"It was a network of high level opinion makers, united by a "progressive" vision for America. They believed that their superior judgement and insight, obligated them to present Americans with a view of reality, that they would be too stupid and reactionary to grasp unaided."
Bezmenov was right, and I fear that even things like this aren't enough to wake people up. Socialists are far too embedded in our government, media, and education. I suppose it'd be more accurate so say that Socialist ideals are embedded in those institutions.
I agree with Alan who notes that Socialism always fails but I'm not so confident that we, by virtue of being Americans, will simply not stand for the death that accompanies the collectivist ideal. Sure, Americans right now would not stand for it, but what about future generations?
Right now our biggest weapon is the free flow of information. Yes, academia and mainstream media have done an excellent job teaching the wonders of Socialism, but they have nothing in their arsenal that rivals the power of Al Gore's intertubes.
Socialism/Collectivism can only survive so long as a small group of people can control the message. Socialist states cannot survive unless they can keep people in and information out. That is increasingly difficult to do in the world we live in.
Even a soft Socialist state like the UK will eventually implode once the populace has been sucked dry of wealth, productivity, and the drive to succeed and innovate. That is an inevitable consequence of Socialism. It's not a matter of if but of when.