In 1958 a former FBI agent and author named W. Cleon Skousen published a book entitled “The Naked Communist,” which examined the goals of Communism in the United States. In his book, Skousen revealed the strategies the Communist Party in America was using to destroy American society and its constitutional form of government.
Today, 64 years later, the Communist/Marxist objectives to overthrow the United States that Skousen forewarned and cautioned us about have almost all been achieved—or are about to be.
The transformation of America from a free republic into a totalitarian socialist nation is moving right along— impelled by Marxist organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the increasing number of avowed socialists who currently inhabit a significant segment of the Democrat Party, Congress, and even the White House.
These America-haters aim to institute “cultural Marxism,” an offshoot of western Marxism that is different from the failed Marxist-Leninist ideas of the old Soviet Union. It is more commonly known as “multiculturalism” or, less formally, Political Correctness.
The advocates of cultural Marxism discovered that they could be more effective if they concealed the true Marxist nature of their ideas under the cloak of “multiculturalism.” Their goal is not only to destroy capitalism but to build a socialist order through subversion of established American morality, history, and culture and eradicate the traditional biological family. And it is happening right now, while most Americans seem oblivious to it.
Don’t believe me? Look at this list of Communist goals from Skousen’s 1958 book. (Note: comments in parenthesis are mine)
- Promote the U.N. as the only hope for humanity. If the U.N. charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its independent armed forces. (God help us if the America-loathing United Nations ever attains THAT kind of power over us)
- Capture one or both political parties in the United States and establish one-party rule. (David Horowitz’s book The Shadow Party shows how the Democrat Party is now under the control of what he calls the “Shadow Party of Socialist-Communist” influences. At the same time, “woke” Democrat leaders in Congress are intent on destroying the Republican Party by branding its members “domestic terrorists” and worse.)
- Get Control of the Schools. Use them as indoctrination hubs for socialism and Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ unions and associations. Put the Party line in textbooks. (Think, Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project, and attacks on the nation’s founding fathers).
- Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, and policy-making positions. Hire only reporters, editors, and producers who exhibit leftist sympathies. (Journalism today is no longer about presenting unbiased and accurate news. It’s all about the leftist “narrative.”)
- Gain control of key positions in radio, T.V., and motion pictures. (Once again, it’s all about the leftist narrative)
- Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. Eliminate all worthy sculptures and historical statues from parks and buildings, and substitute shapeless, awkward, and meaningless forms. Promote ugly, repulsive, obscene, and meaningless art.
- Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
- Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in schools, books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and T.V. (We are seeing this today with schools indoctrinating innocent and vulnerable children as young as five with notions like gender dysphoria, homosexuality, lesbianism, transgenderism, and classes taught by drag queens)
- Present degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and healthy.” (See my comment above)
- Infiltrate churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a “religious crutch.”
- Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.” (A.C.L.U. lawyers accomplished this goal four short years after the publication of “The Naked Communist.”)
- Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, and a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. (In 2012, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg said this while visiting Cairo, Egypt.)
- Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish white aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.” (Refer to them as racists whose only reason for instigating the American Revolution was to preserve the institution of slavery, not to achieve freedom from Great Britain, which is the idiotic argument of the 1619 Project)
- Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of factual American history (Think once again about deceitful Critical Race Theory and the dishonest 1619 Project, both of which are being rammed down children’s throats today in thousands of American schools.)
- Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture, education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
- Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
- Infiltrate and gain control of big business. (Then move the jobs overseas to stifle the American economy. Import goods from other countries to create a dangerous imbalance of trade.)
- Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
- Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influences of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks, and retarding of children to the suppressive influence of the parents.
- Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; students and special-interest groups should use “united force” to solve economic, political, or social problems. (Think about the B.L.M. and Antifa riots and the burning and looting that infested American cities in 2020 and which could return in 2022)
- Repeal the U.S. Connally Reservation, which amended the U.S. ratification of the United Nations charter to bar the International Court of Justice from having jurisdiction over domestic matters “as determined by the United States.” (The Connally Reservation prevents World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike. It also protects the U.S. from the overturning or delegitimizing of the U.S. Constitution by the World Court.)
So, where does all of this leave our country?
It leaves us in a precarious position in which many of our rights, such as the First and Second Amendments, as well as the Constitution as a whole, are under constant threat from leftist radicals, anti-white racists, and “woke” America haters such as the fatuous and anti-Semitic “squad.”
Most of all, it divides our nation—which is the strategy Communists have employed in every country they have dominated and oppressed.
Divide and conquer works.
You generate tribes of politically, socially, and racially disparate people. Then you do whatever it takes to keep them apart and at each other’s throats, thereby maintaining control of the nation.
I don’t know about you, but THAT is NOT the America where I want to live. I spent four years in the U.S. Army Security Agency performing top-secret tasks antithetical and hostile to the Socialist and Communist enemies of the United States. I see no reason why I, or any other military veteran, should now countenance and permit the same treacherous socialists and Communists we battled during the “Cold War” to take control of our democratic republic.
At least in 1958, when “The Naked Communist” was written, we knew who and where our enemies were.
Today, they are among us, masquerading as elected members of Congress and unelected government bureaucrats.
And some even inhabit the White House.
(Ronald E. Yates is a U.S. Army veteran, an author, a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent, and Professor & Dean Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois.)
His website: http://www.ronaldyatesbooks.com/
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