He grew up as an orphan in New York City, where he educated himself by reading. He became a Marxist. But that changed when he worked in government and studied economics.
“I was a summer intern at the U.S. Department of Labor,” he explains. “One of my biggest concerns was about minimum wages. At first, I thought, ‘Well this is good because all of these people are poor, and they’ll get a little higher income.’ Then I studied economics, I began to see, well, there’s a downside — they may lose their jobs,” he adds.
The Department of Labor did not appreciate that point of view. Ending minimum wage would take away their power. “I realized the U.S. Department of Labor had its own agenda and interests,” he says.
Mr. Thomas Sowell is a legend and what white and black liberals fear the most: a free thinking black man. He has special credibility because he turned away from Marxism based on facts.
Mr. Thomas Sowell’s analysis on Welfare and food stamps: “The things that they thought were going to help, did not help. And in many cases made things much worse.” Mr. Sowell concluded that many government programs did much more harm than good.
He is fearless and won’t compromise any of his opinions for the sake of social politeness.
A very good interview with American Economist, Mr. Thomas Sowell. He’s born in the 1930’s and he’s well in his 80’s today. Still a very intelligent and a wonderful individual. This is one of many interviews I have seen of Mr. Thomas Sowell. He is truly a gem for this period, among others of course.
He has argued that it is a propaganda tactic akin to those used by Joseph Goebbels because it comes with an attitude that it must be “repeated long enough and loud enough” till it is believed and people “cave in” to it (Wikipedia).
Episode 7, Part 1. These are very interesting historical analyses & timelines.
“… 2016 election… The winner, Republican candidate Donald Trump, found himself besieged by negative media coverage and protests in cities around the nation. The demonstrators held signs emblazoned with slogans such as ‘Not My President,’ declaring Trump to be racist, sexist, xenophobic or a Nazi. There were demands for a recount and threats of impeachment. Investigative journalism has revealed that many of these protests were instigated by certain interest groups. As shown in ‘America Under Siege: Civil War 2017,’ a documentary directed by Florida-based researcher Trever Loudon, a significant portion of the demonstrators were ‘professional revolutionaries’ with ties to communist regimes and other authoritarian states, such as North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, or Cuba. Loudan’s work also highlighted the role of two prominent American socialist organizations, the Stalinist Workers World Party and the Maoist Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Having researched the communist movement since the 1980s, Loudon determined that left-wing organizations have made the United States their primary target for infiltration and subversion.
The fields of American politics, education, media and business have increasingly shifted to the left under the influence of well-placed individuals…”
“The freedom of the Western hemisphere runs directly counter to the goal of communism, which is to enslave and destroy humanity. Masking itself with the beautiful vision of a collective, egalitarian society, communism directed its envoys in human society to carry out its schemes across the entire world. While communism manifests itself in Eastern countries, such as the Soviet Union or China, as totalitarian governments, mass killing and destruction of traditional culture, it has been silently and steadily gaining control over the West using subversion and disinformation. It is eroding the economy, political processes, social structures and moral fabric of humanity to bring about its degeneration and destruction.
Since the Communist Party does not have leadership over Western countries, communist supporters, wittingly or not, disguise themselves by infiltrating all sorts of organizations and institutions. There are at least 4 major forces driving communist subversion in the West.
The first agent of subversion was the Soviet Union, which founded the communist Third International (Comintern) to spread revolution worldwide.
The second means of subversion was effected by local communist parties, which worked with the Soviet Communist Party and the Comintern.
Third, economic crisis and social upheaval have encouraged many Western governments to adopt socialist policies in the last few decades, resulting in the steady shift to the left.
The fourth force of subversion comes from those who sympathize with and support the Communist Party and socialism. These fellow travelers serve communism as a fifth column of “useful idiots” within Western society, helping to destroy its culture, sow moral degeneracy, and undermine legitimate government.”
“… Party-building basically consisted of adopting the techniques of coercion, deception, and violence found in criminal organizations, and animating them with Marxist socioeconomic theory. According to Lenin, the working class is incapable of developing class consciousness or demanding revolution on its own, and it must be rallied to action by external action. The agents of revolution would be organized in a highly disciplined proletarian ‘vanguard’ – the Communist Party.
The British Fabian Society, founded in 1884, a year after Marx’s death, took a different path in the struggle to impose socialism. The Fabian logo depicts a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and its name is a reference to Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, the Roman general and dictator famous for his delaying tactics… To gradually bring about socialism, the Fabian Society invented the policy of ‘permeation’ to take advantage of available openings in politics, business and civil society.
The Fabian Society does not restrict the activities of its members, but encourages them to advance socialist aims by joining suitable organizations and ingratiating themselves with important figures, such as cabinet members, senior administrative officials, industrialist, university deans or church leaders. Sidney Webb, chairman of the Fabian Society, wrote: ‘As a society, we welcomed the adhesion of men and women of every religious denomination or of none, strongly insisting that Socialism was not Secularism; and the very objet and purpose of all sensible collective action was the development of the individual soul or conscience or character. Nor did we confine our propaganda to the slowly emerging Labour Party, or to those who were prepared to call themselves Socialists, or to the manual workers or to any particular class. We put our proposals, one by one, as persuasively as possible, before all who would listen to them – Conservatives whenever we can gain access to them, the churches and chapels of all denominations, the various Universities, and Liberals and Radicals, together with all the other Socialist Societies at all times. This we called ‘permeation’.
The Fabian Society later acquired influence in the United States, where multiple groups exist in the liberal arts faculties across many universities… The Fabian Society specialized in disguise…”
“…In 1921, the Comintern’s Far East branch set up the CCP, which would take over China in 1949. Apart from the CCP, communist parties around the world sought guidance from the Comintern and accepted its funds and training. With the resources of a vast empire at its disposal, the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) recruited activists around the world and trained them to carry out subversive operations in their own countries.
Founded in 1919, the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) was one such organization that followed the Comintern and the CPSU. Though the Communist Party USA itself never became a major political force, its influence on the United States was nevertheless significant. The CPUSA colluded with activists and activist organizations to infiltrate workers’ and student movements, the church and the government.
Dr. Fred Schwartz, a pioneer of American anti-communist thought, said in 1961: ‘Any attempt to judge the influence of Communists by their numbers is like trying to determine the validity of the hull of a boat by relating the area of the holes to the area which is sound. One hole can sink the ship. Communism is the theory of the disciplined few controlling and directing the rest. One person in a sensitive position can control and manipulate thousands of others…’”
“… It is now known that Soviet operatives were active within the U.S. government during World War II. Despite this and the anti-communist efforts of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the facts were hidden from the public by leftist politicians, academics and the left-wing media. In the 1990’s the U.S. government declassified the ‘Venona Files’ decoded by American intelligence during the 1940s up to the end of World War II.
These documents show that at least 300 Soviet spies were working in the U.S. government, including high-ranking officials in the Roosevelt administration who had access to top-secret information. Other agents used their positions to influence American policymaking and statecraft. Among those found to be Soviet spies were U.S. Treasury official Harry Dexter White, State Department official Alger Hiss, and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the couple who were electrocuted by electric chair for transmitting military secrets and atomic technologies to the Soviet Union.
The communications intercepted and decrypted by the Venona Project are just the tip of the iceberg; the full extent of Soviet infiltration in the U.S. government remains unknown.
Alger Hiss, the Soviet spy in the State Department, played a key role as President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s adviser during the Yalta Conference at the end of World War II. He helped determine postwar territorial arrangements, draft the United Nations charter, decide prisoner exchanges and the like…”
“Yuri Bezmenov, a KGB agent who defected to the West, discussed Soviet methods of subversion in his writings and interviews. Bezmenov said that subversion comes in four stages:
1. First Step – is to foster the cultural decadence and demoralization of the enemy country
2. Second Step – is to create social chaos
3. Third Step – is to instigate a crisis that would lead to either civil war, revolution or invasion from another country, culminating the 4th and final stage
4. Fourth Step – of bringing the country under the control of the Communist Party – this is called normalization.
Listed three fields of subversion: thought, power and social life. Thought covers religion, education, the media and culture. Power includes government administration, the legal system, law enforcement, the armed forces and diplomacy. Social life encompasses families and communities, health, and relations between people of different races and social classes.
As an example, Bezmenov explained how the concept of equality was manipulated to create unrest. Agents would promote the cause of egalitarianism, making people feel discontent with their political and economic circumstances. Activism and civil unrest would be accompanied by economic deadlock, further exacerbating labor and capital relations in a worsening cycle of destabilization…”
“…Ion Mihai Pacepa, the highest-ranking intelligence official in communist Romania, defected to the United States in 1978. He further exposed how the former Soviet Union and communist regimes of Eastern Europe adopted strategies of psychological warfare and disinformation against Western countries.
According to Pacepa, the purpose of disinformation was to alter the people’s frame of reference. With their ideological values manipulated, people would be unable to understand or accept the truth even when presented with direct evidence.
Bezmenov said the first stage of ideological subversion usually took 15 to 20 years – that is, the time needed for the education of a new generation. The second stage two to five years, and the third stage only three to six months…
In 1950, McCarthy began to expose the extent of communist infiltration across the U.S. government and society. But four years later, the Senate voted for his condemnation, and the government’s initiative to rid itself of communist influence was brought to a halt… McCarthy has been demonized by left-wing politicians and the media for ages. Today McCarthyism is synonymous with political persecution an indication that the left wing has successfully established dominance in the ideological struggle.”