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Russian Defector Yuri Bezmenov: The Four Stages of Ideological Subversion & Active Measures (1984)

December 13, 2022 (Updated): A KGB Defector, Yuri Bezmenov, described the concept of "ideological subversion and active measures" almost 50 years ago. Today, we see his unfathomable warning to America unfold before our eyes.

It is impossible to watch this landmark interview and not be drawn to the conclusion that the world's power brokers have been exploiting their own brand of ideological subversion to draw free nations of the world into the dark chasm of veiled global communism.

Excerpt from 'Unconstrained Analytics':

Yuri Bezmenov was a Soviet journalist co-opted and trained by the KGB when he defected to the West in 1970. In 1984 (appropriately enough) he wrote a book called, “Love Letter to America” under his pen name, Tomas Schuman, to warn about long-term Marxist (Communist) tactics and disinformation campaigns he was seeing in the United States:

“My dear friends, I think you are in big trouble. Whether you believe it or not, YOU ARE AT WAR. And you may lose this war very soon, together with all your affluence and freedoms, unless you start defending yourselves. . . . The driving force of this war has very little to do with natural aspirations of people for better lives and greater freedoms. If at all, these aspirations are being used and taken advantage of by the manipulators and progenitors of the war. The real driving force of this war of aggression is IDEOLOGY — something you cannot eat, wear or store for a “rainy day”. An integral part of this war of ideology is IDEOLOGICAL SUBVERSION — the process of changing the perception of reality in the minds of millions of peoples all over the world. The late comrade Andropov, the former head of the Soviet KGB called this war of Communist aggression, “the final struggle for the MINDS and hearts of the people”.”

Bezmenov was trained and used by the KGB (the “Sword and the Shield” for the State—NOT the Russian people—because in Marxism, the State is God) for their global ideological subversion campaign. In his job, he had first-hand knowledge about the methods they use and their ultimate goals, which, he says, “are very far from the liberty, equality and freedom they verbally espouse. Because I have seen the tragic consequences of this war of ideological subversion, I would like to offer some suggestions as to how we in the United States can DEFEND ourselves against this deadly war and how we can SURVIVE in this “final struggle for minds and hearts.”

The stakes are high because as he said:

“People all over the Earth, whether they praise America or bitterly criticize her, look upon you as the only hope for mankind’s survival and the last stronghold of freedom. Some may not think in these idealistic terms, but they certainly enjoy the fruits of your civilization, often forgetting to be grateful for them.”

Or as President Reagan said, “If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”

Yuri Bezmenov warns:

“This is it, dear Americans, your country (and mine now) will be the last to be “liberated” by Marxists, socialists, and domestic “do-gooders”. If the “liberationists” succeed in bringing their “New Order” to America, chances are you and I will meet in front of a firing squad — or worse in a “re-education” forced labor camp in the Alaskan Peoples Democratic Republic.’

“You have too many concrete examples of what Communist “liberation” has done for other countries to believe that I am wrong when I warn you that we are on the brink of disaster. From one that has lived, worked and seen first-hand the realities of day-to-day life in a communist/ socialist state — you must wake up now and start defending the rights and freedoms you now have.”

“No matter how many problems you think the U.S. may have, believe me when I say that they are nothing in comparison to the troubles you will experience if the U.S. continues to agree and sympathize with communist/socialist doctrines.”

“I have made my choice to be with YOU, the nation I love. I have risked my life like many others, to tell you of my life and experiences within a Communist state. You have nothing to risk by listening to me and making up your mind as to whether I am a “cold war paranoic”, as your media calls me, or whether my message makes sense. The choice is yours.”

Unconstrained Analytics quotes Bezmenov in its February 2019 (written and worked on in 2018) ahead-of-its-time report, Re-Remembering the Mis-Remembered Left: The Left’s Strategy and Tactics To Transform America which accurately predicted and explains the current situation. One of the things the report shows is the lengths—years, decades and even centuries—Marxist strategy will go to to slowly change culture, deliberately blinding the people in that culture that the change is taking place until it’s too late. Trained in Marxism, Yuri Bezmenov saw in 1984 what perhaps most Americans didn’t see and gave lectures on college campuses and other venues during that decade to wake people up. It is only now his warnings are being recognized, because, unfortunately, America is in the last, more immediate stages of being subverted by Marxist ideology.

“In the context of the USA, most of these nasty things are done to America by Americans . . . with the IDEOLOGICAL help of the Communist subverters. Most of the actions are overt, legitimate, and easily identifiable. The only trouble is — they are “stretched in time”. In other words, the process of subversion is such a long-term process that an average individual, due to the short time-span of his historical memory, is unable to perceive the process of subversion as a CONSISTENT and willful effort. That is exactly how it is intended to be: like the small hand of your watch. You know it moves, but you CAN NOT SEE it moving.”—Yuri Bezmenov

Here is his 1984 book, which can also be found on We’ve divided it into two parts:

Full Bezmenov Interview below:

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