Schlesinger, Jr. on Solzhenitsyn

This is a great, searching vision. In its majesty and profundity, in its perception of the evil inherent in human nature, it exposes the shallow religiosity of a born-again White House that, against every Augustinian and Calvinist insight, proclaims the doctrine of the inherent goodness of man and the aspiration to produce a government as good, decent, virtuous, loving, etc., as the American people. The challenge to American smugness and hedonism, to the mediocrity of our mass culture, to the decline of self-discipline and civic spirit, is bracing and valuable.
— Harvard historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. in his essay, "The Solzhenitsyn We Refuse to See," commenting on a speech that novelist and historian Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn delivered. Solzhenitsyn was sentenced by the NKVD to an eight-year term in a labour camp in the Soviet Gulags.