Ben Rhodes, the president’s Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, recently told theNew York Times Magazine that newspapers no longer have foreign bureaus, so “they call us to explain to them what’s happening in Moscow and Cairo.” The average reporter Rhodes encounters is 27 years old and “their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

One of the things they know nothing about is the major movement of modern times, Marxism-Leninism, also known as Communism, which first appeared nearly 100 years ago in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. From the start, the movement attracted attention around the world.

  • vwVwwVwv

    in the 90’s the USSR went down, what made us think it disapeared.
    the USSR is here and she is stronger than ever before.
    just turn your TV on, listen to your kids
    comeing home from shool
    or read the party programs of your established politicans.
    RR did a great job, a kind of entnazification was nesecary and we forgot it.

    comunism is alife and killing.

    • Most of the lecture is from 1983-84 but it could have been yesterday as far as its relevance today. Two and a half hours but worth it — should be standard curriculum in the West. I think we are at the “crisis” stage in the four-stage Communist subversion process that Bezmenov describes — i.e.: “demoralization”, “destabilization”, “crisis”, then “war” or conflict. As Bezmenov notes it is very difficult to stop the subversion process when it reaches the crisis stage.

      • vwVwwVwv

        if you knoe how, copy and safe the clip, they will cancle it.

  • xavier

    At 26 i was way better read, better informed and slightly more critical about the world. I suspect that holds true for the majority of us.

    It makes me wonder what the sociological makeup of today’s journalists: kids who never been to an airport cause their flights have always been chartered? Ultra rich kids who went to rich kids camp (i.e. a summer stint at some NGO in 3rd world country handing out condoms?) Dimwitted kids who coast by because mom and dad’s rolodex is treated like a safety net for junior?

  • Hard Little Machine

    Ben Rhodes and his ilk know nothing either. They’re just better at lying about it. I bet 4 out of 5 White House staffers could not find Syria, the Ukraine, Sudan, Bangladesh or Thailand on a map. I doubt half of them could name all 3 countries in North America.

    • You mean all 10 countries in North America. The Continent of North America ends at the border of Panama with Colombia, where the Continent of South America begins. In other words Canada, U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Geographers also include most of the islands of the Caribbean in the North American continent — so there’s actually about 23 countries.

      If you’re speaking economically versus geographically (e.g. NAFTA) then there are only three countries — Canada, U.S., and Mexico. And if you’re speaking politically it’s harder to define — perhaps only two countries — Canada and U.S.?

      • Hard Little Machine

        Central America is called Central America because it’s Central America.

        • Central America is the southernmost Isthmus of the North American continent — it’s not a separate continent and not a part of the continent of South America.

  • simus1

    marx opined that true communism could only be brought to fruition by having it succeed first in the most advanced and wealthy capitalist countries such as the USA.
    If you posit that throughout most of the 20th century, that most highly placed intelligent American marxists saw people like stalin and mao as mere mass murderers in poverty stricken backwaters accidentally thrown up by history without true communist roots, then the collapse of the USSR opened their barred gates.