Lev Topor

Campus Stupidity, Useful Idiots, American Decline

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Antisemitic expressions, calls to take action against Jews and pro-Jewish or pro-Israeli students, faculty members and visitors, have raised concerns among Jewish students and mainstream “sane” people in the United States after pro-terrorist movements like the Students for Justice in Palestine or Samidoun have begun protesting against Israeli self-defense actions in Gaza, following the deadly 7 October terrorist attack by Hamas. The recent protests on American university campuses, which have recently escalated to oppose university management, and even to occupy entire parts of university campuses and clash with law enforcement, are in a dangerous direction towards violence. Unless suppressed drastically, these self-proclaimed “peaceful” protests will lead to the radicalization of many students, and some of them are likely to act violently against Jews in the near future.

Such demonstrations and organizing are not spontaneous and are likely organized by state actors who benefit from chaos in the United States. Such could be, as it has already been seen before, Russia, Iran, Qatar, and China. Whomever it may be, they sponsor and support antisemitic and pro-Palestinian organizations directly and indirectly by providing ideological, moral, technical, organizational, and even financial support to groups like the Students for Justice in Palestine or Samidoun. Those students who follow these groups and demonstrations which are by now may be referred to as riots, are ivy-league nurtured “useful idiots” who wrongly believe that Israel and/or the Jewish people suppress Gaza and the Palestinians. They are home-grown terror sympathizers playing a role in an international game of chess, played by antisemitism and hate. For this, they are indeed useful. What makes them “idiots” is the fact that most are students who are supposed to be educated by the seemingly best Universities in the United States. They are idiots because they fail. This is not education, and they are being used.

To understand the situation in the United States, and in Europe as well, I advise listening or reading the 1984 interview with the Soviet KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov who claimed that the Soviet Union had a long-term goal of brainwashing the American people in four stages. The first stage may take 15-20 years and it includes “Demoralization” to morally harm the American people (and European and, also, Israeli people). The second stage is “Destabilization” which includes harming financial, diplomatic, and military assets (like the alliance with Israel). Third is “Crisis” which may last just over a month after which the fourth stage is the stage of “Normalization” which may last indefinitely while new ideologies and new brainwashed people slowly take over.

Now, let me suggest the transcript of Yuri Bezmenov’s interview, in which he explained how Marxist and anti-Western ideas were spread by the Soviet Union, using Active Measures, in an attempt to explain how antisemitic, anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian ideas aimed to create chaos within the United States and harm it from the inside. To do this, I have replaced some Marxist and Soviet identities and wording with anti-Zionist and antisemitic ones. I advise reading this in full, and I hope no explanations will be required after the read is complete.

My changes are marked in red bold text.

The useful idiots, the leftists, who are idealistically believing in the beauty of Anti-Zionist or pro-Palestinian propaganda or whatever system, when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion only to destabilize the nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed anymore.

They know too much. Some of them, when they get disillusioned, when they see that Anti-Zionist Islamists come to power, obviously they get offended. They think that they will come to power.

That will never happen, of course. They will be lined up against the wall and shot. But they may turn into the most bitter enemies of Anti-Zionist Islamists when they come to power.

And that’s what happened in Nicaragua. You remember most of these former Marxist-Leninists were either put to prison or one of them split and now he’s working against Sandinistas. It happened in Grenada when Maurice Bichop, he was already a Marxist, he was executed by a new Marxist who was more Marxist than this Marxist.

Same happened in Afghanistan when first there was Taraki, he was killed by Amin, then Amin was killed by Babrak Karmal with the help of KGB. Same happened in Bangladesh when Mujibur Rahman, very pro-Soviet leftist, was assassinated by his own Marxist-Leninist military comrades. It’s the same pattern everywhere.

The moment they serve their purpose, all the useful idiots are either executed entirely, all the idealistically minded Marxists, or were exiled or put in prisons like in Cuba. Many former Marxists are in Cuba, I mean in prison. Ideological subversion or active measures.

Active measures in the language of the KGB or psychological warfare. What it basically means is to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite of the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community and their country. It’s a great brainwashing process which goes very slow and is divided in four basic stages.

The first one being demoralization. It takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years which requires to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy, to be exposed to the ideology of the enemy.

In other words, Anti-Zionist and antisemitic ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least three generations of American students, without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of Americanism, American patriotism. The result? The result you can see. Exposure to true information does not matter anymore.

A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him. Even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents, with pictures.

Even if I take him by force to Gaza and who him hostages, raped, and murdered women, children, and men, he will refuse to believe it until he is going to receive a kick in his fat bottom. When a military boot crashes his balls, then he will understand. But not before that.

That’s the tragedy of the situation of demoralization. So basically America is stuck with demoralization. And unless, even if you start right now, here, this minute, you start educating a new generation of Americans, it will still take you 15 to 20 years to turn the tide of ideological perception of reality back to normalcy and patriotism.

The next stage is destabilization. This time subverter does not care about your ideas and the patterns of your consumption. Whether you eat junk food and get fat and flabby doesn’t matter anymore.

This time, and it takes only from two to five years to destabilize a nation, what matters is essentials. Economy, foreign relations, defense systems. And you can see it quite clearly that in some areas, in such sensitive areas as defense and economy, the influence of anti-Zionist ideas in the United States is absolutely fantastic.

I could never believe it 14 years ago when I landed in this part of the world that the process will go that fast. The next stage of course is crisis. It may take only up to six weeks to bring a country to the verge of crisis. This crisis is now violent riots in University campuses.

You can see it in Central America now. And after crisis, with a violent change of power, structure and economy, you have so-called the period of normalization. It may last indefinitely.

Normalization is a cynical expression borrowed from Soviet propaganda. When the Soviet tanks moved into Czechoslovakia in 1968, Comrade Brezhnev said, ‘now the situation in brotherly Czechoslovakia is normalized.’ This is what will happen in the United States if you allow all these schmucks to bring the country to crisis.

To promise people all kinds of goodies and the paradise on earth, to destabilize your economy, to eliminate the principle of free market competition, and to put a big brother government in Washington DC with a benevolent dictator who will promise lots of things, never mind whether the promises are fulfillable or not. He will go to Moscow to kiss the bottoms of a new generation of Soviet assassins. Never mind.

He will create false illusions that the situation is under control. The situation is not under control. The situation is disgustingly out of control.

Most of the American politicians, media, and educational system trains another generation of people who think they are living at a peace time. False. The United States is in a state of war.

Undeclared total war against the basic principles and the foundations of this system. The initiator of this war is not just Iran, Hamas, of course. It is the system, however ridiculous it may sound, the world anti-Zionist system or the world antisemitic conspiracy.

Whether I scare some people or not, I don’t give a hoot. If you are not scared by now, nothing can scare you. But you don’t have to be paranoid about it.

What actually happens now, that unlike myself, you have literally several years to live on, unless the United States wakes up. The time bomb is ticking. Every second the disaster is coming closer and closer.

Unlike myself, you will have nowhere to defect to, unless you want to live in Antarctica with penguins. This is it. This is the last country of freedom and possibility….

*The interview was transcribed by

About the Author
Dr. Lev Topor is the co-author (w/ Prof. Jonathan Fox) of 'Why Do People Discriminate Against Jews?' Published by Oxford University Press in 2021 and the author of 'Phishing for Nazis: Conspiracies, Anonymous Communications and White Supremacy Networks on the Dark Web' Published by Routledge in 2023. Lev publishes scholarly works and reports on the topic of antisemitism, anti-Zionism, racism and cyber. Previously, Dr. Topor was a research fellow in ISGAP, in the Woolf Institute (Cambridge), in the CCLP (Haifa University) and in The International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem (Jerusalem).
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