The Dangers of Russophobia

By |2019-02-27T13:37:45-05:00February 24th, 2019|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Character, Communism, Government, Joseph Pearce, Political Philosophy, Politics, Russia, Senior Contributors|

We should not confuse or conflate Russian President Vladimir Putin with Soviet leaders, such as Josef Stalin. They are as different as the proverbial chalk and cheese. Nowhere is this more evident than the way in which Mr. Putin has shown himself to be a great admirer of the anti-Soviet dissident, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Special [...]

Solzhenitsyn 1918-2018: A Centenary Celebration

By |2018-12-11T09:37:22-05:00December 11th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Character, Christianity, Heroism, History, Hope, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

The twentieth century produced many giants and many heroes. Yet many of the giants were not heroes, and many of the heroes were not giants. Hitler was a giant, as were Lenin, Stalin, and Mao. Each of these Nietzschean supermen was responsible for the deaths of millions of people. As for the heroes, one [...]

Jane Austen Forever!

By |2018-11-28T21:34:42-05:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Classics, Culture, Education, Fiction, Jane Austen, Literature, Television|

Pick up a Jane Austen novel, and you will discover that behind the long gowns and country dances, people in her era struggled with the same weaknesses we struggle with today. Well-written stories like Austen’s bring to life the human drama that is played out in every age, in every heart… I’ve been reading [...]

Putin and Solzhenitsyn

By |2018-08-21T14:04:58-05:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Film, History, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Russia|

The recent film, The Death of Stalin, should be shown to all those millions of millennials in the United States who still harbor romantic delusions about communism. According to the findings of a poll, as reported in the Washington Times last year, almost a third of millennials expressed an admiration for Karl Marx and almost [...]

The Legacy of Alexander Solzhenitsyn

By |2018-12-04T12:40:19-05:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Christianity, History, Joseph Pearce|

The scholarship of Lee Congdon’s Solzhenitsyn: The Historical-Spiritual Destinies of Russia and the West is sound, demonstrating a breadth of knowledge and a depth of understanding of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s worldview… Solzhenitsyn: The Historical-Spiritual Destinies of Russia and the West by Lee Congdon (164 pages, Northern Illinois University Press, 2017) This December will mark the centenary of the [...]

The Armenian Genocide

By |2018-04-14T22:07:14-05:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Death, History, Joseph Pearce|

“Who today still speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Who, one wonders, would ask such a question? The answer, surprisingly enough, is a certain Adolf Hitler who asked it rhetorically as a means of justifying the German invasion of Poland in 1939. The annihilation to which Hitler referred was the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by [...]

Learning to Be “Dinosaurs”

By |2019-03-26T16:45:35-05:00December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Books, Christianity, Conservatism, History, Literature|

A rare breed of humans knows the limits of its time and is less concerned with its immediate relevancy and more with what it leaves behind. If we are to cultivate a similar vision, we must learn to be such “dinosaurs”… Edward E. Ericson, Jr., was a dinosaur. When I call Ericson a dinosaur, [...]

Solzhenitsyn on Russia and the West

By |2018-12-04T12:40:13-05:00May 2nd, 2017|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Featured, Foreign Affairs, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Russia|

There are moves afoot to whip up the old Cold War angst and anger and to resurrect enmity towards Russia. Liberals in the West, outraged at Russia’s resistance to their decadent agenda, are caricaturing Russia as an enemy of Western “values”… In 1998 I had the inestimable pleasure and honour of interviewing Alexander Solzhenitsyn [...]

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: The Courage to be a Christian

By |2019-06-17T15:19:30-05:00October 15th, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Christianity, Featured, History, Joseph Pearce, Politics, Sainthood|

In these dark days in which the power of secular fundamentalism appears to be on the rise and in which religious freedom seems to be imperiled, it is easy for Christians to become despondent. The clouds of radical relativism seem to obscure the light of objective truth and it can be difficult to discern [...]

What Does Chesterton Have To Do with Solzhenitsyn?

By |2018-11-09T11:35:32-05:00September 1st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Distributism, G.K. Chesterton, Joseph Pearce, Senior Contributors|

At first sight, it would seem that G.K. Chesterton and Alexander Solzhenitsyn have very little in common. The one has a reputation for jollity and rambunctiousness, the other for sobriety and solemn sternness. One penned swashbuckling fantasies about lovable eccentrics, the other wrote gritty works of realism set in prison camps or cancer wards. [...]

Putting Putin in Perspective

By |2016-08-03T21:39:42-05:00August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Joseph Pearce, Russia, Senior Contributors|

In these days of acrimonious political mud-slinging, there seems to be almost nothing upon which the radicals on the left and the reactionaries on the right can agree. There is, however, one thing on which both ends of the political spectrum are in absolute agreement, and that’s their univocal and unadulterated disdain for Russian [...]

Prison: From Racial Hatred to Rational Love

By |2016-06-14T09:22:55-05:00May 18th, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Faith, Featured, Joseph Pearce, Literature, Religion|

Joseph Pearce, author of the bestselling book, Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love, has recently returned from a brief speaking tour of Spain promoting the Spanish edition of the book. This is an interview that he gave to a Spanish magazine, published for the first time in the [...]

Beauty and the Enlivening of the Russian Literary Imagination

By |2018-10-29T18:08:24-05:00May 1st, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Beauty, Christendom, Featured, Glenn Davis, Russia, Timeless Essays, Truth, Virtue|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Glenn Davis as he discusses Fyodor Dostoevsky and the concept that “beauty will save the world.” —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Readers of The Imaginative Conservative know well the phrase “beauty will save the world.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn borrowed it from Fyodor [...]

The Mark of True Greatness: In Memory of Stanley Jaki

By |2016-02-24T22:04:11-05:00February 24th, 2016|Categories: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Christianity, Joseph Pearce|

I only met the late, great scientist-philosopher Father Jaki once. It was at a Chesterton Conference at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, at which both of us were speaking. I had breakfast with him and recall feeling a little apprehensive. He had a reputation for being somewhat abrasive and for [...]