Sunday, July 6, 2014

When law violates morality: Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Alexander Solzhenitsyn
At the present time it is widely accepted among lawyers that law is higher than morality … The opposite is true: morality is higher than law! ... This view must never be abandoned. We must acknowledge it with our hearts and souls… we, from the whole of our life experience there (in the prison camps), have concluded that there is only one way to withstand violence: with firmness... I would like to call upon America to be more careful with its trust to prevent those pundits who are attempting to establish fine degrees of justice and even finer legal shades of equality … to prevent them from using the struggle for peace and social justice to lead you down a false road. They are trying to weaken you; they are trying to disarm your strong and magnificent country. Your leaders will need profound intuition, spiritual foresight, high qualities of mind and soul. May God grant that in those times you will have at the helm personalities as great as those who created your country. … the men who created your country never lost sight of their moral bearings.”

 - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Warning to the West (1975)

I cant recommend his work enough...


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