Monday, August 04, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Dead at 89.


He was one of the most important people of the the twentieth century. He understood the barbarity that underpinned communism for he had first hand experience with it. He "spoke truth to power" with a courage that critics of western democracy can only fantasize about. He was the real deal.

From time to time I'll meet a leftist who has nostalgia for the Soviet Union and the "achievements" of the communist world. I always recommend that they read The Gulag Archipelago or Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler. I doubt they ever do, but at least at that point their ignorance is willful rather than inadvertent.

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