Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Western Decadence and Its Remedy

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"I have already given my approval to Vladimir Putin. If you appreciate my work, then you will see my writing in action in the life of Putin. If you call him a Hitler, then I am also a Hitler. Is that the route that you want to take?"
“I have already given my approval to Vladimir Putin. If you appreciate my writings, then you are seeing them in action in the life of Putin. If you call him a Hitler, then I am also a Hitler. Is that the route that you want to take?”

…by Jonas E. Alexis

 

In the summer of 1978, Alexander Solzhenitsyn delivered a stunning lecture at Harvard University, during which he declared that the West was on the path of decadence. First, Solzhenitsyn posited the undeniable fact: “truth seldom is sweet; it is invariably bitter.”[1] He then proceeded to say that

“A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today…Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites, causing an impression of a loss of courage by the entire society.”[2]

This decline in courage progressively led to “a lack of manhood,” and a lack of manhood bred cowardice. “Thus mediocrity triumphs under the guise of democratic restraints.”[3] Solzhenitsyn moved on to drop the moral and political bomb:

“Society has turned out to have scarce defense against the abyss of human decadence, for example against the misuse of liberty for moral violence against young people, such as motion pictures full of pornography, crime, and horror.

“This is all considered to be part of freedom and to be counterbalanced, in theory, by the young people’s right not to look and not to accept. Life organized legalistically has thus shown its inability to defend itself against the corrosion of evil.

“And what shall we say about the dark realms of overt criminality? Legal limits (especially in the United States) are broad enough to encourage not only individual freedom but also some misuse of such freedom.

“The culprit can go unpunished or obtain undeserved leniency — all with the support of thousands of defenders in the society. When a government earnestly undertakes to root out terrorism, public opinion immediately accuses it of violating the terrorist’s civil rights. There is quite a number of such cases.

“The press, too, of course, enjoys the widest freedom. (I shall be using the word “press” to include all the media.) But what use does it make of it?

“Here again, the overriding concern is not to infringe the letter of the law. There is no true moral responsibility for distortion or disproportion. What sort of responsibility does a journalist or a newspaper have to the readership or to history? If they have misled public opinion by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions, even if they have contributed to mistakes on a state level, do we know of any case of open regret voiced by the same journalist or the same newspaper?


“No; this would damage sales. A nation may be the worse for such a mistake, but the journalist always gets away with it. It is most likely that he will start writing the exact opposite to his previous statements with renewed aplomb.”[4]

Solzhenitsyn called this kind of decadence “the psychic diseases of the twentieth century and more than anywhere else this is manifested in the press. In-depth analysis of a problem is anathema to the press; it is contrary to its nature.”[5]

The Press, Solzhenitsyn continued to say, “has become the greatest power within Western countries, exceeding that of the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. Yet one would like to ask: According to what law has it been elected and to whom is it responsible? In the Communist East, a journalist is frankly appointed as a state official. But who has voted Western journalists into their positions of power, for how long a time, and with what prerogatives?”[6]

Well, we have enough information today to answer Solzhenitsyn’s puzzling question. Jewish scholar Benjamin Ginsberg of Johns Hopkins tells us that “Western journalists” have fallen into the able hands of the Dreadful Few,[7] who now control much of the media and who give serious journalism and free speech no chance.

In a similar vein, Jewish historian Yuri Slezkine makes sure that readers get the thesis of his book (The Jewish Century) correctly by positing on the very first page that “The Modern Age is the Jewish Age” and “the twentieth century, in particular, is the Jewish Century.” Slezkine adds: “Modernization, in other words, is about everyone becoming Jewish.”[8]

If you doubt this, then pick up some of the recent articles in the New York Times and you will see how NWO agents and Satan worshipers pay some Goyim to say some of the most disgusting things about the Middle East and Russia.[9] Here is the funny thing. Just three days ago, NWO agents and Satan worshipers in the U.S. and Europe warned Putin of civilian casualties in Syria. But those jokers have recently dropped bombs at a hospital in Afghanistan.

“Early this morning, in the Afghan city of Kunduz, the U.S. dropped bombs on a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)). The airstrike killed at least nine of the hospital’s medical staff, and seriously injured dozens of patients. ‘Among the dead was the Afghan head of the hospital, Abdul Sattar,’ reported the New York Times.”[10]

There is more. You remember how NWO agents and Satan worshipers blasted Putin for his alleged persecution of homosexuals in Russia? Well, one of America’s greatest allies, Saudi Arabia, “literally hands down death sentences for homosexuality.” There are other things about Saudi Arabia that you probably did not know:

Where are those NWO agents who promiscuously ridiculed Putin? Will they ever say a word about all of this? The answer to those questions should not be a surprise to VT readers here.


Solzhenitsyn said,

“Your scholars are free in the legal sense, but they are hemmed in by the idols of the prevailing fad…

“In America, I have received letters from highly intelligent persons — maybe a teacher in a faraway small college who could do much for the renewal and salvation of his country, but the country cannot hear him because the media will not provide him with a forum. This gives birth to strong mass prejudices, to a blindness which is perilous in our dynamic era.”[11]

My good friend, Dr. Fredrick Toben, who has been mercilessly and relentlessly persecuted virtually around the world, said something similar a few years ago: “The only freedom we have in the west is the freedom to go shopping.”

As an alternative to Western decadence and corruption, Solzhenitsyn appealed to “a spiritual blaze,” which ought to give “rise to a new height of vision, to a new level of life,” where existence has eternal values and where our “spiritual being will not be trampled upon, as in the Modern Era. The ascension is similar to climbing onto the next anthropological stage. No one on earth has any other way left but — upward.”[12]

Elsewhere, Solzhenitsyn put the issue into proper perspective by bringing in the moral dimension:

“The goal of human evolution is not freedom for the sake of freedom. Nor is it the building of an ideal polity. What matter, of course, are the moral foundations of society.”[13]

In other words, if morality does not exist, then people become subjects or instruments or machines which can be programed or reprogramed. If morality is out, then we are back to Enlightenment and materialistic ideology, which states that man, in the words of La Mettrie himself, is just a machine.[14]

By appealing to morality, Solzhenitsyn is refuting and repudiating the ideology that NWO agents and Satan worshipers have been propounded for years. Watch their language very carefully and you will often hear words like “democracy,” “freedom,” “universal rights,” “fairness,” blah, blah, blah.

Yet underneath those intoxicated words are blood, the killing of innocent civilians at hospitals,[15] demonizing countries they do not like, allying with terrorism,[16] etc. In describing degenerate moderns, E. Michael Jones writes,

“The modern intellectual is, for the most part, a lecher and a fool. His theories are propounded for everyone but himself. So Rousseau, the writer of Emile, the first modern book on child rearing sent all five of his illegitimate children to the orphanage shortly after they were born, which, given the condition of orphanages in the 18th century, meant to their deaths.

“Marx, the champion of the proletariat, knew only one proletarian in his life, his maid, Lenchen, to whom he paid not one single penny in wages. In addition to this economic exploitation, there was also the sexual exploitation. Marx fathered an illegitimate child by her and refused to acknowledge it.”[17]

Jones moves on to make this powerful point:

“The intellectual life is a function of the moral life of the thinker. In order to apprehend truth, which is the goal of the intellectual life, one must live a moral life. One can produce intellectual product, but to the extent that one prescinds from living the moral life, that product will be more a function of internal desire—wish fulfillment, if you will—than external reality…In the intellectual life, one either conforms desire to truth or truth to desire.”[18]

This is certainly an apt description of what NWO agents and Satan worshipers are really like. Instead of submitting their corrupt lives to the truth and allowing the truth to transform them for good, they deliberately take the truth and twist it for their own ideological purposes.

So, when they say that they are fighting terrorism in places like Syria, you know that they are doing the opposite. If you doubt this, then take a look at what the Syrian rebels/terrorists have recently said:

“Syrian insurgent groups including the powerful Islamist faction Ahrar al-Sham have called on regional states to forge an alliance against Russia and Iran in Syria…”

It looks like they are getting their butts kicked by Putin and Russia.


[1] Alexander I. Solzhenitsyn, “A World Split Apart — Commencement Address Delivered At Harvard University, June 8, 1978,” OrthodoxyToday.com.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Ibd.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fatal Embrace: Jews and the State (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993).

[8] Yuri Slezkine, The Jewish Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004), 1.

[9] See for example Steven Lee Myers, “In Putin’s Syria Intervention, Fear of a Weak Government Hand,” NY Times, October 4, 2015; Rosss Douthat, “Is Putin Winning?,” NY Times, October 3, 2015.

[10] Glenn Greenwald, “One Day After Warning Russia of Civilian Casualties, the U.S. Bombs a Hospital in Afghanistan,” The Intercept, October 3, 2-15.

[11] Solzhenitsyn, “A World Split Apart — Commencement Address Delivered At Harvard University, June 8, 1978,” OrthodoxyToday.com.

[12] Ibid.

[13] Quoted in Daniel J. Mahoney, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Ascent from Ideology (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001), 56.

[14] Julien Offray de la Mettrie, Machine Man and Other Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).

[15] For recent reports, see Emily Shapiro, “Doctors Without Borders Demands Independent Airstrike Investigation,” ABC News, October 4, 2015; Sune Engel Rasmussen and Jessica Elgot, “Afghan hospital bombing: MSF labels US airstrike a war crime as it withdraws staff,” Guardian, October 4, 2015.

[16] Johnlee Varghese, “UN Report: Israel in Regular Contact with Syrian Rebels including ISIS,” International Business Times, December 7, 2014.

[17] E. Michael Jones, Degenerate Moderns: Modernity as Rationalized Sexual Misbehavior (South Bend: Fidelity Press, 2012), 14.

[18] Ibid., 15.



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8 COMMENTS

  1. No doubt about it, the culture has deteriorated in my lifetime (77), and to the great loss for our young people, especially the girls. Whatever happened to class?

    I was taught that it was good manners to put people at their ease”

  2. Finally! I thought I was alone thinking, Dr Jones was speaking only to me, a well educated Catholic peasant. Thanks for helping me not feel isolated! And your article was spot on. We need to change the hearts of people who think they have no inner life.

  3. from movie Breach (2007)

    “Robert Hanssen: You know why the Soviet empire fell?

    Eric O’Neill: Good morning?

    Robert Hanssen: Godlessness. ”

    That concurs with Solzhenitsyn very much. Putin is very aware of this fact, that is why Russia is on solid grounds at present. Lessons have been learned and in similar this was also a part of Putin’s UN speech, to educate the West, he approached with self-critique concerning the country he was born into, the USSR.

  4. The rest of the world is quickly picking up that concerning international law, accolades and prizes (presented as something objective and progressive) like Pulitzer’s and Nobel’s, such as Academy awards and UN special envoys, are just crooks congratulating crooks on doing each other’s dirty business. Really, the western credit has went down the drain.

  5. Solzhenitsyn said,

    “Your scholars are free in the legal sense, but they are hemmed in by the idols of the prevailing fad…

    Renowned Chinese paleontologist J. Y. Chen said,

    “In China we can criticize Darwin, but not the government. In America, you can criticize the government, but not Darwin.” (From Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt)

    Why? Because Darwinism–a materialist philosophy dating to Epicurus, based on fraud and now dressed up as science–underpins the Jewish genocide against the American people and everything America was and once stood for. To paraphrase that crud Bill Clinton, “It’s the media, Stupid.” Even before Solzhenitsyn Dostoyevsky wrote about Jewish exploitation and subversion, and like a man, when demanded to apologize, doubled down on his accusations, borne out by the eventual slaughter of tens of millions of perfectly innocent Russians for the sin of being Christians.

  6. Codoh,

    Thanks for the question. MGTOW reminds me of Euripides’ The Bacchae, at the end of which Pentheus’ mother, under the Dionysian intoxication, ended up slaughtering her own son. Shortly thereafter, she realized that she had committed one of the most “hellish” acts in the culture.

    I think there will be a reaction to MGTOW, which will draw many back to morality, reason, and the truth. My favorite example is the former Soviet Union. No one would have believed that a serious politician would come out of Russia. Putin changed all of that. Hegel would probably have called this the cunning of reason. Yes, the culture is a dismal failure. But there is hope. One man can make a different, and its starts from you and me. Light the fire.

  7. This might not be the best article under which I raise this subject, as it doesnt realy have much to do with its content but since its the most recent article of yours i figured I give it a shot. You covered in many of your articles feminism and how it corrupts different cultures, in your most recent one you covered Japan and postmodernism. There in Japan theres a movement among men where simply opt out of marriage and relationships, they call them “Herbivore men”. Now this isnt that much what im interested in, rather the “western equivalent’ of this, the reactionary movement to feminism in western societies called MGTOW – Men Going their own way. Heard about it I presume? Thought on it?

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