Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 4 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Life Arts   

Gulag Revelations

By       (Page 2 of 2 pages) Become a premium member to see this article and all articles as one long page.     (# of views)   No comments
Author 2352
Message Dan Lieberman
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

Barnes' own words tell the more complete story.

 

"The most salient feature of the Gulag was an apparent paradox: forced labor, high death rates and an oppressive atmosphere of violence, cold and constant hunger coexisted with camp newspapers and cultural activities, a constant propaganda barrage of correction and reeducation and the steady release of a significant portion of the prisoner population.

 

"The Bolsheviks could not escape their fundamental belief in the malleability of the human soul and they believed that labor was the key to reforging criminals. The very harshness of the Gulag was seen as necessary to break down a prisoner's resistance in order to rebuild him or her into a proper Soviet citizen. If a prisoner refused correction, the brutality of the Gulag would lead to inevitable death, for the Bolsheviks were no humanitarians. If mistakes were to be made, they believed it was better to kill too many than too few."

 

Steven Barnes has made a major contribution to the historical record. By careful research and analysis, he has supplied us with new knowledge and the recognition that events are not simplistic recordings to be explained by unqualified statements. He has shown that the Soviet labor camps had a deep meaning, one requiring in-depth thought and analysis. Hopefully other intrepid and skillful researchers will reveal details in other historical events that have been hidden by media control, demagoguery, propaganda and unwillingness to combat accepted 'knowledge.

 

 

Next Page  1  |  2

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Dan Lieberman Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Dan Lieberman is the editor of Alternative Insight, a monthly web based newsletter. His website articles have been read in more than 150 nations, while articles written for other websites have appeared in online journals throughout the world(B 92, (more...)
 
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Muammar Al Gaddafi Meets his own Rebels

U.S. Middle East Policy - A Road to Disaster

Gadhafi faces the West - The other side of the coin

The New Sicarii

Stimulating the U.S. Government to Bankruptcy

Why Jerusalem? Israel's Hidden Agenda