Into The Soft Abyss

In Volume II of The Gulag Archipelago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn describes one element of what daily life was like in the Soviet Union that caught my attention in my recent re-readings of some of his works.

In a chapter entitled Our Muzzled Freedom, he writes of the Constant Fear under which the people of the USSR lived…

  • Helios Megistos

    He loathed liberals; if he were alive today, he would join these honorable gentlemen! http://40.media.tumblr.com/c830b8383df5f24defd6f3420ff39f37/tumblr_npfdsnOA2c1s5kgq3o1_1280.jpg

  • Brett_McS

    The American media never really liked Solzy because he exploded their beautiful socialist visions, and tried to smear him as an eccentric old crank living as a recluse in the wilds of Vermont, but those who knew him said he was always a kindly gentleman.

    I read all his books (including the three Gulag volumes) in my teens. (I doubt I could do it now). It was probably one of the best inoculation courses there is against leftism.

  • Thank you.

    The Leftists tried to delegitimize him and they largely succeeded [with help from the Establishment Right], but, in the end, the Truth always triumphs.

  • eMan14

    Excellent article. I have not read any Solzhenitsyn. Seems I will have to.

    • May I suggest The Other Solzhenitsyn by Daniel Mahoney. It’s a short, yet very insightful look at the Great Man’s philosophy.

      • Brett_McS

        I’ve ordered it from Book Depository. Looks excellent.

  • Waffle

    Prophetic. Although when you think about it, the Brits made some incredible films in the 60s — O Lucky Man and Clockwork Orange are just 2 that come immediately to mind.

  • bob e

    what a cool picture of blue ocean depths .. symbolica

  • His cautionary notes may have been celebrated by the preening masses but not adhered to.

    We have trapped ourselves in the very things Solzhenitsyn warned us about. How different are “privileges” from these reports? And how easily will people give into such talk?