And lo, it came to pass that in those days a mighty host of Marx assembled in the high court of Moscow to take counsel together how they might destroy the might of the West. And they came from the East and from the West, from the North and from the South. From the five continents and the seven seas they came. And the Lord High Commissar stood before them, and he, too, sought the answer to this mighty question.

And some said, “Let us invade Europe.” But the rest said, “No, this will turn men against us.” And others said, “Let us drop one hydrogen bomb to show our might.” But others, wiser than they, said, “They, too, have hydrogen bombs, and more than we.” And still others said, “Let us destroy the United Nations.” But the hosts and the Lord High Commissar rejected these and many other words of counsel. And so it was that they abode there many days, but without finding that which they sought.

And there arose an old man, one who had lived under the Czar, and under Lenin, and under Stalin, one who had seen many things in his day. And he said: “O foolish men, you seek to do that which would unite the world against you in hatred. Instead, we can win our struggle without losing any friend or sacrificing a life. Let us destroy the souls and minds of the people of the West, especially those in America.”

And the mighty hosts agreed, but none knew how. So they asked, “Old man, how would you do this?” And he said, “Listen to me.”

The Road to Serfdom

And the hosts of Marx gathered round the old man and hearkened unto him, even the Lord High Commissar.

“It is so simple, you who are used to espionage and the futile might of science. To destroy the mind and soul of a people you need only replace, gradually, the great with the trivial, the noble ...

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