The Spirit Of Gulag Archipelago (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

I just started reading this book a few nights ago and it is written superbly. I tell myself I will just read a chapter or two, but then I can't put the book down. My eyes are literally glued open and glued to the pages!
 
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SlickyBoy

Ostrich
Solzenytzyn got it right back in 1978, at his commencement address at Harvard University:https://www.washingtonpost.com/arch...6c-60d6-41f3-9022-606631a60e35/?noredirect=on


Solzhenitsyn Says West Is Failing as Model for World



By Lee Lescaze
June 9, 1978
Exiled Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn yesterday denounced western society, which he said has taken on a terrible similarity to the state-controlled societies of the communist world in its suffocation of spiritual life.
In a bleak and powerful speech at Harvard University's commencement, Solzhenitsyn said "our spiritual life" has been lost in both the West and the East, and he called for a "spiritual upsurge."
The Nobel Prize laureate came to Harvard from his seclusion in Vermont to deliver his first major speech in three years.
He titled his speech "A World Split Apart," but it could as well have been called "The Decline of the West."
After prefacing his address by saying "Truth seldom is pleasant; it is almost invariably bitter . . . but I want to stress that [my speech] comes not from an adversary, but from a friend," Solzhenitysn launched a long, scathing attack on western society as morally bankrupt.

Though he termed Soviet-style communism "zero and less than zero," he told the audience: "But should someone ask me whether I would indicate the West such as it is today as a model to my country, frankly I would have to answer negatively. No, I could not recommend your society in its present state as an ideal for the transformation of ours."
In an echo of a theme of some of his essays, Solzhenitsyn deplored contemporary man's loss of "the concept of a Supreme Complete Entity which used to restrain our passions and our irresponsibility."
He attacked moral cowardice and the selfishness and complacency he sees in the West.
Materialism, sharp legal maneuvering, a press that invades privacy, "TV stupor" and "intolerable music," all contribute to making the western way of life less and less a model for the world, he said.

"A decline in courage," Solzhenitsyn said, is the most striking feature of what he called "spiritual exhaustion" of the West.

"The forces of evil have begun their decisive offensive, you can feel their pressure, and yet your screens and publications are full of prescribed smiles and raised glasses. What is the joy about?"

"To defend oneself, one must also be ready to die; there is little such readiness in a society raised in the cult of material well-being," Solzhenitsyn said.

He denounced western politicians and diplomats in general for their weakness in dealing with Moscow, but the only person he singled out was former ambassador George Kennan for arguing that moral criteria cannot be applied to politics.

"On the contrary," he declared, "only moral criteria can help the West against communism's well-planned world strategy." Solzhenitsyn spoke a day after President Carter delivered the toughest statement of the Carter adminstration's Soviet policy and told Moscow it must choose between confrontation and cooperation.

After the address, he announced to reporters that the Soviet Union is about to begin the trial of Alexander Ginzburg.

He said Ginzburg, who distributed the funds Solzhenitsyn provided from book royalties to help political dissidents in the Soviet Union, is about to be "swallowed up" by the Gulag Archipelago - Sozhenitsyn's name for the Soviet network of prison camps.

Ginzburg will be tried in the remote city of Kaluga away from any western eyes, Solzhenitsyn said. His announcement about Ginzburg was interrupted when he saw a sign in the crowd saying: "You Can't Fight Stalinism With Fascism."

Angrily pointing a finger at the sign, Solzhenitsyn declared that it is easy for those without experience of Soviet prison camps who live far away from the Soviet Union to call him a Fascist.

The writer, who was sent to the camps during World War II for a private criticism he made of Stalin's conduct of the war, told the sign carriers that he would like them to have first hand experience of the camps.

In a passage the brought some hisses as well as scattered applause during the speech, Solzhenitsyn criticized the U.S. protest movement against the Vietnam war.

Speaking in the heart of a campus which, like many others, was the scene of angry student demonstrations against U.S. involvement in Vietnam, Solzhenitsyn said, "the most cruel mistake [of U.S. policy] occurred with the failure to understand the Vietnam war.

"That's small Vietnam had been a warning and an occasion to mobilize the nation's courage," he said, but the anti-war movement "wound up being involved in the betrayal of Far Eastern nations, in a genocide and in the suffering today imposed on 30 million people there."

Kremlin officials, Solzhenitsyn, said laugh at American "political wizards" for their naivete in world politics.

The bearded author was expelled by Soviet authorities in February 1974 and after a year in Switzerland bought a residence in Cavendish, Vt., where he has lived in almost complete privacy for three years. His wife has said that Solzhenitsyn spends 13 hours writing every day.

Solzhenitsyn attacked the western press for publishing government secrets, making heroes of terrorists and for reflecting more clearly than any other part of society the "hastiness and superficiality" that he called "the psychic disease of the 20th century."

The press, he said, has greater power in the West than legislatures, executive branches or judiciaries. He deplored its "changeless intrusion" into the privacy of well-known people under what he called the false slogan that "everyone is entitled to know everything."

The crowd of close to 20,000 graduates, alumni and friends applauded Solzhenitsyn frequently during his long speech as it was translated into English by Irina Alberti. He was also hissed on a few occasions, mostly from the area where the class of '78 was sitting.

Solzhenitsyn's denunciations of materialist well-being came after several Harvard alumni had received loud applause as they announced record money gifts to Harvard from several of the classes here for reunion festivities.
He would be rolling in his grave if he knew about the force multiplying effect of the smartphone and silicon valley app control versus the simple press of yesteryear.
 

911

Peacock
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I wanted to mention his Harvard commencement speech, thanks for bringing it up Slicky.

Basically Solzhenitsyn was lionized during the cold war era for being a symbol of resistance to Communist oppression, and a de facto embodiment of the "free world". But the mainstream public opinion started turning on him when the deeper nature of his message of courage started to get known, with works like "200 Years Together" surfacing.



In his Harvard speech, Solzhenitsyn was equally critical of Soviet Bolshevism as of western materialistic liberalism, which he had the wisdom to understand that they were two wings of the same beast. That aspect of Solzhenitsyn was overlooked in the Carter-Reagan years, when he was still a symbol of the "free world".

Solzhenistsyn was soon discarded in the 1990s after the fall of the Soviet empire, which was looted by the neoliberal tribal cabal that was in charge of the West. The irony of his Harvard speech was that leading figures from that university, like Harvard president Larry Summers, were instrumental in that looting operation, which resulted in greater suffering for the Russian people than in the late stage Soviet era.

Here is an excellent account of this operation on Russia, from an excellent blog of a Greek American Orthodox blogger Paul Likoudis:


You have to read this entry in order to understand the reasons for the current anti-Russia policies and the rise of Putin, who brought his country from the abyss of two-faced Bolshevism, with 70 years of the original form followed by a decade of its neoliberal talmudic rape form that Solzhenitsyn has decried equally strongly as the other form he was subjected to.

The Plunder of Russia in the 1990s
March 24, 2011 by paul likoudis


An old Russian gold mining town…….

The other day I was surprised to learn that Jeffrey Sachs, the creator of “shock therapy” capitalism, who participated in the looting of Russia in the 1990s, is now NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top adviser for health care. So we in NY will get shock therapy, much as the Russians did two decades ago. Here is a story I wrote for The Wanderer in 2000:

How Clinton & Company & The Bankers Plundered Russia
by Paul Likoudis (May 4, 2000)


In an ordinary election year, Anne Williamson’s book Contagion would be
political dynamite, a bombshell, a block-buster, a regime breaker.

If America were a free and democratic country, with a free press and
independent publishing houses (and assuming, of course, that Americans were a
literate people), Williamson’s book would topple the Clinton regime, the
World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the rest of the criminal
cabal that inhabits the world of modern corporate statism faster than you
could say “Jonathan Hay.”

Hay, for those who need an introduction to the international financial
buccaneers who control our lives, was the general director of the Harvard
Institute of International Development (HIID) in Moscow (1992-1997), who
facilitated the crippling of the Russian economy and the plundering of its
industrial and manufacturing infrastructure with a strategy concocted by
Larry Summers, Andre Schliefer (HIID’s Cambridge-based manager), Jeffrey
Sachs and his Swedish sidekick Anders Aslund, and a host of private players
from banks and investment houses in Boston and New York — a plan approved and
assisted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


Contagion can be read on many different levels.

At its simplest, it is a breezy, slightly cynical, highly entertaining
narrative of Russian history from the last months of Gorbachev’s rule to
April 2000 — a period which saw Russia transformed from a decaying socialist
economy (which despite its shortcomings, provided a modest standard of living
to its citizens) to a “managed economy” where home-grown gangsters and
socialist theoreticians from the West, like Hay and his fellow Harvardian
Jeffrey Sachs, delivered 2,500% inflation and indescribable poverty, and
transferred the ownership of Russian industry to Western financiers.


Williamson was an eyewitness who lived on and off in Russia for more than
ten years, where she reported on all things Russian for The New York Times, Th
e Wall Street Journal, and a host of other equally reputable publications.
She knew and interviewed just about everybody involved in this gargantuan
plundering scheme: Russian politicians and businessmen, the new “gangster”
capitalists and their American sponsors from the IMF, the World Bank, USAID,
Credit Suisse First Boston, the CIA, the KGB — all in all, hundreds of
sources who spoke candidly, often ruthlessly, of their parts in this terrible
human drama.

Her account is filled with quotations from interviews with top aides of
Yeltsin and Clinton, all down through the ranks of the two hierarchical
societies to the proliferating mass of Russian destitute, pornographers,
pimps, drug dealers, and prostitutes.
Some of the principal characters, of
course, refused to talk to Williamson, such as Bill Clinton’s longtime friend
from Oxford, Strobe Talbott, now a deputy secretary of state and, Williamson
suspects, a onetime KGB operative whose claim to fame is a deceitful
translation of the Khrushchev Memoirs. (A KGB colonel refused to confirm or
deny to Williamson that Clinton and Talbott visited North Vietnam together in
1971 — though he did confirm their contacts with the KGB for their protests
against the U.S. war in Vietnam in Moscow. See especially footnote 1, page
210.)

The 546-page book (the best part of which is the footnotes) gives a nearly
day-by-day report on what happened to Russia; left unstated, but implied on
every page, is the assumption that those in the United States who think what
happened in Russia “can’t happen here” better realize it can happen here.


Once the Clinton regime and its lapdogs in the media defined Russian thug
Boris Yeltsin as a “democrat,” the wholesale looting of Russia began.
According to the socialist theoreticians at Harvard, Russia needed to be
brought into the New World Order in a hurry; and what better way to do it
than Sachs’ “shock therapy” — a plan that empowered the degenerate,
third-generation descendants of the original Bolsheviks by assigning them the
deeds of Russia’s mightiest state-owned industries — including the giant gas,
oil, electrical, and telecommunications industries, the world’s largest
paper, iron, and steel factories, the world’s richest gold, silver, diamond,
and platinum mines, automobile and airplane factories, etc. — who, in turn,
sold some of their shares of the properties to Westerners for a song, and
pocketed the cash, while retaining control of the companies.


These third-generation Bolsheviks — led by former Pravda hack Yegor Gaidar,
grandson of a Bolshevik who achieved prominence as the teenage mass murderer
of White Army officers, now heads the Moscow-based Institute for Economies in
Transition — became instant millionaires (or billionaires) and left the
Russian workers virtual slaves of them and their new foreign investors.


When Russian members of the Supreme Soviet openly criticized the looting of
the national patrimony by these new gangsters early in the U.S.-driven
“reform” program, in 1993, before all Soviet institutions were destroyed,
Yeltsin bombed Parliament.

Ironically, when Harvard’s Sachs and Hay started identifying Russians they
could work with, they ignored — or shunned — the most capable talent at hand:
those numerous Russian economists who for 20 years had been studying the
Swiss economist Wilhelm von Roepke and his disciple, Ludwig Erhard, father of
Germany’s “economic miracle” in anticipation of the day when Communism would
collapse. Somewhat sardonically, Williamson notes that one, probably unintended,
benefit of Gorbachev’s perestroika was the recruitment of these Russian
economists by top U.S. universities.

In the new, emerging global economy, it’s clear that Russia is the
designated center for heavy manufacturing — just as Asia is for clothing and
computers — with its nearly unlimited supply of hydroelectric power, iron and
steel, timber, gold and other precious metals.

This helps explain why America’s political elites don’t give a fig about
the closing down of American industries and mines.
As Williamson observes,
Russia is viewed as some kind of “closet.”

What is important for Western readers to understand — as Williamson reports
— is that when Western banks and corporations bought these companies at
bargain basement prices, they bought more than just industrial equipment. In
the Soviet model, every unit of industrial production included workers’
housing, churches, opera houses, schools, hospitals, supermarkets, etc., and
the whole kit-and-caboodle was included in the selling price. By buying large
shares of these companies, Western corporations became, ipso facto, town
managers.


(contn'd)
 
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911

Peacock
Gold Member
Another Level

On another level, Contagion is about the workings of international finance,
the consolidation of capital into fewer and fewer hands, and the ruthless,
death-dealing policies it inflicts on its target countries through currency
manipulation, inflation, depression, taxation and war — with emphasis on
Russia but with attention also given to Mexico, Thailand, Indonesia, the
Balkans, and other countries, and how it uses its control over money to
produce social chaos.


Those who read Williamson’s book will find particularly interesting her
treatment of the Federal Reserve, and how this “bank” was designed to plunder
the wealth of America through war, debt, and taxation, in order to maintain
what is nothing more nor less than a giant pyramid scheme that depends on
domination of the earth and its resources.


Williamson is of that small but noble school of economics writers who
believe that the academic field of economics is not some esoteric science
that can only be comprehended by those with IQs in four digits, and she —
drawing on such writers as Hayek and von Mises, Roepke and the late American
Murray Rothbard — explains in layman’s vocabulary the nuts and bolts of sound
economic principles and the real-world effects of the Fed’s policies on
hapless Americans.

Contagion also serves up a severe indictment of the World Bank, the
International Monetary Fund, and the other international “lending” agencies
spawned by the Council on Foreign Relations and similar “councils” and
“commissions” which are fronts for the big banks run by the Houses of
Rockefeller, Morgan, Warburg, et al.

The policies inflicted on Russia by the banks were cruel to the Nth degree;
but the policy implementers — Williamson employs the derogatory Russian word m
yakigolovy (“soft-headed ones”) applied to the Americans — were a foppish
lot, streaming into Russia by the thousands (the IMF, alone, with 150
staffers) with their outrageous salaries and per diem allowances, renting out
the finest dachas, bringing in their exotic consumer goods, driving up prices
for goods and rents, spurring a boom in the drug and prostitution businesses,
and then watching, cold-heartedly, the declining fortunes of their hosts as
they lost everything — including the artistic heritage of the country.


Williamson describes brilliantly that heady atmosphere in Moscow in the
early days of the IMF/USAID loan-scamming: a 24-hour party. There were bars
like the Canadian-operated Hungry Duck, which lured Russian teenage girls
into its bar with a male striptease and free drinks, “who, once thoroughly
intoxicated, were then exposed to crowds of anxious young men the club
admitted only late in the evening.”


The Third Level

At a third and more intriguing level, Contagion is about America’s criminal
politics in the Clinton regime, and, inevitably, the reader will put
Williamson’s book down with the sense that Al Gore will be the next occupier
of the White House.

Gore, who was raised to be President, has impeccable Russian connections.
His father, of course, was Lenin financier Armand Hammer’s pocket senator,
and it was Hammer who paid for Al Jr.’s expensive St. Alban’s Prep schooling;
and, as Williamson reports, Al Jr.’s daughter married Andrew Schiff, grandson
of Jacob, who, as a member of Kuhn, Loeb & Co., underwrote anti-czarist
political agitation for two decades before Lenin’s coup, and congratulated
Lenin upon his successful revolution.


Williamson also documents Gore’s intimate involvement with powerful Wall
Street financial houses, and his New York breakfast meeting with multibillionaire
George Soros (a key Russian player) just as the Russian collapse was underway.
Williamson tells an interesting story of Gore’s response to the IMF/World Bank/USAID
plunder of U.S. taxpayers for the purpose of hobbling Russia.


By March 1999, Russia was now a financial basket case, and billions, if not
tens of billions of U.S. taxpayer-backed loans had vanished into the secret
bank accounts of both Russian and American gangster capitalists,
and the news
was starting to make little vibrations on Capitol Hill.
“The U.S. administration’s response to the debacle was repulsively similar
to a typical Bill Clinton bimbo-eruption operation: Having ruined Russia by
cosseting her in debt, meddling ignorantly in her internal affairs, and
funding a drunken usurper, his agents denied all error and slandered
(‘slimed’) her,” writes Williamson.

“Pundits and academics joined government officials in bemoaning Mother
Russia’s thieving ways, her bottomless corruption and constant chaos, all the
while wringing their soft hands with a schoolmarm’s exasperation. Russia’s
self-appointed democracy coach Strobe Talbott (‘Pro-Consul Strobe’ to the
Russians) would get it right. An equally sanctimonious Albert Gore — the same
Al Gore who’d been so quick to return the CIA’s 1995 report detailing Viktor
Chernomyrdin’s and Anatoly Chubais’ personal corruption with the single word
‘Bullshit’ scrawled across it — took the low road and sniffed that the
Russians would just have to get their own economic house in order and cut
their own deal with the IMF. . . .”

The cost to the American taxpayers of Clinton regime bailouts in a
three-and-a-half-year period, Williamson notes, is more than $180 billion!
The “new financial architecture” Clinton has erected, she writes, “isn’t new
at all, but rather something the international public lenders have been
wanting for decades, i.e., an automatic bailout for their own bad practices.”

As the extent of the corruption of the Clinton-Yeltsin “reform” plan for
Russia unfolded last year, with the attendant Bank of New York scandal, the
mysterious death of super banker Edmond Safra in his Monte Carlo penthouse,
the collapse of the Russian stock market, and the whiplash effect in
Southeast Asia, Congress was pressed to hold hearings.

What resulted, as Williamson accurately narrates it, was just a smoke
screen, show hearings that barely rose above the seriousness of a Gilbert and
Sullivan farce — though they did result in proposed new domestic banking laws
that, if passed, will effectively make banks another federal police force
responsible for reporting to the U.S. government the most minute financial
transactions of U.S. citizens.

...

You see, as this book explains, the Clinton’s Russia policy did not just
plunder Russians, leaving them destitute while creating a new and ruthless
class of international capitalist gangsters at U.S. taxpayer expense; it had
the double consequence of bringing all Americans deeper into the bankers’ New
World Order by increasing their debt load, decreasing their privacy, and
restricting their civil rights.


If only Americans cared.
 

911

Peacock
Gold Member

Good short vid about Solzhenitsyn's life and legacy, with excerpts from Putin's dedication of his Moscow memorial, and statements from his wife and three sons about their lives with their father. It's in Russian, but subtitles available through the CC button.
 
I talked to my buddy recently and got an update. He got pulled into HR and didn't concede his main point that black on black crime is a bigger issue if black lives are really the concern. He did concede he could have used more tact etc, but didn't apologize. His post was pretty fair minded if you ask me, no expletives, mostly asking good questions.

He told me he'd be surprised if he kept his job. It's kind of hitting him straight outta left field, its a red pill for him that's for sure. Hopefully it turns out well for him and he gets to keep his job and is now fully aware of what we're up against.

What a load of shit. You can't have free speech when people get canned for their opinions.
In these times, he who speaks freely on social media under the same name he uses at work is a fool.
 

911

Peacock
Gold Member
That article above is incredibly important if you want to understand the nature of our governments and the underpinning of their foreign policies, it's packed with information and crucial historic links. It's well worth taking 10 minutes to read the full blog entry I've posted above.

One of the truth bombs underlying that article is in the very first sentence:

" The other day I was surprised to learn that Jeffrey Sachs, the creator of “shock therapy” capitalism, who participated in the looting of Russia in the 1990s, is now NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top adviser for health care. "

Sachs' "shock doctrine" policy of willful neglect and extreme austerity in the NY healthcare system has resulted in thousands of covid deaths in NYC, most of which could have been prevented, death which were used to feed a domestic crisis and panic and extort trillions from US taxpayers along with imposing a tighter still control grid and a dystopian vaccination regime which will physically damage the population.
 

redbeard

Hummingbird
Moderator
I have a facebook friend group of 200 from a previous 600, which was geared away from politics and mostly towards friends and family.

Recently, I have started up a couple of lively discussions, to test the normy waters. I have some younger female cousins who are apparently now full blown leftists who took part and alot of somewhat based local guys I know, and some people seemingly in the middle .

I got a message from a friend today who was reported to HIS JOB, for a comment made in one of the threads. He received a letter from corporate, and will have to go in and discuss it, probably take anti racist training to keep his job. I was surprised to be honest, although I shouldn't be. I am not sure how this works, I'd guess that the person clicks report to fb, then fb reports to their job. He is in commercial real estate so probably puts his job on his profile to get the odd lead and be public.

The snitch is a truly disgusting person. Imagine snitching on your family, or a local guy trying to make a living. The Gulag is real and is coming, I just hope people here have some sense, but most will just be afraid and try to placate to the commies in the hopes they can keep their job, keep their house, keep some of those remaining freedoms etc. But it won't work.
Let this be a warning to all of the corporate workers out there - NO social media accounts. Ever! There is no reason for you to put your livelihood at risk just so you can banter with random people you don't even know. Delete your accounts and rest easy at night.
 

pitbullowner

Kingfisher
Let this be a warning to all of the corporate workers out there
Back When I was on normie social media...I never used my real name on cuckbook.
I'd only troll liberal pages with an online pseudonym and I even used a printed out photoshopped picture with said pseudonym when they wanted verification.

Nowadays, it's just a waste of time
 

Vienna

Kingfisher
Gold Member
Just started reading an abridged version (the English one that was endorsed by Solzhenitsyn). Couldn’t find a complete English edition on the Kindle store, which struck me as a little suspect. The sale page of the complete edition said ”item under review”...

In any case, it’s hard to put the book down once you’ve started reading it. Roosh’s book recommendations are usually right on the money.
 

Easy_C

Crow
You have to read this entry in order to understand the reasons for the current anti-Russia policies and the rise of Putin, who brought his country from the abyss of two-faced Bolshevism, with 70 years of the original form followed by a decade of its neoliberal talmudic rape form that Solzhenitsyn has decried equally strongly as the other form he was subjected to.

that link is a "must read" on the topic.

Note that Putin successfully killed a cabal ringleader, Edmond Safra [A lebanese yiddish with a very shady origin).
 
I got a message from a friend today who was reported to HIS JOB, for a comment made in one of the threads. He received a letter from corporate, and will have to go in and discuss it, probably take anti racist training to keep his job. I was surprised to be honest, although I shouldn't be. I am not sure how this works, I'd guess that the person clicks report to fb, then fb reports to their job. He is in commercial real estate so probably puts his job on his profile to get the odd lead and be public.

The snitch is a truly disgusting person. Imagine snitching on your family, or a local guy trying to make a living. The Gulag is real and is coming, I just hope people here have some sense, but most will just be afraid and try to placate to the commies in the hopes they can keep their job, keep their house, keep some of those remaining freedoms etc. But it won't work.
Thank God I deleted my Facebook. Doing so cuts me off from my overseas relatives, but I decided the harm outweighs the benefits.

Speaking of which, apropos of weaponized snitching, in Dissident Right spheres, they talk a lot about how whatever "rules" and "tactics" the left uses the right should use against them as well. I actually have a younger female cousin who is in the MSM and the though has occurred to me to release her dox to /pol/ or any of the hard rightist sites. But I ultimately decided against it. The reasons why are these:
  1. It is a sin. First it is a sin of detraction and second, of violating decorum between family members. When I had this temptation, I felt I would be justified because I assumed that, being a DC leftist, she was already in the process of "canceling" me. I in fact gave them explicit permission to do so when I got sick and tired of extolling her accomplishments on group chat. But the reality was that they hadn't done so (yet?) and even one of my cousins phoned me to see if I was doing all right (I wrote it in such a way that it could have been interpreted as a suicide note).
  2. /pol/ and all those other places are not my personal army.
  3. Ultimately, what would it accomplish? It's unlikely that her getting doxxed would lead to any ill effects for her--but it would DEFINITELY point back at me as the crazy "Trump believer" in the family.
Daily life is a struggle against various and sundry problems, especially now that CoronaviRacewar has empowered the wicked, insane and cowardly to impose their vision of reality on the rest of the world. But this is a blessing, as it is a test of each and every Christian's fidelity to God. As COVID-19 has transmogrified into the one world religion, those of us strong in the faith must demonstrate by our works the saving power of the REAL religion; namely that by abiding in Truth we can resist the snares of the devil.
 
Solzhenitsyn's denunciations of materialist well-being came after several Harvard alumni had received loud applause as they announced record money gifts to Harvard from several of the classes here for reunion festivities.
Bitter irony in the final line of the article. You can denounce the system with passion and brilliance, you can speak spiritual truth, but money is power and always has been!
 
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