Photo of the Day

From Yahoo!:

A February 1974 picture of Alexander Solzhenitsyn seen in Cologne after his expulsion from Russia. Solzhenitsyn, who shone a light on the inhuman world of the Soviet gulags, has died at his Moscow home aged 89.

My favorite Solzhenitsyn quote?

In our country, the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.

We don’t live in the Soviet Union, and though we have a terrible government, it’s certainly no where near as bad as Soviet rule. But still, his words resonate in the US in 2008.

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One response to “Photo of the Day

  1. I thoroughly recommend reading his works. Especially if you’re anywhere to the left of Genghis Khan. They are excellent preparation for our stay in the American Gulag that has been under construction for the past twenty years and which now imprisons a larger percentage of Americans than was ever the case for the Soviet gulag — and county lockups are only half-full even at that!

    Oh, and don’t fear the knock on the door. It’s the battering ram through the front door nowdays, followed by flash-bangs and stun grenades and shooting any pets. Officer safety, y’know? Gotta make sure our new SS officers aren’t injured by the citizens they’re rounding up for the gulag, right? But hey, we know everybody in the gulag is guilty of something. Our very own Pravda on the Hudson and Izvestia on the Potomac tell us so…

    — Badtux the Grumpy Penguin

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