Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Monday, August 04, 2008

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn has died. His Gulag Archipelago was one of those literary works that changed the world. The combined influences of Solzhenitsyn and Ronald Reagan (and not Charlie Wilson - like the liberal fantasists would have us believe) were primary causes in the collapse of the Soviet Union. But even two decades before the collapse, the Gulag made a push that did indeed cause change and relief from oppression. Now more than ever, it is a work that deserves to be read. But if you don't want to invest a huge amount of time, at least wade in the baby pool with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Here also are a couple of articles:

The first is the obituary of the Associated Press, a very honest appraisal of his life and literary works, flaws and all (Solzhenitsyn never embraced the West).

The second is his critique of the West in the 1978 commencement address at Harvard University. It was one of those offensive speeches that provoked thought, very worthwhile.

Finally, the memory of Whitaker Chambers bubbles up to the consciousness. He was another great Cold War figure, whose faith and courage were indisputable.