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Solzhenitsyn on Resisting Tyranny

 
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Subject: [FreedomLawSchool] Solzhenitsyn on resisting tyranny

Solzhenitsyn on resisting tyranny

It was Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian writer, who made the "gulag archipelago" part of our language.
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. . . What did Solzhenitsyn say about the gulag? "At what exact point, then, should one resist? When one's belt is taken away. When one is ordered to face into a corner? When one crosses the threshold of one's home? . . . ."

The same questions that are bothering you now.

Solzhenitsyn bitterly laments the Russian failure to resist: "And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?

Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . ."

Apparently, they had no guns. Solzhenitsyn does not mention them. But he believes that axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else they had, could have done the job.

He continues: ". . . After all, you knew ahead of time that those bluecaps were out at night for no good purpose. And you could be sure ahead of time that you,d be cracking the skull of a cutthroat. Or what about the Black Maria sitting out there on the street with one lonely chauffeur"what if it had been driven off or its tires spiked? The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!"

One is reminded of "Death Wish," starring the late Charles Bronson. The architect hero was not a terrorist, i.e., he did not kill indiscriminately. He did not kill the innocent. He was mild, even harmless, until the guilty attacked. Then, he brought out the hog leg and went to work. Whenever he did so, the theater audience cheered. Acting alone, he turned New York on its ear. Other inmates, inspired, began to do the same. Criminals were indignant. Didn't these New Yorkers know that packing heat was illegal? Crime fell. Imagine the effect of an epidemic of Bronsons.

That is what Russians should have done, says Solzhenitsyn.

Of course, they didn't do it. They "burned in the camps later" lamenting that fact: "If . . . if . . . We didn't love freedom enough. And even more - we had no awareness of the real situation. . . . We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward." They lost everything because they were too cowardly to act. . .
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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family?



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yep good points
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Possibly they didn't care enough about the welfare of others to do anything about it. Maybe they even enjoyed seeing others suffer, and only after it happened to themselves did they begin to understand and learn sympathy and then regret.
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