Yuri Alexandrovich Bezmenov was a KGB agent who defected to Canada in 1970. In 1984 he gave an interview in which he laid out what the KGB was actually doing in America:
Bezmenov made the point that the work of the KGB mainly does not involve espionage, despite what our popular culture may tell us. Most of the work, 85% of it, was "a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare."Bezmenov described active measures like this:
What does that mean? Bezmenov explained that the most striking thing about ideological subversion is that it happens in the open as a legitimate process. "You can see it with your own eyes," he said. The American media would be able to see it, if it just focused on it.
What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.I suppose this used to be trotted out all the time by far right characters upset about socialism. But maybe the hippies were just a red herring and the goal all along was Fox News.