This search for the real culprits took various forms. One was the search for a masterplan, the so-called Dulles doctrine. This was the CIA strategy allegedly devised by Allen Dulles in 1945 which aimed at destroying the Soviet Union. The strategy was simple but ingenious. It did not envisage a war or warlike action, but the destruction of the country, the state, and the nation from within by undermining and corrupting the cultural heritage of the Soviet Union and the moral values of the Soviet nation. Soviet writers, actors and film-makers were to be influenced to spread violence, depravity, alcoholism, drug addiction, shamelessness, cosmopolitan views, corruption, hatred between nationalities and general distrust, to mention but a few factors.This notion has become so widespread that Metropolitan Ioan of St Petersburg and Ladoga quoted from the Dulles Plan at length in a famous 1993 sermon:
By sowing chaos in Russia we imperceptibly replace their values with false ones, which will force them to believe. How? We'll find our accomplices, helpers and allies in Russia herself. In a series of episodes, a tragedy, grandiose in scale, will be played out: the demise of the last unbroken nation on earth, the final irrevocable extinguishment of their national self-consciousness. From art and literature, for example, we'll gradually exterminate the social element. We'll retrain artists, discourage in them the desire to depict the world and examine those processes taking place in the masses of the people. Literature, the theatre and the cinema will all proclaim the basest of human feelings. We shall use all our means to support and promote those so-called creators who will hammer into the people's consciousness the cult of sex, violence, sadism, and betrayal, in a word — immorality.I was just describing this article to a friend and he said that many Russians think the current fall in world oil prices was engineered by the U.S. and their Saudi friends to punish Putin over Ukraine. This actually strikes me as a really good idea, if the U.S. were really capable of engineering such things, which I doubt.
But, anyway, reading this gave me a new life's ambition: to become the alleged author of a secret plan for world domination. But what should the Bedell Plan involve? Perhaps a liberal conspiracy to subvert American values by introducing egalitarian socialism into fantasy literature, hitherto a reliably aristocratic bastion.
No, too plausible.
I suppose I could sign my name to a plot to use the threat of global warming to overturn capitalism, destroy rural America, and subvert patriarchy by banning gasoline-powered tools. I mean, it would practically write itself. But even if I put my name on it they would insist on calling it the Obama Plan.
How about a document written to circulate at Davos, explaining how the elite will control the world by distracting the people with pointless political arguments: arouse the progressives and social conservatives with gay marriage, and the capitalists and environmentalists with global warming, while distracting the rest with football and the Kardashians; meanwhile our agents will work behind the scenes to protect our banking schemes and hold off the threat of high taxes with talk of freedom and "job creation."