As you know, the moral underpinnings of our military have been destroyed. [First] there came the removal of the policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ then the forced integration of transgendered people, and now they want women brought to the tip of the spear.Admiral James “Ace” Lyons, March 2017
In 1948 Richard M. Weaver wrote that “modern man’s descent into chaos” began with “yielding to materialism.” What followed from that, he said, was a crazy train of consequences: the triumph of egotism, social anarchy, the welfare state, and demoralization. The damage has been cumulative. Now we arrive at a very dangerous moment – with slogans like “build back better” and “the Great Reset.” These are codewords for socialist revolution. In fact, these are communist codewords. An internal enemy is now inside our government (inside many governments). Communists have been masquerading as moderates, and sometimes as Christian Democrats or even Republicans. They have armed themselves with state power and the power of the mob – a mob that has already torn down statues of our Founding Fathers; a mob that has torched buildings and looted stores. In the midst of a “pandemic” unleashed from communist China, an election was stolen while agent provocateurs with false narratives piled misdirection onto disinformation. Meanwhile our external enemies – Russia and China – have initiated an unprecedented military buildup, arming themselves with missiles and submarines, nuclear EMP bombs and terrifying superweapons. All the while America’s armament has been weakened. America’s spear has been blunted if not broken by years of neglect, obstruction and sabotage.
Americans are intellectually disoriented. They do not have a clear idea of who their enemy is. One hears references to “bankers, Masonic lodges, occultists and secret societies.” To rationally prove there is a clear and present danger from this confusing (and eternally shifting) array of backstage villains, is impossible. Any scholarly examination of existing conspiracy literature runs into an unending assortment of apocrypha. Secret societies do exist. Occultists do exist. But as they are secret, we have no objective way of measuring their real power. Objective analysis cannot provide any grounded understanding of how secret societies operate (or with whom). Real history and rational political analysis must focus on visible phenomena: religious movements, like Christianity and Islam; or political movements like Nazism and communism; or large countries, like China and Russia. Here something can be known and intelligently said.
There is, of course, another kind of conspiracy theory focused on yet another class of villains. There is a vast literature, for example, blaming modernity’s evils on the CIA, the Military-Industrial-Complex, the Catholic Church, the Gypsies and/or the Jews, etc., etc. Insofar as these are human institutions or groups, the usual human wickedness can always be found, magnified and turned into an obsession. It is pathological, however, to insist on the unique wickedness of military agencies, churches or tribes. We are all human, and in that sense we all tend to behave badly when given power. Yet anti-American, anti-clerical, or anti-Semitic bigotry has always presented an unbalanced picture of reality. Sadly, there is a ready market for such “literature,” which adds to our country’s fragmentation into hate groups and self-hate groups – a phenomenon which has been steadily overtaking American popular culture.
About this tendency to fragmentation, Richard Weaver commented: “I have endeavored to make plain in every way that I regard all the evils in our now extensive catalogue as flowing from a falsified picture of the world which, for our immediate concern, results in an inability to interpret current happenings.” [P. 129, Italics added.] We are afflicted with an intellectual muddle which has the larger public in its grip. According to Weaver, it is on account of our inferior ideas, our militant ignorance, and our dishonesty, that we have succumbed to a general disorientation.
What is the orientation we ought to adopt? If the CIA, the Pentagon, the bankers, Jews or Illuminati are not the real threat – then who is? Nearly everyone will squirm to hear it. Nearly everyone will try and wriggle out. But the honest answer is: the COMMUNISTS are the real threat. The COMMUNISTS in China and Russia, who have colored themselves for three decades as capitalists and nationalists. Also, we must not forget the communists who prowl the streets of Portland, Oregon; who burned buildings in Minneapolis; who looted stores in Chicago; who want to defund the police as they prepare for future revolutionary agitation.
But how can this be? We were told that the COMMUNISTS lost the Cold War. Is it possible that we were tricked? Is it possible that we believed a lie? The proof will not be far to find. But first, let us be clear. The destructive nature of the communist enterprise has always been spelled out, from The Communist Manifesto of 1848 to the current feminist/transgendered/race-centered Program of the Communist Party USA (which has clearly been adopted by the Democratic Party, and has not been seriously challenged by the Republican Party). Through ideological misdirection and subterfuge, the communists are attempting to gain the upper hand in America even as the “former” communist powers of Russia and China arm themselves for all-out war. Nobody is clearly annunciating this larger picture, though we shall see that the combined Russia/China threat is now – for the first time – being spelled out by our military leaders.
In terms of our internal politics, the public is disoriented. What we have today is an ideological bifurcation: The American left wants to say, Russia bad, China good; while the American right wants to say, China bad, Russia good. The danger represented by this unique formulation of the “scissors strategy” has frightening implications. Of course, our conservative and liberal elites have not fallen into line entirely; but even so, they have largely followed a pattern of discourse designed by our enemy. In respect of this, we need not exaggerate the murderous nature of communism, especially when it wins through a game of divide-and-conquer. Already, scholars have shown that roughly a hundred million people were murdered by communist regimes in the twentieth century. (See the Death by Government, The Black Book of Communism and The Gulag Archipelago.) The idea that the twenty-first century promises a “kinder and gentler” pattern of communist conquest is grossly naïve.
Think of it this way: Men are bad, power is evil, but the communists (who rule China and the Soviet successor state in Russia) represent something more profoundly sinister and more deeply pathological than the usual human wickedness. With great intellectual sophistication, Marx’s followers have made tyranny and mass murder into a science. Communism (or whatever we care to call its present iteration) is a uniquely evil phenomenon. If unchecked, it could swallow the entire world. In fact, a shift in the balance of power is already underway. Our common danger is clear and present.
get ready for war
Last week the head of U.S. Strategic Command, Admiral Charles Richard, told the House Armed Services Committee that the expansion of Russian and Chinese truck-mounted nuclear missiles was “breathtaking.” He said the United States does not have survivable missiles of this type. He added, “We are seeing a very rapid expansion of Chinese [nuclear] capabilities.”
The day before yesterday, Andrew Bolt of Sky News in Australia said, “It seems like history is in fast forward … and something sinister is in the air…. In fact, the head of our Home Affairs Department, Mike Pezzullo, has issued an alarming … warning to his staff. He told them to ‘get ready for war.’”
This is what Australia’s Home Affairs chief said: “Today, as free nations again hear the beating drums and watch worryingly the militarization of issues that we had, until recent years, thought unlikely to be catalysts for war, let us continue to search unceasingly for the chance for peace while bracing again, yet again, for the curse of war.”
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose government has approved increased defense spending in response to Chinese belligerence, was asked if he “agreed with Mike Pezzullo that the drums of war are beating?” Morrison would not contradict Pezzullo’s statement. “My goal as Prime Minister,” said Morrison, “… [is] for a free and open Indo-Pacific. But it is also, at the same time, to ensure that Australia’s national interests are always advanced.” (Please note: Australian Defense Minister Chris Pyne has also sounded an alarm, recently saying that a war with Beijing may now be “inevitable.”)
Australia has another reason to be nervous. Her South Pacific neighbor, New Zealand, recently backed out of the “Five Eyes” intelligence network’s “China-watch” over fears of Chinese economic retaliation. After all, China is New Zealand’s biggest trading partner and Chinese President Xi Jinping says Five Eyes is “ganging up” on China. Why participate in an intelligence alliance that seriously irritates the communist dictator in Beijing?
Meanwhile, the Chinese reaction to increased Australian defense spending follows a familiar communist script. General Jin Yinan of the People’s Liberation Army characterized Australia as weak. “We don’t need to take [Australia] seriously,” said General Jin. As for any intervention by Australia against China, “it would only cause greater damage [to Australia].” He called Australia’s feeble rearmament “racist [and] self-destructive.” As reported by the Daily Mail, General Jin said, “They always feel that Anglo-Saxon whites and Christian whites should be the leaders of the world. So, on the surface, these people seem to love peace very much and want to stop a war. In fact, it can be seen from their hypocritical words that their goal is that the white-dominated world should not be disturbed. The white man is the master of the world, and the others are nothing more than [the property] of the world. This group of people in Australia are entrenched white supremacists.”
China’s hostility to the European race and the Christian faith was laid out by General Jin with undisguised contempt. Clearly, the Australians ought to be alarmed. The threat from communist China is not some Pentagon invention. Unlike New Zealand, Australia has been willing to take a very real economic hit by opposing China’s ambition to dominate the Pacific. Why would Prime Minister Morrison and his government do this if the Chinese threat is not real? Read, once more, the chilling words of General Jin, as he demotes the nation of Australia to a “group” of “white supremacists.”
If you think Australia is the only country endangered by Chinese belligerence, consider Dr. Peter Vincent Pry’s opinion piece from 7 December 2020, in which he asked if there is “A Nuclear ‘Pearl Harbor’ in Our Future?” According to Pry, “A nuclear ‘Pearl Harbor’ may begin, and end, World War III.” The fact is, “most U.S. nuclear forces today are ‘sitting ducks.’ Bombers are not nuclear-armed or maintained on strip alert, and most missile submarines (SSBNs) typically are in port.”
In other words, our nuclear posture is an invitation to surprise attack. Pry further explained, “A surprise attack on just three bomber bases and two submarine ports could destroy about two-thirds of the U.S. nuclear deterrent – now within the capability of North Korea.” Yet the situation is much worse, says Pry, who points to the vulnerability of our silo-based nuclear deterrent. Russian and Chinese hypersonic warheads, moving at tremendous speeds, could evade radar to “surprise and destroy America’s intercontinental ballistic missiles.”
Not only can our adversaries wipe out all our bombers and most of our submarines in a surprise attack, they can wipe out our land-based deterrent as well. That would leave us with two to four ballistic missile submarines (on undersea patrol) for retaliation. A counter-strike from such a small contingent might well be negated by Russian and Chinese ABM systems, which rely on the S-300, the S-400, and the new S-500 “Prometheus” anti-ballistic missile systems. (All three classes of Russia’s dual-purpose SAM/ABMs can be armed with x-ray radiation warheads for exo-atmospheric interception and neutron warheads for atmospheric interception. For details on the S-400 and S-300 systems, see William T. Lee’s book, The ABM Treaty Charade: A Study in Elite Illusion and Delusion). In effect, Chinese and Russian interceptor rockets (ABMs) could, conceivably, absorb what remains of the U.S. deterrent on submerged ballistic missile submarines. What is even more disturbing is our submarines’ reliance on Permissive Action Link codes for launch. The system that sends the launch codes to the submarines could, in fact, be targeted for destruction in a surprise attack, effectively neutering the subs’ strike capabilities.
The vulnerability of our weapon systems, however, is only one aspect of a larger problem. America’s deeper vulnerability, according to Pry, is “psychological.” The politicians in Washington, D.C. are blind to the danger. As Pry explained: “We may hope that Washington will be more suspicious of large-scale nuclear exercises by Russia, China or North Korea, but the record is frightening. Because U.S. strategic culture is conditioned to regard nuclear war as ‘unthinkable’ … U.S. elites and intelligence officers almost certainly will not believe even clear indicators of a possible impending surprise attack.”
In light of this, consider a POLITICO piece from the other day, “Spy chiefs look to declassify intel after rare plea from 4-star commanders.” The article starts with the following sentence: “America’s top spies say they are looking for ways to declassify and release more intelligence about adversaries’ bad behavior, after a group of four-star military commanders sent a rare and urgent plea asking for help in the information war against Russia and China.”
Among the malign actions of Russia and China, there have been attempts to damage “America’s relations with allies” and attempts to violate “other countries’ sovereignty.” American generals want the public to see what Russia and China are actively doing to hurt us, so that America and America’s allies will be properly oriented toward two enemy countries that are collaborating to bring about America’s downfall and the downfall of the free world.
According to POLITICO, a memo from nine regional U.S. military commanders last year “implored spy agencies to give them more evidence they can make public” to alert the world to Russia and China’s “pernicious conduct.” The memo stated: “We request help to better enable U.S., and by extension its allies and partners, to win without fighting, to fight now in so-called gray zones, and to supply ammunition in the ongoing war of narratives….” The memo continued, “Unfortunately, we continue to miss opportunities to clarify truth, counter distortions, puncture false narratives, and influence events in time to make a difference.” Further on the four-star commanders stated, “China and Russia are employing all instruments of comprehensive national power to execute political warfare, manipulate the information environment, violate the sovereignty of nations, co-opt international bodies, weaken the integrity of multilateral institutions, and splinter our alliances and partnerships. Their effort to reshape the world in their image, proliferate authoritarianism, and advance their ambitions are provocative, dangerous, and destabilizing.”
This memo signifies an unprecedented level of alarm from America’s military leaders, who now recognize that Russia and China have “weaponized information.” According to the outgoing undersecretary of defense for intelligence and security, Kari Bingen, our generals and admirals are seriously alarmed by Russian and Chinese behavior. At the same time, the U.S. State Department says that Russia and China have “used the coronavirus pandemic to push anti-American conspiracy theories, including that the virus was an American-made bioweapon and that U.S. troops were responsible for its rapid spread.”
How many American “useful idiots,” active on social media, have been repeating this propaganda lie? The reader must ask himself: Why have Russia and China suddenly become so openly, so undisguisedly, hostile to the United States and its allies? What does the timing of this coordinated anti-American propaganda signify? It signifies, quite clearly, the culmination of a long-range strategic plan. It signifies the advent of what KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn called the “one clenched fist” – a moment during the plan’s “final phase” in which China and Russia suddenly acquire an overwhelming strategic superiority.
In terms of the larger “balance of power,” we should also consider the strategic manufacturing side of the equation. Manufacturing power can be translated directly into military power, as the Chinese have demonstrated. (We will discuss this in a future essay.) As history confirms, one of America’s strategic advantages enjoyed during WWII was its broad and robust manufacturing base. Sadly, that base no longer exists. Due to capitalism’s unyielding pursuit of efficiency and profits, stemming from a desire to exploit cheap Chinese labor, America’s manufacturing base has been moved overseas, with much of it now in China. This is no accident from the standpoint of China’s grand strategy. It should be clear to everyone, at this juncture, that America’s industrialists were tricked into weakening our manufacturing base. One might say they were naïve, since it never occurred to them that they were endangering their own existence and their country’s national survival by maximizing their profits. In terms of Richard Weaver’s insight that ours is “a falsified picture of the world” which “results in an inability to interpret events”: we must now admit that America’s financial and industrial elites have shown themselves just as incapable of seeing reality as anti-elite conspiracy theorists who imagine the elites have done all this on purpose. The truth is, a hundred years ago Vladimir Lenin – the founder of the Soviet Communist Party – foresaw the economic strategy that would destroy capitalism. It is worthwhile to quote from I.U. Annenkov’s manuscript, which attributes the following remarks to Lenin:
They [the capitalists] will furnish credits which will serve us for the support of the Communist Party in their countries and, by supplying us materials and technical equipment which we lack, will restore our military industry necessary for our future attacks against our suppliers. To put it in other words, they will work on the preparation of their own suicide.
Now that the capitalists have provided the communists with the necessary “materials and technical equipment,” the only thing they lack is a casus belli to justify a nuclear surprise attack. In his speech before the Russian Parliament last week, President Vladimir Putin accused America (without directly naming America) of plotting the assassination of his pal, Belarussian dictator Alexander Lukashenko. This is the kind of narrative that justifies Russia’s ongoing military buildup. Many Americans will believe this Russian propaganda because Americans are, in a larger sense, politically disoriented. At long last, at the eleventh hour, our leading military commanders recognize this disorientation and are begging our intelligence chiefs to remedy it. But will this happen in time?
As white Anglo-Saxons, as Europeans, as Brazilians, as Japanese and Indians – as people living in the non-totalitarian world – we need to know the truth. Our freedom is threatened. Our very existence may be at stake. Every government in the free world has been undermined by communists to one degree or another. Our schools and universities have been overrun with Marxists and socialist radicals for many years. Our culture has been manipulated by a sophisticated campaign of deception and disinformation. Both liberals and conservatives have been disoriented by this campaign. We have been deceived by false narratives, lazy journalists, corrupt politicians and treacherous agents of influence. And now, in the end game, the knives come out. Or rather, the missiles.
So very many missiles, and we are so unready.
This is Part III of THE CRISIS
Special thanks to Barrett Moore for his assistance in the writing of this article.
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Notes and links
Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences, p. 129.
William T. Lee, The ABM Treaty charade: A study in elite illusion and delusion (Washington, D.C., Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies Monograph Number 25, 1997), pp. 109-113.
Anatoliy Golitsyn, New Lies for Old, pp. 343-346.
Quote from Lenin was taken from Novyi Zhurnal (New Review), September 1961.