Poisonous Ideas

Friday, June 18, 2010
By Paul Martin

by J. R. Nyquist

Suppose you were tasked with bringing down a civilization, and your only weapon was language. Could you accomplish your goal? Quite clearly, the answer is yes. To defeat a civilization language suffices if it can be used to divide man from women, parent from child, the owners of businesses from the employees, the state from the citizens, and God from the Church. This, of course, has been the pattern of Communist subversion for the better part of a century. And even though people imagine that Communism is dead, it is very much alive.

Last week I wrote about Communism on the march. It is impossible to understand the Left without understanding the role of the Communist Party. It is difficult to write about this subject, as most readers are not educated in the history or theory of Communism. They do not know Communist tactics, which rely on the use of language to distort meanings, to confuse and stupefy political speech and thought. As Communist generals have attested, the various “active measures” initiated by the Communist Party Soviet Union during the 1960s and 1970s, were not simply disinformation programs. The primary task was to plant ideas that would corrupt people’s thinking, leading them down a variety of false paths.

After last week’s column, I received a number of emails complaining that my recapitulation of the Communist leader’s speech was “off the mark.” America is not threatened by Communism, they informed me. It is threatened by the development of a “corporate state,” which is nothing short of fascism.
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