by Paul Ratner
given by a KGB
defector in 1984
(North) America of today
four stages of mass brainwashing
used by the KGB.
Bezmenov described this process as "a great
brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
The first stage is called "demoralization" which
takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
According to the former KGB agent, that is the
minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one
generation of students that is normally exposed to
the ideology of its country.
President Trump was almost
universally panned for the press
conference that followed the meeting with Russia's President Putin
in Helsinki, Finland.
Trump was seen as
capitulating to Russia by refusing to confront Putin on the issue of
past and present interference in American elections. In fact, the
American president seemed to be
saying he doesn't support the
findings of his own intelligence agencies and instead prefers to
take the Russian leader at his word.
Even if he's
tune under the backlash.
Whether you believe Putin really has some kind of compromising
material to make Trump do his bidding or if Trump is simply being
nice to people who partially helped get him elected, or if you
somehow still think, despite ample evidence to the contrary, that
all this is much ado about nothing, the fact is President Putin is a
very experienced former KGB officer.
He has both the know-how
and the intelligence to carry out very far-sighted and ingenious
We don't know his endgame
and neither do we know how much of his KGB training he still
employs, but in light of current events, there may be a way for us
to get a deeper understanding by studying the words of Yuri
Alexandrovich Bezmenov, a former KGB agent who defected to
Canada in 1970.
In 1984, Bezmenov gave an interview to G. Edward Griffin from which
much can be learned today.
His most chilling point
was that there's a long-term plan put in play by Russia to defeat
America through psychological warfare and "demoralization".
It's a long game that
takes decades to achieve but it may already be bearing fruit.
Bezmenov made the point that the work of the KGB mainly does not
involve espionage, despite what our popular culture may tell us.
Most of the work, 85% of
"a slow process which
we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or
What does that mean?
Bezmenov explained that
the most striking thing about ideological subversion is that it
happens in the open as a legitimate process.
"You can see it with
your own eyes," he said.
The American media would
be able to see it, if it just focused on it.
Here's how he further defined ideological subversion:
"What it basically
means is: to change the perception of reality of every American
to such an extent that despite of the abundance of information
no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest
of defending themselves, their families, their community, and
Bezmenov described this
process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
1 The first
stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20
years to achieve.
According to the former KGB agent, that is the
minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of
students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its
In other words, the
time it takes to change what the people are thinking.
He used the examples of 1960s hippies coming to positions of
power in the '80s in the government and businesses of America.
Bezmenov claimed this generation was already "contaminated" by
Of course, this claim
that many baby boomers are somehow espousing KGB-tainted ideas
is hard to believe but Bezmenov's larger point addressed why
people who have been gradually "demoralized" are unable to
understand that this has happened to them.
Referring to such people, Bezmenov said:
programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a
certain pattern [alluding to Pavlov]. You can not change
their mind even if you expose them to authentic information.
Even if you prove
that white is white and black is black, you still can not
change the basic perception and the logic of behavior."
Demoralization is a
process that is "irreversible".
thought (back in 1984) that the process of demoralizing America
was already completed.
It would take another
generation and another couple of decades to get the people to
think differently and return to their patriotic American values,
claimed the agent.
in a KGB uniform around 1980
In what is perhaps a most striking passage in the interview,
here's how Bezmenov described the state of a "demoralized"
"As I mentioned
before, exposure to true information does not matter
anymore," said Bezmenov.
"A person who was
demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts
tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information,
with authentic proof, with documents, with pictures; even if
I take him by force to the Soviet Union and show him [a]
concentration camp, he will refuse to believe it, until he
[receives] a kick in his fan-bottom.
When a military
boot crashes his balls then he will understand. But not
before that. That's the [tragedy] of the situation of
It's hard not to see
in that the state of many modern Americans. We have become a
society of polarized tribes, with some people flat out rejecting
facts in favor of narratives and opinions.
demoralization is completed, the second stage of
ideological brainwashing is "destabilization".
two-to-five-year period, asserted Bezmenov, what matters is the
targeting of essential structural elements of a nation:
subverter (Russia) would look to destabilize every one of
those areas in the United States, considerably weakening it.
The third stage would be "crisis".
It would take only up
to six weeks to send a country into crisis, explained Bezmenov.
The crisis would
"a violent change
of power, structure, and economy" and will be followed by
the last stage, "normalization."
That's when your
country is basically taken over, living under a new ideology and
This will happen to America unless it gets rid of people who
will bring it to a crisis, warned Bezmenov.
"if people will
fail to grasp the impending danger of that development,
nothing ever can help [the] United States," adding.
kiss goodbye to your freedom."
It bears saying that
when he made this statement, he was warning about 'baby
boomers' and 'Democrats' of the time.
In another, somewhat terrifying excerpt, here's what Bezmenov
had to say about what is really happening in the United States.
It may think it is living in peace, but it has been actively at
war with Russia.
And for some time:
"Most of the
American politicians, media, and educational system trains
another generation of people who think they are living at
the peacetime," said the former KGB agent.
States is in a state of war: undeclared, total war against
the basic principles and foundations of this system."
Whether you think that is
true may depend on your politics, but the reality of Russian active
measures, as has been outlined in
the recent indictments by the
Robert Mueller, give Bezmenov's words new
You can watch the full interview here below: