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Friday, March 11, 2005


Have you ever read the Gulag Archipelago? It's pretty interesting. Here's a quick summary: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was in the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War (aka World War II), towards the end of the war he wrote some letters to friends making comments about the organization of the USSR. For this he was arrested and sent to Siberia. It sucked.

The book is a bit more involved than that. One of the things he spends a while on is the conditions in the Tsar's political prisons and how the early revolutionaries were always complaining about how horrible the conditions were and by extension how evil the Tsar was. Then he compares that to the conditions in Stalin's political punishment system. Let's just say that Stalin does not come off well in the comparison.

While admitting that I'm not talking about working people to death in subzero weather, the way the Republicans act in Congress reminds me of that part of the book. When Democrats controlled Congress, Republicans were always going on about how terrible their evil evil rule making was. Now that Republicans control the agenda they have instituted rules far beyond what Democrats did on their worst day. Ah well, the USSR eventually collapsed. Republican overreach is bound to bite them in the ass eventually. I just hope it's before they draft YW and YA for duty in the Great Mesopotamian War.

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