Friday, December 03, 2004

Fake Communists

From instapundit:

The WSJ has a story (subscription only) on a phony Maoist group set up by Dutch intelligence, which has recently come out of the cold. Not everyone is happy:
Set up and run by spooks in 1969, his party, the MLPN, had its own newspaper, De Kommunist, written and edited by the secret service. As well as Mr. Boevé playing Chris Petersen, the secretary-general, it had a chairman (another fraud) and a Central Committee stacked with secret agents. To add authenticity, the party let Mr. Wartena and a handful of other true believers join its otherwise nonexistent ranks,
telling them that they were part of a network of underground cells. . .

"I totally wasted 12 years of my life," says Paul Wartena, an ex-MLPN member who was so dedicated to the cause he used to donate 20% of his salary to the fake party. He says he "had some doubts now and then" about the MLPN but stayed loyal because "I was very naive and Mr. Boevé was such a good actor." Now a researcher at a university in Utrecht, Mr. Wartena wants Dutch intelligence to pay him back for
all his donations.
Mr. Boevé, now 74, scoffs at his acolyte: "He was an idiot."

Is anyone surprised that someone this naive ended up in academia?


At 8:30 AM, Blogger J-Red said...

No, not surprised at all. It reminds me of the one quote "it's an idea so bad, even an intellectual would believe it."


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