Useless Dissident has published an interview with former Soviet journalist Yuri Bezmenov, who defected to the West in 1970. The interview, by G. Edward Griffin (The Creature from Jekyll Island), is in three parts. Part One deals mainly with Bezmenov’s biography. The good stuff is in Part Three, where Bezmenov explains how Soviet disinformation and propaganda permeated the American media and educational system. Although he doesn’t offer an exhaustive survey of the ways the U.S. government cooperated with the Soviet Union, Bezmenov offers enough details of economic, cultural, diplomatic, and journalistic exchanges for anyone to grasp the load of propaganda transferred from the Soviet Union to the United States. For example, the Soviet Union wrote the talking points for anti-Vietnam war propaganda adopted by the Left in the United States.
Bezmenov explains that the Soviet strategy for taking over a country proceeds in three stages. First, demoralization; second, destabilization; third, crisis. After the Communist takeover comes normalization. Bezmenov explains that the West is now in the crisis stage, and it only takes a few days for the takeover to occur.
Bezmenov frequently entertained groups of progressive intellectuals from Western nations. Interestingly, he considered these intellectuals as nothing more than prostitutes to be manipulated.
“It’s the same pattern everywhere. The moment they serve their purpose, all these useful idiots [will] either be executed entirely (or the idealistically-minded Marxist) or exiled, or put in prisons like in Cuba. Many former Marxists are in Cuba—I mean in prison.”
NWOU confesses to having forgotten about the many historical examples of Marxists killing Marxists when they had outlived their purpose. The purges of Marxist intellectuals by other Marxists occurred in many other countries besides the Soviet Union. We had imagined that the Leftist professors, journalists, and bureaucrats would rule over the slaves in the New World Order, but the preservation of the present socialist class of intellectuals is not assured. In fact the Marxists have always considered intellectuals to be a disposable class.
“Unlike in [the] present United States there will be no place for dissent in future Marxist-Leninist America. Here you can get popular like Daniel Ellsberg and filthy-rich like Jane Fonda for being ‘dissident,’ for criticizing your Pentagon. In [the] future these people will be simply [squashing sound] squashed like cockroaches. Nobody is going to pay them nothing for their beautiful, noble ideas of equality. This they don’t understand and it will be [the] greatest shock for them, of course.”
Bezmenov describes all of the revolutionary movements in the Third World as emanating from agents trained at Lumumba University in Russia. He dismisses the idea of any sort of “grassroots” revolutionary movement among the “people.” All of the Communist revolutions have been organized from outside nations, and from the guiding timetable of the Soviet Union.
“Exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents, with pictures; even if I take him by force to the Soviet Union and show him [a] concentration camp, he will refuse to believe it, until he [receives] a kick in his fan-bottom. When a military boot crashes his… then he will understand. But not before that. That’s the [tragedy] of the situation of demoralization.”
“If you tell [the] truth about my country, you will not last long as a correspondent of [The] New York Times or [The] Los Angeles Times. They will fire you.”
“Another [great] example of [the] monumental idiocy of American politicians: Edward Kennedy was in Moscow, and he thought that he [was] a popular, charismatic American politician, who is easygoing, who can smile, dance at the wedding in [the] Russian Palace of Marriages. What he did not understand—or maybe he pretended not to understand—[was] that actually he was being taken for a ride. This is a staged wedding especially to impress foreign media or useful idiots like Ed Kennedy. Most of the guests there, they had security clearance and they were instructed [about] what to say to foreigners.”
Bezmenov was assigned to brainwash the journalists from Look Magazine who published an issue on “The Soviet Union After 50 Years.” Bezmenov says, “From the first page to the last, it was a package of lies.” All of the U.S. journalists who worked on this project were preselected by the Soviet Union. Bezmenov further observed that most journalists who visited the Soviet Union were too stupid to recognize a concentration camp when they were taken to visit one. Millions of Soviet citizens remained in concentration camps into the 1970s.
“He was made to believe that he is invited to [the] USSR because he is a talented, sober-thinking intellectual. Absolutely false: He is invited because he is a useful idiot, because he will agree and subscribe to most of the Soviet propaganda cliché[s], and when he [comes] back to his own country, he is going for years and years to teach the beauties of Soviet socialism, to newer and newer generations of his students, thus promoting the Soviet propaganda line.”
Bezmenov visited the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India because the KGB was very interested in promoting mediation among Western intellectuals.
“Maharishi Mahesh Yogi obviously is not on the payroll of the KGB, but whether he knows it or not, he contributes greatly to [the] demoralization of American society. And he is not the only one. There are hundreds of those gurus who come to your country to capitalize on [the] naïveté and stupidity of Americans. It’s a fashion. It’s a fashion to meditate; it’s a fashion not to be involved.”
“All this freedom will vanish, evaporate in five seconds… including your precious lives. Very soon it will go [he snaps his fingers] just overnight.”
Useless Dissident also has a review of Yuri Bezmerov’s book World Thought Police. Bezmerov writes, “I do not remember an instance of an honest man atop Novosti. What I do remember is the fact commonly known in Moscow, that Novosti perhaps holds first place in the number of mentally ill, alcoholics, sadists, masochists, schizoids, graphomaniacs, etc., and is something of an asylum for all sorts of mental cases never reported to the Serbski Institute— that is, as long as they continue to pretend to be loyal to the Power. And these are the cadres who “decide all” in the business of ideological warfare against the rest of the world.” Another brief review of World Thought Police here.