It is being reported that the CIA used the novel Dr Zhivago as anti-Soviet propaganda during the Cold War because it was written by a Russian novelist and showcased the difference between individuality/freedom and state control/repression/fascism.
Readers of history will recall that the Russian revolution of 1917 (in which the feudal society of Czars and subjects was overthrown) gave way to an even more stifling Communism and the torture and death of tens of millions of Russians. This turn of events led the George Orwell’s novel Animal Farm, in which the new bosses were the same as the old bosses, as the song “Won’t Get Fooled Again” by The Who also recounts.
“We feel that Dr Zhivago is an excellent springboard for conversations with Soviets on the general theme of ‘Communism versus Freedom of Expression,'” runs a 1959 memo. “Travellers should be prepared to discuss with their Soviet contacts not only the basic theme of the book itself – a cry for the freedom and dignity of the individual – but also the plight of the individual in the communist society.” <source>
The irony here is that this message of freedom and dignity for the individual in the face of a central power hell-bent on controlling the lives of its subjects is sorely needed right here at home, in the United States of America under the regime of Barack Hussein Obama.
Mr. Obama is not only a fan of central power through stifling and crushing bureaucracy under the control of a small group of thugs, he is an implementer of policies that create this kind of life in America, a once proud and free nation now in the grip of a Socialist demagogue.
Perhaps the CIA should send him a copy of the book.