Saturday, 14 August 2010

Couldn't Happen Here

It's been one of those lazy Saturdays spent bouncing around the internet while listening to sport and downloading shit music at the request of the little Ps, so don't ask me how I stumbled across this link from an aggregator site as I couldn't tell you.

In 1958, some guy called W Cleon Skousen wrote a book, The Naked Communist, in which he listed the goals of the Soviet Union in attempting to destabilise the USA.

Now, this was around the time that McCarthyism had taken hold over there, so it's debatable whether this was a true account of Soviet intentions or just a nightmare scenario designed to scare the public. Either way, these examples appeared to be worryingly familiar.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture—education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
Interesting, I thought.

Of course, there was no way they would have any chance of hoodwinking advanced nations in the more (classic) liberal times of the 50s. To do that, they would have had to ...

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in [insert country here].
... and there is no way any free democracy would ever allow such a thing to happen today either. Is there?


Anonymous said...

I think you are referring to the Frankfurt school of thought:
"....the School recommended (among other things):

1. The creation of racism offences.
2. Continual change to create confusion
3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
6. The promotion of excessive drinking
7. Emptying of churches
8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
10. Control and dumbing down of media
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

Anonymous said...

I think the apparatus was originally there in the cold war the KGB had definatley infiltrated certain political organisations in the west.
However now this headless beast lurches on following it's own rules of the destruction of free will.
There's still plenty of suckers falling for the failed socialist ideal.

Anonymous said...

The old communists of New Labour

2. Continual change to create confusion
Life under Labour: the worst of worlds
5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
Don't listen to the whingers - London needs immigrants
6. The promotion of excessive drinking
they went one better than just allowing 24 hr drinking
THE GHOST LOBBY New Labour and the Pharmaceutical Industry
9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
How to scrounge off the State, by Gordon Brown
10. Control and dumbing down of media
How Labour used its election troops to fake popular support
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family
Constantly browbeating mothers into going back to work "to fulfil themselves" wether they needed to or not.

And all the rest on the checklist.
Old Labour was bad enough, but I knew this lot were something else entirely.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Great links, Anons.

There appears to be a theme running through them all, and it's looking like they've been successful.