Deep Communist Infiltration In The U.S. — Part 4
Two Soviet spies recommend a third Soviet spy to the president of the United States, to advise him in his negotiations with their boss. To date, it is our understanding that there was something like 514 Soviet spies in the U.S. government.
The American people have been subjected to countless attacks on the current president of the United States. Even though it is excessive, it is nothing new in Washington.
The most prominent of these attacks is the Russia collusion investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. On the one hand, we need to be aware of the true nature of Russian influence. On the other hand, we can’t be victim to partisan politics that affect our ability to sort through these issues truthfully and effectively. It is a fact, Russia has and is spying on the U.S. in one form or another.
The Chinese Communist Party is also actively trying to infiltrate and undermine the U.S. economically through currency manipulation and intellectually property theft, socially and academically through organizations like the Confucius Institute.
Just how influential is the communist ideology in America?
In Part 4 of The BL’s “In Great Minds” series “Understanding Communism,” Doctor John Lenczowski talks about the scope of communist Infiltration in the U.S.
We saw this kind of thing, for example when Whittaker Chambers converted to the cause of freedom. Whittaker Chambers was a senior editor of Time magazine. He was sincerely believing communist. This belief led him to become a spy for the Soviet Union. And he worked with part of a very useful spy ring here in Washington DC and sometimes out of Baltimore.
One of the members of the spy ring was the notorious, State Department diplomat Alger Hiss. When Chambers converted to the cause of freedom, he turned in the members of his spy ring. He exposed Alger Hiss.
But the foreign policy establishment, the intelligentsia, and the media all ridiculed and vilified Chambers. And protesting the innocence of Mr. Hiss.
And Mr. Hiss was not only a spy. He was an agent of influence. He accompanied Franklin Roosevelt to the Yalta Conference where Roosevelt and Churchill were negotiating with Stalin.
How did Mr. Hiss, an upper-mid level official in the State Department, accompany the president of the United States to do this? Well, he was personally recommended to President Roosevelt by two of Roosevelt's associates within the government. One was Harry Dexter White, who was the deputy secretary of the Treasury.
And the second one was Lauchlin Currie who was a senior White House official. It turns out that both Harry Dexter White and Lauchlin Currie were Soviet spies. So two Soviet spies recommend a third Soviet spy to the president of the United States, to advise him in his negotiations with their boss.
Well, you know there were deep, deep roots of Marxist influence in the government, in the universities, in the media, and popular culture,
in literature, and so on and so forth.
The Soviets had a considerable influence that started in this country particularly in the 1930s during the depression when people felt that the capitalist system, the free enterprise system, had failed. So many people were unemployed, and Marxism one variety or another became a rather popular ideology.
This persisted through the 1940s because the Soviet Union became an ally of the United States. And it was our policy to refrain from telling any of the unpleasant truths about the Soviet system and the numbers of people that they slaughtered. The number of people who were imprisoned in the Gulag. And we were helping them, arming them to fight the Nazis.
The 1950s are all around, and there were still strong, there were still very strong influences of Marxism. Many American authors had written books,
for example, sympathetic with the communist side in the Spanish Civil War. Calling the people who oppose the communists a bunch of fascists. In higher education, in literature in spite of the red scare, there were lots of influences, and the red scare was ridiculed.
Joseph McCarthy, who was not the most sophisticated opponent of communism, said that there were some 240 Soviet spies, I think, in the State Department or the U.S. government.
Well, you know Joseph McCarthy turned out to be actually presenting a significant underestimation. To date, it is our understanding that there were something like 514 Soviet spies in the U.S. government at the time that he was making his charges.
But he was ridiculed. McCarthyism is seen even by today's intelligentsia as something that was an unjust set of accusations against innocent people.
In fact, he was remarkably accurate. But he did it in a crude and reckless way without having fully solid documentation about everything. And then, of course, the media, and the intelligentsia were going to ridicule what he said about these matters. People did not want to confront this.
This created an atmosphere of what I call anti-anti-communism, OK?
Where people were opposing the anti-communist thinking, that the anti-communists were more dangerous than the communists.
And so, this was the source of the opposition to Ronald Reagan—anti-anti-communism. But he persisted because he was confident in the moral rightness of his position.
And there were people like me, and a number of my colleagues in the government, who supported him strongly, because we believed that a system that murders millions of its own people, that imprisons and make slaves out of millions more of its own people, is something that should be resisted.
Balance is important. We don’t want to look at our friends and family wondering if they are colluding with the enemy, and we shouldn’t be blind to the fact that there are people in this country trying to hurt us. In my opinion, education is the key. We used to teach our children the truth about communism.
Now, we are allowing that ideology to sit in our sacred democratic halls, ultimately influencing policy. Don’t miss Part 5 of the BL’s “In Great Minds” series, “Understanding Communism.” Dr. John Lenczowski talks about how President Reagan successfully fought communism. For the BL, I’m Rich Crankshaw with “In Great Minds.”