After the ‘End of History’

The Jakarta Method: Part IV - Paradigms of CIA Subversion

September 08, 2020 After the 'End of History' Season 1 Episode 7
After the ‘End of History’
The Jakarta Method: Part IV - Paradigms of CIA Subversion
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After the ‘End of History’
The Jakarta Method: Part IV - Paradigms of CIA Subversion
Sep 08, 2020 Season 1 Episode 7
After the 'End of History'

The long reach of the CIA from Latin America to Southeast Asia is discussed here in our last conversation on Vincent Bevins's The Jakarta Method as a product of its early successes in using the imperial toolkit to squash social democratic projects in Latin America, particularly Guatemala and Brazil.

We also trace the patterns of anti-communist tactics through the CIA's PSYOPs and repression of leftwing parties in Southeast Asia, focusing, of course, on Indonesia from the tragic period following the September 30th Movement. We also take a critical look at Stalinist Popular Frontism and its disarming of radical parties' ability to adequately defend themselves, politically and militarily, against the coming wave of imperial brutalization.

Our discussion concludes with an assessment of the balance sheet in Second and Third World countries following these historic defeats for social democratic and communist organizations in the developing and Communist world.

As with other discussions in this series, our source material drew from Odd Arne Westad's The Global Cold War. We also read Eric Hobsbawm's The Age of Extremes for its detail on land reform movements in the Third World, as well as Lucien Rey's "Dossier of the Indonesian Drama," which first appeared in The New Left Review, Number 36 (March/April 1966).

Jason King kindly provides the music that you hear in After the 'End of History.' You can find more of his work on Soundcloud

Show Notes

The long reach of the CIA from Latin America to Southeast Asia is discussed here in our last conversation on Vincent Bevins's The Jakarta Method as a product of its early successes in using the imperial toolkit to squash social democratic projects in Latin America, particularly Guatemala and Brazil.

We also trace the patterns of anti-communist tactics through the CIA's PSYOPs and repression of leftwing parties in Southeast Asia, focusing, of course, on Indonesia from the tragic period following the September 30th Movement. We also take a critical look at Stalinist Popular Frontism and its disarming of radical parties' ability to adequately defend themselves, politically and militarily, against the coming wave of imperial brutalization.

Our discussion concludes with an assessment of the balance sheet in Second and Third World countries following these historic defeats for social democratic and communist organizations in the developing and Communist world.

As with other discussions in this series, our source material drew from Odd Arne Westad's The Global Cold War. We also read Eric Hobsbawm's The Age of Extremes for its detail on land reform movements in the Third World, as well as Lucien Rey's "Dossier of the Indonesian Drama," which first appeared in The New Left Review, Number 36 (March/April 1966).

Jason King kindly provides the music that you hear in After the 'End of History.' You can find more of his work on Soundcloud