“Witness”

By Al Benson Jr.

Awhile back I noted comments by Dr. Fred Schwartz in his book You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists).  Dr. Schwartz noted that many look at Communists or Marxists as nothing more than hypocrites and liars and in so doing they miss the true intent of the Marxist mindset. To the Marxist mentality there is such a thing as Marxist truth and that “truth” is founded on whatever the current Marxist agenda happens to be in any given area. Hence to the Marxist it is completely alright to lie, deceive, steal or to do whatever else furthers the Marxist program. To them all such activities are Marxist truth, and hence, are all moral activities for him, or her. For the Marxist the end really does justify the means, no matter how foul those means may be.

Recently, I took Whittaker Chambers’ book Witness  back down off my bookshelf. I had gotten this back in the 1980s sometime, had started to read it and got about half way through it and somehow got sidetracked and never finished it. I am in the process of finishing it now and I had forgotten what fascinating reading it is. Chambers became enamored  of Communism when he was twenty four years old and spent the next thirteen years in the Communist apparatus in this country, getting to know all sorts of people that were outright Communists or “fellow-travelers” (people who support Communism but never join the Party).

At some point, it began to dawn on him how totally evil Communism really was and that he had to withdraw himself from its clutches, which he then began to work at. Although he doesn’t really describe it in those terms, it seems that, for him, this was, foremost, a theological decision. He described Communism as a “faith” and he was right. It is. It is a substitute faith for Christianity where the Party takes the place of Jesus Christ and assumes a certain divinity in the Marxist soul.

Regarding Communist espionage, which was rampant in this country in the 1930s and 40s (is it any different now?) Chambers said, on page 419 of his book that: “I have sometimes been asked at this point: What went on in the minds of those Americans, all highly educated men, that made it possible for them to betray their country? Did none of them suffer a crisis of conscience? The question presupposes that whoever asks it has still failed to grasp that Communists mean exactly what they have been saying for a hundred years: they regard any government that is not Communist, including their own, merely as the political machine of a class whose power they have organized expressly to overthrow by all means, including violence. Therefore, ultimately the problem of espionage never presents itself to them as a problem of conscience, but as a problem of operations…For the Communists, the problem of conscience had been settled long before, at the moment when they accepted the program and discipline of the Communist Party.”

As far as espionage, Chambers observed of a Communist that he will always “…exactly to the degree that he is a Communist, engage in espionage. The act will not appear to him in terms of betrayal at all. It will, on the contrary, appear to him as a moral act” and the more risk he takes in this endeavor the better off he is because his act is “…committed in the name of a faith (Communism) on which he believes, hinges the hope and future of mankind,…” The committing of espionage is the Communist’s oblation to his “god” (Communism).

Needless to say, in the face of such a mindset, those slack-jawed liberals that think they can sit down with Communists and “dialogue” their way to world peace are fooling only themselves and those among the public that actually take them seriously. We’ve been playing this game, as Chambers said, for a hundred years now, and our politicians still don’t seem to get it, or at least they appear not to. Actually most of them get more than they let on. When both political parties are dominated by the Council on Foreign Relations no one is going to do all that much to upset the Marxist applecart.

Chambers noted in his book that he contacted someone to go see Roosevelt to warn him of the Communist threat in his own government. He said that Roosevelt just laughed at the warming. Did he know what went on? Of course he did, at least as part of the larger picture even if he wasn’t aware of all the minute details. Communist infiltration of his government was no problem for Roosevelt and it seems not to have been much of a problem for any of the administrations that succeeded his.

Due to revelations by Chambers and others, some of these Communist espionage agents in the government were found and and dealt with—but never all of them.. Even after all the investigations, some of which were hampered by government officials, some domestic Communists still remained in government to do their damage. Do they remain today? Will winter eventually follow summer?

What we need to do at this point is to begin to grasp the mindset of the Marxist and realize that, to the degree that we now have a Marxist administration in Washington, to that degree will we see the agenda of Marxism officially enacted in this country. All the theories about Obama’s lacking in knowledge about how to run the government are all drivel. He knows exactly what he is doing, as do the people in the CFR that pull his strings. We need to begin to grasp that and let that truth govern how we react to what happens in government.

There is a lot of good information in Chambers’ book, which I would recommend trying to find if you still can.

3 thoughts on ““Witness”

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  2. Al, I was lecturing on Hegel and Feuerbach in class just a couple of days ago. Recommended and quoted Schwartz’ book. It is difficult to find. But Witness (also quoted) is still in print. The class was so quiet you could hear a pin drop. The bell rang and nobody moved. I stopped talking and they just sat. I finally told them that they could not stay and had to leave. Excellent articles. Doug

    • Doug,
      Good to hear from you again. It’s been awhile. I believe the Schwartz book is probably out of print. Ive got an old copy Ive had for decades now. As you say, Witness is still in print. It is the type of book that would have gotten more publicity than the Schwartz book did. I am finding it fascinating reading. Chambers broke with the Party, I think, the year I was born and when I first got into all this I remember reading about Hiss, White, Abt, and some of the others so it kind of struck a note with me.

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