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03/04/07

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RiskRick Moran has discovered a woman with a natural an highly developed talent for fantapolitical stories. Go read the whole thing at his place because it's a lengthy affair; I can only state that if that lady is willing to hone her writing skills and devote enough effort to a full-length novel, it'd leave Michael Chricton's Timeline in the dust.

On the other hand, if that rambling screed is supposed to be actual analysis or even a plausible what-if dissertation... I'm seriously concerned about her mental health.


Instead, there is another story that is sadly true, but very poorly known among laypeople: how the USSR injected suicidal memes into the West - especially America.
But it was the Soviet Union, in its day, that was the master of this game (ed: ideological and memetic warfare). They made dezinformatsiya (disinformation) a central weapon of their war against “the main adversary”, the U.S. They conducted memetic subversion against the U.S. on many levels at a scale that is only now becoming clear as historians burrow through their archives and ex-KGB officers sell their memoirs.

The Soviets had an entire “active measures” department devoted to churning out anti-American dezinformatsiya. A classic example is the rumor that AIDS was the result of research aimed at building a ‘race bomb’ that would selectively kill black people.

On a different level, in the 1930s members of CPUSA (the Communist Party of the USA) got instructions from Moscow to promote non-representational art so that the US’s public spaces would become arid and ugly.

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1 Commenti:

  • A&D is a great blog. Shame it has not been updated in months.

    Di Anonymous Wellington, Alle 3/4/07 18:50  

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