Demoralization. Destabilization. Crisis. Normalization.
Long-time readers of this column will remember those four words from an entry in this space exactly 17 months ago. That entry, a column entitled “Four Stages of Marxist Takeover: The Accuracy of Yuri Bezmenov,” was the most heavily trafficked item of mine last year, and either the busiest or one of the busiest on The American Spectator‘s entire site in 2020.
That happened for a reason. Namely, that it described exactly what was happening in America, and why there was a method to the apparent madness.
I thought I’d check in with the deceased Mr. Bezmenov and see how his prescriptions for how the Left might destroy our society on purpose are holding up.
Unfortunately, the answer is, “Pretty well, and better than we hoped.”
For those of you who have neither read the column last year or just hit the link above, a quick recap. Bezmenov, the son of an elite military officer, was a higher-up of sorts within the Soviet Union’s ranks of message-makers and propagandists. A KGB operative, he defected to Canada and in 1984 gave an incredibly interesting interview to G. Edward Griffin, who might have been the Alex Jones of his time.
In that interview, Bezmenov outlined the Soviet plan, hinted at so many years before by Premier Nikita Khrushchev, to implode American society from within. It had four stages.
Demoralization. Destabilization. Crisis. Normalization.
Bezmenov’s formulation was eminently believable, even if things didn’t turn out the way he envisioned. It informed virtually every single Marxist takeover of the 20th century, from Latvia to Venezuela. But it never quite permeated our understanding of the Marxist project, because less than a half-decade after Bezmenov’s interview with Griffin the Soviet Union had fallen apart and our attention to communism as a threat to our freedom diverted elsewhere.
You’re probably a lot more familiar with the Cloward–Piven strategy than Bezmenov’s four stages, and that’s not surprising.
But right now, if you want to understand the insane times in which we’re living and make some sense of why things are happening as they are, perhaps the best way to do so is to focus on the first two stages Bezmenov outlined.
Demoralization and destabilization are where we are.
Things aren’t falling apart by accident, and they aren’t falling apart because Joe Biden is incompetent. As my column last year noted, Joe Biden wasn’t selected by the Democrat Party’s top leadership because he was a strong leader — exactly the opposite is true. In Biden they have a figurehead they can control completely. Tucker Carlson noted on his show Monday a perfect example of this; namely Biden’s 180-degree turnaround from declaring that a Wall Street Journal report revealing his administration is giving some $450,000 per illegal alien separated from their families during the Trump administration was “garbage” to, just a few days later, pounding a podium and yelling about the injustice of illegal immigrants “losing a child!” while trespassing across the border.
He’s a puppet. A dupe. A rube. Biden isn’t running the country. You face cancellation for asking who is, or that they be held accountable.
You’re being demoralized, or perhaps they’re already finished with you. You believe America’s best days are behind you and that our culture is permanently debauched. You’re maybe even questioning whether the America you thought you loved ever existed. We don’t keep our promises to our allies, we’re no longer a meritocracy, cancel culture abounds, parents are horrified upon finding out what’s taught to their children in schools.
All of it. It’s demoralizing, and we are demoralized.
How did this happen? Look at the monolithic control the woke Left has over all of our cultural institutions. That didn’t happen by accident and it didn’t happen overnight. It took more than a decade, and it’s the product of aggressive efforts to depose not just conservatives but classical liberals from positions of influence in those institutions.
Chris Pratt delivers a love letter to his wife on social media and he’s attacked as an ableist for not including his handicapped son in a line about his “healthy” daughter. Dave Chappelle can’t tell jokes about transgenders. Joe Rogan can’t describe his recovery from COVID. Aaron Rodgers can’t take Rogan’s advice. Paul Gosar can’t make fun of AOC in a parody Twitter video.
It’s all a play. It’s demoralization. You’re supposed to believe all of America is this way. It isn’t. Most of the country, regardless of how they vote, is the America you’ve always known. It’s the slimeball elite with the power to buffalo the normals into small concessions who are pushing this.
The women posting their pronouns on dating profiles don’t even know why they’re doing it. They’re just trying to be nice, and they’ve never even stopped to consider the absurdity. Or if they have, they’re afraid of the mob.
That’s demoralization. When you’ve decided it’s not worth fighting these aggressions, you’re demoralized. Those face diapers you’re wearing are “I’m Demoralized” signs, in case you haven’t noticed, and the head of the CDC just demanded you wear them forever.
We’re clearly in the Destabilization phase. That began when Republican state legislatures in Arizona and Georgia and Wisconsin and other places didn’t stop the Left from altering the best practices of election integrity and allowed ballot harvesting and mail-in voting on a large scale. The results didn’t just change the outcome of a presidential election; they gravely damaged public confidence in American electoral integrity. You can see Lin Wood and Sidney Powell as cranks, and following the Virginia results last week you should, and still see massive problems with a system altered to allow Zuckerbucks into the sausage-making.
January 6 might have been conceived as a protest against those electoral irregularities, but it was clearly executed, against the will of most of the participants, as an exercise in destabilization. Or do you really believe the same feds who gave us the faux Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping plot didn’t goad those protesters into the Capitol? And why else would so many patriotic Americans whose offenses hardly go beyond trespassing in a building leftist demonstrators breach on the regular be locked up without trial or bail for months on end?
That’s destabilization. It’s an effort to provoke the “right-wing violence” the Left so badly needs.
Our economy is being destabilized. It’s being destabilized at those ports in southern California where the supply chain has been broken, it’s being destabilized by trillions of dollars in wasteful government spending, and it’s being destabilized at the border. The administration continues goosing the demand side of the economy like “experts” in a not-so-farcical futuristic film water the crops with Brawndo; the effect is to make your purchasing power nil and to create shortages of everything. Soon there will be rationing; there always is. And when prices can no longer reflect the relative value of goods, the market economy is lost.
The schools are broken. Your rights are forfeit. The Fifth Circuit issues a stay against Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers with 100 or more workers, so the administration begins talking about imposing it on even smaller companies. Biden levies war on the domestic oil and gas industry, creating a rift between supply and demand, and when the prices skyrocket he demands OPEC make up the difference. Asked whether a return to formerly sound policies might be coming, his energy secretary cackles, witchlike, and demurs from any responsibility.
It isn’t incompetence. It’s the plan. It’s Cloward–Piven. It’s destabilization. They’re even gaslighting you, trying to make you believe it’s a good thing.
You might think we’ve reached the next stage, which is the crisis from which the Marxist state arises and brings on normalization — your process of accepting your new fate. But the good — and bad — news is we haven’t.
This isn’t the crisis, as bad as it feels. The real crisis hasn’t begun.
The real crisis comes when China invades Taiwan. Or when the supply chain failure gets so bad that there is no food or fuel. Or when our small and medium-sized businesses, so battered by endless destructive government policies and facing death by OSHA vaccine mandate firing squads at $14,000 per bullet, shed workers and close shop. Or when the FBI begins arresting dissident journalists by the hundreds or thousands. Or when dozens of others of now-foreseeable horrors come to fruition. Destabilization begets crisis. This is just the stage being set.
We aren’t there. But we can see it from here.
Now is the time to fight back. Now is the time to exact a price from these people for what they’ve already done and what they plan to do. And that price had better be steep. Now is the time to speak loudly — and rudely. It’s the time for patriotic and like-minded Americans, who know who we are and the society and values we came from, to stand up and say, “Hell, no.”
Virginia was a start. A baby step. Next year’s elections will be a bigger one. But pushback at the ballot box is nowhere near sufficient. We need mass non-compliance, not just with the Biden administration but with corporate America, local government tyranny, Big Tech, even within our social circles.
It isn’t about starting fights. The fights have already been started. It’s about winning them, and making sure everyone knows they’ve been won.
I keep saying it, but the revival has to begin now. We can’t wait for the crisis. And the timetable is short.
Yuri Bezmenov would say the die is already cast. But he was wrong before about us. We’ve got to make him wrong again.