Former British radical Peter Hitchens offers a lengthy, eye-opening account of alleged Communist infiltration into the highest ranks of British academia and government. In particular, he admonishes readers to forget about socialist Jeremy Corbyn, and instead argues that the real Marxists were New Labour Blairites. You can read the full piece here: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-6197097/amp/PETER-HITCHENS-reveals-REAL-truth-Communist-infiltration-Britain.html
Hitchens’s account is riveting for several reasons. For one, it further confirms the fact of Marxist infiltration of the institutions. That story is best told in Roger Kimball’s The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America, which made my popular Summer Reading List in 2016. As a reformed social justice radical of the 1960s, Hitchens knows the figures involved—and he names names in this piece. It’s not as conclusive as the declassified Venona cables, but he demonstrates the likelihood of widespread Cultural Marxist infiltration.
For another, I was struck by how much tougher the old-school, Soviet-style Communists were. Hitchens writes about the true-believer, 1930s Commies who were fighting in Spain against Franco, and engaging in cloak-and-dagger espionage. Sure, they were misguided, or even willfully wicked, people, but they were men and women of action. Contrast that with today’s generation of snowflakes and safe-space seekers, and it seems that modern-day Communists have lost some of their luster.
Finally, Hitchens details that the “Deep State” is not a uniquely American phenomenon. In the 1990s, British intelligence destroyed most of the documentation detailing who was involved in Marxist organizations in key positions in British society and government. He suggests this destruction was a willful act of obfuscation, undertaken in part to shield the Blair government from suspicion of Marxist ties.
I could quote many sections of this lengthy piece, but in it’s better to read through it yourself. Hitchens writes as a journalist, with those mildly annoying one-sentence “paragraphs,” and since it’s The Daily Mail, there are YUGE pictures of 1960s radicals that load-up slower than a porn site on dial-up, but it’s worth scrolling through to get to the meat.
That said, here’s one representative excerpt among many that demonstrates the chilling nature of Communist infiltration:
‘Moscow Gold’ was never a myth. Well into modern times, Soviet Embassy officials would leave bags of used banknotes at Barons Court underground station in London, to be collected by the Communist official Reuben Falber, who stored them in the loft of his bungalow in Golders Green, North London.
At times this rather shameful secret subsidy, direct from a police state, reached £100,000 a year – in an era when that was a lot of money.
Who knows what it was used for? But the Communist Party spent a great deal on its industrial organisation, which fomented trouble in British workplaces and strove to get Communists and their sympathisers installed in important positions in British trade unions.
This enabled Moscow to wield huge, indirect influence over the Labour Party, especially on Foreign and Defence policies.
Labour’s embrace of unilateral nuclear disarmament in the middle of the Cold War, for instance, was greatly helped by the covert Communist machine in the unions.
That machine could be incredibly unscrupulous and hard to fight.
Hardly anyone, alas, now remembers the way the tough ex-Communist Frank Chapple took on, exposed and defeated blatant Communist ballot-rigging in the crucial Electrical Trades Union (ETU) between 1959 and 1961. Much more was at stake than who ran the ETU.
How deeply we were penetrated at that time we shall probably never know, and it is certain that many of those caught up in the pro-Stalin wave of the 1940s quietly peeled away after the Soviet invasions of Hungary in 1956 and of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
But 1968 did not kill off Communism.
It began a new movement – Eurocommunism, which renounced Soviet methods but kept the key aims of transforming our society.
It would seem that the European Union, rather than being a bulwark against Marxist influence, was almost deliberately conceived as a way to advance “Eurocommunism,” a means by which to foist Cultural Marxist pabulum on the peoples of a “united” Europe. That makes Brexit all-the-more crucial.
Happy reading, and Happy Saturday!