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An Important History Lesson: The Truth About the Collapse of the Soviet Union

"The collapse of the Soviet Union should have come as no surprise to anyone who understands economics, especially Austrian economics." - Robert Wenzel

Robert Wenzel, through his website EconomicPolicyJournal.com is fast becoming one of my most relied upon sources for serious analysis of not only economics, but also politics, current events and history. Two weeks ago we posted a fascinating interview Wenzel conducted with Robert Morrow and Judy Morris about the little discussed 1967 Israeli attack on the U.S.S. Liberty.

And now here today, we have a history lesson from Wenzel himself. Last week he delivered the Henry Hazlitt Keynote Lecture at the Austrian Economics Research Conference. This speech is absolutely compelling and a must watch for anyone interested in history or libertarianism. It is clear that an extraordinary amount of research went into this speech, and Wenzel delivers it to the audience in his usual no-nonsense-sprinkled-with-sarcasm manner.


http://youtu.be/17iAint-_pc

The main thesis of this speech is that the official reason we hear for the collapse of the Soviet Union - the idea that Ronald Reagan's determined strength to build up the U.S. military had forced the Soviet Union to try to keep up and ushered in their economic bankruptcy in their attempt to keep up - is a complete myth.

This myth has been used to justify the huge military expenditures that we see to this. This buildup has since enabled the United States to embark on all sorts of wars against smaller nations. The neoconservatives wanted the ability to quickly and decisively crush smaller nations that it found troublesome. This huge military was never used against the Soviet Union, but smaller countries such as Grenada, Panama and Iraq.

So what was the real reason for the collapse of the Soviet Union? The answer can be summed up in one word: socialism.

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Great history lesson. It

Great history lesson. It wouldn't be so funny if it weren't so true.

"Everyone thought that in case of real trouble we could use our nuclear weapons" And that my friend is the bottom line. Understand it. Realize it. Use it to your advantage.

"Why would Homeland Security

"Why would Homeland Security hire former Stasi chief Markus Wolfe and former head of the KGB General Yevgeni Primakov?"

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Jan05/Whitney0121.htm

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

"Gentlemen, comrades, do not

"Gentlemen, comrades, do not be concerned about all you hear about Glasnost and Perestroika and democracy in the coming years. They are primarily for outward consumption. There will be no significant internal changes in the Soviet Union, other than for cosmetic purposes. Our purpose is to disarm the Americans and let them fall asleep."

"I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy. But to me it is my main goal."

(Quotes by - Mikhail Gorbachev)

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

I respectfully disagree. The

I respectfully disagree.

The truth is, the Soviet Union never really collapsed.

Just look at Russia today.

Start listening about 50 seconds in to this video...give it 2 minutes and you'll want to watch all 6 parts. Great weekend watching, might want to bookmark for later viewing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ6p4PemITA

This is the book they are talking about, "The Perestroika Deception," by Anatoliy Golitsyn.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Perestroika-Deception-Memoranda-In...

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1064121.The_Perestroika_D...

Anatoliy Golitsyn exposes the devious Leninist strategy being pursued by supposed "former" communists under the facade of "reform" and "progress towards democracy". The objectives: "convergence" with the West, the creation of a new world order, and - ultimately - the establishment of a communist world government under the United Nations.

http://defeatcommunism.com/profiles/blogs/the-perestroika-de...

The Cold War is over and Communism is a non-issue for most Americans.

Communism is such a non-issue that Communist plans to undermine American society have proceeded for years virtually undetected and unhindered.

Recent events have aided this process, with President Obama's aggressive drive toward Socialism fitting neatly into decades of Communist strategy.[2]

That long and patient strategy of deception was developed in the halls of the KGB, and dutifully carried out by Communist subversives in the United States. Prominent KGB defector Anatoliy Golitsyn has called it the "perestroika deception."[3]

According to KGB documents published by Golitsyn, "perestroika" and "glasnost" were always intended from the beginning to serve as a media ploy to deceive the West into lowering its defenses to the point where Soviet goals could proceed unchallenged.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

A Russian prospective ~ I prefer Dr Ron Paul's perspective.

Oral history from one quite entwined with the KGB deception. Indeed, the art of deception runs deep. This epic tale is told from the perspective of one deeply involved with the deception.

Red Cocaine: Drugging of America & West

Time ~ Description
____ _ ____________________
00 Prolog
01 Introduction
02 Perestroika Deception - 2003 "New Lives Old Ways"
06 Amazon Book Review (excerpt):

'In 1996, annual revenues derived from global criminalist activities were estimated by the World Bank's experts at $1.2 trillion... The narcotics trade alone is in the $500 billion or more range. A more realistic estimate today would probably be of the order of $2 trillion per year... That is to say, governments, banks and the global criminalists are arranging the transfer of at least $1 trillion every year of national and private wealth into the bank accounts of the global criminal fraternity - a massive transfer of wealth for which there has been no historical parallel.... 'Two trillion+ dollars a year (a conservative figure, as noted) over the past two decades, excluding interest, would imply that more than $40 trillion will have been added to the wealth of the global criminal classes... representatives of Lenin's continuing world socialist revolution. Most of this money has been invested in property, bonds and stocks, and each year a further trillion or more dollars is added to the pool... The associated corruption among financial institutions, investment advisory services ... has by now long since reached epidemic proportions. And this transformation has been accompanied by minimal publicity, with the exception of extensively publicised, but intermittent, 'drug busts'...'.

'It is critical for the survival of Western civilisation, and in order to slow down its rapid descent into pervasive, corrosive globalised criminality and corruption, ... to understand the true nature of the illegal drug crisis... The drugs scourge continues to escalate because the measures so far developed to counter it do not take account of the geopolitical dimension - that is to say, of the malevolent, revolutionary intent which drives it'.

'As a consequence, the measures taken, in the United States, Britain and elsewhere, to address the scourge, have remained essentially irrelevant and ineffective.... The plague continues to spread because the West is the victim of a deliberate, sustained and relentless offensive planned and directed by enemy intelligence which Western policymakers appear not to begin, or care, to understand... ... every piece of fashionable disinformation and for every diversionary tactic which is intended to add to the confusion and which clouds the truth: namely, that the West has been targeted as an act of war, and is the victim of a sustained offensive'.

'Obviously, the longer this perversity and blindness continue, the more powerful and insuperable will the forces which help to perpetuate this blanket offensive, become. Soon, they will wield almost total power in some Western countries. The European Union's collectivist structures, with their pork-barrel traditions and inclinations, are conspicuously vulnerable to drug-related corruption'...

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I totally agree with you

Where did Gorby go after the 'collapse'? The UN! The UN is now the old Soviets' vehicle for spreading their brand of communism. A reading of Agena 21 will prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt. 'Sustainable development' is the new term for soviet-style communism. 'Smart Growth/Smart Cities' are the new communist cities - concentration camps, really, where they 'concentrate' populations into pre-determined areas and bog them down with all sorts of restrictions, feed them GMO food and make them drink chemicaled water to keep them unhealthy and weak, and keep a steady eye on them through 'smart' technology; which also makes it easier for them to arrest anyone bucking their system.
Oh! What a devious plan they have for the sheeple!!

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Neither one of you can say w/ 100% accuracy about his deception.

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV: From the PRESIDIUM (Moscow, Russia) to the PRESIDIO (SF, California)
Presidio House 1092, former Coast Guard commander's quarters (constructed in 1890), the Gorbachev Foundation headquarters in 1993-2003.">

Mikhail Gorbachev's departure from the Soviet Presidium to the San Francisco Presidio precipitated a massive import of Socialism into U.S. government.

Neither one of you can compare to the art of deception mastered by those of which you speak. I am familiar with fiction, as we all are. Take the perspectives of those sharing somewhat candidly about how they deceived us. Blaming is not necessary. The folks telling the tales of Soviet deception were the Soviets. There are telling about what they themselves were involved with. It is up to us to make this information useful.

It is far easier for me to make use of lessons given freely by Dr Ron Paul.

As for, "Where is Gorbachev (Gorby) now?" Posted this on our DailyPaul Inn bulletin board (near the dart board):

  • President Reagan jokes w/ President Gorbachev 07/13/2012
  • Life goes on... Even the emperor of a failed empire moves on... 08/04/2011
  • UN Sanctions: Korea, Vietnam, ... Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya,... 07/31/2011
  • “From Swords to Plowshares." - Mrs P, San Francisco CA,1992. 06/17/2011
  • Soviet Premier Michael Gorbachev home in Presido, SF California 06/17/2011
  • National Debt Interest Only Loan, 98 years. No principal. 02/02/2011 20:17
  • Seen the Korean Wall? The "Ultimate Gun Control" Museum? 11/28/2010
  • Top Secret 2003 USSR Gorbachev Files Unveil Globalist Agenda 05/20/2010

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

OK, me again

I realize I am always asking you questions. Do you know about any of this?

I ran across the name Anatoly Golitsyn and am watching some youtube videos on the "soviet collaps" by McIlhany Report called The Perestroika Deception. I decided to search the DP to see if other people had talked about this and I found my sailor friend talking with people about it. Am I supposed to believe that Christopher Story is telling the truth?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhZHJhSjN8w Is it OK to believe what soviet defectors tell us?

I also ran into a website here http://www.dailypaul.com/comment/3039607 talking about Overture.

I am just trying to understand. I think one time you kinda told me to be gone. Does that mean never ask you any questions? If it does, I can understand and will not bother you. But I just want to know what is going on with all of these bombings and explosions and Gorbachev living in the Presidio?

I got started looking because MN has a post on the front page about Russia warning the US about the those Russian brothers.

Sometimes I think I understand and then it all becomes so confusing. Is this whole NWO thing a Soviet take over? And then I have to try to balance all of this with Antony Suttons works concerning Walstreet funding the Bolshevik Revolution.

Can you see clearly thru the fog my sailor friend. Can you see any land or shall we be adrift for some time to come? I didn't like Rand's comments on Fox regarding him not caring whether the police or a drone kills a man coming out of a liquor store with a gun and $50. He is either not careful and specific with his words, or he is saying it is OK for a single person to be judge, jury, and executioner. Since when is armed robbery a capital offence? He didn't say the guy coming out of the liquor store was shooting his way out. He didn't set the scene as far as what I saw and heard. He just said it didn't matter to him one way or another how the man with the gun and $50 was killed. People hear those words and think it is OK. My own man that I am walking close to didn't have a problem with the words until I started talking about what I think was was wrong with them. And He is a smart man and loves and believes in liberty.

OK so I've spilled my guts.

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I admire your inquisitive ways. My response is short & distant.

Am I supposed to believe that Christopher Story is telling the truth? - Bear

I don't know. Mr Story details deception told to him by the very actors that took part in creating said same. What part of the lies should you believe? Seems Mr Story is recounting what he was told by the deceivers. Then he matches predictions they made with actual related events. This is worthwhile to investigate by those with keen interest to know the clandestine ways of the world. Mr Story referenced "Red Cocaine" as I do in his thread. We have read some of the same material. I choose to say little about it, for the information is deception. Authenticating and publishing deception is in and of itself deceptive. Be not concerned about my writing; take what you like, leave the rest as failed humor.

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain, by Mark Twain ~ "SPHYNX: The Sphynx is grand in its loneliness; it is imposing in its magnitude; it is impressive in the mystery that hangs over its story. And there is that in the overshadowing majesty of this eternal figure of stone, with its accusing memory of the deeds of all ages, which reveals to one something of what he shall feel when he shall stand at last in the awful presence of God." (awestruck) - The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

And you are always -The Mysterious Mark Twain -

"Authenticating and publishing deception is in and of itself deceptive." - Mark Twain

I removed my comment from MN's post regarding Russia telling the US about the bomber brothers. I had linked Mr. Story's interview. I don't want to publish deception.

I think Rand Paul published deception when he spoke on FOX saying he didn't care whether a drone or a the police killed a man exiting a liquor store with a gun and $50. I do not think I would ever hear words like those coming out of Ron Paul's mouth...the point being that neither should be doing any killing.

Lovely book, "Innocents Abroad." I have not ever read that book. If I read it will I understand the clandestined ways of the world. Do you know anyone who knows and understands? How can one even investigate the truth when there are so many liars?

I am inquisitive...and too sensitive...my skin is thin...probably is why I am so inquisitive as I don't mind letting people know I am ignorant...vulnerability exposed...hopefully not too much gullibility, though I fear that too...so I seek answers.

My husband said my question posed about Zionism and hatred of the Jewish people, etc, was too broad.

...

huh?

What's with the "100% accuracy" comment? There are so many strings bundled together that it's near impossible to unravel them all. We're just pointing out a few of the strings just as you are. I get that and I'm sure zooamerica does, too.
We shouldn't forget the NWO's religion, either - the Earth Charter written by Maurice Strong and Gorby.
What a sweet website they give us to learn all about!
http://www.gcint.org/what-we-do/earth-charter
I especially love the Earth Charter Youth Contest!

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

100%? "I totally agree with you" by stm, 03/27/2013

Your reply to me is fine. There are several arguable points on this thread. The subject interview was with a former KGB agent; KGB is "practiced in the art of deception." Whether we agree or not amongst ourselves, I am fine. Doubtful we could trust & verify (see President Reagan rhetoric). Facts presented were of deception. Right or wrong & what to do about this mess is attracts my interest.

Twas a minor comment of mine. Sorry for any confusion.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Thank you. You're absolutely

Thank you. You're absolutely correct and have connected all of the obvious Agenda 21 dots. It's Red Dawn in America, but most people don't even know it for they've become so brainwashed by the public education system and hypnotized by television that they could care less.

I'm currently watching part 3 of, "The Perestroika Deception," interview. Part 4 is a repeat of part 1, but parts 5 and 6 are not repeats.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn0kNuALHr0

At 5:50 into the video above:

"He acknowledged and stated that the European Union is the new European Soviet, and I quote."

Part 5

1:08

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhL_YizpsLk

"Soviet military intelligence is behind the global terror offensive, which is a very key element of the long range strategy."

Watching and listening to this is quite surreal, it's a revelation of sorts...I feel like all of the tiny pieces of the NWO puzzle have come together in one coherent, sharp picture.

After everything I have read and studied since originally diving down the rabbit hole about 12 years ago, it's all starting to make sense now. World communism is the goal, has been for a very long time. Looks like Joe McCarthy was right after all.

This interview is so interesting, I keep pressing rewind.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

I've bookmarked this

Look forward to watching thise vids! Thanks!

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.
James Madison

Interesting

I will look further into this and look forward to watching the documentary.

Whether or not those that stayed in power are the same, the economic system itself is what collapsed and could not work. You may have the same cronies running the government and doing crony capitalist style dealings, but they are no longer functioning as a full command economy as they were under the USSR.

http://lionsofliberty.com/
*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

Empires require faith, confidence... Same w/ paper-money.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Good Post

We can learn lots from the Soviet filth ie actions, policies, etc.

donvino

Remember reading somewhere

that Donald Rumsfeld (surprise surprise) was the guy who kept talking up the USSR's nuclear arsenal to Regan, when in fact the country was already on a slippery slope to collapse, thus ensuring that the Military Industrial Complex was Government (tax payer) funded for private profit.

Awesome

video. The Soviet Union would have fallen, even if the United States didn't even exist.

Agreed

The sad thing is that once a country has THE INFECTION, it's done. US included, EXCEPT we are the only country in modern Historywith A Heritage of State Sponsored Liberty ...

If enough young people wake up, it could be enough to stop it.

Research Cyrus Cylinder, Persia & American Bill of Rights.

Cyrus Cylinder: How [Cyrus,] a Persian monarch inspired Jefferson Film & photographic documentary.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul