You've heard the stories..
Soviet agents infiltrating the United States, slowly consuming the media, higher education and the U.S. government itself. In the stories, the Soviets secretly labor to transform the United States into a Communist dictatorship, one "useful idiot" at a time. You know...the boiling frog analogy. The frog sits in a beaker full of water and is slowly boiled to death without ever realizing it was happening.
Nowadays, such stories are consigned to the trash heap of history...the stuff of paranoid "Bircher" fantasies or, at the very least, discounted as irrelevant--especially after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The very subject is controversial. After all, it is by definition, conspiratorial. You cannot approach it without expecting moderate skepticism. In some circles, bringing up the topic at all is a great way to immediately lose credibility.
The problem is...
Not only were the Soviets very actively involved in Active Measures; Since about 2008 Russia has been ramping up the scope and scale of their active measures, not only in the United States, but also in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the rest of North America.
In fact, our very understanding of reality has been influenced, shaped and molded by Russian active measures, which have now far exceeded what we witnessed in the 1930s, by the hands of the Comintern.
But in order to understand Russian active measures, there are a few basic concepts one needs to understand:
1) The Russians aren't Communists any more, they're Neofascists. The hidden hand in Russia is a man named Aleksandr Dugin, the mastermind behind Russia's foreign policy and the founder of so-called National Bolshevism. (notice the flag?)
2) The Russians influence BOTH the political left and the political right. Greece would make a perfect case study, where Russia was involved in influencing both Golden Dawn AND Syriza. (I'll refer back to this example in subsequent articles, as it's relevant to Russian influence in the 2016 U.S. elections)
3) Russia has created a vast, global network of influence by forging alliances with various entities including: political parties, activist groups, media outlets, politicians, journalists, and so on.
4) Russian active measures/influence operations rely extensively on conspiracy theories and what Stefan Meister and Jana Puglierin brilliantly refer to as "The Selective Deployment of History".
5) Ideological bias prevents us from understanding the true depth of the deception, even among those who are pushing back against Russian active measures, such as in the article referenced in #4, where Der Speigel is included among media outlets that "maintained a bulwark against Russian obfuscation". Au contraire. More on that, in subsequent articles.
6) Russia both lies to us and tells us the truth, simultaneously. The Captain of this crazy ship/charade is Vladislav Surkov. Here's a flawless explanation of Surkov's use of "nonlinear warfare", BY AN APPARENT KREMLIN TROLL!
7) Russian influence in the media, etc., can be identified and tracked via the narrative arc of the message. In fact, that's the most effective method for identifying the bad seeds. Some are obvious, others are much more subtle. But, either way, the culprits hide right under our noses.
8) Not only do the Russians influence media venues to subtlely influence our thinking, they use their influenced media to actually tell us what they're doing. (RUSSIA AND ISIS...???!!!! Wait and see...) With regard to Russian media influence, the recipe is a combination of projection and plausible deniability.
Stay tuned for more...