The group that aired the video linked below — Academy of Ideas(1) — does a nice job distilling a work of literature from back in the 1970’s, that remains vitally important today. In fact, it’s a work that continues to grow rapidly in importance as time goes on. The work is The Gulag Archipelago, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

The video starts with a quote from Solzhenitsyn:

“And the lie has, in fact, led us so far away from a normal society that you cannot even orient yourself any longer; in its dense gray fog, not even one pillar can be seen.” (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago)

What lie? Pick one:

  • Abortion is a human right, or…
  • there’s no moral problem with abortion.
  • Practically the entirety of environmentalism.
  • Boys can be girls, just like that!
  • Girls can be boys, just like that!
  • Transgenderism is… just fine, and should be supported.
  • The American South is overwhelmingly racist.
  • White people have no choice but to be racist.
  • Non-white people can’t be racist.
  • Western women are oppressed.
  • America is an oppressive patriarchy!
  • Capitalism is unfair.
  • There’s such a thing as “Democratic Socialism.”
  • Homosexuality is normal.
  • Socialism is “for the poor people.”

There are many, many more of these ridiculous notions out there, that many people take very seriously.

Further on in the video, we find another quote from Solzhenitsyn:

Let your credo be this: Let the lie come into this world, let it even triumph. But not through me.

Those who simply let the lie continue, give the lie respectability, tolerate the lie as an “alternate viewpoint,” are complicit in the triumph of the lie.

But, but, but, I hear you say, “Can’t they say the same about you and your beliefs?” Yep. They sure can. Because we’re not shutting down anyone’s speech, or anyone’s ability to criticize us, and question the validity of our ideas. In fact, we welcome challenges to our ideas, because we’re confident we have the right ideas. We’re confident we can beat back any criticisms of our ideas. Want to know how we acquired such confidence? Easy, by having already constantly defended our ideas against challenges of all kinds.

You can tell what, precisely, is the lie, by determining which holders of which beliefs are doing all they can to shut up, shut down, or shut out dissenting opinions.

We Conservatives are not the holders of the lie. The lie lives and thrives on the American Left, and in is political wing the Democrat Party.

— xPraetorius


(1) I’m not familiar with this organization, but came across this video in my research. They have a wide range of videos that seem to focus pretty heavily on philosophy. Here’s a link to a wider selection of their material: Academy of Ideas.

As I mentioned, I don’t know who Academy of Ideas is, or are, but it appears to involve or even to be one Yuval Noah Harari.

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