by Al Benson Jr.
Recently, I came across a batch of old books about Soviet Communism and its war on America, both in this country and around the world.
I am not one of those naive people who believes that "communism is dead, that it died when the Berlin Wall came down." In our day that's what our own government would have us to believe, in fact our own government may be among the biggest allies the communists have, especially with the present Marxist administration that is in power.
I just finished reading an informative book called The Secret World written by Peter Deriabin, a Soviet defector to this country back in 1954. In 1953 he had been stationed in Vienna, Austria, where he was the Chief of Soviet Counterintelligence and the Communist Party boss for the Austro-German section. He ended up testifying before both the Senate and the House Un-American Activities Committee back in 1959. He wrote and co-authored several books about his life as a secret policeman in the Soviet Union. Mr. Deriabin's book that I read can still be found on Amazon.com It went though three printings, the one I read from 1959, one in 1982 and another in 1987 and the full text can be found online.
Deriabin offered clear analysis in several areas. On page 29 he observed: "The Communist rulers, furthermore, steeped in the Marxist 'working-class' theory of Revolution, distrusted and despised the Russian farmer both as a class and individually and saw him as an enemy of their state. Collectivization appeared to offer a solution by turning the independent farmer into an agricultural 'worker.' He would, then, it was hoped, develop a true 'working-class' psychology and a necessary loyalty to the regime, because he would be so dependent on it." A true principle of Marxism/Leninism--do away with private property and make sure it all belongs to the "state." That way everyone is dependent on the State for his bread one way or another.
Another theory that had real currency among the Communists was the "guilty until proven innocent" theory. Deriabin noted: "To the Chekist (secret police) inefficiency is the same as criminality, and criminality, by definition, is not an individual's deviation, but automatically a political crime against the state. To a mind trained in this pattern a faulty conveyer belt is sabotage unless conclusively proved otherwise. A fire in a factory suggests the existence of smouldering 'anti-Sovietism' among the workers...Gossip is enough to start a complicated investigation. No specific crime or utterance need be alleged...The question of guilt or innocence has long since been rendered academic." It seems to me that, more and more, we are operating on that theory in this country. With the IRS, if they find a "problem" they don't have to prove your guilt, you have to prove your innocence.
I just read an article on the Internet about the federal government trying to decide whether to use a drone to kill a US citizen in Pakistan because he is a "suspected" terrorist. No concern about trying to determine whether he is really guilty or not, just concern over whether they should take him out because he is "suspected" of terrorism.
Deriabin noted the difference in the standard of living between ordinary Soviet citizens and the ruling elite there. The Marxist concept of a classless society looks great on paper and in theory, but in reality it doesn't work that way in real life in any Communist country. Under Marxism the rich (ruling elite) get richer and the poor get even poorer so they can contribute to the comfort which the ruling elite think they are entitled to live in. In this country we now have a (Marxist) "health care" system which all citizens are expected to participate in and which they can tax you for if you don't choose to participate. But our ruling elite, Congress, the cabinet, and all those wonderful office-holders and bureaucrats in Washington are exempt from that. They have their own plan and it's lots better than what the ordinary citizen can afford, but they don't have to worry--we pay for it all.
Toward the end of the book Deriabin said: "But no one can properly appreciate freedom unless he has been deprived of it." We are in the process of being deprived of it in this country and most of us don't even have a clue to what is happening to us. We won't grasp that until it happens--and maybe that's what it will take to make us appreciate it--our losing it by default--because that's what's happening.
Most Americans don't want to be bothered defending their liberty--too much trouble and responsibility to all that--let George do it so it doesn't interrupt my poker night next week. We fail to realize that our liberty is a gift from God, and as such, we are obligated to seek to defend it and protect it. We are too busy squandering it to be concerned about it. One bright morning we will wake up and find we no longer have it. Our current Marxist-in-Chief will have decreed, by executive order, that we don't need it any longer and so we will now have martial law from henceforth into eternity--so he hopes.
A final thought, if our liberty is God-given, what will the Lord say to each of us on Judgment Day when He asks us what we did with the liberty He gave us and we stand before Him and have to tell Him we frittered it away because it was too much of a responsibility to be bothered with?
The United States used to be the "Main Enemy" of Marxism. It isn't anymore.