How I spent my vacation, or "where have all the communists gone?"

One of the things I did in my sojourn into the Peoples’ Republic of Mexifornia was read books.  One of the books I read was “Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America” by John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr, and Alexander Vassiliev.  Everyone here should read this book!  It is dry as dirt academic history based on Vassiliev’s notes from his research in the KGB archives during that brief shining moment in the early ’90s when Russia departed from its historical norm.

Even though I would have considered myself fairly well informed about Comintern, the CPUSA, and the NKVD/KGB’s activities in the US, seeing it all laid out and detailed as in this book is just plain scary.  The book makes it very clear that communist/Soviet penetration of academia, media, and entertainment was very thorough by the mid-Thirties.  As a result, the KGB really didn’t have to spy, it simply had to find and organize the home-grown spies eager to commit treason.

Now this would all just be an interesting history lesson for all us old white guys who like to know what other old or dead white guys did if one accepts the conventional wisdom that it all ended with the defections and suppression of the “McCarthy Era” or, more charitably, with the “fall” of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s.  I don’t accept that.

We now have third generation communist college professors in all fields of academic endeavor.  We have third generation communists in the media and in entertainment.  With the destruction of the FBI and CIA’s counterintelligence capabilities in the aftermath of Vietnam and the Nixon debacle, nobody was watching these people.  With the “fall” of the USSR, most blithely assumed that it had all gone away.  Maybe the KGB or whatever its successor is called really is more interested in industrial espionage today – it always was, actually – but the people who served the KGB so willingly and their progeny are still there and still motivated by the desire to establish a communist state in the US.

Read the book.  Read all the familiar names.  Learn the vocabulary and see how it relates to today’s vocabulary of “progressivism” and “change.”  If it doesn’t simply scare Hell out of you, you don’t understand the situation.