Views of complete socialism from the inside – from a Russian spy’s perspective

The following are excerpts from “I Was An NKVD Agent” (Living Sacrifice Books) by Anatoli Granovsky, an ex-Russian spy, written in the first person perspective. They are interesting because they shed light on some of the darker aspects of socialism; aspects that are difficult to reverse once enacted. The bolded parts of the following are most interesting for the sake of comparison to ongoing events in the United States.

“During the long, hard advance over 500 miles of territory beyond the western frontiers of the U.S.S.R., both soldiers and officers of the Red Army had seen many aspects of western life that made them wonder. Is this the degenerate capitalism that we have heard so much about? How is it that the slaves of capitalists live in such nice, cozy little houses with radios, gas stoves, and sometimes even hot and cold running water? ”

Unfortunately, in a socialist system, the government isn’t able to get water, electricity, and heat to everyone. You have to apply for it, and it can take months or years to acquire. The country of India is a fine example of this.

“He[a high ranking soviet official] had Rijkov[a capitalist]dismissed from his job, and ordered all his property and possessions confiscated. For a Communist there can be no gratitude towards capitalism. To a Communist such people are by definition inhuman and unworthy: it is never a question of whether to destroy them, simply of when to destroy them.”

“For Gregori[Another Russian spy], communism was an affair of the heart, not of the head.”

“Communization was being carried out very fast. In the Sudetan area particularly, where the Communist party had always been very strong, the population now found itslef treated with that total disregard for individual liberty that is characteristic of the Soviet Union. The principal industries and banks were nationalized(…)”

“Most of the information, as per my orders, concerned people who had show signs of having sympathies with the West: people who would eventually have to be somehow rendered harmless to the Soviet purpose. They would have to be either eliminated, jailed, deported, somehow discredited or ruined, and there were many hundreds of them.”

“Now, in order to achieve its purpose,the Soviet Union(…)made full use of not only the more orthodox methods of espionage, sabotage, propaganda, and naked power, but also of the whispering campaign, false rumor and organized ridicule. All groups who were not pro-Communist were open to subtle attack by the method of discrediting its leaders and prominent members in the eyes of their fellow members and followers.”

“During the time I spent in Czechoslovakia I saw many things that angered me, though why they should have done so I did not at first understand. The truth is that before going to Prague I would not have been unduly worried by the sight of what was, after all, simply the rule of power. But to see this cultured and civilized people being surely bent under the yoke of Soviet domination, to see them being forced to accept the Soviet system and way of life when their own had been demonstrably so much better, was somehow pitiful. I realized that my feelings about life and the common people were undergoing the final stages of a complete change.”

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