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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Joseph Brodsky: "I have a theory about why these things [the horrors of communism] don't seep through, and that is a theory about self-preservation, mental self-preservation. Western man, by and large, is the most natural man, a mental bourgeois, and he cherishes his mental comfort. It is almost impossible for him to admit disturbing evidence. [There is a] considerable barrier, a mental fence that was constructed especially by the Western left. It was mostly among the intellectuals, the educated classes. Sometimes education results only in obfuscation." (David Remnick, Reporting, "The Exile: Solzhenitsyn in Vermont," 171.)

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