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Red Octopus: The Communist International

Lecture no. 18 from the course: The Real History of Secret Societies

Red Octopus: The Communist International

Taught by Professor Richard B. Spence | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Discover how some politically-driven secret societies have far-reaching impact, as Professor Spence dives into a period of time when America was full of Soviet espionage and clandestine communist activity. Through a number of interlinked, connected history, he demonstrates how the Communist party relied on proven secret society techniques, such as selective recruitment, rigorous discipline, and fanatical loyalty. Then note, once you start integrating secret societies inside secret societies—as the American communist party became infested with FBI informants—they can quickly wither to insignificance.


September 8, 2019