One hot, summer day in far away 1929 I was host at a luncheon to a group of about a dozen men in the old Wichita Club, in Wichita, Kansas. These men were the elite of the oil industry of Soviet Russia, plus their aides, flunkies, interpreters, and secret Communist police, who always go along on such expeditions.
Some months before my firm had received orders for fifteen oil-cracking stills to be erected in the U.S.S.R. in Grozny, Tuapse, Batoum, Baku, and Yaroslav for the Soviet Government.
There were present at this luncheon Mr. Ganshin, president of Soyuzneft, the All Union Oil Trust, the president of Grozneft, whose name I cannot recall, and Mr. Barinoff, president of Azneft at Baku, a very large man with handle-bar mustache. Mr. Barinoff told me to be sure and come to see him at Baku. When I came to Russia a year and half later Mr. Barinoff was dead, shot by Stalin, and Mr. Ganshin was on trial for his life, to be later shot.
During the period 1929, '30, and '31 a number of Russian engineers came to Wichita to see us, and to be located in various oil refineries for a course in American refining practices. As far as I could tell most of these men were subsequently shot or sent to Siberia.
One man, a little fellow by the name of Hatchatouroff, after leaving Wichita to return to Russia, found out in Germany that he would be shot when he reached home, so he came back to the U.S.A., and to Wichita. In order to help him we gave him a job, but after a few months, in the spring of 1930, he either committed suicide, or was murdered by the Soviet Secret Police, which unknown to most people has operated in the United States for thirty years. There is a saying among Communists that it is easier to commit an artistic murder than an artistic suicide. In other words many murders are made to look like suicide, so we will never know the truth about Hatchatouroff's death in Wichita.
I went to the U.S.S.R. in 1930, and found it was a land of hunger, misery, and terror. The government detailed a little man by the name of Jerome Livshitz to go around to our various installations with me. Livshitz had taken part in the revolution of 1905, and had spent twelve years in the U.S.A. as a revolutionary, most of the time in jails. Upon his return to Russia, Livshitz had taken part in the revolution of 1917. He was a hard-core Communist, one of the old Bolsheviks, and had tremendous power as everyone feared him wherever we went.
In the months I traveled with him he gave me a liberal education in Communist techniques and methods. He told me how the Communists were going to infiltrate the U.S.A. in the schools, universities, churches, labor unions, government, armed forces, and to use his words, "Make you rotten to the core." I believe that due to his American experience he was one of the original architects of the Communist plan of subversion of the U.S.A.
My associate and I pulled him from under an overturned car in Tiflis, and he was amazed. "Why did you save my life?" he said. "We are enemies. I would not have saved yours. Perhaps when the revolution comes to the U.S.A., and I return there, I will spare your lives." He told me that if his own mother stood in the way of the revolution he would strangle her with his bare hands. This is the mark of a hard-core Communist. They will do anything--anything. Looking back over a span of thirty years it looks like Livshitz's plan of subversion is succeeding, but he is not around to see it, as Stalin liquidated him, along with Zinoviev, Kamenev, and other old Bolsheviks, in 1936.
Most people have a very mistaken idea of Communism. It is not a disease of poverty--it is a disease of the mind. The Communist parties of the world are directed and staffed by middle-class intellectuals, not by people from the working class. The typical American Communist would more nearly be portrayed by a graduate from an Ivy League college than a graduate from the ranks of labor.
The three important branches of Communist philosophy are--
1) Historical Materialism
2) Dialectical Materialism
3) Economic Determinism
You will never understand Communism until you understand these.
When you realize that these bibles of Communist philosophy teach deceit, murder, lies, and treachery as the very basis of the path to the Communist Utopia you will realize the futility of trying to make treaties with the U.S.S.R., as our own experience has proven time after time. Remember that the end justifies the means is the foundation of Communism.
The open members of the Communist party in the U.S.A. are there to be shot at--they are the party goons and strong-arm men.
The real power lies in hidden individuals--some of whom are undoubtedly highly respected individuals in positions of great power in the world of education, government, mass communications, business, finance, etc., who constitute over 90 per cent of the Communist party.
Historical Materialism very briefly divides the human race into two classes: (1) those who own the tools of production or the bourgeoisie, and (2) those who sell their labor for wages or the proletariat.
Competition between the bourgeoisie, according to Communist theory, would eliminate the weaker so the remainder would get richer and fewer, and more powerful. When the proletariat got so poor they could stand it no longer then the revolution would break out.
Lenin said to wait for this situation to occur was absurd; that the revolution should be accelerated by direction of all kinds, intrigue, fomenting strikes, all kinds of corrupt acts, lies, eve murders--the end justifies the means; you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. In Communist eyes the conflict of interest between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat has been the basis of all human misery, including wars.
One of the most self-deluding arguments the intellectual advances against the impending prospect of Communist world conquest is that the Soviet Union is educating its people, and educated people will not stand for such slavery. This is indeed wishful thinking, and nullifies the concrete direct action which is needed in the world against the Communist conspiracy. There is no evidence that educated people are any harder to control than anyone else, i. e., the educated Germans under Hitler.
If we are to survive it will be because unselfish, courageous, intelligent, dedicated men band together and take direct action against the Communist conspiracy; and not because we sit by and hope our opposition will have coronary thrombosis.
You may be sure the Communists do nothing to discourage the prevailing idea that Communism will fall of its own weight because it induces lethargy and a spirit of do nothingness in the opposition, and makes us sitting ducks for their machinations.
This materialistic philosophy is the heart of Communist ideology. Man is only matter in motion--no more than a fly. There is no God nor life hereafter. Whatever Heaven or Hell there is will be found only on this earth. Religion is just superstition and an opiate created by the Capitalists to maintain the status quo. Morality is just bourgeois sentimentality.
The first part of the dialectic is the concept of change and progress. Nothing is permanent. A combination of actions and events builds up to form a certain situation called thesis. There are opposing forces acting to tear down those forces called the antithesis. The interaction of these opposing forces causes an entirely new situation to develop called synthesis, and so on ad infinitum. This is where the Communists get the word progressive.
The basic point of the dialectic is the inevitability of the Communist theory--the future is ours theory.
To act dialectically means not to approach your goal directly but take one step backward, two forward-in other words the ultimate goal of world revolution is going to eliminate wars, poverty, greed, jealousy, and all other ills released on poor humans from Pandora's box, but to get there the Communist is going to have to resort to torture, cooperate with tyrants, lie, steal, murder, wage war, or anything diabolical. It matters nothing to a Communist that from 1928 until his death Stalin was a veritable god, the fount of wisdom, benevolence, and everything good, but upon his death is right-hand man, Krushchev, denounced him as the most cruel, cold-blooded mass murderer and sadist that the entire human race has ever produced. A 100 per cent switch in positions is part of the dialectic. This accounts for our rapture when the Communists smile at us and radiate friendship and peace; and our mystification, when without reason, they turn on us, call us imperialistic war mongers, and try to slit our throats.
If you do not think dialectically, you are at the mercy of any trick they pull. They are working it all around the world today--the dialectic thrust and then retreat. They surge in Iraq. We send troops to Lebanon. They retreat, then thrust at Berlin. We react and they smile, and send over the mass murderer Krushchev breathing smiles and peace one minute and Communist propaganda and threats of nuclear destruction the next. They put impressive rockets in the air. While we are torn between the rockets and Berlin their stooge, Castro, takes Cuba, sixty miles off the Florida Coast. Now they are making a thrust at the Panama Canal.
Words do not mean to a Communist what they mean to you and me. This a carry-over from the Aesopian language of the revolutionary in Czarist days. When a Communist says he wants peace he means he wants no outward violence while he bores from within and conquers you by treason and subversion.
The greatest adjective of contempt in the Communist language is the word reformist, one who believes that vital change can come through reforms slowly, gradually, and peacefully, while history itself has determined that violent, bloody revolution must be the very core of change.
In Economic Determinism the Communist believes that the entire personality of the individual is determined by the economic system under which he grew. They believe that Capitalism is a degenerate system, and produces a degenerate people, so if you are going to change human beings it is foolish to think you can do it in the Capitalist framework. First, you must conquer the world by means or foul, establish the Communist paradise, then go to work to remake man where all men will be alike. Farewell to lust, anger, greed, envy, malice, and strife, and enter in to a period of brotherhood where government is unnecessary, and will wither away, and Utopia will have arrived.
After the Communists take a country, say the United States, by subversion, deceit, or war, what are they going to do with the people who have been contaminated by Capitalism, who are hopeless from a Communist point of view? They will murder everyone contaminated by Capitalism, which they estimate will be one third of the people--the greatest blood bath in history, because as a people we are more highly contaminated by Capitalism.
As an example, in Lithuania out of a population of 3,000,000 over 700,000 people were murdered or sent to Siberia by the Russian Communists. These people were the best people in the country--the most intelligent, most able, and best educated.
When I was in Russia in 1930 the Communists had long since murdered all the Capitalists and property owners, and were working on everyone who had ever worn a white collar, such people as doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc. Many of these people had been liquidated, and those that were left were living in fear and trembling for that knock on the door which comes between midnight and four in the morning, which are the hours of call of the secret police behind the Iron Curtain.
In 1930 the Russian Communists were not interested in the old or middle-aged people who had come up under the old regime. They regarded them as hopeless, as these people could never learn to like Communism. They deliberately let them starve or die of disease just to get them out of the way. The people they were vitally interested in were the children, who got the best food and attention. These children received constant and intensive indoctrination in Communism in their schools.
During a banquet in Russia in 1934, William C. Bullitt, American ambassador, was told by Voroshilov with great pride that in 1919, 11,000 Czarist officers were persuaded to surrender by promising that if they did so their wives and families would be permitted to return home with them. Upon surrender the officers and the male children were shot, and the females put in brothels for the Red Army, where they all died within three months. This is very meritorious under Marxism-Leninism.
When Cyrus Eaton rushed up to Khrushchev after the Summit fiasco and denounced the U.S.A., Khrushchev beamed and promised Eaton, "I will put in a good word for you when Communism takes over the world." He meant by this that Eaton would not be shot as you and I probably will be.
1. Materialistic explanation of man and the universe.
2. Comprehensive interpretation of history centering about the class struggle.
3. Abolition of non-Communist stake--an instrument of exploitation.
4. Revolutionary theory, method and flexible course of action to overthrow State and Capitalistic system by violence and murder.
5. Moral code based on utility of non-supernatural concepts.
6. Abolition of all religions.
7. World Communist revolution.
8. World Communist Society.