On our arrival to the United States, after I published my book “The Education of Lev Navrozov: A Life in the Closed World Once Called Russia,” I embarked on a world lecture tour, explaining the Soviet criminal system. First it was American university audiences, then Canada, South America, Japan, France, and Italy. The response in the press was very enthusiastic. And yet, I was not satisfied. Something else had to be done — with some visual effects.
I could not fail to notice that my message to explain the harm to freedom and democracy done by the liberal, socialist ideas was appreciated mostly by conservative audiences (the Yale Conservative party, New York’s East Side Conservative Club, and the like), while the liberal press pursued their own agenda.
My first attack was on the liberal New York Times, which for years concealed from the American public the atrocities perpetrated by the Stalin regime.
Stalin’s best friend was Walter Duranty of the New York Times. For decades, the newspaper carried his dispatches from Moscow, repeating Soviet propaganda, depicting happy lives of the people in “Stalin’s paradise,” which were outright lies and concealed the ugly truth and suffering of the Russian people enslaved by Stalin’s criminal henchmen.
And that was why I wrote the play “Welcome to Soviet America!”
The plot of the play and my message were very simple — to show the life in socialist America after it was conquered from within by the liberal, progressive, Marxist socialist ideas espoused by the New York Times and the rest of the liberal social media.
I tried to show how the fragile fabric of American freedoms, guaranteed by the American Constitution, was being destroyed. Americans lost the right to bear arms to defend themselves. Businesses lost their competitiveness, the American middle class disappeared, rural food-producing areas went out of business, and general poverty set in.
Government bureaucracy, however, thrived. The New York City was renamed to Bonoski City. Government bureaucrats kept their luxury apartments and houses. Their children went to special private schools, and their salaries skyrocketed. Outwardly, there was no taxation — government withdrew taxes secretly, the Soviet style — which gave them a good pretense to say that in Soviet America the middle class is not taxed. The American people are free and happy. American medicine, which used to be the best in the world, has been socialized, streamlined the Soviet way. Everyone can get it for free, but nobody can afford to see his/her own doctor (except those high-paid government bureaucrats paid by the American voters). In other words, the country became the American paradise Soviet style!
The Carnegie Hall in New York was packed. When the lights went up, the audience did not want to leave. Everybody wanted to talk to me, to sign my book, which was being sold right there. In other words, the play was a success. It was, however, a one-time event, because I had no means to cover all the production expenses.
I also was a merciless critic of American unwise foreign policy. President Ronald Regan published my criticism in his monthly magazine.
I found in my archives, a letter from the White House (Graham M. Kinahan, The White House, Room 93. Washington, D.C. 20500. February 24, 1988): “I have come to value your keen insights on so many issues of national security. Your timely words of concern read like a carillon call blasting forth a message we should all heed. Your faithful readers share a keen desire to stem the tide, to do what we may to buttress our pluralistic society in the face of so much apathy and malaise. Dare I say it, we carry on as if we had a ‘death wish’, a desire to flirt with the possibility of losing our free and open society. I fear, however, that Americans as a whole will continue to fall prey to the liberal press and the wily ways of formidable totalitarian adversaries … I am grateful that we live in a society where options like yours are heard. …”
Should I say that the above letter resonates so well with Obama’s present-day foreign policy? The Russian gazeta.ru/politics/2012/08/31 carries an item on Putin’s “Modernization [of the Russian military — L.N.] the Way Stalin Did in the 1930s”.
With friends like Putin, Obama does not need to have enemies.
Full article: Welcome to Soviet America! (Was my 1975 1-act play prophetic?) (World Tribune)