Once collective leadership had been established in the Soviet Union and reaffirmed in the Chinese party in 1959-60, factionalism lost its meaning. There could no longer be actual groups of Stalinists, neo-Stalinists, Khrushchevites, or Maoists, but such groups could be invented if required by policy considerations.Anatoliy Golitsyn, [NLFO, p. 75]
On Saturday I spoke with German researcher Alex Benesch about his analysis of Moscow’s two-sided strategy of manipulating the right and left simultaneously (entailing “contradictions”). This is something I have touched on in the past, but Alex has gone deeper into this. He wonders if there may be a secret network of agents in Europe, belonging to old aristocratic families, engaged in a deception of their own. Can this explain Moscow’s setbacks in 1990 when Germany was united earlier than the Soviet plan called for, with disastrous effects on the Soviet military? Thirty years after the “fall of the Soviet Union” Moscow invades Ukraine, initiating what is explanable only as a Soviet Civil War; that is, an overt attempt to put the Soviet Humpty-Dumpty back together. We ask, once more, why is this effort running into such difficulties? Why has Europe rallied to Ukraine in ways that are quite unexpected? In this context, how will Moscow’s manipulation of the right and left, out of different narratives, work in terms of their usual “scissors” strategy? Are Moscow’s real collaborators (in the Biden White House and Democratic Party) luring the right into apparent collaboration with Russia to entrap them with a “MAGA is a Russian-controlled subversive movement” narrative in the event the war widens? I raise the issue of the moral and intellectual disintegration of Moscow’s elite, and the elite subversives in Washington. My point: Anyone who engages in such deception operations hurt themselves in unseen ways. Here is the audio:
On Sunday I had a conversation with Jimmy from Brooklyn regarding communist subversion and deception. He had some great insights from decades of infiltrating the communist movement himself.
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