies of America (unlike the KGB) are INSTRUMENTS in the hands of a nation and her elected POLITICIANS. One should not blame an instrument, when it is the OPERATOR’s fault. If the instrument malfunctions–CORRECT it, and don’t use a hammer where a fine screwdriver is needed.
Very often American media present a picture of the CIA and FBI as a ‘mirror reflection’ of the KGB and its ‘fraternal services.’ False. The KGB is a POWER which systematically and ruthlessly MURDERED about SIXTY MILLION of my countrymen, and still engages in the killing of innocent defenseless people all over the world. How many were killed by the CIA? Do numbers (and ‘quality’ too) matter at all to you? Or was comrade Stalin right when he said that ONE person shot is a tragedy, but one million is statistics?
Now let’s look at how you treat your military. What is the image of the military presented to you and the rest of the world in the American press and the electronic media? If there is a U.S. general, he is called a trigger-happy ‘warmonger,’ a ‘hawk’ and ‘aggressor.’ One of the most popular TV series, M.A.S.H., presents your military as a bunch of very humorous, hysterically funny psychotics, queers, alcoholics and otherwise rather unruly characters. Recently I saw a film titled Rage, where the Pentagon is depicted as a cruel experimenter, testing chemical weapons on unsuspecting American farmers. And it is shown on TV exactly at the very same time when Soviets are using chemical weapons in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Laos, and provide the same to their Iraqi ‘brothers’ for their fraternal genocide in the Persian Gulf. Have you EVER seen a movie or a TV series about THAT? Every American student knows the name of the Vietnamese village My Lai and what it stands for, namely, an “American war crime.” Do you remember the name of the Soviet pilot who shot down the Korean passenger airliner with 269 passengers aboard, including some 60 Americans and a US congressman? Do you remember the name of that congressman? Does anybody in America EVER learn from the American media the names of thousands of Cambodian and Afghani villages TOTALLY EXTERMINATED by the Soviet military? Where are Jane Fonda and Dr. Spock, who used to express so much concern and love for Vietnamese and Cambodians when the US military was there?
The ‘double standard’ applied and enforced and LEGITIMIZED by the manipulators of public opinion in the USA is a direct result of the long-term process of the DEMORALIZATION of the IMAGE of the US MILITARY in the minds of millions all over the world. The result? Study the chart…
‘Quiet Diplomacy’ or Surrender?
There are hundreds of volumes written about the ways Communists use foreign relations for their purposes. There are NONE which reveal the link between the failures of American diplomacy and the process of demoralization. From time to time defectors from the Communist side, such as Arkady Shevchenko, the USSR representative in the UN, give breath-taking accounts on how the Communists are using ‘diplomacy’ for subversion. And yet all the crowds of “experts” and “kremlinologists” are seemingly unable to put the pieces together and to raise their voices AGAINST dealing with the Communists in a ‘diplomatic’ way.
Many public figures have noted that most Americans do not want to hear unpleasant things. Politicians in the USA know this. So does the KGB. Every American administration has contributed to the process of DEMORALIZATION in their own foreign policy by continuously negotiating and SIGNING “peace treaties.” From the “Lend Lease” to the “Helsinki Accords” to the “SALT” treaties, creating false expectations and voter complacency and NEVER openly and honestly admitting that NONE of those agreements and treaties EVER WORKED–for America, that is. They ALL benefited the USSR however. In the process America has lost MOST or her foreign friends to the ‘Socialist camp’–Concentration camp, to be precise. Presently the USA is rapidly nearing a situation of TOTAL ISOLATION from the rest or the world. Even our long-time friend Great Britain did not support America, even verbally, on the liberation of Grenada, despite the obvious fact that America was on the British side in the ridiculous war over the Falkland Islands.
What could be more amoral than the ‘peace with honor‘ signed by Kissinger with Hanoi Communists?–ask the Vietnamese ‘boat people.’ When someone makes a deal with a murderer we call him an ‘accomplice in crime,’ we don’t award him a ‘Nobel Peace Prize.’ Or do we? What should we call this kind of foreign policy which is both amoral AND hurts America?
Demoralization–Level Three: Unhealthy Body, Unhealthy Mind
Demoralization in such areas as family life, health services, interracial relations, population control, and distribution and labor relations I call the ‘LIFE’ level.
Marxist-Leninist ideology coated in various indigenous “social theories” has greatly contributed to the process of the American family break-up. The trend recently is changing in the opposite direction, but many generations of Americans, brought up in broken families, are already adults lacking one of the most vital qualities for the survival of a nation–LOYALTY. A child who has not learned to be loyal to his family will hardly make a loyal citizen. Such a child may grow into an adult who is loyal to the State, though. The USSR example is rather revealing in this case. In the struggle for the ‘final victory of Communism,’ the goal of the subverter is to substitute, as slowly and painlessly as possible, the concept of loyalty for NATION with loyalty to the “Big Brother” welfare state, who gives everything and is able to TAKE everything, including personal freedom–from every citizen. If that objective is successfully achieved, the subverter does not need any nuclear warheads and tanks and may not even need the physical military INVASION. All that will be needed is to ‘elect’ a ‘progressive-thinking’ president who will be voted into power by Americans who have been addicted to welfare and ‘security’ as defined by Soviet subverters.
Very similar methods are being used in the area of medical and health services and sports, as part of an activity meant to keep the population healthy. By encouraging ‘professionalism’ in spectator sports rather than encouraging individual sports participation, America enfeebles herself as a nation. Most American adults who ‘love sports’ watch TV sports programs, while munching pretzels with their beer, and NOT taking physical participation in sports activity. Unlike in the USSR, sports is not a COMPULSORY part of elementary education in America. Impressive victories of Soviet athletes at international competitions further facilitate the IDEAS OF THE SUPREMACY of SOCIALISM in the area of public health, thus convincing more and more Americans of the need to emulate the Soviet system and introduce it into the American schools.
What many Americans do not realize is that what they see on their TV screens is not REAL Soviet sport. The majority of the USSR population is not ‘athletic’ at all; they are sick from the lack of correct nutrition and alcoholism. Soviet athletes are state-created exceptions to the general national deterioration in the USSR.
A similar myth is being promoted in the U.S. about ‘free health care’ in the USSR. While working in Moscow, accompanying numerous foreign delegations and showing them ‘regular’ medical facilities in clinics and kolkhos hospitals, my guests did not all realize that I was taking them to specially prepared ‘exclusive’ medical establishments, ‘only for the eyes of foreigners.’ When I arranged interviews with Soviet doctors, telling my guests about the ‘glorious achievements’ of Soviet surgery, some of them had no way of checking if these ‘achievements’ were available to USSR collective farmers or workers in Siberia. They are not. And many Americans know about this, although they have never visited my old country. Yet the tendency of U.S. bureaucrats is to enlarge the state-run medicare, despite the fact that, as shown in the USSR and elsewhere, socialized medicine is sub-standard, less efficient, and most definitely less progressive than privately owned and operated medical facilities within a properly functioning free market system.
Demoralization in the area of food CONSUMPTION patterns is also effective in the introduction of such things as ‘junk foods.’ No, KGB agents do not put chemicals into American food and drink. It is done by some American mega-monopolies who operate along the same principles as Soviet ‘Obshchepit‘ (Public Food Service): they look at consumers as ‘units of consumers,’ not individuals. Abolishing freely competing SMALL food companies, who HAD TO TREAT YOU INDIVIDUALLY to survive economically, these giants of indigestion artificially CREATE consumers’ tastes and demands which may not be in the interests of your health but surely in the interests of the monopoly profit. And here I tend to agree, at least in part, with America’s “ralph-naders,” and consumer protection groups, although I do not share their ideas on the solution of the problem.
Racial and ethnic interrelations is one of the most vulnerable areas for demoralization. There is not a single Communist country where racial groups are ‘equal’ and enjoy as much freedom to develop themselves culturally and economically as in America. Actually, there are not too many “capitalist” countries where ethnic minorities have it as good as in the USA. I have been to many countries of the world and I can state to you, my dear Americans, that your society is the least discriminatory. The Communist ‘solution’ for racial problems is ‘final’: they simply murder those who are different AND stubbornly insist on remaining different. Stalin played with whole populations of ‘ethnics’–‘resettling’ Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians in Siberia, relocating Crimean Tartars from the tropics to the permafrost, and Koreans from the Far East to the Kazakhstan deserts. But unfortunately, an ‘average’ American never recalls these commonly known facts when his attention is drawn to domestic ‘racial discrimination’ issues by those who profess ‘racial harmony’ along the socialist principle guidelines. Why? Simple: because American ‘race discrimination fighters’ NEVER MENTION these facts. If the USA were located on a separate planet from the Communists, I would probably agree with Martin Luther King when he said that “America is a racist country.” But when these statements are made on THIS planet and in THE MOST INTEGRATED NATION IN THE WORLD, I say to your ‘fighters for racial equality’: you are hypocrites and instruments (even if unwilling) of DEMORALIZATION.
The American traditional solution of racial and ethnic problems is slow but efficient: the ‘melting pot’ which raises the less developed groups to a HIGHER level. It has worked for more than a century of American history and created the most harmonious and productive nation on Earth. The present day ‘solution’ to racial inequality is borrowed from Communist mythology: EQUALITY of all racial and ethnic groups LEGISLATED by the government and ENFORCED by state bureaucracies. We know perfectly well that neither races nor INDIVIDUALS are equal, in every respect. We know that every nation and race has its peculiar character, abilities, traditions, mentality, and ability to learn and its individual PACE OF DEVELOPMENT. By mimicking the Soviet ‘national policy’ of equality, America simply erases the distinct racial characteristics that have made this country great.
Very briefly on population distribution: Urbanization and “de-landization” (the taking away of private land) is the greatest threat to American nationhood. Why? Because the poor farmer often is a greater PATRIOT than an affluent dweller of a large congested American city. Communists know this very well. The Soviets keep a very tight control over the size of their cities by the system of ‘police registration of residence’ called ‘propiska.’ They know perfectly well that the farmer will fight an invader until the last bullet ON HIS LAND. “Underprivileged” or urbanized masses on the other hand, may feel like meeting an invader with flowers and red banners. ALIENATION of people from privately-owned land is one of the very important methods of DEMORALIZATION.
And, finally, we have come to the last but not least important area: labor relations. I don’t think I have to tell you about ideological infiltration of some labour unions in the USA. This is a well-documented part of your history. Moscow ‘International Trade Union School,’ a KGB incubator for agents, takes care of physical infiltration of labor unions–a fact that is also well known (even to the CIA).
What I would like you to think about today is this: What sort of MORALITY it takes to make medical nurses leave sick and dying patients in hospital beds and walk out to strike for fifty cents an hour more in pay? OK, for a full DOLLAR more? What makes unionized electricians leave a city without power in the middle of a severe winter and let several children in “under-privileged” slums freeze to DEATH? How desperate for money must a unionized truck driver be to SHOOT TO DEATH a strike-breaking colleague and father of five? Surely, each individual American who commits these outrageously AMORAL acts is not that cruel and egocentric. And, let’s face it, not THAT broke. So, why? My answer is–IDEOLOGICAL DEMORALIZATION.
The bargaining process in American labor in many instances is no longer motivated by the desire to IMPROVE working conditions and wages. In many cases it is not bargaining at all–it’s blackmail. And in the process of the unlimited growth of union POWER, the American worker loses the only relevant and real freedom he has in his country: the freedom to choose, to work or not to work, and for how much. If an individual prefers to work for LOWER pay (and it must be his free individual choice), he often is no longer able to do so. I have just mentioned what happens to strike-breakers in America.
SUBVERSION–STAGE TWO: DESTABILIZATION
Here the efforts of the subverter narrow down to the “essentials”: the internal power structures of a target nation; the nation’s foreign relations; the economy and “social fiber.” If the preceding stage of DEMORALIZATION is successful, the subverter no longer has to bother about your IDEAS and your LIFE. Now he gets to the ‘spinal cord’ of your country and helps YOU to bring your own society into the state of DESTABILIZATION. That may take from two to five years, depending on the maturity of a nation and its ability to mobilize for resistance.
The first symptom of instability is expressed as the desire of the population to bring to power those politicians and parties who are charismatic, act like good “caretakers” and promise more ‘security”–not from external and foreign enemies, but rather job “security,” “free” social services and other “pleasure strokes” provided by “Big Brother.” By concentrating the attention of a nation on short-term solutions and “improvements,” such irresponsible politicians simply procrastinate on facing “the moment of truth,” when the nation will have to pay a much higher price for the main and basic problem–bringing the country back to stability and restoring the moral fiber.
A compounding factor at this stage is the so-called “grass roots” participation of the ‘masses’ in the political process. Demoralized and enfeebled ‘masses’ tend to grab the ‘easiest’ short-cut solution to social ills and socialism seems to them to be the best answer. Traditional national institutions no longer appear efficient. They are gradually replaced by artificially created ‘citizen’s committees’ and ‘boards’ which acquire more and more political power. These bodies, which are in essence mirror reflections of the totalitarian structures of power, are more and more ‘responsive’ to mob-ocracy, the rule of of the crowd of radicalized CONSUMERS. At the same time, the backbone of the economy–the free bargaining process–gradually yields to the principle of ‘planned economy’ and ‘centralization.’
With the final destruction of the free bargaining process the predominant economic power moves into the hands of “Big Brother,” the State, which functions more and more ‘in cahoots’ with mega-monopolies and monopolized labor unions. The famous ‘division of powers’ no longer governs the judicial, legislative and executive lines, but rather is replaced by bureaucracy in government, bureaucracy in business and bureaucracy in labor.
In the area of foreign relations America is being pushed further and further into isolationism and defeatism. A few remaining friends look with horror at the destiny of those nations who were betrayed and abandoned by the USA and try to find ‘their own solutions,’ which often comes as ‘establishing friendly relations’ with the USSR and its Communist empire. The belligerent encirclement of America proceeds with an ever-increasing pace and demoralized politicians are no longer able or willing to face the inevitable reality. Soviet and Cuban military supplies and direct intervention seem to the US legislators to be less dangerous than America’s ‘losing face’ by ‘violating international laws’ in mining Nicaraguan ports to prevent the exporting of Communist revolution to the region. The majority of Americans are made to believe that it is their country–America–that ‘violates’ international law, not the USSR and its surrogates. The average American may not even realize that the ‘International Court‘ is nothing but an artificial creature of the Soviet-controlled General Assembly of the UN.
All through this stage of DESTABILIZATION, Western ‘multinational’ monopolies continue to trade, extend credits, supply technology and ‘diplomatically’ appease the SUBVERTER–the Central Committee of the USSR. With total disregard for the interests of the peoples of America and the USSR, these two giants continue to extend aid to each other. The American media keeps talking about ‘frictions’ between the NATIONS (USA-USSR)! What ‘frictions’? Comrade Petrov in Omsk has NO FRICTIONS with Mr. Smith in Pittsburgh. In fact, they never had a chance to meet each other thanks to the “Helsinki Accords.” Comrade Petrov, though, HAS FRICTIONS with his oppressors–the Kremlin junta, which sends him to make war on Afghanistan, Vietnam, Angola and Nicaragua. Comrade Petrov does not want war with America. Neither does Mr. Smith want to fight ‘Russia.’ But they may have to if the DESTABILIZATION process is successful in America. Once it is, the situation inevitably slides into…
SUBVERSION–STAGE THREE: CRISIS
It may take only two to six months to bring America to the same situation which now exists south of the border in Central America. At this third stage of subversion you will have all your American ‘radicals’ and Soviet ‘sleeper’ agents springing into action, trying to ‘seize power as quickly and ruthlessly as possible’ (see the ‘Rules of Revolution‘ in the beginning of this booklet).If all the previous stages of Soviet subversion have been successfully completed by that time, the majority of Americans will be so totally confused that they may even WELCOME some ‘strong’ leaders who ‘know how to talk to the Russians.’ Chances are these leaders will be elected and given almost unlimited ‘emergency powers.’ A forceful change of the U.S. system may or may not be accomplished through a civil war or internal revolution, and a physical MILITARY invasion by the USSR may not even have to take place at all. But change it will be, and rather a drastic one, with all the familiar attributes of Soviet ‘progress’ being instituted such as NATIONALIZATION of vital industries, the reduction of the ‘private sector’ of the economy to the bare minimum, the redistribution of wealth and a massive propaganda campaign by the newly ‘elected’ government to ‘explain’ and justify the reforms.
No–no concentration camps and executions. Not yet. That will come later at the stage of…
SUBVERSION–STAGE FOUR: NORMALIZATION
Any normal nation would definitely resist such a ‘progressive change’ as I have just described. And according to the ‘classics of Marxism-Leninism’ there will arise pockets of resistance shortly after the takeover consisting of the ‘enemy classes and counter-revolutionaries’ who will physically resist the new system. Some Americans may take to arms and flee to the mountains (as in Afghanistan). Reforms (or DESTRUCTION, to be more accurate) of the security agencies, police, and military by the new government may lead to a situation of ‘split loyalties’ among law enforcement officers and render the majority of the population defenseless. At this point, to avoid ‘the bloodshed,’ the subverter moves to NORMALIZATION, a term borrowed from the Soviet propaganda of 1968–from the time of the Soviet ‘fraternal’ invasion of Czechoslovakia. Comrade Brezhnev called that ‘NORMALIZATION.’ And he was right: the vanquished country was brought BY FORCE into the NORMAL state of SOCIALISM: namely, subjugation.
This is when, my dear friends, you will start seeing ‘friendly’ Soviet soldiers in the streets of our cities working together with American soldiers and the ‘new’ police force to ‘restore law and order.’ Very soon yesterday’s American socialist radicals and ‘do-gooders’ who were working so hard to bring ‘progress’ to their own country will find themselves IN PRISONS and hastily-built concentration camps. Many of them will be EXECUTED, quietly or publicly. Why? Simple: the Soviet ‘liberators’ will have no further use for the ‘disturbers.’ The ‘useful idiots’ will have completed their work. From then on the New Order will need STABILITY and NEW MORALITY. No more ‘grass roots’ movements. No more criticism of the State. The Press will obediently censor itself. In fact, this censorship already exists NOW, imposed by the so-called U.S. ‘liberals’ and socialist do-gooders.
You will now have the opportunity to ‘enjoy’ exactly the same life as the Vietnamese, Cambodians, Angolans and Nicaraguans betrayed by you. This state of social ‘NORMALIZATION’ may last forever, that is–your life-time and the life-times of your children and grandchildren…
IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN HERE!
What if it does happen here? Why take chances? What are the SOLUTIONS? There are different solutions for different stages of subversion. If a nation has enough common sense to STOP subversion at the very beginning of the DEMORALIZATION stage, you may never need the painful and drastic solutions needed to deal with the CRISIS stage.
The most general solution I can offer–for the whole process of SUBVERSION–is to STOP AIDING THE SUBVERTER. You are still living in a free society and you are able to force your elected politicians to change their policies toward the Communist world if you so choose. But if YOU, personally, do not see anything wrong in dealing with the Communists and HELPING them in their global expansion, I feel that you should begin learning more about the reality of the Communist/Socialist situation, not from your monopolized media, but from the independent media and press who have no vested interest in making out the Soviet Union to be the ‘good guys;’ and from people like myself, who have experienced Communism first-hand for many years. There are numerous American patriotic groups and organizations who are well informed and who already have many SOLUTIONS to combat the damage done by ideological subversion, some of which are as good or even better than mine. Seek these groups, join them and DO something.
This booklet is my love letter to America. I did not write it to frighten or threaten the nation that I love for its freedom, its principles, its ideals. But if you were walking across the street with a friend and saw a car barreling down upon you both that your friend did not see, would you say nothing to your friend and move out of the way, leaving him to be hit? Of course not and I do not intend to do that to you.
In my next booklet, I will cover the full solutions to the problem of ideological subversion. I sincerely hope you will be reading it.
TOMAS SCHUMAN has been personally involved with the world-wide propaganda efforts of the Soviet regime. Like a true-life Winston Smith from George Orwell’s 1984, Tomas Schuman worked for the communist equivalent of Orwell’s Ministry of Truth–The Novosti Press Agency. Novosti, which means “News” in Russian, exists to produce slanted and false stories to plant in the foreign media. The term for this K.G.B. effort is “disinformation.”
Mr. Schuman was born under the name of Yuri Bezmenov in Moscow in 1939, the son of a senior officer in the Red Army. Consequently, he went to good schools. At the age of seventeen he entered the Institute of Oriental Languages at Moscow State University.
After graduating, he worked for Novosti, then spent two years in India as an interpreter and public relations officer with Soviet Refineries Constructions. He returned to Moscow in 1965 to work for Novosti, serving as Economic Editor for the Hindi, Urdu and English Editions of Sovietland magazine. In 1969 he went back to India and continued propaganda efforts for Novosti in New Delhi, working out of the Soviet Embassy in a department called Research and Counter-Propaganda. Due to his growing disgust, he began to plan defection.
In February of 1970 he disguised himself as a hippie, complete with beads and wig, and joined a tour group to escape to Athens. He contacted the United States Embassy and, after a long debriefing by U.S. Intelligence, was granted asylum and went to Canada.
In Canada, he studied political science at the University of Toronto for two years, taught Russian language and literature and in 1972 was hired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s International Service as a Producer/Announcer, broadcasting to the Soviet Union. The K.G.B. forced him out of the job in 1976, so he began freelance journalism and worked on a variety of projects.
Today he is a political analyst for Panorama W.I.N. in Los Angeles. He is married and has two children. He is the author of two as yet unpublished books.
Copyright by Tomas Schuman