Misleading Yuri Bezmenov video

Here is a video I found, showing some highlights from Yuri Bezmenov:

It does things like associate these ideas with Antifa, AOC, DSA, etc. The problem with that is that these groups have not been around making important contributions to society for the last decades. If we want to look and see which groups in the US have been creating discord among Americans, we can look at the manifesto from an organization founded by "the father of modern conservatism" Paul Weyrich.

That manifesto wanted to destroy the institutions of society, for example. Read it. It lists many of the hallmarks of Active Measures.

  • Psychological manipulation / social engineering
    • “We are… replacing political activism with cultural activism as the center of our focus”
    • “We must perform a brutally honest analysis of what motivates human beings… whether that motivation is attractive or not. We must channel undesirable impulses to serve good purposes.”
    • “...an us-versus-them, insider-versus-outsider mentality is a very strong motivation in human life. For better or worse, this has to be recognized and taken advantage of for the good of the movement.”
  • Destroy society's institutions: “We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them.”
  • Take a long-term approach: “...the seeds we sow now will have dramatic repercussions over the long term.”
  • Undermine public well-being: “We need to break down before we can build up.” [italics in original]
  • Hide behind front groups
    • While the intention is to change “the overall character of American popular culture” through the “aggressive dissemination of our cultural values,”... “we will be seen as a purely defensive movement, not interested in imposing our views on anyone.”
    • “the visibility of the movement will be less pronounced...”
    • “We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime.”
  • Be aggressive and divisive
    • “We will maintain a constant barrage of criticism against the Left. We will attack the very legitimacy of the Left.”
    • “We will endeavor to knock our opponents off-balance and unsettle them at every opportunity.”
    • “[The] movement must serve as a force of social intimidation… We must be feared, so that they will think twice before opening their mouths.”