This post is honoring a commitment I made to one of my faithful readers to delve into the use of the term ‘Peace’ as part of the lexicon of the Left and to decode it in terms of what the term means in the context of the history of its use as a slogan of Socialist / Progressives. To begin with, the meaning of the phrase as seen on T-shirts, posters and bumper stickers dating from circa 1965 (the budding of the ‘Flower Power’ movement), to the present, is in no way synonymous with what the average individual would understand the term to mean.
The average individual would, when asked the meaning, respond most likely that Peace simply means the absence of conflict and hostilities. Fair enough, but as we shall see, the word ‘Peace’ as a code word originated with an entirely different context. As an analog to this deliberate misuse of the term peace, I will illustrate the deception by pointing out another interesting example which is directly related to this topic. No doubt you have heard Muslim apologists try to suggest that the word Islam has been misunderstood and in fact the word actually means ‘Peace’. That is an intentional bit of deception, intended to mislead the more credulous, or should I say naive and gullible among us. Islam, instead means submission and obedience. The actual word for peace in Arabic, is Salaam – quite similar to the Hebrew word Shalom.
I remember reading that the Soviet propaganda apparatchiks had a favorite term that they borrowed from the world of art, to describe such disinformation – ‘Chiaroscuro’. Whereas in the art world, Chiaroscuro describes a technique of painting that embodies subtle aspects of darkness and light and contrasts thereof, the Soviets saw their efforts to mislead the ‘Useful Idiots’ of the West, as a masterful technique in painting with words for the purpose of deception.
A colleague sent me an interesting and revealing quote that dovetails nicely with the subject matter at hand. Karl Marx defined the term ‘Peace’ as “that state arrived at, wherein all resistance to socialism has been eliminated by Man.” So, we can see a correlary here between the Communist / Marxist definition of ‘Peace’ and that of the Islamicists. Peace is the outcome of a process of bringing non-believers under the sway of Islam by any means possible. If it is necessary to kill the infidel to bring him under the authority of Islam, so be it. That infidel is no longer an impediment to ‘Peace’. When any individual is still in a condition of resistance and rebellion to Islam and the laws of Islam, there can not be a state of peace, but rather a campaign of Jihad designed to bring that individual into compliance. Once brought into compliance, he or she cannot be considered to be an individual any more. Individualism is not valued in Islam or in Communism / Socialism. Subservience is the highest virtue.
The death of Millions of Russians was the result of the Soviet dekulakization policy that included execution, imprisonment, and deportation to Siberia of better off peasants called “kulaks“. Lev Kopelev, who was personally involved in actions against villagers in 1930s explained his motivation as a result of the Communist propaganda :
“It was excruciating to see and hear all this. And even worse to take part in it…. And I persuaded myself, explained to myself. I must not give in to debilitating pity. We were realizing historical necessity. We were performing our revolutionary duty. We were obtaining grain for our socialist Fatherland. For the Five Year Plan. Our goal was the universal triumph of the Communism, and for the sake of that goal everything was permissible – to lie, to steal, to destroy hundreds of thousands and even millions of people… everyone who stood in the way”.
So, to sum up the ideology of the Soviets – any method or action is justified to produce the outcome of ‘Peace’, peace being defined as subservience to the State. One could easily see the quote attributed to Rahm Emanuel about not letting a crisis go to waste, but rather exploiting a crisis ‘as an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before’, as a prime recent sample of Marxist dialectic. The only real difference between the Islamist’s notion of Peace and that of the authoritarian Communist regime is the object of the obedience. In one case, it is to be directed towards the Party, the mechanism of State policy and in the other instance, it is to Allah and his religious authorities, the Iranian Supreme Council, as one example. Many people in the West that have not studied history or have not been taught history, even though they can point to having a degree from an institution of higher learning, are of the misconception that the language and cult of the ‘Progressives’ of today, was incubated as a ‘home grown’ movement. Careful scholarship however, has dispelled that myth.
What we now know to be fact has been based on discoveries yielded by the mass amount of documents released in Russia in the 1990’s from the KGB Archives and from the memoirs of high level Soviet defectors. It turns out that from the post WWII era (and in some cases even earlier), all the way up to the 80’s, the Soviet propaganda arm of the KGB, known as GRU had been consistently spoon-feeding their acolytes in the West, a virtual ‘catechism’ in the slogans and catchwords of Marxism. Not only that, but also supplying training in the tactics of provocation and sabotage. Consider this quote from a former member of GRU, Stanislav Lunev:
“We spent a great deal of time studying the Vietnam War, which was considered a Vietnamese victory over American imperialism. While the GRU instructors would not state it directly, they strongly implied that the GRU was responsible for the Vietnamese success. The GRU had a massive presence in both North and South Vietnam; their operatives worked under cover of the North Vietnamese Special Services. Our instructors also told us about how the GRU influenced the American public. The GRU and the KGB helped to fund just about every antiwar movement and organization in America and abroad.”
Funding was provided via undercover operatives or front organizations. These would fund another group that in turn would fund student organizations. The GRU also helped Vietnam fund its propaganda campaign as a whole. What will be a great surprise to the American people is that the GRU and KGB had a larger budget for antiwar propaganda in the United States than it did for economic and military support of the Vietnamese. The antiwar propaganda cost the GRU more than $1 billion, but as history shows, it was a hugely successful campaign and well worth the cost. The antiwar sentiment created an incredible momentum that greatly weakened the U.S. military.
This of course, is far from the only example and some fascinating books have been written covering this subject in great detail, but suffice to say that nearly every hackneyed phrase that you hear coming from the lips of the Left in this country and in Europe, was first devised and coined by the Soviet agents and apparatchiks of the GRU. ‘Social Justice’, ‘Peace’, ‘the Common Good’ and a countless list of others, stemmed from the Soviets. That’s not all. The Soviets are also – are you ready for this? – the architects of …multiculturalism, tolerance and diversity, affirmative action, the ‘progressive income tax’, class envy, the inheritance or ‘death’ tax, etc.
The origins of ‘Political Correctness’ go back to the 1920’s. There was a Communist Think Tank organized in 1923 in Frankfurt, Germany called the Institute of Social Research. It was commonly known as the ‘Frankfurt School’. What problem were these Marxist theorists trying to solve? The problem was the predisposition of those in the West, and in particular, America to follow the traits of ‘individualism’. ‘American Exceptionalism’ would have been and always has been, an abominable precept to the intelligentsia of the Marxist movement. They believed that individualism and the related concept of self-determinism were roadblocks to the advancement of Socialism. As such, it needed to be eradicated. But how to do so? Voila! Eureka! Political Correctness.
The idea and the strategy was twofold. First, the vocabulary must be subverted by code words which would eventually dominate the vocabulary of academia and its progeny, college and university students. The second objective was to censor those of an opposing viewpoint. The game was the same as it is now. It can truly be said that the ACLU, Saul Alinsky and his ‘Community Organizing’, the Southern Law Poverty Center, the Students for a Democratic Society, Code Pink, the Peace and Freedom Party and just about any other manifestation (or infestation, if you prefer) of radical leftist politics can trace its hereditary roots to the ‘Frankfurt School’ and the Soviet GRU.
If you ever wondered where the concept originated of calling someone a ‘Racist’ or a ‘Fascist’ when they express a viewpoint that diverges from the canon law of Marxist group think – it can be traced right back to the ‘Frankfurt School’. Unfortunately, this has all played out to such a crescendo in this country that in reality and for all intents and purposes, every person that has sat in a ‘Political Studies’ class in America, has in essence, been indoctrinated by the ‘Frankfurt School’. The National Education Association, the Granddaddy of all the state and local teacher’s unions, has been endeavoring, for more than half a century to replicate the Government School system into the function of indoctrination.
One of the impediments to that process was School Prayer and you can see the results of the successful removal of prayer and awareness of a Supreme Being. That’s a topic for another post, but I think there have been a lot of sign posts on the road to the dead end we find ourselves at in the present day. If we do not wish to end up as ‘Kulaks’, living in a ‘Gulag’ – we would be well advised to take the lessons of history seriously and resist and rebel against the architects of the ‘prison planet’.
If you will excuse me, I have to go and let my dog out to take a ‘peace’.