In recent months, the US news media has been abuzz with more reports about Russian espionage and disinformation tactics than at any other period in recent memory. At times, watching cable news networks almost sounds like we are back in the 1960’s at the height of the Cold War. Much of this is a reaction to the election of Donald Trump. Some of the information is credible, much of it is not. The Russians have been employing active measures against the American populace for at least fifty years, driving schisms in our culture by spreading disinformation like the crack pot theory that the CIA invented AIDs as a weapon against African-Americans.
While Russian espionage must be dealt with in turn, today’s communist threat is a home-brewed variety, an insider threat rather than an international ideology carried along by a super-power like the Soviet Union, and thinking that Russia is still communist is a mis-reading of contemporary politics. The recent uptick in communist ideologues in America is a disturbing trend. This fetish for anarcho-communism has been picked up by melodramatic millennials, resulting in the perfect storm of self-righteous fervor. Modern American communism is represented by antifa anarchists, the World Workers Party, and the Democratic Socialists of America. A thorough investigation should be made of these organizations in order to better establish their membership, aims, and sources of funding.
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