“And not a shot is fired!” Transition to socialism
To the average American, those words would not make much sense or have much meaning. They are, however, a very accurate description of just how our governmental system has been and is being changed before our eyes.
The technique is not new, in fact it dates back millennia. The current name given to the technique is called “parliamentary revolution.” Nikita Krushchev in his report to the Communist 20th Congress, February 14, 1956 noted: “In this connection the question arises of whether it is possible to go over to socialism by using parliamentary means….”
About a year later, a conference on theory was held at the Communist party’s political University in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The results of that conference became a communist document which British intelligence heard about and tried hard to obtain. They tried through several channels but were always advised that it was “out of print.” Three years later, a copy was finally obtained in 1961. It was translated into English and was published in the United States in October, 1961.
The English title assigned to the document is : “And Not A Shot Is Fired.” The original Czech title, translated to English is: “How Parliament Can Play a Revolutionary Part In The Transition To Socialism, And The Role Of The Popular Masses.” Certainly not something you would pick out at the local bookstore for an evening’s casual reading.
The author of the document was Jan Kozak, a Czech. At the time he wrote the document he was a member of the Secretariat of the Czech Communist Party. It is not easy reading by the furthest stretch of the imagination. Its enormous value lies in its complete authenticity. The dull text presents a fascinating story of the peaceful revolution which transferred Czechoslovakia over to the Communists.
In an ideal world, once the information became known, it is a tale which would have been taught to every American citizen in high school or even earlier. The fact that it has been denied to the American people is an indictment of our mass media and our education system.
To quote from the Introduction to the U.S. version of the book:
“How does the technique work? It may, for instance, be applied to some easily discoverable public concern. To answer the need, a piece of “enabling legislation” is suggested, carrying no authority, expressed or implied. It sets up an “agency.” The agency, once established, follows normal agency behavior. The need becomes more precisely defined. A modicum of authority is requested. Pressures are organized, artificial and real, from “above” and from “below.” The requested authority is voted, and pressures wane. In due course, further authority is suggested, and new coalitions of pressure appear. All in good time an Authority is there, self-contained; a new instrument of power has arisen, sufficient unto itself. This instrument may be local, regional or nationwide. Its key word is Authority. In the beginning, this word is seldom employed.
“By such parliamentary means a democratic and representative government can be made authoritative, legally, and piece by piece. The form remains, an empty shell. Its philosophy and its content are gone. The person, the individual, who one year is free and independent, is next year just a little more restricted. Then a little more, and a little more. Suddenly, overnight, he no longer is a person. He is a cog, being moved inexorably by the monolithic machinery of the State.
“And not a shot is fired!”
The Founding Fathers clearly understood the dangers of placing power in the hands of Congress. In The Federalist, No 47; Par. 5, Madison wrote: “…it is against the enterprising ambition of this department [the Congress} that the people ought to indulge all their jealousy and exhaust all their precautions.”
Those who wrote the Constitution based their hopes for the future of this country on the people. They placed an inescapable responsibility on the citizens: the will of the people, who would elect legislative bodies, to watch over and restrict the activities of those they would elect. As long as the balance between legislative greed for power and the will of the people to restrict that thirst remained active, no legislative body whether national, state or local, could vote the people’s freedoms away.
The technique Jan Kozak wrote about takes those opposing forces and uses them for exactly opposite ends. Both the legislature AND the people are deliberately manipulated to destroy the balance.
To quote again from the Introduction: “Parliament” (the legislature) is slowly maneuvered “into a direct instrument for the victory of the socialist revolution”, and the technique is precisely illustrated. (P.15)
“First, the legislative power, at all governmental levels,– local, state and national- is manipulated as pressure ‘from above’; then the people’s power is manipulated as ‘pressure from below’. Concurrently, a ‘wide popularization of the demands and slogans of the policy of the Communists’ is promoted, serving ‘as a means of revolutionary education of the popular masses.’ (P. 19) Gradually, and by cooperative legislative action, business, industry, agriculture, finance, the professions, and even living conditions come under the domination of The State. (P. 20) (Emphasis in the original.)
“Thus, by ‘a democratic and constitutional course’, the legislature is reconstituted ‘into an instrument of the transformation of the whole state and its machinery…[and the] revolutionary transformation of capitalist society into a socialist one…[proceeds] absolutely legally.” (P. 33)
The brilliant mechanisms of self-government our Founding Fathers established for us have been (and ARE) being used to destroy its very character. The revolution has been developed very quietly and stealthily with due respect for the legal forms. None of this is dramatic. Indeed, those who have been knowingly subverting our government and stealing our freedom avoid publicity and drama like the plague. Slowly, insidiously, one bit of our governmental structure has been removed and a different piece slipped unobtrusively in its place, ALWAYS maintaining the appearance and form of the original. Does anyone out there recognize just how far this process has been advanced in the United States? In our next column, we will examine just how this technique is applied.
AND NOT A SHOT IS FIRED!
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