Structure[ edit ] Structurally, the text comprises seven sections divided in most printed editions into three volumes: parts 1—2, parts 3—4, and parts 5—7. At one level, the Gulag Archipelago traces the history of the system of forced labor camps that existed in the Soviet Union from to Solzhenitsyn begins with V. Note 1 The book then describes and discusses the waves of purges and the assembling of show trials in the context of the development of the greater Gulag system; Solzhenitsyn gives particular attention to its purposive legal and bureaucratic development.
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Shelves: american-politics , fighting-the-new-world-order , alternative-research , espionage , political-science Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. Few books are written with raw, electric energy. Solzhenitsyns work can only be labeled as a testimony to the 20th century and its postmodern politics. His work is a triumph of the human spirit.
As is commonly noted of classics, this book is quoted yet rarely read. You will see blue-pilled virtue cons quote it about human dignity and liberals ignore it altogether , Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr. He gives numerous examples [people not accused of anything were arrested] simply to terrorize or wreak vengeance on a military enemy or population Solzhenitsyn, I I should probably clarify one point.
For him every thesis contains its own antithesis. We might be tempted to say that the Soviets elites are simply stupid. There is some plausibility to that. Most Communists are stupid. But I think it is deeper. They are engaged in social alchemy. They are quite shrewd. One danger, perhaps the main danger AS warned about in all of his works was ideology. Ideology is what separates the common criminal from the diabolical evil-doer. The criminal knows he is wrong.
The Deep State agent has convinced himself that he is doing the Good. Yes, a human being hesitates and bobs back and forth between good and evil all his life…. Along with them, he also handed over wagonloads of old people, women, and children who did not want to return to their native Cossack rivers.
The heart of the matter was that the Cossacks were determined to fight to the death, or to cross the ocean, all the way to Paraguay or Indochina if they had to.
Therefore, the English proposed, first, that the Cossacks give up their arms on the pretext of replacing them with standardized weapons. Then the officers —without the enlisted men—were summoned to a supposed conference on the future of the army in the city of Judenburg in the English occupation zone. But the English had secretly turned the city over to the Soviet armies the night before. Forty busloads of officers, all the way from commanders of companies on up to General Krasnov himself, crossed a high viaduct and drove straight down into a semicircle of Black Marias, next to which stood convoy guards with lists in their hands.
The road back was blocked by Soviet tanks. They jumped from the viaduct onto the paving stones below. Immediately afterward, and just as treacherously, the English turned over the rank-and-file soldiers by the train- load—pretending that they were on their way to receive new weapons from their commanders. In their own countries Roosevelt and Churchill are honored as embodiments of statesmanlike wisdom.
To us, in our Russian prison conversations, their consistent shortsightedness and stupidity stood out as astonishingly obvious. How could they, in their decline from to , fail to secure any guarantees whatever of the independence of Eastern Europe? With the atom bomb already in their hands, they paid Stalin for not refusing to occupy Manchuria, for strengthening Mao Tse-tung in China, and for giving Kim II Sung control of half Korea! What bankruptcy of political thought! The Law Becomes a Man AS surveys a number of key trials between church and Soviet, and notes a number of tactical blunders by the former.
Perhaps something like what Wittgenstein said, "What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.
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As I stated in the review of Volume One, the level of emotional intensity at which this series of books is written is pretty unbelievable. To attain and encompass its savage meaning one would have to drag out many lives in the camps - the very same in which one cannot survive for even one term without some special advantage because they were invented for destruction. And from this it follows that all those who drank of this most deeply, who explored it most fully, are already in their graves and cannot tell us. No one now can ever tell us the most important thing about these camps. And the whole scope of this story and of this truth is beyond the capabilities of one lonely pen. All I had was a peephole into the Archipelago, not the view from a tower
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