skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 31687 Find in a Library
Title: POWER THROUGH SUBVERSION
Author(s): L W BEILENSON
Date Published: 1972
Page Count: 310
Sponsoring Agency: Public Affairs Press
Washington, DC 20003
Sale Source: Public Affairs Press
419 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A HISTORY OF THE STRATEGIES USED IN THE OVERTHROW OF GOVERNMENT, INCLUDING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN INTERNAL DISSIDENTS AND THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS WHICH HAVE HELPED THEM.
Abstract: THE GLOBAL SUBVERSION PRACTICED BY BOTH COMMUNIST RUSSIA AND CHINA FOLLOW WHAT THE AUTHOR CALLS THE LENIN ADAPTATION. HE SHOWS THAT LENIN TOOK OVER BODILY THE SUBVERSIVE TACTICS AND IN PART THE SUBVERSIVE STRATEGY OF A LONG LINE OF POWER PREDECESSORS, BUT GREATLY IMPROVED THE LONG-RANGE EFFICACY OF TRADITIONAL PRACTICES. THE AUTHOR WIDENS HIS STORY BY INCLUDING INFLUENCING SUBVERSIONS - THE SWAYING OF GOVERNMENTS RATHER THAN OVERTHROWING THEM. IN HIS FINAL CHAPTER, THE AUTHOR DISCUSSES WHETHER THE UNITED STATES SHOULD TRY TO HELP NATIVE DISSIDENTS OVERTHROW THE GOVERNMENTS OF COMMUNISTRULED COUNTRIES, AND IF SO, HOW. SINCE WORLD WAR II, AS THE AUTHOR POINTS OUT, THE UNITED STATES HAS EMPLOYED EXTERNAL SUBVERSION AS A WEAPON IN LATIN AMERICA AND ASIA. HE CONTENDS HOWEVER, THAT WE HAVE BEEN USING SUBVERSION WITHOUT REGARD TO LENIN'S CHANGES AND IN THE WRONG PLACES. IF, AFTER ALLOWING FOR DIFFERENCES BETWEEN AMERICAN AND COMMUNIST OBJECTIVES AND ETHICS, THE UNITED STATES HAD DEVISED AN AMERICAN ADAPTATION OF SUBVERSION, THE AUTHOR MAINTAINS, WE WOULD NOT HAVE SENT A SINGLE SOLDIER TO FIGHT IN VIET NAM AND YET WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ATTAIN OUR OBJECTIVES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT)
Index Term(s): China; Cuba; England; France; Political influences; Political offenders; Revolutionary or terrorist groups; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR); United States of America; Vietnam
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=31687

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.