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The Real Significance of Diana West’s American Betrayal

August 19, 2013 1 comment

Diana West’s American Betrayal has evoked a flurry of reactions, pro and contra, ranging from ad hominem attacks to adulation, even while folks in many instances have not read the book.  Yet while the blogosphere has focused largely on specific historical details and West’s interpretations of such details in the book, which I myself admittedly found highly convincing, confirming the writings of folks such as Ion Pacepa, Yuri Bezmenov, Anatoliy Golytsin, M. Stanton EvansPaul Kengor, Trevor Loudon, J.R. Nyquist and numerous others, I believe many of the reviews have completely belied the below broader insights of the book, in light of the current condition of Western Civilization.

1. The seeds of the destruction of the foundations of our country, via the creation of the welfare state, international policy bodies and the inculcation in and infiltration of the academia and media by leftism and leftists were planted by Communists, Communist-sympathizers and fellow travelers before and during the FDR administration

2. The anti-Communists through poor marketing and tactics, and the efforts of anti-anti-Communists in academia and the media were defeated in the court of public opinion, the effects of which continue to paralyze all those attempting to protect our freedom today, in particular the so-called counterjihadists

3. As a result of the socialists winning the war of ideas heretofore, Americans by and large are no longer able to process facts (let alone separate facts from opinion) using logic and reason in order to maintain any semblance of the Republic which was bequeathed upon them.  The narrative is paramount — facts be damned (see Martin, Trayvon)

4. All of which lead me to believe that we have converged with the socialists in the cultural, political and economic spheres.  Stated differently, we won the Cold War and lost the peace

Look at the major news stories of any given day in any mainstream publication, and tell me if these points can be disputed.

How many of Marx’s ten planks have we not yet constructed?

What sector of our economy is not either hyper-regulated or outright socialized?

What issue is not framed in terms of race, class or gender?

What do the terms, fairness, justice and equality denote in today’s vernacular?

What is the moral state of our country, and in which direction is it trending?

I believe Diana West’s thoroughly researched work is at once an eminently credible and bloodcurdling.  Even if you disagree, everyday life in 21st century America shows us that we have succumbed to the ideology of leftism, to the detriment of Western Civilization and all of mankind.

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Yuri Bezmenov vs. Barack Obama

June 24, 2010 Leave a comment

KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov writing in a pamphlet circa 1985 entitled “Black is Beautiful, Communism is Not“:

I don’t want you to go home depressed. I want you to go home happy. You deserve to be happy. You look like normal people. The process of demoralization, which takes 20 years, has taken place only in part. Andropov, a year ago when he was still half alive, talking to the Kremlin assembly, said, “We (meaning communists) are entering the final stage of the battle for minds and hearts of the people.” He was not talking about invasion of El Salvador. No, he was talking about this process I just described. You have five more years, according to Andropov. Presuming that you are demoralized, which I don’t believe because you are still alive, and Andropov is dead. So is Chernenko.

What to do about this crazy situation. Believe me, the solution is ridiculously simple.

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Just for the sake of experiment, listen to Schuman. It costs you nothing. My solution is simple. You don’t want to be demoralized. Stay moral. See how simple? Stay moral. What does this imply? Exactly what CAUSA is telling you. Exactly what many millions of sensible Americans who belong to a multiplicity of conservative and religious groups are telling you on TV and radio. These stations grow like mushrooms. Stay moral

And so that they [the youth] will grow up realizing that their right to live, to be free and pursue happiness, is not given by the state or federal government. It is given by God. You have to implant in the minds of your children, before it is too late, that yours is the best system.

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Suppose you believe Andropov and are demoralized. Suppose we are really entering the final stage of your life, destabilization, five more years. Even then there is a solution. And again, this solution has nothing to do with more nuclear warheads. This solution is so primitive and so simple that nobody wants to listen to me, in the establishment. It is very simple, peaceful, nonviolent and very beneficial: stop aiding your enemy.

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And if we are talking specifically about media like that, already I gave you the solution. Start your own media. If you read such monsters as The New York Times, or The Washington Post, or The Los Angeles Times, if you watch the garbage coming through the three major TV networks, just for curiosity’s sake, please subscribe to conservative literature. If you watch The Phil Donahue Show, just for curiosity watch Pat Robertson or Jimmy Swaggart, or Jerry Falwell; there are many others.

If you read The Los Angeles Times, read The Washington Times for a change. You will see the difference. That’s all I have to say to you. Please do it fast. Because if you pooh-pooh your system, you will follow the destiny of the Vietnamese, Cambodians, Nicaraguans, Zimbabweans and Ethiopians. And yours will be the last country.

Why am I shouting? Why am I so emotional? I am sick and tired of defecting! And believe me, if you destroy your system, you will have no place to defect to. Because your country is the last hope for mankind’s survival, freedom and justice.

President Barack Obama in his commencement address to the graduating class of 2010 at the University of Michigan:

Today’s twenty-four/seven echo chamber amplifies the most inflammatory soundbites louder and faster than ever before. It has also, however, given us unprecedented choice. Whereas most Americans used to get their news from the same three networks over dinner or a few influential papers on Sunday morning, we now have the option to get our information from any number of blogs or websites or cable news shows. And this can have both a good and bad development for our democracy.

For if we choose only to expose ourselves to opinions and viewpoints that are in line with our own, studies suggest that we will become more polarized, more set in our ways. That will only reinforce and even deepen the political divides in this country. But if we choose to actively seek out information that challenges our assumptions and our beliefs, perhaps we can begin to understand where the people who disagree with us are coming from.

Now this requires us to agree on a certain set of facts to debate from; that is why we need a vibrant and thriving news business that is separate from opinion makers and talking heads. That’s why we need an educated citizenry that uses hard evidence and not just assertion. As Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

Still, if you’re somebody who only reads the editorial page of The New York Times, try glancing at the page of The Wall Street Journal once in awhile. If you’re a fan of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, try reading a few columns on the Huffington Post website. It may make your blood boil; your mind may not be changed. But the practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship. It’s essential for our democracy.

Leaving aside Bezmenov’s emphasis on the religious right as the antidote to socialism, which I think should be broadened more properly as Judeo-Christian morality (and with it an emphasis on justice and freedom), the irony herein is striking.

Oh and just in case you are not familiar with the concept of demoralization and Bezmenov’s contributions on Communist ideological subversion in the West, here is a visual aid: