Thu Apr, 03 2008
"A Small Philosophical Transition"
"Is it true that every opposition to the Party is a struggle against the Party?" "In general it is, factually it is." "But struggle against the Party cannot help but grow into war against the Party." "According to the logic of things - yes, it must." "And that means that in the end, given the presence of oppositionist beliefs, any foul deeds whatever might be perpetrated against the Party [espionage, murder, sellout of the Motherland]?" "But wait a minute, none were actually committed." "But they could have been?" "Well, theoretically speaking." (Those are your theoreticians for you!) "But for us the highest of all interests are those of the Party?" "Yes, of course, of course!" "So you see, only a very fine distinction separates us. We are required to concretize the eventuality: in the interest of discrediting for the future any idea of opposition, we are required to accept as having taken place what could only theoretically have taken place. After all, it could have, couldn't it?" "It could have." "And so it is necessary to recognize as actual what was possible; that's all. It's a small philosophical transition."(Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: "The Gulag Archipelago: An Experiment in Literary Investigation", 1973, 1974, Harper & Row. Vol. I, Part I, "The Prison Industry", chapter 10, "The Law Matures", p. 418, all emphasis original.)
What could any of this possibly have to do with DUI jihad in America?
Figure it out.