by Carl Reed on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 8:54am
There are two videos currently making the rounds of Facebook. The first is a George Carlin skit on the state of the education system in the United States. The second is of Yuri Bezmenov, a former KGB officer who defected to the west and eventually settled in the United States. At first glance, these two videos are seemingly unrelated; however, there is a nexus between the two.
In the Carlin video he says that our education system”sucks” because the real owners of this country want it that way. They want it that we because it serves their interests in maintaining their wealth by keeping us a population of non-critical thinkers; just obedient workers. According to Carlin, this amorphous group of owners, composed of wealthy business interests, is a big club and we aren’t in it. The obvious implication of Carlin’s skit is that our capitalist, free market system is controlled by greedy and powerful elites. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jQT7_rVxAE
Much of Carlin’s comedy reflects a conspiratorial tone of greed and manipulation. A cursory viewing of additional Carlin videos is illustrative of the tendentiousness of his view of our society; “You Have No Rights,” “George Carlin Doesn’t Vote,” and “We Like War” are just a few examples.
Now, let’s turn to Yuri Bezmenov and see if we can determinethe nexus between the two. Bezmenov was a former propagandist for the Soviet Union who defected to the west and eventually came to the United States. He maintains that only about 15% of time and resources of the Soviet Union were spent on James Bond type espionage activities. The other 85% was spent on what they called Ideological Subversion or Active Measures. This was a type of psychological warfare designed to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that, despite the abundance of information to the contrary, we wouldn’t be able to come to a sensible conclusion about the defense of the country.
There were four stages to Ideological Subversion; demoralization, destabilization, crisis and normalization. The demoralization stage would last from 15 to 20 years. This was the number of years required to educate one generation of students by exposing them to Marxist Leninist ideology. In the United States that generation was the sixties radicals who are now occupying positions in government, academia and the media. The first stage is now complete and irreversible.
The second stage, destabilization, focuses on economy, foreign relations and defense systems. According to Bezmenov the Marxist influence in economy and defense has been so thorough that, in his words is “absolutely fantastic.” The destabilization stage takes from 2-5years.
The third, or crisis stage, may take only six weeks. The final stage is normalization, which may last indefinitely.
(This is one of nine videos of the Bezmenov interview. In order to understand the full impact of his testimony you would do well to view all nine.)
So, what is the connection between George Carlin and Yuri Bezmenov? How does Carlin’s comedy fit into the Ideological Subversion paradigm? Carlin’s routines are insufficient in and of themselves to accomplish any stage of ideological subversion. There has to be another factor involved. It is my contention that factor is Howard Zinn and other Marxist leaning academics.
Howard Zinn was professor emeritus of political science at Boston University. He is best known for authoring the 1980 book “A People’s History of theUnited States,” a Marxist tract, which claims to present American history through the eyes of workers, American Indians, slaves, women, blacks and populists. David Horowitz, “TheProfessors”, pg. 358
If you will recall, George Carlin implies an amorphous group of greedy, powerful corporate elites are the culprits behind our substandard education system. In “A People’s History” Zinn claims that greed is the explanation for every major historical event in America. The Revolutionary War,the Civil War and World Wars I and II were all driven by base motives involving rich Americans seeking to further enrich themselves at the expense of others: “Around 1776, certain important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next two hundred years. They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called the United States, they could take over land, profits and political power from the favorites of the British Empire.” Howard Zinn, “A People’s History of the United States,” chpt. 4
The Civil War was similarly motivated, on both sides. “He describes antebellum America as a uniquely cruel slaveholding society whose goal was subjugating man for profit. On the other hand, the war of the Union against the slaveholding system is portrayed in exactly the same terms: ‘It is money and profit, not the movement against slavery that was the uppermost in the priorities of the men who ran the country.'” Horowitz, op. cit., pg. 362
World War II is described as a manipulation to conceal America’s goals of empire and money: “Quietly, behind the headlines in battles and bombings, American diplomats and businessmen worked hard to make sure that when the war ended, American economic power would be second to none in the world. United States business would penetrate areas that up to this time had been dominated by England. The Open Door Policy of equal access would be extended from Asia to Europe, meaning that the United States intended to push England aside and move in.” Zinn, op. cit., chpt. 16.
The evidence is overwhelming that both Carlin and Zinn see greed and manipulation by wealthy powerful elites as dark forces controlling America. One used his position in academia to promulgate his message and the other used comedy.
Now the Zinn Bezmenov connection: According to Bezmenov, the first stage of the Soviet Union’s strategy of Ideological Subversion was demoralization by exposing a generation of students to Marxist Leninist ideology. Academics such as Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, et al played the role of “useful idiots” in that strategy.
Again, we turn to Zinn’s own words to determine his Marxist leanings. In Chapter 13 of “A People’sHistory,” titled “The Socialist Challenge,” Zinn speaks glowingly of the labor struggles promoted by Karl Marx. “Labor struggles could make things better, but the country’s resources remained in the hands of powerful corporations whose motive was profit, whose power commanded the government of the United States. There was an idea in the air, becoming clearer and stronger, an idea not just in the theories of Karl Marx but in the dreams of writers and artists through the ages: that people might cooperatively use the treasures of the earth to make life better for everyone, not just a few.” Zinn, op. cit. chpt. 13.
The whole chapter is replete with admiring references to many other socialist writers and activists, including Eugene Debs, five time Socialist candidate for the Presidency, Bill Haywood,member of the Socialist Party Executive Committee and Kate Richards O’Hare, the Socialist leader from Oklahoma.
In almost every conflict involving the United States, especially those in which the other side is represented by a communist or Marxist element, Zinn sides with the enemy. According to Zinn, in the Korean War, we are seen as the aggressor. “As for the rule of law Truman spoke about, the American military moves seemed to go beyond that. The U.N. resolution had called for action “to repel the armed attack and to restore peace and security in the area.” But the American, armies, after pushing the North Koreans back across the 38th parallel, advanced all the way up through North Korea to the Yalu River, on the border of China-which provoked the Chinese into entering the war.” Ibid
His characterization of our involvement in Indochina is also revealing. “China, Korea, Indochina, the Philippines, represented local Communist movements, not Russian fomentation. It was a general wave of anti- imperialist insurrection in the world, which would require gigantic American effort to defeat: national unity for militarization of the budget, for the suppression of domestic opposition to such a foreign policy.” Ibid
“Through Professor Zinn’s rose-colored glasses, Maoist China, site of history’s bloodiest state-sponsored killings, is transformed into ‘the closest thing, in the long history of that ancient country, to a people’s government, independent of outside control. Castro’s Cuba, Professor Zinn’s readers learn, ‘had no bloody record of suppression.’ The Marxist dictators of Nicaragua were ‘welcomed’ by the people, while opposition Contras, whose candidate triumphed when free elections were held as a result of U.S. pressure, were a ‘terrorist group’ that seemed to have no popular support inside Nicaragua.” Horowitz, op. cit., pg. 361
The Greek Philosopher, Plato said that the two most important questions for society are these: What will we teach our children? And who will teach them? It is pretty clear from the foregoing, that Howard Zinn played his role as one of Bezmenov’s “useful idiots” well.
You may ask yourself, why is this important now. After all, Howard Zinn and George Carlin have both passed away and the Soviet Union no longer exists. True, however, Marxist Leninist attempts to undermine the United States continue unabated. A People’s History is still being taught at both the high school and college level. Carlin’s videos continue to make the rounds on Youtube, Facebook and other media fora. There was even a television special based on Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History” hosted by his former neighbor, Matt Damon.
I know I don’t have the megaphone of a Matt Damon or The History Channel. However, even with all her faults I love this country, and don’t take lightly those who would undermine her.
There are those who claim that Howard Zinn loved this country as well. To them I pose the following: If a man professed to love his wife, yet, at every opportunity, both in public and private, denigrated her, the only logical conclusion to which you could arrive was that he either didn’t truly love his wife or his love was a destructive love. Howard Zinn is that analogous man. Furthermore, if that same man constantly denigrated his wife to their children, you could reasonably conclude that those children would grow up at least disrespecting, if not hating, their mother. Zinn’s students are those analogous children.