April 2, 2021

On Thursday, I talked about the destructive new ethnic studies program that has just been unanimously approved by the California State School Board and the ways in which it’s setting kids up to be indoctrinated, all the way from kindergarten to graduation. I described the “long game” that some are playing to tear our country apart from within.

Later that day, by coincidence, Dan Bongino in his podcast brought up a video interview from the 1980s featuring a former KGB propagandist who defected to Canada, Yuri Bezmenov, who warns of just this sort of thing being done in America over several generations. Here is that interview.

It’s sadly true: Some of the most “well-educated” people in America are so doggone dumb (and so thoroughly brainwashed) that we can argue the facts till we’re blue in the face and it will have no effect on them. Fortunately, you and I still have some functioning brain cells, so let’s look at what Bezmenov is saying.

He’s talking about how Communists subvert American ideology in a totally non-sneaky way. It’s right in front of us. “All Americans have to do is “unplug their bananas from their ears” and it will be obvious. It’s not like James Bond and the spy-themed entertainment that he says Americans are so enamored of, “that sells more deodorants.”

Most of what our enemies are doing is not spy stuff, he says, and “has nothing to do with intelligence at all.” Only about 15 percent of “time, money and manpower” is used for espionage. The rest is part of a very slow brainwashing process –- like the “long game” I was talking about being played in California schools –- that they call ideological subversion.

They have another name for it as well: “active measures.” It’s psychological warfare.

The goal is to change Americans’ perception of reality so thoroughly that “despite an abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions.”

Bingo. Ding-ding-ding! We are entering that place, RIGHT NOW.

He breaks the process down into four stages:

1. Demoralization. Communists have this down to a science; Bezmenov says it takes about 15-20 years to demoralize a nation. That’s the length of time it takes to educate one generation, to expose them to “the ideology of the enemy.” He says that in America, “Marxist-Leninist ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students, without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of...American patriotism.” It’s now being done mostly by Americans to Americans. (I would add that, ironically, many are getting hugely rich doing so, on books and workshops about Critical Race Theory and class and gender "equity.") The result: “half-baked intellectuals” in their 60s who now are in positions of power --- government, civil service, business, mass media and education. “You are stuck with them,” he says.

These people are “programmed to think and react to certain stimuli,” he adds. The process is “complete and irreversible.” They have their own perception and their own logic. “YOU CANNOT CHANGE THEIR MIND, EVEN IF YOU EXPOSE THEM TO AUTHENTIC INFORMATION, EVEN IF YOU PROVE THAT WHITE IS WHITE AND BLACK IS BLACK.”

"Even if I take [a programmed person] by force to the Soviet Union and show him concentration camp, he will refuse to believe it.”

Since there is no way to reach these people, he says, the only way out of this mess is to bring up a new generation that is well-versed in American values and doesn’t think this way. His message to us listening in the 21st Century surely is this: that it took a long time to get here and it’s going to take a long time to get out. Start NOW.

He says that when those “useful idiot” Americans experience with shock what it’s like to be trapped within real Marxist-Leninism, there will be revolt, but rebellion will be put down. “There will be no place for dissent,” he says. Dissenters will be “squashed like cockroaches.”

2. Destabilization. Bezmenov says this process can take just two to five years. The enemy concentrates on “essentials”: economy, foreign relations and defense systems. They eliminate the principle of free-market competition and cozy up to Marxist-Leninist powers. He says that when he first came to America, he would never have believed the great success Marxist-Leninists would achieve in these areas. Imagine how stunned he would be if he could be here now. (He died in 1993.)

3. Crisis. This leads into a radical changeover of structure, power and economy and typically takes “up to six weeks.”

4. "Normalization.” He’s using this word cynically, as in Soviet propaganda. That’s when the tanks role in, as they did in Czechoslovakia and the new rulers said the situation was “normalized.” The government really has become Big Brother and those in charge function pretty much like “benevolent dictators.” I would add that they’re benevolent as long as everyone goes along and racks up the required number of social credits.

"This is what will happen in United States if you allow all the schmucks to bring the country to crisis.” They do it by promising “all kinds of goodies” and “paradise on earth.”

We’ve been at war, he says, an “undeclared total war” initiated by the “world Communist system,” or call it a “world Communist conspiracy.” We must turn this process around, because this is the last refuge of freedom and unlike him, we “will have no place to defect to.” That is, unless we want “to live in Antarctica with penguins.”

So, what has to happen? The first essential is “a very strong national effort” to educate children in American values and patriotism and teach them the real danger posed by socialist/communist ideology. If young people fail to grasp this, he says, “nothing ever can help the United States.”

Fortunately, he says, at least part of the American population gets what is happening, and they have to FORCE their government to stop “aiding Communism.” This effort has to go beyond the typical letters and petitions, he says, because “there is no other problem as burning and urgent.”

At the time of this interview, Bezmenov is warning about the “murderers” in the Soviet Union, which did implode soon after while Ronald Reagan was President (thank you!). As we look at what is happening in our country and world today, his warning applies to the growing power of China –- particularly American business’s dependence on that market –- and the global Communist system. If China and Russia ally themselves, our situation is even more dicey. Bezmenov says we're at war, though many don't realize it, and we have “precious little time” to save ourselves and future generations.

The priority now: our education system. Whether or not you have kids in school, you are in this fight, and it is a FIGHT. Readers ask me all the time what we can do –- start here. That goes double for folks in California. Become an activist. Run for school board if you can, and support strong candidates. Make demands. See that the "woke" go broke. We have no choice but to take our classrooms and our culture back.

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  • Laura Osborne

    04/02/2021 03:03 PM

    Mike: just read your article about the interview with the defected Russian and agree with you urging folks to become active regarding American education. However, as someone who is already serving on my local school board, I would like to point out that there are three areas where local school boards need the help of citizens: 1. look at what your state's laws are - how are they limiting the power of your local school board? 2. what is your STATE school board doing - who is serving on it - how are they held accountable (if at all), and what are they either requiring or trying to require of local school districts? and 3. we need people to help provide curriculum options to school districts to ensure that there is a choice which provides for the accurate teaching of not just American history, but also of the values of capitalism vs socialism. Thanks Mike! Keep up the great work!

  • Mike Bearden

    04/02/2021 02:58 PM

    I completely agree with this article and your thoughts. I am very concerned. Yet what can I do? While my wife and I both agree with this perspective of where our country is headed, she in NO way wants to confront it. Both of us are in our 50's and she does not enjoy conflict. Me? I see a fire and want to run into the burning building. This craziness has been rough on our marriage.
    I cannot stand by any more but don't know where to start.
    How can I help you, one of our few remaining common sense voices who can see through the darkness that plagues this world like never before? I am searching for my next step. I want/need to be a part of opening up the eyes and ears of this deception that has covered our world.
    My teacher colleagues are sometimes the most nuts of all.
    Thanks for the listen. Let me know how I can be praying for you.

  • Becky S Myers

    04/02/2021 02:58 PM

    I listened to Dan Bongino when he did this segment and am glad you did a recap. I was a teacher for over 25 years and retired 7 years ago. After retiring and deciding to substitute teach did my eyes ever get opened to indoctrination and I live in a red county in Colorado. I'm really thinking about running for school board since too many liberal policies are starting to surface. So glad my grandkids are in a good Charter school. As a Texan born and raised, my daddy always told me to call a bully's bluff. It even worked with students and my husband doesn't call me tough actin Tinactin for nothing. Just love your newsletter and look forward to reading it.

  • willa bowman

    04/02/2021 02:53 PM

    I hate to have a negative opinion on this matter; I love my country. But the country of my youth does not exist anymore. Unfortunately, I have little hope the changes that need made to turn us around can be made. The people in power have such a draw on the youth. Even many of those raised right have turned to join the thinking of the Socialists. I am heart broken for our country. All I can say is "Come quickly Lord Jesus."

  • Sandra Johnson Dowell

    04/02/2021 02:50 PM

    Very intriguing and disturbing article! My burning question is.....WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT THIS??? It literally scares me to death!

  • Karen Rehnberg

    04/02/2021 02:35 PM

    This is occurring in Illinois as well, members of liberal Illinois State Board of Education suck through changes in the curriculum that are mandating culturally responsive education rule.
    The stated reasons for the new standard are to: “prepare future educators to teach diverse students [and] to foster classroom and school environments in which every student feels that they belong.” Dr. Ivette M. Dubiel, a member of the Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher Network, which developed the standard for ISBE, also noted the provisions “emphasize the responsibility of PreK-12 education institutions to affirm, validate, leverage, support, and listen to students’ backgrounds and lived experiences … [and] challenge us to be anti-bias, anti-racist, mindful, and inclusive of our most marginalized populations.”

    The rule replaces existing guidelines aimed at training teachers to engage with children from diverse backgrounds. Provisions that define the competent teacher as one who “understands cultural and community diversity … and how to learn about and incorporate students’ experiences, cultures and community resources into instruction” as well as “facilitates a learning community in which individual differences are respected” will be replaced by the new rules.

    The standards are broken into sections that address: educators’ “self-awareness and relationship to others,” “systems of oppression,” “students as individuals,” “students as co-creators,” “leveraging student advocacy,” “family and community collaboration,” “content selections in all curricula” and “student representation in the learning environment.”
    More stupidity, Illinois has a teacher shortage. If teacher do not teach the curriculum they could loose their license.
    Many teachers especially those with experience are considering leaving state and going to place where this curriculum is not mandated
    Last year Illinois lost 51,000 people to other states now the democrats want a greater loss


    04/02/2021 02:13 PM

    I seem to recall a speech that Nikita Khrushchev made sometime in the fifties.
    Or it could have been the early sixties. He said that Communism would eventually take over the USA, and they it be done without firing a shot. It would all come from within. Don't recall the exact details, time and date, but it slowly is happening.

  • Marilyn mcdaniel

    04/02/2021 02:05 PM

    Mike, I saw that interview on Dan Bongino’s podcast. I try to stay informed about what’s going on in this country by going to several trusted conservative websites. I also listen to many prophecy websites that I trust. I am a born-again believer and feel I am knowledgeable of the deceitful and evil practices of our government. What’s happening in our schools is very frightening and I know firsthand that trying to talk and reason with a liberal is impossible. they are totally brainwashed and lacking any common sense. I am speaking of my son who has apparently been watching CNN and MS NBC for his information. I can only pray that God will intervene on his behalf and that of my other son who is not as brainwashed but still does not want to hear anything regarding Christianity or politics. They are both in their late 40s and I don’t hold out any hope for their salvation. Nothing I say seems to penetrate their minds. I would ask that you include my son Matthew and my other son Scott in your prayers. My three grandchildren are exposed to their beliefs and I am extremely worried about them also. Thank you for always being a voice of truth and wisdom in these dark days. I feel our country is lost. Come quickly Lord Jesus!! ??????????

  • Polly

    04/02/2021 01:52 PM

    Thank you for sharing this info. Looking back as far as the 80's, I can certainly see how generations have been brainwashed. The four steps described by the ex-KGB agent have certainly happened & regrettably have been largely unseen until recently. We MUST stop the propaganda, lies, & vilifying of fellow Americans by the left leaning. Pushing for truth in our education is a good start. It is sad that millions of our children have been brainwashed by public education not teaching history, civics, etc.; now they are teaching hatred. I remember the race riots of the 60's & Biden standing with George Wallace to stop the segregation of colleges. How ironic that today he claims to believe in integration, when his actions speaks to the contrary. Our country is in a mess because of him & the dems. Republicans ALL need to STAND UP & SPEAK UP for our Civil Rights & our Constitution & pray to our merciful God for our country's repentance of our corporal sins of allowing evil to abide in our midst! 2 Chronicles 7:14

  • Keith Nation

    04/02/2021 01:43 PM

    What ever happened to the three"R's"? Now we need a fourth R. The fourth R will have to come from the Bible,as in Lord"R"rescue us!

  • James Rowe

    04/02/2021 01:43 PM

    Lost Bill O Riley stock tips what day was it on your web site?

  • Susan Meyer

    04/02/2021 01:37 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, along the same lines, the Nebraska Department of Education wrote a new set of health standards and sex education K-12, so starting as early as kindergarten kids would learn scientific names for their private parts, right up to 8th grade where they learn about anal sex, oral sex, and vaginal sex. Anyway, right now there is an on-line meeting of this group where they are allowing individuals to come and express their opinions. So far, 28 Nebraska legislators, the Governor, and countless Nebraskans are outraged and want the sex education "standards" entirely removed. In Nebraska, the silent majority are rising up and voicing their objections loudly and clearly.

  • Todd Greene

    04/02/2021 01:36 PM

    Thank you Mike for your very informative article’s & bible verse, just wanted to throw a heads up about how my account under a gmail address had just suddenly stopped receiving emails from you after I had taken a survey that was sent out through your newsletter, I attempted to resign up using that same gmail address, and still were not getting your emails, so I switched email accounts and suddenly started getting them back. I am not a big conspiracy theory advocate but do know all the big tech conservative sensorship issues with Google, just may want to pass the word to your followers...God Bless

  • Stephen Mitchell

    04/02/2021 01:35 PM

    You'll never be able to get the people who believe in freedom , to act against an aggressor like the ones we're encountering today . To begin with , they're to old , and not mobile enough to demonstrate in mass . I've seen mass gatherings for a " liberal progressive " cause , in the thousands , and I've seen mass gatherings for a conservative cause , with just a few hundred .
    " Brainwashing " started in the Korean War , that's the first time I had heard of it . If you can gather the "conservative masses " to demonstrate against the now "sitting government " , there maybe a chance to change things . Otherwise you can sit and watch your country go down the tubes .

  • Miguel Montane

    04/02/2021 01:26 PM

    I’m tired of hearing about what’s wrong in our country. Senator McCarthy got it right. We have gotten it wrong since the Vietnam war. Talking about it and passing laws has and will get us nowhere! The time for tangible action is now! If not then we’ll need to get used to addressing each other as COMRADE. God bless the former United States of America.

  • Barry & Fay Wallage

    04/02/2021 01:22 PM

    Good afternoon, Mr. Huckabee. My comment/question has nothing to do with your comments above, but I felt perhaps it's okay to ask you my question.
    Due to the situation we are now living in, rumors are that our cash is going to be no good! Should we take our savings, retirement, etc. and convert it into gold, silver, or what? I know Revelation talks of people getting the "mark" We will avoid that at all costs! We feel that the Covid shot is a preliminary to the "mark" so, of course, we have refused the shot. If our cash will not be accepted, what would be the wise move to take? Thank you. Barry & Fay Wallage

  • Floyd A Unger

    04/02/2021 01:20 PM

    Sheesh.....I’m thinking that it’s a bit too late.... but I hope not

  • Diane Galando

    04/02/2021 01:10 PM

    Thank you for fighting against the destruction of American family values. Out of all my kids and grandkids only one has been successfully brainwashed. We pray for her every day. Right now she is unable to see what is right before her eyes. She has allowed things to come between herself and the family that love her.
    I appreciate all the support you give to traditional values. God bless you and your family.


  • Kelley

    04/02/2021 01:03 PM

    Why facts no longer matter to those in power -- Best Article Yet! Thank you!

  • Sherry Glascock aka Sharon

    04/02/2021 01:00 PM

    Mike I cannot ever miss reading your letter, I always know it is the truth. Money is the top of the actions of the Democrat party and they are trying to overtake every State and educate our young people with hate, it is exactly as the Hitler leadership did. Mr, Biden ( I cannot call her President, he is a puppet and only speaks what someone has written for him to say) it is so sad to watch, sad for him and for our Country. We are trying to help Sarah become our next Governor of AR. What a Lady she is and will make a great difference to our State.

  • mark poyhonen

    04/02/2021 12:51 PM

    Talking about school indoctrination often gets accusatory feedback from teachers. Actual teachers have to be quiet in order to keep their jobs. When the guys 'at the top' demand an anti-American curriculum, their subordinates are required to obey or lose their livelihood.

  • HelenC

    04/02/2021 12:01 PM

    Here’s quote from Scott W. Atlas—“We hear so-called experts on TV warning that social distancing, masks, and other restrictions will still be necessary after people r vaccinated! All indications are that those in power have no intention of allowing Americans to live normally—which for Americans to live freely—again.” China—intentionally or taking advantage of an accidental release of COVID-19–contributed to destruction of freedom in US. Biden and people running his policies in DC are “never letting a crisis go to waste.” They r destroying freedom in US.

  • Emmett Edwards

    04/02/2021 11:59 AM

    Thank you for this presentation - all Americans need to see this - this is what is happening in our school systems - parents need to be more active in what they are teaching in our schools

  • Thaila M Robertson

    04/02/2021 11:56 AM

    Mike, we HAVE to organize something, somehow, to have huge billboards EVERYWHERE which proclaim the truth and challenge folks to go do some research about what they are unwittingly allowing our country to become. Is there an organization trying to do that right now? if not, how can it be started up?

  • Donna Eardley

    04/02/2021 11:44 AM

    This article is very eye opening, but I believe you missed a link that I would like to read. In this sentence, "The priority now: our education system. Whether or not you have kids in school, you are in this fight, and it is a FIGHT. Readers ask me all the time what we can do –- start here." I assume that "start here" is missing a link. Can you please point me to the site for "start here"? If I'm wrong then I apologize for bothering you. Thanks, Donna