Friday, November 8, 2013

It's time to come out of the closet and be a Dissident.

Via Daily Timewaster


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Алекса́ндр Солжени́цын) (1918-2008) was a tireless critic of Soviet Russia and communism. His best known novels The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, raised international awareness of the Soviet labor camp system where dissidents were imprisoned and as often as not, worked to death. Criticism of the system brought the full power of the state on the dissident.

American Thinker posted a discussion of Solzhenitsyn's approach to the Soviet bureaucracy and I feel that quoting from that piece and discussing it makes some sense because it applies directly to political bloggers.
Stories teach better than arguments. People may not understand the "takings clause" of the Constitution, but they will become incensed about a story of government forcing people from their homes. Teach with stories, not just with information. Stories internalize truths we recognize, but don't fully understand. A story is accessible to anyone, regardless of education or political inclination. After all, Hollywood was built on exactly that, and we know the extent of their cultural power.
1) Never underestimate the power of mockery.

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