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Weekend Watching! Great Souls: Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Watching this made me want to weep. I can't thank this man enough for what he did--kinda reminded me of Ron Paul. Freedom took a giant step forward because of Alexander Solzhenitsyn. We would do well to heed his words. I can see why our public schools are trying to obliterate him from memory.

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Solzhenitsyn and the West

I now see that the West’s willingness to publish Solzhenitsyn’s works did not stem from some perceived sense of righteousness, a willingness to tell the truth, or an unmitigated support for the freedom of speech. This has been made patently obvious by the Snowden revelations and the establishment’s desire to criminalize not only the whistleblower but the journalist as well. As crucial as the works have been in revealing to the world the brutality of the communist system, for the West it was all about undermining the Soviet Union geopolitically, similar to what they are attempting to do at the moment with Russia and China.

In 1978, Solzhenitsyn delivered a scathing critique of the West and its legalistically-ridden system of oppression in his address to the graduating class at Harvard (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuVG8SnxxCM). As result, media pundits everywhere jumped on him for venturing into territory that was "outside his field of expertise". After that speech, Solzhenitsyn quickly fell out of favor with the West. Fortunately though, his works are still read and praised in many historical and literary circles.

Yes, my dad had told me years ago, that when

the government here realized that Solzhenitsyn would not "fall in line" to be used by them, they dropped him like a hot potato.

In this documentary, that wicked media whore, Dan Rather, mentions the Harvard speech and speaks patronizingly of Solzhenitsyn. Made me so angry.

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

read Cancer Ward

In high school. It was all I could think about with the Obama care debate.

i need to read that

i need to read that

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

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Humanity will prove herself to be the Ultimate Idiot

Humanity will prove herself to be the Ultimate Idiot, if she continues to stubbornly ignore her History.

"Bear."

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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Emma Goldman : My Further Disillusionment in Russia

Emma Goldman : My Further Disillusionment in Russia (1924)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Further_Disillusionment_in_R...

From Chapter 12 - Afterword :

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/emma-goldman-my-furth...

[...] But the failure of the Anarchists in the Russian Revolution — in the sense just indicated does by no means argue the defeat of the libertarian idea. On the contrary, the Russian Revolution has demonstrated beyond doubt that the State idea, State Socialism, in all its manifestations (economic, political, social, educational) is entirely and hopelessly bankrupt. Never before in all history has authority, government, the State, proved so inherently static, reactionary, and even counter-revolutionary in effect. In short, the very antithesis of revolution.

It remains true, as it has through all progress, that only the libertarian spirit and method can bring man a step further in his eternal striving for the better, finer, and freer life. Applied to the great social upheavals known as revolutions, this tendency is as potent as in the ordinary evolutionary process. The authoritarian method has been a failure all through history and now it has again failed in the Russian Revolution. So far human ingenuity has discovered no other principle except the libertarian, for man has indeed uttered the highest wisdom when he said that liberty is the mother of order, not its daughter. All political tenets and parties notwithstanding, no revolution can be truly and permanently successful unless it puts its emphatic veto upon all tyranny and centralization, and determinedly strives to make the revolution a real revaluation of all economic, social, and cultural values. Not mere substitution of one political party for another in the control of the Government, not the masking of autocracy by proletarian slogans, not the dictatorship of a new class over an old one, not political scene shifting of any kind, but the complete reversal of all these authoritarian principles will alone serve the revolution [...]

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wow! thanks--I'll look into this.

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Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

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See also : The chopped off hands from Taïga

See also :

Patrick Meney's Les mains coupées de la Taïga :

(The chopped off hands from Taïga)

http://www.amazon.ca/mains-coupees-taiga-Meney-Patrick/dp/22...

"Despairing that their fate was never known in the West, the Zeks prisoners of Stalin in the 1930s cut their hands with an ax and hid them in a cargo timber to the West."

Patrick Meney documented their story.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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BUMP.

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"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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