In the West we like to believe that we won the Cold War. This is a mistake. The Cold War is an ideological battle between democracy and Marxism. The West no more won the Cold War after 1989 than it defeated Isis after the fall of the Caliphate, the Marxists and Jihadis are still alive and well.The Cold War brought with it a peculiar complication because the Soviet Union spent billions on subverting Western society, especially the USA and UK. The key points of attack were the Labour Party, Trade Unions and Universities. The Soviets had a long term plan of subversion in which they set up organisations within unions and student bodies that would slowly obtain power and distribute posts to their friends. Anyone who had an interest in Student or Union politics in the Cold War will know
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In the West we like to believe that we won the Cold War. This is a mistake. The Cold War is an ideological battle between democracy and Marxism. The West no more won the Cold War after 1989 than it defeated Isis after the fall of the Caliphate, the Marxists and Jihadis are still alive and well.
The Cold War brought with it a peculiar complication because the Soviet Union spent billions on subverting Western society, especially the USA and UK. The key points of attack were the Labour Party, Trade Unions and Universities. The Soviets had a long term plan of subversion in which they set up organisations within unions and student bodies that would slowly obtain power and distribute posts to their friends. Anyone who had an interest in Student or Union politics in the Cold War will know that this strategy was successful but much slower than the 25 years that the KGB had predicted.
Even when it was apparent that figures in the unions such as TUC leader Jack Jones and Alec Kitson were Soviet agents the KGB still had insufficient momentum to overthrow British society. Even after Jones had recruited the Trotskyist Tony Blair and New Labour provided a platform for communists such as Mandelson, Clarke and Straw (See The Roots of New Labour), the UK still refused to yield.
New Labour was an immense success for the KGB, had the Soviet Union not collapsed in 1989 we might have expected the UK to join the Communist orbit but the subversives were left in the same position as Isis after the fall of the Caliphate. They had to regroup and intensify the battle for hearts and minds.
The KGB spent millions on social, psychological and economics research to devise methods for overthrowing established societies and provoking revolutionary change. They developed the idea as the "Active Measures" program. The basic technique consists of demoralisation, destabilisation, crisis and normalisation. A video showing a KGB defector, Yuri Bezmenov, describing the technique is appended. The West was experiencing the first two phases before the Soviet Union collapsed. As Bezmonov points out, most of the action was performed by Western citizens for instance, in the UK the Communists had seriously penetrated academic circles in the 1920s and 30s and needed little prompting. There was no meaningful opposition from the UK Government to this growth in Communist and later, far left influence. Now we are left with intensive penetration of organisations such as the universities and mainstream media with the "moles" acting like unguided missiles.
The fall of the Soviet Union means that the left wing organisations in the West are fixated at the demoralisation and destabilisation phase of development and are lacking the catharsis of crisis, revolution and normalisation. We know this fixation as "postmodernism" or "post Marxism". The activists have missed out on Bezmenov's final stage of being put against the wall and shot.
The techniques of subversion entail using the freedoms within a society to undermine it. The freedom to strike was stretched into wildcat strikes and secondary picketing, political freedom into infiltration of political parties by anti-democrats, human rights into limitations on free speech and the opening of borders etc. The concept is that where there is a liberty this should be exploited to overload the system to destabilise it.
The demoralisation phase of Soviet subversion entailed introducing Western society to behaviours that the Soviet Communists believed to be morally degenerate. In the late 1960s the Western "socialist" movements were instructed to form various "Liberation" movements to lobby for what the Soviets believed was degenerate such as multiculturalism and homosexuality (See Liberation Movements). The Soviets and Chinese had (and have) very strict immigration laws and even today are hostile to LGBT etc. and considered that it was obvious that the social order would collapse if these were introduced into society. They miscalculated and it turns out that democracies can survive what the Soviets called moral degeneracy. The Black Liberation Movement (BLM) is going from strength to strength despite originally being a Maoist subversion.
The end of the Cold War means that Marxist ideology and "Liberation" movements are still being backed overseas by Russia and China despite the fact that these countries are now National Socialist. The demoralisation phase of subversion has been accomplished but it has nowhere to go in the West. Overall the subversion has served the interests of Russia and China as National Socialists because what they regard as "moral degeneracy" is very unpopular globally, the West is isolated.
The National Socialists must feel particularly encouraged by Biden's recent support for Chinese genocide, showing that he has no moral compass at all:
"..no American president can be sustained as a president if he doesn't reflect the values of the United States, and so the idea I'm not going to speak out against what he's doing in Hong Kong, what he's doing with the Uighurs in western mountains of China, and Taiwan, trying to end the One China policy by making it forceful… I said, and, by the, he said, he - he gets it. Culturally there are different norms that each country and their leaders are expected to follow." (Middle East Eye).
In Iran, Pakistan and the Middle East the West is synonymous with moral failure. China is framing itself as a moral paragon compared with the West. Across Africa Western "degeneracy" is seen as a major threat. The National Socialists will wait to see what happens. Will the West finally disintegrate? Will it be friendless and marginalised in the new Asian world? We will need to wait 20 years to see.