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42 Years Ago Today: Solzhenitsyn's Harvard Speech, a Prophecy for Our Troubled Age
Rorate Caeli ^ | 6/8/20

Posted on 06/09/2020 6:29:56 AM PDT by marshmallow

The western world is in upheaval, a devilish revolutionary fever brought about by an extreme "progressivism" gone awry, the culture of "wokeness", that erupts in rage at the end of the illegitimate lockdowns imposed by various governments.

Exactly 42 years ago today, on June 8, 1978, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn traveled the New England roads from his place of refuge in Vermont to the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, Harvard University, where he delivered the keynote Commencement Address for that year. It was his first major public address in America since taking refuge in the country three years earlier.

It has justifiably become perhaps the most famous commencement speech ever delivered. It was also a haunting prophecy of the age in which we are currently living.

We call your attention in particular to these very important prophetic observations delivered on that day:

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[On Lack of Moral Courage:]

Maybe the most striking feature which an outside observer notices in the West in our days. The Western world has lost its civil courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, each government, each political party and of course in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling groups and the intellectual elite, causing an impression of loss of courage by the entire society. Of course there are many courageous individuals but they have no determining influence on public life. Political and intellectual bureaucrats show depression, passivity and perplexity in their actions and in their statements and even more so in theoretical reflections to explain how realistic, reasonable as well as intellectually and even morally warranted it is to base state policies on weakness and cowardice. And decline in courage is ironically emphasized by occasional explosions of anger and inflexibility on the part......

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1 posted on 06/09/2020 6:29:57 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

All the social pathologies Solzhenitsyn saw then are now 10X greater in our society.


2 posted on 06/09/2020 6:31:18 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: marshmallow

Absolutely

Live Not By Lies - Which is what we are doing right now. All this crap is a big lie.


3 posted on 06/09/2020 6:33:57 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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ltr


4 posted on 06/09/2020 6:37:39 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Warning: Accused of being a radical militarist. Approach with caution.)
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To: marshmallow

Exactly 42 years ago today, on June 8, 1978, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn traveled the New England roads from his place of refuge in Vermont to the oldest institution of higher education in the United States, Harvard University, where he delivered the keynote Commencement Address for that year.

Nowadays, the woke mob would never allow someone like Solzhenitsyn to speak.


5 posted on 06/09/2020 7:03:13 AM PDT by Flick Lives (My work's illegal, but at least it's honest. - Capt. Malcolm Reynolds)
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To: Flick Lives
When Solzhenitsyn was speaking the Western World had decided on a cowardly course of containment with regard to Communism. We stood around while millions were slaughtered in Russia, China, etc.

Later we patted ourselves on the back when the Soviet Union collapsed even though it was more from the internal contradictions of Communism than anything the West did.

When we went in after the collapse our neoliberal policies merely turned a Communist oligarchy into a Russian Mafia oligarchy.

We patted ourselves on the back again.

Then we went into Afghanistan because that had been such a successful strategy for the Russians...

6 posted on 06/09/2020 8:58:49 AM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: marshmallow

Bookmark


7 posted on 06/09/2020 8:59:42 AM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord outfor everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: marshmallow
"Should one point out that from ancient times decline in courage has been considered the beginning of the end?"

Solzhenitsyn certainly understood the risks of civilizational collapse that were facing us in the 70's, and many have only grown worse over the years. Our leadership is largely devoid of courage when facing those who would destroy the Western way of life. This is how Donald Trump got elected, for the people of America who still share the republican values of our founders saw in him, unlike so many others, the courage to stand up to the lies and lullabies of the Left that have taken us so far down the road to ruin. And this is why he must be re-elected in November, for without his courageous leadership against the enemies of America, we are surely doomed.

8 posted on 06/09/2020 2:06:32 PM PDT by wittyone (Cogito cogito, ergo cogito sum.)
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To: marshmallow

Solzhenitsyn is one of the most brilliant men ever.

He is now required reading in Russia. Far cry from the old days.


9 posted on 06/09/2020 2:07:20 PM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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