Commenter John Flemming takes issue with Solzhenitsyn's vision of Soviet repression in "How we burned in the camps later". Fleming says, persuasively, that the Soviet way will not be 'the American Way:'
"It's not gonna be like that. It'll be more subtle, like the LAPD arresting the harmless Moroccan filmmaker for daring to make a crappy movie that disses He Who Must Not Be Dissed [HWMNBD].
"You're a maker. You'll do something... like not pay your ObamaTax on time. Maybe deliberately.
"Or maybe you're paying for things in cash too often.
"Or nobody has a right to make fun of HWMNBD, and you told a joke.
"They'll come and evict you. A moocher family will quickly move in. They'll have lists: takers and moochers. Don't you know, it's payback time? He promised them Revenge, remember? It's somebody else's turn to enjoy that home you have created.
"Will your neighbors defend you and chase the deputy sheriffs away when the come for you at 10PM? Not likely, they'll look out, see the police cars, and close their blinds and wait for their turn with a growing sense of dread.
"Once a week, the cops show up late at night, no flashing lights, and the neighborhood slowly changes.
"These are the local police, not the Federals. You obviously did something bad, and the Courts will sort it all out.
"Yeah, the Courts, where the cops, laywers and judges get paid no matter who is in charge. You know, those Officers of the Court who have sworn an oath to defend the Constitution, that abstract old deeply-flawed document written by a bunch of DWEM's that doesn't have much relevance to the problems of today. And jeez, what can one judge do anyway, he can't stand athwart the train tracks of history and stop the speeding Federal express, and he has a family to feed.
"And what does "sworn" and "oath" mean anyway, it doesn't mean sworn sworn, where he has to put his life and family at risk to defend a flawed scrap of paper.
"You'll be alone, surrounded by moochers, and no one will lift a finger to help. Your friends and neighbors will turn away. Zimmerman in Florida, Moroccan film maker in LA, abandoned by their nieghbors, who all say "We'll let the legal process play itself out, if he's done nothing wrong, he has nothing to fear".
"You won't be able to get the word out on the Internet, because goohoobingbook will instantly claim it's hate speech or something and take it down.
"You'll be left with nowhere to go. They'll offer you the places the moochers just left. Or, they'll have "resettlement zones" for your wife and kids, and for you, nothing.
"Of course it can happen here. They're pruning the tree of Liberty one twig at a time. You never see it happen, but one day, the tree is dead, and you'll wonder how it even happened, it was such a glorious and strong tree. And then a golpe, the tree will fall, and you'll see it was hollow with rot for a long time.
"The time for taking a stand is coming."Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 10, 2012 12:36 PM