Monday, August 4, 2008

R.I.P. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Alexander Solzhenitsyn died yesterday at the age of 89. Though Solzhenitsyn was most well known for his fierce opposition to totalitarian socialism in his native Russia, I will always remember him fondly as a true patriot who refused to play the role of propagandist in the service of any empire, communist or otherwise. Like his American, Cold War counterpart, George Kennan, Solzhenitsyn appreciated the beauty of smallness and the value of communal tradition. The world will miss him and could use many more like him.

1 comment:

TGGP said...

Daniel Larison also points out the similarity between Solzhenitsyn and Kennan, despite the former's denounciation of the latter.