“Communist China” now bribing U.S. universities to censor certain types of speech, promote communist ideals
Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., gave a speech in Wheeling, W. Va., in 1950 blaming the failures of American foreign policy on Communist infiltration of the U.S. government.
During his speech, he claimed to have a list of known Communists who were working in the State Department. While a special Senate subcommittee investigated McCarthy’s claims and determined them to be fraudulent, it was likely more political bluster during the period than fact.
Nevertheless, subsequent events seemed to substantiate his claims. The outbreak of the Korean War, in which the North Koreans were supported both by the Communist regimes of the USSR and China, along with the highly-publicized trial and conviction of Alger Hiss, was proof to many Americans that McCarthy’s claims were true.
That the Soviets were able to infiltrate elements of the U.S. political structure as well as American entertainment and academia is startling, though the level of infiltration is known only to aging Cold Warriors. However, the Communist ideology was very prevalent on a number of college campuses, especially some of the elite schools like Columbia University.
Of course, the USSR no longer exists, but much attention remains on Russian espionage in the U.S., highlighted and blown out of proportion during the 2016 presidential election. If Americans need to be concerned about rising Communist sympathies on our university and college campuses, we should be more focused on Chinese efforts to promote them.
As reported by the Washington Free Beacon, the CIA has warned in a classified report that China is engaged in a far-reaching, long-term influence campaign throughout the U.S., “which imparts financial incentives as leverage to permeate American institutions,” the news site said.
An unclassified summary of the report obtained by the WFB notes the CIA is warning lawmakers and the Trump administration that the Chinese Communist Party offers funds to universities and colleges in exchange for academic censorship.