Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Modern Bezmenov

There is movement afoot, very noble and necessary, to de-liberalize the institutions that control and make public opinion, namely educational systems, the mass media, and Hollywood entertainment. Andrew Breitbart's new website Big Hollywood obviously applies to the last category.

However, I found it interesting that this post by U.S. Representative Thaddeus G. McCotter features a picture of The Beatles with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, about whom our pal Yuri had a few things to say. But Representative McCotter didn't seem to be using this occasion to bemoan the political idiocy of the entertainment industry; but rather to provide background for quoting The Beatles' "Dear Prudence" as an inspiration for Hollywood's conservatives to "come out and play."

Well, I found that a little ironic. And it can't hurt to go back over some Bezmenov, can it?
“The KGB was even curious about this gentleman (It may look innocent): Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a great spiritual leader, or maybe a great charlatan and crook, depending on from which side you are looking at him. [The] Beatles were trained at his ashram in Haridwar in India [in] how to meditate; Mia Farrow and other useful idiots from Hollywood visited his school and they returned back to [the] United States absolutely zonked out of their minds with marijuana, hashish, and crazy ideas of meditation.

“…[the] KGB was very fascinated with such a beautiful school, such a brainwashing center for stupid Americans. I was dispatched by the KGB to check [into] what kind of VIP Americans attend this school.

“…My function was to discover what kind of people from [the] United States attend this school. And we discovered that yes, there are some [members of influential families], public opinion-makers of [the] United States, who come back with the crazy stories about Indian philosophy.

“Indians themselves look upon them as idiots, useful idiots, to say nothing about [the] KGB who looked upon them as extremely naive, misguided people. Obviously, a VIP, say a wife of a Congressman, or a prominent Hollywood personality, after being trained in that school, is much more instrumental in the hands of manipulators of public opinion, and [the] KGB, than a normal person, who understands, who looks through this type of fake religious training.

“…This is exactly what the KGB and Marxist-Leninist propaganda want from Americans. To distract their opinion, attention, and mental energy from [the] real issues of [the] United States, into [non-issues], into a non-world, non-existent harmony. Obviously it’s more beneficial for the Soviet aggressors to have a bunch of duped Americans than Americans who are self-conscious, healthy, physically fit, and alert to the reality.

“Maharishi Mahesh Yogi obviously is not on the payroll of the KGB, but whether he knows it or not, he contributes greatly to [the] demoralization of American society. And he is not the only one. There are hundreds of those gurus who come to your country to capitalize on [the] naïveté and stupidity of Americans…

“So obviously you can see that if [the] KGB were that curious, if they paid [for] my trip to Haridwar, if they assigned me to that strange job, obviously they were very much fascinated. They were convinced that that type of brainwashing is very efficient and instrumental in [the] demoralization of [the] United States.”
I posted that as a comment there, but it was apparently too strange and irrelevant for them. It is strange, and it is somewhat off-the-point of the post, but it is a deeply undercutting irony that the author would use an instance of liberal idiocy to illustrate a point about conservative emergence.

Hell, to continue McCotter's analogy, the shy-- let's say "conservative"-- Prudence is beckoned out of her tent-- her identity and personhood-- by the seductive, comforting, entertaining, trans-nationalist Lennon. What does it mean to "come out and play" with him? What does it mean for Hollywood conservatives to "come out and play"? The game that Hollywood liberals play, the tasteless, shameless sermonizing and eternal perpetuation of half-truth and total nonsense?

Of course Prudence might play the game differently. But it is Lennon who made the rules, and if she plays his game, Lennon will always win. She needs a new and different game.