It was in February of 1970, a presumably cold and grey day in the former Soviet Union, that Yuri disguised himself as a cartoon hippie, complete with fake beard and shaggy hair, and joined a pro-commie tour group that allowed him to flee his homeland to Athens, Greece. After lengthy security checks by United States intelligence services, Yuri was granted asylum in Canada, where he was hired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to broadcast…to the Soviet Union.
Yuri was indoctrinated to have a deep disdain for the West, and all it represented. And it had been his job to spread this indoctrination in his enormously successful position as Soviet Press Officer and Public Relations Agent for the KGB. He was instructed to egg-on and promote the behavior of idealist liberals, but told not to get too close…because when their goals were met, the liberals would be the first up for extermination.
He was to recruit the elite, the cynical, the conservatives, rich film makers, and academics. There were thought to be the easiest to convert into yes-men for the KGB and Soviet System. They were the valuable pieces. Optimistic liberals, who believed in hope and change, were the pawns.
It was his disillusionment with his country, and the career of feeding leftist idealists to the sharks that led Yuri to defect. But when he arrived in the West…he saw something very familiar happening.
In a now famous 1984 interview with noted conspiracy theorist, G. Edward Griffin, Yuri explained how the same tactics that the KGB used for gradual subversion of a populous were being used strategically in the United States.
To truly understand the concept of gradual subversion, one would have to hear it explained by Yuri, himself. Few people can outline his horrifying nightmare as eloquently as the former KGB agent himself. But I’ll try to create some perspective.
George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in 1949, in the wake of a World War, warning against a future–essentially–if totalitarianism, authoritarianism, and yes, Communism, had won. That same year, the winter-themed song Baby It’s Cold Outside was released in a romantic comedy film called Neptune’s Daughter.
In contrast, today, the young “progressive” movement recalls Fidel Castro as a hero of social justice…and labels Baby It’s Cold Outside as one of the most problematic hurdles of our generation. Weird, right?
So how did this happen? Let’s go back to the 1950’s.
The country saw a strong push toward traditionalism and conservatism. The media, political, and educational systems were stocked with very establishment-driven stuffed-shirt dictatorial individuals who saw any effort to rock the patriotic boat as Anti-American. They wanted to drive home a sense of unity and nationalism, but their mistake was in labeling anything they didn’t agree with or understand as divergent or evil.
When people ask the psychological question “When was America ever great?” The correct psychological answer is: during this post-WWII period. This was when Americans had the greatest sense of national identity…for better or worse.
It was this philosophical difference that led to an academic revolt; but one that bound itself in uniquely American principles. During the Free Speech Movement in the 1960’s, students, in unprecedented numbers, challenged the system through sit-ins, demonstrations and marches; specifically at University of California, Berkeley. The movement was about student rights, but mainly the right to express divergent beliefs, like communist and socialist sympathies.
But here’s the catch: they didn’t seek to overwrite the narrative or silence the stuffed-shirts. They sought only the freedom to have their voices be “legal” on campus as well…to not be shut out. Sections of this New Left movement focused on energizing the working class and standing up for issues like civil rights, while others went down the rabbit hole of social justice Marxism and Maoism, hijacking educators, and seeking a massive overhaul of the entire system.
This kickstarts phase one of Yuri’s “gradual subversion.” The result is that this 60’s generation are now the teachers, leaders, and faculty we’re learning from–the variable “long con.” The generation that indoctrinated themselves to believe that all forms of authority are corrupt, racist, and anti-liberal bred this current generation who rely on pop culture context clues to judge good from bad.
The bad: patriotism, nationalism, wealthy industrialism. The good: socialism, globalism, social justice, environmentalism, and multi-culturalism.
The words and labels once used to identify specific cultural dysfunctions are removed and re-defined. Detractors go missing, surveillance is king, and even the most benevolent expansions of our technological prowess are used to invoke censorship, tag geo-locations, and subvert certain forms of information.
What were once dismissed as “conspiracy theories” are slowly becoming reality–because we’ve already been told to ignore it. What was once called liberal expression of free speech now results in doxing, physical attacks, loss of careers, and stigmatizing wrong-think as “racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, misogynistic” or any number of socially crippling labels.
If Yuri hadn’t met his suspicious demise in 1993, he would arguably reiterate his stance that the United States may be psychologically doomed; that we’ve reached a point of no return.
But could he have predicted such prominent freedom fighters rising to notoriety? Could he have seen the subverted begin to fight back? Could he have possibly called a Donald Trump election, pushed forward only by those rallying for a last ditch effort to combat cultural Marxism?
One can almost draw a direct correlation between Yuri Bezmenov and someone like Maajid Nawaz. Both men of liberal principle, both come from a background of brainwashing and manipulation, and both have been vilified by the very people they’ve worked so tirelessly to protect.
Could we have the fire burning in us to combat this subversion? It’s plausible. We’ve seen a lot of heat boiling on the inside…but, baby, it’s cold outside.