Going back a few decades to my university leftist , Rik Mayall days, with football and parties thrown in for good measure, it was a Saturday afternoon, my mate and I had our beers at the ready and the game came on live.
About half time, with us making learned remarks about the players in between swigs, his sister, a university radical, rushed in and screamed that the revolution was here, to get off our butts and follow her.
We never moved. In fact I never did learn what the issue was all about.
If I’d been a blogger, I’d most likely have run a football or music blog – anything but politics, unless it was some world issue such as the starving in Africa or Bangladesh.
We’d go to some live music in the evenings or just down the pub, most like.
There’s a significant body of opinion in these fair isles that that is what life is about – either that or going antique hunting, stately castle visiting or whatever floats our boats and the fact is – it should be like that, life’s too short for constant politics. It should be possible to live a private life, everything paid for, good job, holiday twice a year and with problems in Zimbabwe entailing dropping a quid in the tin whenever the little man stood near the shop entrance.
It should have been that way but unfortunately, whilst how many million of us slept, things were going down we knew nothing of, things we possibly should have been up in arms about. In America, there’d been Ellsberg and Watergate and with us, Heath had sealed the deal with a benign idea of loose economic cooperation with Europe.
What virtually no one knew was what former KGB propagandist Yuri Bezmenov knew and which he managed to finally get out, via a 1984 interview which is now on youtube.
[He] worked as a journalist for Novosti Press Agency. In this capacity, he secretly answered to the KGB. His true job was to further the aims of communist Russia. After being assigned to a station in India, Bezmenov eventually grew to love the people and culture of India, while, at the same time, he began to resent the KGB-sanctioned oppression of intellectuals who dissented from Moscow’s policies. He decided to defect to the West.
The things he said in that interview were bizarre … for the times, that was … remembering that these were the days of Reagan and Thatcher, of wealth for all, the age of the yuppy.
In 1984, Octopussy had been in the cinemas and View to a Kill was about to be followed, two years later, by a new, darker Bond whom no one much wanted. It was way too early for that.
In fact, Yuri Bezmenov’s long, long interview, outlining what the Soviets were really up to, should have been embraced by Thatcher and Reagan and the question is why they didn’t. Today we can see clearly why it wasn’t championed – it was an expose of the inner workings of governments, revolutions and the like which was a bit too close to home.
We live in a sensory environment totally different to that of pre-literate man. The change occurred when we learned to read. In shifting from speech to writing man gave up an ear for an eye, and transferred his interest from spiritual to spatial, from reverential to referential.
Our panoply of senses have become subordinated to one of them…sight.
We miss so much that we should not miss. A pygmy living in dense forests, where vision is restricted to perhaps 15 yards in the main, places for more reliance on hearing than sight..his perception is different to ours. Blind people hear far more then normally sighted people.
He also said, as he reminded me at the end of the third post:
“I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it,” should perhaps be: “I wouldn’t have seen it if I hadn’t believed it!”
There is another aspect to perception and that is what Bezmenov speaks of – that in forming your social and political opinions, you might not be as free as you’d like to think you are, particularly if your politics is basically apolitical, you don’t think out the finer detail all that much but you feel solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world, especially if it’s us.
As Bezmenov points out, you are a prime target for a long term, oh so subtle propaganda strategy which began with your schooling and continued into your adult life. I was duped for quite some time, simply because the matter was not central to my perception as a young man and it was only a series of later accidental discoveries, anomalies I saw, which made me stop and think.
Here is the first part of that interview and the other parts can be found either in the youtube sidebar or in the space in the middle of the screen at the end of each part.
Below is an abridged transcript of the last part of the interview, which is putting the cart before the horse but best to get this up front. The events leading up to this part are summarized in Part 2 of this post.
Ideological subversion [the situation in 1984]
Ideological subversion is the process which is legitimate and overt. All that Americans have to do is unplug the bananas from their ears, open their eyes and they can see it. There is no mystery – this is nothing to do with espionage. In reality, the main emphasis of the KGB is not in the area of intelligence – it is what we call active measures or psychological warfare.
What it basically means is – to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions, in the interests of defending themselves, their families, their community and their country.
It’s a great brainwashing process which goes very slowly and it’s divided into four basic stages:
1. Demoralization – it takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation – the minimum number of years required to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy, exposed to the ideology of the enemy. Marxist-Leninist ideology§ is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students, without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of Americanism.
The result you can see. Most of the people who graduated in the 60s are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, educational system.
You are stuck with them. You cannot get rid of them. They are contaminated. They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern. You cannot change their minds. Even if you expose them to authentic information, if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still cannot change the basic perception and the logical behaviour.
In other words, [in] these people, the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible. To rid society of these people, you need another 20 or 15 years to educate a new generation of patriotically minded and common-sense people who would be acting in the interests of the United States.
And yet these are the very people [the demoralized, he means], most of them, who would be marked for extermination. The psychological shock when they see later what the beautiful society of equality and justice means in practice – obviously they will revolt. They will be very unhappy, frustrated people and the Marxist-Leninist regime does not tolerate these people. Obviously, they will join the leagues of dissenters and dissidents.
Here you can get popular like Daniel Ellsberg and filthy rich like Jane Fonda for being dissident, for criticizing the Pentagon. [Remember, this interview was in 1984.] In future, these people will be simply … phffft. The demoralization process in the United States is basically compete already. Most of it is done by Americans to Americans, thanks to lack of moral standards.
As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who is demoralized is unable to assess true information and facts tell nothing to him.# Even if I take him by force to the Soviet Union to see the concentration camps, he will refuse to believe it. When the military foot crushes his balls – then he will understand but not before that.
2. Destabilization – only 2 to 5 years – what matters is essentials – economy, foreign relations, defence systems.
3. Crisis – maybe up to 6 weeks to bring a country to crisis and after this, with a violent change of power, structure and economy [to meet the crisis], comes:
4. The period of normalization – it may last indefinitely. This is what will happen if you allow the shmucks to bring the country to crisis – to promise people all kinds of goodies and a paradise on earth, to destabilize your economy, to eliminate the principle of free market competition and to put a Big Brother government in Washington DC with benevolent dictators who will promise lots of things, never mind whether the promises are fulfillable or not – he will create the illusion that the situation is under control.
The situation is NOT under control – the situation is disgustingly out of control.
[The interview ends soon after but he was in the process of saying that most of the educators etc. think they are training a new, democratic way of living but in fact they are training a new generation in the techniques of how to be controlled by an oligarchical elite and to accept that, believing it to be democracy.]
§ Now called Global Capitalism or Global Marxism – rule by an oligarchy of landed, wealthy movers and shakers, the next class down being the warriors and the lowest class the plebs – no middle-class any more, no bourgeoisie. It’s what the social democrats might call fascism.
# Witness in the blogosphere those still denying we’re in any sort of trouble.
Part 2 looks at the way in which Bezmenov operated with foreigners.