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.

Liberals, Democrats, and even socialists are not really the issue here.  The left as a block of individuals are a part of America’s political process.  Just like it is a ridiculous to label all conservatives as racists or Nazis, we cannot fall back on childish generalizations about the left-leaning Americans.  The real issue is communists who believe in revolutionary change.  Revolution is the key word.  These people are uninterested in American democracy, hate our constitution, and want to violently deconstruct the American state, supposedly to replace it with some kind of communist utopia out of a fairy tale.

Our fathers’ generation was raised to hate communism, whether they knew what it was or not.  Many of our fathers fought communism directly in places like Vietnam.  Today’s generation has no living memory of the Cold War and is blissfully ignorant of the horrors of communism worldwide.  Young and ideological, millennials are prone to falling into a political trap the way teenagers girls with low self-esteem fall in love with a pimp who pretends to love them.  Young women should not get into a car with a pimp, and patriotic Americans should not be hitching their wagon to communism.

It is regrettable to even write an article like this because of America’s shameful past with the Red Scare in which innocent parties or Americans who were deemed to have the wrong political ideas were unfairly blacklisted.  However, it is better to have this conversation rather than put our heads in the sand and pretend that we are not facing a communist threat.

NSA contractor Reality Winner and Army officer Spencer Rapone are emblematic of the insider communist threat.

Reality Winner was arrested after she was identified as the individual who leaked classified documents to The Intercept.  We now know that she printed off documents at work, hid them in her pantyhose, and then smuggled them out of the building where she mailed them to the news outlet.  The Intercept published the documents, showing creases in the paper that they scanned, which telegraphed that the documents had been printed.  From there, it must have been a rather short process of elimination as they checked to see who had printed out that classified document.

In a recently released transcript, Winner’s conversation with her sister on Facebook is as follows: