Did the Soviet Union Win the Culture War?

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A new book by Diana West called “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on our Nation’s Character” is shining new light on the activities of Soviet spies in America before and after WWII. West argues that through a network of well placed spies, the Soviet Union was able to influence American politics and American sentiment to hand victory in WWII to Soviet Russia, which added half of Europe to its empire under Stalin. She claims, as I have suggested in the past, that Joseph McCarthy was the victim of a vicious smear campaign (probably initiated by the CIA under Project Mockingbird) to discredit the theory that Russian spies had infiltrated the CIA, Hollywood, Congress and numerous mainstream media outlets. West, after pouring over “countless footnotes, memoirs, State Department records, out-of-print books, letters and revelations in files from the Venona archive and the Mitrokhin archives that became available after the dissolution of the Soviet Union” began to see a picture emerging of how the Cold War started before WWII, and how the Soviet Union, in many regards, was able to win it.

West says that though the United States helped defeat Hitler’s Germany, Joseph Stalin used the war to enlarge the boundaries of his Soviet empire by taking half of Europe.

“You replace Hitler, one monster of totalitarianism, with an even larger totalitarian monster, who killed even more millions of people,” West said.

West says that a critical day in 1933 saw President FDR reverse the decisions of 4 previous presidents and administrations by recognizing the Soviet Union as legitimate, just months after the winding down of the Soviet orchestrated Ukrainian famine through which 6 million people were killed. She brings up a good point when asking, why has Naziism rightfully been placed in the trash bin of history, while Socialism has survived and thrived as an ideology, even having allowed tens of millions more deaths under its system of government? The answer is, that the Soviet Union was extremely successful in penetrating, and influencing American media, and culture.

Right down to using “fuzzy” language in media, and being promoted, West argues that political correctness is still being used as a tool to limit speech, and make certain subjects hard to talk about. Certainly there is a widely negative view of the world capitalism, and I find myself searching for other words to use in arguments, just so that the other person won’t stop listening. I think this is part of what West is talking about, that if it becomes impossible to talk about a subject, and have an intelligent conversation about something, than propaganda will overwhelm the truth. Totalitarian governments like the Soviet Union, being masters of propaganda, seem to have had success in tearing down the open channels of discussion in America, so that some subjects are poison to talk about. Remember the old saying, never talk about politics or religion? Suppressing discussion, and turning peers into thought police (or politically correct police) can have quite the impact on people’s willingness to “put themselves out there” and share their beliefs.

The book description on Amazon describes West’s new book.

American Betrayal is America’s lost history, a chronicle that pits Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight David Eisenhower, and other American icons who shielded overlapping Communist conspiracies against the investigators, politicians, defectors, and others (including Senator Joseph McCarthy) who tried to tell the American people the truth.

American Betrayal shatters the approved histories of an era that begins with FDR’s first inauguration, when “happy days” are supposed to be here again, and ends when we “win” the Cold War. It is here, amid the rubble, where Diana West focuses on the World War II–Cold War deal with the devil in which America surrendered her principles in exchange for a series of Big Lies whose preservation soon became the basis of our leaders’ own self-preservation. It was this moral surrender to deception and self-deception, West argues, that sent us down the long road to moral relativism, “political correctness,” and other cultural ills that have left us unable to ask the hard questions: Does our silence on the crimes of Communism explain our silence on the totalitarianism of Islam? Is Uncle Sam once again betraying America?

Through undermining moral absolutes, West says that American culture has become “beyond Orwellian” and is really a testament to the power of extreme left wing propaganda, and Socialism’s greatest achievement. Instead of going into Islamic countries and trying to wage an uphill battle, “I think we need to protect liberty where it exists” West concludes, and not allow our culture to be dominated and changed by those who oppose individual freedom, and support one form of totalitarianism or another. America is an endangered species in terms of the type of government we have, and the respect our Constitution has for the individuals is unique in this day and age. By holding onto our culture as personally responsible pioneers who can pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, we can reject what the Soviet Union injected into our national conversation, and avoid the destructive forces of totalitarianism that ravaged Europe during the 20th century.

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