The more that I consider this possibility, the more is makes sense. The states of the Communist world had painted themselves into a corner. Instead of working towards Trotsky's plan to ensure that the march of Marxism continued unabated, they went ahead with the idea of making their system function while the Western world was left to become stronger. Trotsky held that, in order for Marxism to work, the resources of the entire world had to be at their disposal. With that he had the understanding that the free market nations would be able to out-compete centrally-planned states with no private property. Marxists have traditionally held consumer societies and the middle class in contempt as these gave The People something to protect. If The People had a stake in how things are being done, they would function as sort of Fourth Estate and by extension resist what was being done for their own good.
High school and college textbooks had by the 1960's already contained content that indicated that Western Leftists were aware of this reality. Westerners "had it pretty good" and were not going to surrender their ill-gotten gains; they certainty wanted no part of the world that Stalin and Mao had created. Those who wrote what went into those textbooks expended tremendous efforts to ensure that we knew the differences between Stalin and Trotsky. The former held that the USSR could (with massive but rarely mentioned help in money and materiel from Western nations) create a functioning brand of Socialism and take the cause to the West later. The latter wanted to keep working to Convert the West. The idea was implanted in our skulls for a reason; we needed to understand that legitimate Marxists had nothing to do (this of course was not true) with Stalin and that we had no reason to fear the onset of Marxism in our countries.
So we grew up with the story of poor Trotsky (made into the character of Snowball in Orwell's Animal Farm) being chased out of Russia by Stalin (Napoleon in the same book) and later subjected to a gruesome assassination committed by Stalin's henchmen. when i was a kid, it always seemed strange to me why they mentioned this seemingly insignificant event so often, but in the last few years it started to make sense:
Western Socialists had realized that the USSR would never beat the West - not on the battlefield, nor in the farm or factory. They needed to lull the West into a false sense of security by making the differences between the vision of Stain and Trotsky seem far greater than they actually were. Stalin's version was not real Socialism, and the chief advocate of supposedly compassionate Socialism was murdered.
All Western Socialists are Trotskyites at heart, and they will not stop until they succeed at bringing (firstly) the West under their yoke or are decisively beaten while trying to do so. Marxism must be in place everywhere if it is to succeed.
With the gap between the USSR and the West growing greater through the 1950's, power brokers in the former realized that they needed a Plan B. The article below treats a KGB defector who states that the possibility of a planned collapse of the USSR (in order for Socialists to work without the burden of a failed system that they advocated sitting on their collective backs) was seriously considered.
The reason that this makes sense to me is that, once the 1980's arrived and the Leftist world could no longer hide the failure of the USSR (think of the Reagan - Gorbachev talks), the decision would be made to implement Plan B. The USSR would be dissolved, Socialist professors, writers, politicians, and others, would be free from the albatross hanging around their necks, and the message could be proclaimed in the West that 'It just hasn't been done/tried right yet". A new generation of Westerners, one that grew up having no fear of Socialism and trained to believe that the horrors of the USSR, China, Cambodia, Albania, North Korea, etc.were only aberrations and not germane to Socialism itself, could be properly indoctrinated.
We could in time have NBC safely describe Soviet Communism as a "pivotal experiment" - an act which both artificially detaches Marxism from the horrors of Stalin and others and implies that there is nothing inherently wrong with using People (indeed entire populations) for experimentation whether they agree to it or not.
We also would be purposely deprived of any closure for the crimes against humanity in the USSR as there were never any Nuremberg-type trials following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
"You’ve probably never heard of Anatoly Golitsyn, but in light of the developments in the Ukraine, you might want to look him up.
Golitsyn is an ex-KGB officer who defected to the West back in 1961, in his own words to “warn the American Government about the adoption of the current grand strategy for Communism and the political role of the KGB and the use of disinformation and controlled political opposition which the strategy entailed, and…help the West neutralise KGB penetration of their governments.”
Golitsyn’s overarching thesis, the so-called “grand strategy,” is laid out in painstaking detail over two books: “New Lies for Old” (1984) and “The Perestroika Deception” (1985), which can be summarized as follows:
The Soviets developed a long-range strategy to defeat the West back in the late 1950s based on a Leninist strategy of strategic deception and subterfuge, replete with a planned collapse — including potentially tearing down the Berlin Wall (which Golitsyn first detailed in a 1978 memorandum embedded at the end of this post) [embedded memo in in the link] – in combination with perestroika and glasnost, words whose true definitions were far different than those the West ascribed to them.
These moves according to Golitsyn were designed to invite the West’s capital, technology and most of all gullibility/trust to Russia, which it could then use to build itself up, and, while the West moved leftward and intertwined itself inextricably with Russia and other socialist states, “converge” and dominate the West under a world government headed by none other than the Russians and Chinese.
Why pay attention to these 20- and 30-year-old books which put forth such an incredible conspiracy theory?
First, history has proven that Golitsyn was shockingly accurate in the explicit predictions he laid out in “New Lies for Old.” As noted in Mark Riebling’s 1994 title “Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA,” of the 148 falsifiable predictions Golitsyn put forth in his 1984 work, by 1993 139, or 94% were proven correct. Some of these predictions are detailed here.
A quick flip through “The Perestroika Deception” and the various memoranda that Golitsyn penned to the CIA (again, one such incredible 1978 document of which is embedded at the bottom of this post) simply jump off the page in an era in which Vladimir Putin who lamented that the breakup of the Soviet Union was a great if not the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century is leading Russia, wielding substantial power over Syria, Iran and now the Ukraine, in the face of U.S. opposition................................
The KGB leaders and their comrades in the Soviet Union unlike the Nazis at the end of World War II were never put on trial to atone for their mass murders. They were never purged from their leadership positions. They are still running the country today under what the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence officer to ever defect called “the first intelligence dictatorship in history.”............."
Make every nation Socialist, and there are no longer any places to which ungrateful citizens can flee.