Perception Management (Propaganda) Encasing Society within a Belief System
Former attaché to the Soviet Embassy George Kennan, undoubtedly the U.S. citizen most knowledgeable about the Soviet Union, one of the prime promoters of the Cold War, and one who eventually had a change of heart about the morality of that deception, is quoted as saying those executed in the Soviets were in the tens of thousands.
Tens of thousands is still a large number to be sure, but, even though many, even possibly most, were innocent, a large number were attempting to overthrow that new government which is a capital offense in any country.
For a balanced perspective, compare the under 100,000 killed within the former Soviet Union as they searched for those being supported by the West to overthrow the government with the 16 to 20 million killed, and still rising, on the periphery of empire by the West (2008) as we document.
Many innocent people within the Soviet Union were swallowed up in this mass hysteria. The Soviets opened their records and restored the good names of these people.
Historians are tracing what happened to each individual so their families can know their fates. Perhaps the world may someday know the true numbers of those unjustly persecuted souls.
We caution the reader on the statistics that will be published. The slaughters within defeated centers of capital and others threatening to break free are exaggerated, while the suppressions and oppressions by the dominant centers of capital are camouflaged as defensive actions and their slaughter of innocents are recorded in history as a response to others’ aggressions.
When Hitler was planning WW II, Reinhard Heydrich, deputy chief of Hitler’s SS, operated a covert operation counterfeiting letters from top Soviet military officers to indicate a counter-revolution by these officers.
Possibly 35,000 highly loyal officers were executed. We say possibly because we must remember how intelligence services create and exaggerate facts to demonize enemies; these exaggerated figures then become recorded history.
After WW II, copying Heydrich’s successful destabilization efforts, Western secret services counterfeited papers and letters that caused massive arrests of innocent people in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union.
Citizens of the West heard all about the repressions but nothing about the causes or that, when the Soviets caught on to the scam, they released those imprisoned and even paid compensation to an innocent American couple who were caught up in that intrigue and imprisoned for several years.
Even as the Russian revolution with its participatory democracy with full and equal rights for all was succeeding, the British were attempting to destroy Lenin’s reputation to the world.
By the same methods that placed Napoleon in history books as a megalomaniac, the leaders of the Bolshevik Revolution will be in future history books as mass terrorists.
That falsification of history will be accomplished through financing already highly biased (or unwitting) historians to research executions and point out the total innocence of those executed, and will simultaneously totally ignore the counterfeit papers fingering innocent people, the destabilization-assassination teams inserted, the many who were guilty, or the massive amounts of money spent placing a ring of steel around the Soviet federation.
A participatory democracy, which the Soviets did have, with full and equal rights for all, that they did preach but may not have yet reached that goal, was a threat to representative democracies with their excessive rights for a few and limited rights for the many and the intentions were to take the Soviet Union out.
Limited rights for the many are not immediately apparent due to broad sharing of the wealth stolen from the periphery through plunder by trade. When they need allies, monopoly capital pays their labor and necessary allies well.
Conceptually Reversing the Process
Remembering how close the Soviets came to winning the arms race and thus winning the Cold War, does anyone doubt what would have happened if the Soviet Union was untouched and America was the one that had been invaded, the nation which lost 30% of its prime labor, and the nation in which everything above the Mason-Dixon line and east of the Mississippi River had been blown up or burned to the ground?
The conclusions are obvious. WW II and the arms race imposed upon it is all that prevented the Soviet federation from outperforming monopoly capitalism. Their cooperative ways explain why the Soviets developed so fast under such adverse conditions and development could even be much faster yet under the full and equal rights we address in The simplicity of eliminating poverty and war will stun you.
If the Soviets had been incompetent, as we hear so often, they would have been no threat and there would have been no Cold War. They would have simply been quietly overwhelmed by capitalism.
It was their competency that was the problem. To have advanced as far as they did under such adverse conditions before finally being overwhelmed by assaults from the Western world testifies to a fiercely loyal population working hard for their country. They were not a terrorized and sullen population.
Keeping the World in Chains
Patriotic forces in the former Soviet Union have taken back their country and are rapidly rebuilding. Some of the property titles of those who bought Russia’s wealth for pennies on the dollar have been reclaimed.
But for a quick lesson on what Marx meant by “monopoly capital,” and what “debt traps” mean, look at what those shattered economies face. If they repudiate or default on any external debts, any assets outside their borders can be, and will be, attached.
This means businesses, property titles, bank accounts, goods-in-transit, ships, or planes. Those beleaguered societies would be in one of the tightest containment traps any imperial center of capital ever devised. Every ship or plane leaving their ports would be subject to seizure to repay those debts.
Without unimpeded access to the world, no economy of any country can function efficiently. The traps structured within unequal property rights laws designed to keep the world in chains becomes fully visible and it is obvious that, so long as one group has title to an excessive share of wealth, and especially considering it is appropriated wealth, neither “rule of law” nor “property rights law” means equality under the law.
Those chains kept upon weak nations and the suppression of their breaks for freedom we will be addressing next proves colonialism has never been abandoned. The colonial masters only put on a cloak called Adam Smith free trade and spoke fine words of peace, freedom, democracy, justice, equality, and rights while all the time covertly suppressing those breaks for freedom and rights. We now go to that story.
Our next story, Corporate Funded Think Tanks Building upon the Beliefs Created by the CIA, demonstrates how the propaganda (perception management) process continues even when the world is supposedly at peace.
Those crucial 170 words describing an honest, efficient, capitalist economy. Does anyone have the ear of President Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery Team?
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 Alexander Cockburn, “Beat the Devil,” The Nation, March 6, 1989, p. 294; David Corn and Jefferson Morley, “Beltway Bandits,” The Nation, April 9, 1988, p. 488. An interesting appraisal of Stalinist terror is made by Soviet dissident Roy Medvedev, “Parallels Inappropriate,” New Times (July 1989), pp. 46-47. See also Volkman and Baggett, Secret Intelligence, p. 187; Loftus, Belarus Secret, especially chapters 5-8, pp. 109-10; Blum, The CIA: A Forgotten History, chapters 6-7-8-15-17.
 Donald Cameron Watt, How War Came: The Immediate Origins of the Second World War (New York: Pantheon Books, 1989), p. 45.
 Blum, A Forgotten History, chapter 7.
 Volkman and Baggett, Secret Intelligence, p. 9.
More pages in the “Fabricating Incidents to Start Wars” section
- Creating Enemies for the Masses Locks Society within a Belief System
- They Who Write History Control History and thus Control the World
- NSC-68, the Master Plan for the Cold War
- The Korean War was a Strategy of Tension Justifying the Cold War Slaughter of Millions
- Destabilizing Knowledgeable Internal Political Groups and the Kennedy Assassination
- Perception Management (Propaganda) Encasing Society within a Belief System
- Corporate Funded Think Tanks Building upon the Beliefs Created by the CIA