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Guest column David Zimicki: The sovietization of America

  • People look at a portrait of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin drawn in light at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square during a light show marking the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. aP

Published: 8/29/2019 9:00:27 PM
Modified: 8/29/2019 9:00:10 PM

Soviet KGB and disinformation agents arrived in America in the 1920s. For 70 years, they energetically engaged in malignant ideological subversion.

Their goal was to “flip” us from within through the introduction of “demoralizing ” ideas, intended to alienating America toward itself. These agents were numerous, brilliant and well funded. They were busy with every imaginable tactic of influence, disinformation and disruption.

They exploited a free and lax society and much of their work was done through innumerable front groups with inviting names like “World Peace Council” and “Civil Rights Congress,” according to several sources, including the book “Disinformation,” written by Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former chief of Romania Intelligence who defected to the U.S. in 1970.

Vladimir Lenin, the first head of the Soviet state, famously recommended the manipulation of “useful idiots” who would “take hold of the reins of culture” for the transmission of Soviet ideas abroad. Accordingly, authors, professors, folk singers, screen writers and many other species of dupes were recruited.

Anyone who has read the memoirs of agents who defected can easily identify — in 2019 culture and politics — clear remaining evidence of their work: “Political correctness” and “enemies of the people” are good starters, but others include, “the cult of activism,” “communist asceticism,” “false consciousness versus woke,” “ikons and cockroaches,” “the communist culture of the lie” and the “nobel and sexy revolutionary!”

I hope that the following examples are interesting.

Political correctness

In 1917, the Soviet Communist Party found itself faced with an enormous mind-control project. It required nothing less than the “reforging” of “the souls” of 160 million comrades. Infinite hours of meetings and classes for instruction, coercion and exhortation in the new ideology had to be endured, according to dozens of personal memoirs and books on the subject.

The implementation of the concept of “the personal is political” was even worse. This meant that every word, every act, every joke and every possession — in one’s daily life — was open for evaluation and “correcting,” if it did not comply with socialist precepts. The corrections and shaming took place at mandatory town, school or factory meetings presided over by “party commissars for political enlightenment.”

Religion had been crushed, so all virtue flowed through correct socialist words and deeds.

Political correctness is a form of thought control, which is just part of life in 2019 America. You can find yourself shamed, corrected and “re-educated” for a widening array of infractions. It could be a joke, a non-approved word, a food choice, a news source, your car, a toy selection for your daughter, the imperfection of your recycling or the provenance of your coffee beans.

And of course, complete derangement sets in if you voted for the wrong candidate or have an “incorrect” view on any of a score of issues. The urgency — among the woke — for “correcting ” all regressive thoughts is powerful. The methods are crude and have little to do with real intellectual suasion.

Enemies of the people

The Soviets vigorously enforced “the friendship of the peoples.” It was considered counter-revolutionary to be anti-Semitic or anti any of the many ethnic or language groups in the vast — forced — Soviet Empire.

However, pure hatred was state sanctioned for class/thought enemies. If you ran a business, were bourgeois, a priest, a technical specialist, a nationalist, a Menshevik, a supposed “wrecker,” a Trotskyist, a Kulak — you would likely be shot, starved or worked to death. The Soviets never really recovered from decapitating their own society.

In America today, multiculturalism and identity politics are the left’s “friendship of the peoples.” This may seem big-hearted, but like the Soviets, they do have a long list of elements of society whom they reflexively stereotype, slander and loath.

These include corporations, with associated exploitation/imperialism/inordinate sway on democracy/relentless pollution; the police, for supposed repression in their role of defending a system rife with iniquity and racism; the military, as a highly aggressive instrument of imperialism/stimulant of industry profits; the wealthy, because money is assumed to be ill-gotten and the result of exploitation; the prison system, for incarcerating those acting-out only as a result of the pathologies of capitalism; Christians, for their primitive prescientific belief systems; and conservatives, for their unenlightened and regressive views on everything.

Fomenting disgust toward America’s “enemies of the people” was on the daily checklist for every KGB disinformation agent. These deeply bigoted convictions are obvious contents the left’s world view.

The sovietizationof America

It is an American tragedy that 28 years after the monumental failure of socialism in the Soviet Union, we remain stuck with a host of free-ranging Soviet ideas — which are still sedulously spread — and are cynical, divisive and demoralizing and have never worked. These adhesive, and recently much resuscitated, beliefs are everywhere, and form a working world view held by much of the left.

It is not like I don’t know: I grew up heavily manipulated to believe every one of these “Soviet” tenets.

David Zimicki is a retired rehabilitation psychologist who specialized in traumatic brain injury recovery. He has a strong interest in Soviet history, propaganda and persuasion. He lives in Haydenville.

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