Why Would The US Secret Political Police Set Up An “Opposition”?
At first glance, it might seem counter-productive, even absurd for the US government and its secret political police to spend whopping funds and devote enormous energy to sponsor and promote organizations and movements opposed to US policies, even opposed to the US political-economic system itself.
Not at all “absurd.” One should note that psychological warfare operations are frequently counter-intuitive, that is they often go against what good old “common sense” would suggest.
A closer examination shows that the promotion of a vast and variegated fake internal “opposition” is entirely appropriate and in fact vital for the dominant ruling class. For several important reasons:
To begin with, genuine popular opposition to imperialist policies can and often does arise spontaneously in response to poverty, racism, exploitation, unjust wars, police brutality, official lies, etc. If the ruling class, acting through its repressive organs, did nothing or only overtly oppressed and jailed or killed activists, the class enemy and its dictatorship-state would become fully exposed. Genuine movements for progressive and eventually revolutionary change could become massive. Moreover, with the growth of genuine mass movements, progressive and genuine revolutionary ideology could develop with striking force.
It is far, far, far better for the reactionary US (and not only the US!) ruling class to organize a manifold variety of fake movements which the secret political police entirely control. A great deal of noise and “furor” can be generated, but nothing permanent or meaningful develops. And the “movements” can be turned off when needed.
Secondly, such massive fakery serves to entrap unsuspecting honest activists, who find themselves not among comrades-in-struggle, but among disguised enemy. Such activists can then be assiduously followed and attacked, as I was when I was a member of the phony “Communist Party USA.”
Moreover, a plethora of false “peoples’” or “progressive” or “communist” organizations and movements give the abjectly phony perception of the United States of America as a “democracy.” “See we have our protest movements. Everyone is ‘free to do their thing’” in the false democracy of dictatorship USA.
We saw the fruits of this approach in the phony “Occupy Wall Street” “movement” that gained tremendous publicity in the US a few years ago. This was a fake FBI-organized psychological warfare operation, ostensibly directed against the terrible economic hardships of tens and tens and tens of millions of Americans while the biggest financial houses, banks and speculators reap vast amounts of government and Federal Reserve (the US central bank) monies and other ill-gotten gains. The phony “movement” made unrealizable demands, garnered loud attention and ended up repeatedly jousting with the police — and accomplished absolutely nothing.
It cannot be excluded that honest people, incensed over the great injustices of US society, also were attracted to this “movement.” But that, after all, is an important part of the game. The US secret political police need to identify honest activists, discourage them, intimidate them, persecute and terrorize them.
Most, if not almost all of the honest people, are driven away from “Occupy Wall Street” and other secret political police-organized “movements” by the deliberately counterproductive tactics, internal “squabbling,” dishonesty, highly discouraging atmosphere etc. within the “movements” and “organizations” themselves.
Правительство США жестоко нарушало мои права человека при проведении кампании террора, которая заставила меня покинуть свою родину и получить политическое убежище в СССР. См. книгу «Безмолвный террор — История политических гонений на семью в США» — «Silent Terror: One family’s history of political persecution in the United States» — http://arnoldlockshin.wordpress.com
Правительство США еще нарушает мои права, в течении более 13 лет отказывается от выплаты причитающейся мне пенсии по старости. Властители США воруют пенсию!! Всё это — ещё доказательство, что настоящий действующий закон в США — Закон джунглей.
ФСБ — Федеральная служба «безопасности» России — вслед за позорным, предавшим страну предшественником КГБ, выполняет приказы секретного, кровавого хозяина (boss) — американского ЦРУ (CIA). Среди таких «задач» — мне фактически запретить выступать в СМИ и не пропускать большинства отправленных мне комментариев. А это далеко не всё…
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