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Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
Unperceived Ideol. Transship. and Dial.

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8. What's New About Unperceived Ideological Transshipment?


The shifting of Western Christian society from one leftist position to the next on the road to Marxism is an old and deeprooted phenomenon. It essentially constitutes a more or less unperceived ideological transshipment to communism, a transshipment which this Christian society has been lamentably undergoing for centuries.

The phenomenon is therefore not new.

What is new, however, is the aspect that it assumes by virtue of the very special effort that certain circles make, through various artifices, to give this process an unprecedented speed. Furthermore, this shift is no longer produced in stages, from center to left or from a moderate left to one more radical, but from the center or the moderate left to a categorically communist state of affairs.

Today this process shows something new, which was barely visible in the past: a bright red color. Not only is it carried on through modern artifices, but it tends to Marxism radically and directly, and is marked by an unprecedented haste. Unperceived ideological transshipment is new above all in that it no longer plays the secondary role of a collateral tool, but has now become the tactic most used by communism for the ideological conquest of the world.8




8 A graphic example of the efficacy of this surreptitious sliding of whole countries toward Communism through unperceived ideological transshipment in certain sectors of opinion, is found in Algeria, Tunisia, and above all in Egypt, where it appears to be far advanced. The successive curtailments of the right to property and free enterprise have led those nations to a profoundly socialist state of affairs which increasingly leans to the extreme left.

The anticommunist statements of some of their leaders do not prove that the transformations they have imposed are not communist or do not tend toward communism. The Communist character of a transformation is a question of its nature and not of the label the politicians completing the transformation give it.

By the same token, Nasser's reforms are no less extremely socialist simply because the Communist Party is forbidden in Egypt. It would be very childish for someone to deduce from that prohibition that the country is heading in directions opposite to those of communism.

Neither in Egypt, nor Algeria, nor in Tunisia (we speak of the natives) were seen reactions proportional to those in Cuba during the explicit, even theatrical, Bolshevization promoted by Fidel Castro. Even world opinion was not as impressed by the advance of Communism in North Africa as it was with that in Cuba.

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