"When you begin to think outside the box, you often become some other "leaders" lousy follower. That usually costs something" (Andy Rayner)

"Our guardian angels are bored." (Mike Foster)

It's where I feel I'm at these days. “In the second half of life, it is good just to be a part of the general dance. We do not have to stand out, make defining moves, or be better than anyone else on the dance floor. Life is more participatory than assertive, and there is no need for strong or further self-definition” (Falling Upward. Richard Rohr.120).

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Foundation Of All Violence and Posturing

In the early medieval period, to Christian philosophers at the monastery of St. Victor in Paris had names for these three ways of seeing, and these names had a great influence on Scholars and seekers in the western tradition. Hugh of St. Victor (1078 - 1141) and Richard of St. Victot (1223 - 1173) wrote that humanity was given three different sets of eyes, each building on the previous one. The first eye was the eye of the flesh (thought or sight), the second was the eye of reason (meditation or reflection), and the third eye was the eye of true understanding (contemplation).

I cannot emphasize strongly enough that the separation and loss of these three necessary offices that the basis of much of the short-sightedness and religious crises of the Western World. Lacking such wisdom, it is very difficult for churches, government, and leaders to move deyond ego. The desire for control, and public posture. Everything divides into opposition such as liberal versus conservative, with vested interest pulling against one another. Truth is no longer possible at this level of conversation.  Even theology becomes more a quest for power than a search for God and mystery.

One wonders how far are spiritual and political leaders can genuinely lead us without some degree of mystical seeing and action. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that "us-and-them" seeing, and the dualistic thinking that results, is the foundation of almost all this content and violence in the world."

(Richard Rohr. The Naked Now)

What Change Looks like

"....  but they know not to confuse knowledge  with depth or mere correct information with the transformation of consciousness itself."

-Richard Rohr

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Can We Breath God's Name?

Yahweh –  It was considered a literally unspeakable word for Jews……formally the word was not spoken at a;;, but breathed! Many are convinced that its correct pronunciation is an attempt to replicate and imitate the very sounds of inhalation and exhalation. The one thing we do every moment of our lives is therefore to speak the name of God. This makes it our first and our last word as we enter and leave this world…….
I remind people that there is no Islamic, Christian, or Jewish way of breathing. There is no rich or poor way of breathing. The playing field is utterly leveled. The air of the earth is one and the same air, and this divine wind “blows where it will” (John 3:8) – which appears to be everywhere. No one and no religion can control this spirit. 

– Richard Rohr. The Naked Now

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Avoiding Sloth & Negligence

Enable me, by thy Holy Spirit, so to shun sloth and Negligence, that every day may discharge part of the task which Thou has allotted me....
 Doctor Johnson's Prayers.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Pick Your Teachers Wisely

I am reading a 1898 translation from Greek of “Plutarch’s Morals” (Moralia) written in the first century AD.

"The schoolmasters we ought to select for our boys should be of blameless life, of pure character, and of great experience. For a good training is the source and root of gentlemanly behaviour. And just as farmers prop up their trees, so good schoolmasters prop up the young by good advice and suggestions, that they may become upright. How one must despise, therefore, some fathers, who, whether from ignorance or inexperience, before putting the intended teachers to the test, commit their sons to the charge of untried and untested men.......Were they not then wise words that the time-honoured Socrates used to utter, and say that he would proclaim, if he could, climbing up to the highest part of the city, "Men, what can you be thinking of, who move heaven and earth to make money, while you bestow next to no attention on the sons you are going to leave that money to?.....
Many persons also are so niggardly about their children, and indifferent to their interests, that for the sake of a paltry saving, they prefer worthless teachers for their children, practising a vile economy at the expense of their children's ignorance. Apropos of this, Aristippus on one occasion rebuked an empty-headed parent neatly and wittily. For being asked how much money a parent ought to pay for his son's education, he answered, "A thousand drachmæ." And he replying, "Hercules, what a price! I could buy a slave for as much;" Aristippus answered, "You shall have two slaves then, your son and the slave you buy."

- Plutarch, a Greek philosopher, biographer and essayist, born in 46 AD in Chaeronea, Boeotia, and died at the age of 74m 120 AD in Delphi. He became a Roman citizen, and was the contemporary of such prominent historical Roman figures as Trajan, Tacitus, Hadrian, Pliny. He studied mathematics and philosophy at the Academy of Athens under Ammonius from 66 to 67.

Plutarch was initiated into the mysteries of the Greek god Apollo, and was a long time (for 30 years until his death) priest, one of two, at the temple of Apollo at Delphi which housed Oracle of Delphi.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Even Socialists Have A Tax Threshold

The Author of Pipi Longstocking, Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, generates this interesting story.

In 1976, Lindgren learned that because of tax laws requiring her to pay both income tax and employer’s fees, she would effectively be taxed at a rate of 102 percent. Though she was generally a supporter of the principles of socialism, paying more than she actually earned appalled her. And so she published a satirical fairytale, “Pomperipossa in Monismania,” about a children’s book author forced to pay exorbitant taxes, in the Stockholm tabloid Expressen. The satire ignited a furious debate over both the tax laws and the reigning Social Democratic Party. Because of her popularity, people listened to Lindgren. Later that year, the Social Democratic party lost the election, giving up power for the first time in 44 years."
(Vintage News. When the Swedish author of “Pippi Longstocking” had to pay 102% in taxes, she fought the injustice with her best weapon: her writing  Jan 4, 2018 E.L. Hamilton)

This got me digging into the economic ideologies at work behind this story.

This is based on "Marginal Taxation" and the idea of tax brackets. The more you earn the higher the tax rate on each bracket of incremental increase in income.  Obviously Lindgren achieved a higher margin of income, and entered a bracket where every dollar was taken back to the state, and more, because of the fees.  Socialism can be the very equalization force it sets out to be. I'll  spare you more critique about the Socialist Economic ideology rabbit trail I followed.

"Marginal tax rates are applied to income in countries with progressive taxation schemes, with incremental increases in income taxed in progressively higher tax brackets.
In economics, one theory is that marginal tax rates will impact the incentive of increased income, meaning that higher marginal tax rates cause individuals to have less incentive to earn more. This is the basis of the Laffer curve theory, which theorizes that population-wide taxable income decreases as a function of the marginal tax rate, making net governmental tax revenues decrease beyond a certain taxation point."


Saturday, April 14, 2018

No Twisty Love

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image.

— Thomas Merton

Thursday, April 12, 2018

An Anvil Thats Worn Many Hammers

“When the French monarch proposed the persecution of Christians in his dominion, an old statesman and warrior said to him, ‘Sire, the church of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers...."

- 1853 G. DE FELICE Hist. Protestants of France I. II. v. 156 (tpTheodorer Beza to King of Navarre, 1562) The saying originated in the reply of the Calvinist theologian Theodore Beza (1519–1605) to the King of Navarre after the massacre of the Huguenots at Vassy in March 1562. The king had attempted to excuse the massacre on the grounds of the Protestants’ having provoked the Duke of Guise and his followers by throwing stones at them.

Communism Can't Kill The Faith

But Socialists will always try,  because they are a religion, a worldview that destroys opposition voices. 
"For generations, the Soviet Union closed churches and persecuted believers, and it mandated that all students at all levels of education receive classes every year in “scientific atheism.” As my late friend Andrew Greeley explained, the Soviet government “thought of itself as pushing forward the inevitable process of secularization in which religion would disappear from the face of the earth—a process which, in perhaps milder form, is an article of faith for many dogmatic social scientists.” This Soviet effort constituted a remarkable natural experiment. And what was the result? A national survey conducted in 1990, as the Soviet Union was collapsing, found that more than sixty years of this intense instruction had resulted in 6.6 percent of Russians saying they were atheists—only slightly more than in the United States!
Secularists have been predicting the imminent demise of religion for centuries. They have always been wrong— and their claims today are no different. It is their unshakable faith in secularization that may be the most “irrational” of all beliefs.”

[Rodney Stark. The Triumph of Faith: Why the World is More Religious Than Ever]

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Just Adopt The WOrldview Don't Understand It?

"Worldview is something some others what us to absorb. Not something they want us to analyze or actually understand." Lynn Rayner

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Great Indwelling As Superiority

"It's true that you cannot risk telling people with an immature or dualistic consciousness about the Great Indwelling before they have actually experienced it, because they will always abused it or trivialize it for purposes of superiority, libertinism, or control....

Catholics and Orthodox make the Holy Spirit dependent on membership and sacraments; Protestants make the Spirit dependent on a personal decision or faith as a technique. In both cases , we are back in charge; we are the doers."

~ Richard Rohr. The Naked Now 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Posessed By Ideas

"People don't have ideas. Ideas have people." 

Carl Jung

Broken Humanity

"We are characterized by inertia and ignorance."

~ Jordan Peterson 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Nothing Enlightened About Shrinking

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. . . . You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you."

~ Richard Rohr 

God Deeply Desires The union of Flesh And Spirit

"When God gives of Godself, one of two things happens: either flesh is inspirited or spirit is enfleshed. It is really very clear. I am somewhat amazed that more have not recognized this simple pattern: God’s will is incarnation. And against all our expectations of divinity, it appears that for God, matter really matters.
This Creator of ours is patiently determined to put matter and spirit together, almost as if the one were not complete without the other. This Lord of life seems to desire a perfect but free unification between body and soul. So much so, in fact, that God appears to be willing to wait for the creatures to will and choose this unity themselves—or it remains unrealized.
God apparently loves freedom as much as incarnation. This is the rub of time and history and our interminable groanings (see Romans 8:18-25). Jesus trusted God’s slow process of incarnation instead of demanding an immediate conclusion. The result was resurrection and the realization of eternal union between body and spirit, human and divine."
~ Richard Rohr 

Sunday, March 25, 2018

When We Recognize The Monster In Us

A profound example of that can be found in the perceptibility of new soldiers to post-traumatic stress disorder, which often occurs because of something they watch themselves doing, rather than because of something that has happened to them. They react like the monsters they can truly be in extreme battlefield conditions, and the revelation of that capacity undoes their world. And no wonder. Perhaps they assume that all of history’s terrible perpetrators were people totally unlike themselves. Perhaps they were never able to see within themselves the capacity for oppression and bullying…
- Jordan Peterson. The 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Not Mental Entertainment But People Who Support Communuty

"Bhagwan (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) didn't want people who were coming for mental entertainment. He wanted people who can support community." 

- Ma Anand Sheela (Wild Wild Country Documentary)

Leaving Intimacy Behind? Theology Gone Wrong

"'Aren't theologians trying to learn about God and help others do the same?'
'Oh, yes, there are a great many who are. But theologians have the same
problem all people have, and they can fall into plastic religion as easily as the next. Thus, the drift in a few religious scholarly circles is not really about knowing God. It's more about mastering God. Then you can develop systematic theologies to explain away the problems. It becomes a nice religious formula and can limit relationship with God to an intellectual ascent. You see, theology is necessary and can be a very healthy thing, but it can also be the empty husk of life people cling to when they leave intimacy behind.'" 

- (The Bastard Tree. M.C. Lang)

With every Crown Cones The Guillotine

"With every crown comes the Guillotine. Without the guillotine you can not wear the crown. And it was my fate. But, why does one have to put somebody under the guillotine? Because of their strength. They want to destroy their strength. And inspit of guillotine they still haven't kilked me yet. They haven't killed my spirit yet.  No matter where I go I Will always wear a crown." While I'm not afraid of being under guillotine," 
- Ma Anand Sheela 
(Wild Wild Country Documentary)

God is Cruel Like Me? Oh Boy!

I once saw God, as through a window l peered;
He was just as I suspected,
just as I feared.
So selfish and cruel He appeared to be;
So very ugly,
so unlike me.
Then I looked deeper, still deeper with time;
T‘was a minor all along,
and the image was mine," 

- Ty Gibson

You thought I was just like you. —Yahweh (PS 50:21)

17 You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you. 18 When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers. 19 You use your mouth for evil and harness your tongue to deceit. 20 You sit and testify against your brother and slander your own mother’s son. 21 When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like youPsalms 50:17-21 (NIV)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Love Moves And Grooves

“As in a marriage, love doesn’t stand still.” 

~ N.T. Wright. The Day The Revolution Began

Focused On The Right Object

"The aim, as in all theological and biblical exploration, is not to replace love with knowledge. Rather, it is to keep love focused upon its true object." 

~ N.T. Wright The Day The Revolution Began 

Keeping Our Nerve Sundays

This is what what "Ekklesia" is about. 

"It is vital that we keep our nerve, say our prayers, and pressed forward." 
~ N.T. Wright. The Day The Revolution Began.

Understanding Meaning Of The Cross In Each Generation

"But when belief is challenged either by Skeptics or by Voices within ourselves, we need to look hard not simply at relevant biblical texts, but also at are traditional formulations of what precisely we mean by saying that Jesus "died for us." Each generation of Christians and each Church in its own way needs to do this. The task is difficult.

~ N.T. Wright. The Day The Revolution Began 

One-line Summaries No More

"We constantly need to press beyond the one-line summaries and the popular slogans." 

~ N.T. Wright. The Day The Revolution Began

Friday, March 16, 2018

When What We Know For Sure Is Not Sure

"It's not what we don't know that gets us in trouble. It's what we know for sure that just ain't so." 
~ Mark Twain

Unpatriotic Persecution Of Christians

"Christians were not persecuted by the Roman Empire for telling people how to go to heaven when they die—Rome didn’t care about religious postmortem ciaims‘ Christians were persecuted by the empire for being viewed as unpatriotic and for confessing that Jesus—not Caesar—is Lord."      ~ Brian Zahnd (twitter)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Postmodernism has No Gratitude - Do You Have it?

The first thing you might want to note about postmodernism is that it does not have a shred of gratitide. And there is something pathologically wrong with a person who doesn't have any gratitude. Especially when they live in what, so far, is the best of all possible worlds. And so, if you are not grateful you are driven by resentment and resentment is about the worst emotion you could possibly experience apart from arrogance. 

Resentment, arrogance, and deciet; there is an evil triade for you. And if you are bitter with everything that is going on around you despite the fact that you are bathed in wealth there is something absolutly wrong with you."

Jordan Peterson


If you tyranize people bad enough they will actually hurt themselves to hurt you. So they are willing to take a hit to reckaim justice, let's say."

Jordan Peterson.The Psychology Behind an Efficient Capitalist System. Jordan B Peterson on the Jocko Podcast

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Send Intellectuals to the Farm To Learn Said Mao

Might Solve many of our countries problems.
"One of the most controversial policies of the Cultural Revolution (Mao) seems to have been that of sending the intellectuals to the countryside to work and learn from the people."

Carol Hanisch (Feminist who staged first protest of Miss America Pageant)

Communist Misogynistic Chivalry- Don't Mistreat My Wife Mr Stalin

How Misogynistic, that men stick up for women.  

“Dear comrade Stalin!
“You permitted yourself a rude summons of my wife to the telephone and a rude reprimand of her. Despite the fact that she told you that she agreed to forget what was said, nevertheless Zinoviev and Kamenev heard about it from her. I have no intention to forget so easily that which is being done against me. I need not stress here that I consider as directed against me that which is being done against my wife. I ask you, therefore, that you weigh carefully whether you are agreeable to retracting your words and apologizing, or whether you prefer the severance of relations between us."


~ Read by - Nikita Khrushchev. Speech, "On the Cult of Personality and Its Conssequences." 1956

Bad Temper Stalin Leadership Character Lacking?

"Lenin made a completely correct characterization of Stalin. He pointed out that it was necessary to consider transferring Stalin from the position of [Party] General Secretary because Stalin was excessively rude, did not have a proper attitude toward his comrades, and was capricious and abused his power. " 

- Nikita Khrushchev. Speech On the Cult of Personality and Its Conssequences. 1956
Vladimir Ilyich said: “Stalin is excessively rude, and this defect, which can be freely tolerated in our midst and in contacts among us Communists, becomes a defect which cannot be tolerated in one holding the position of General Secretary. Because of this, I propose that the comrades consider the method by which Stalin would be removed from this position and by which another man would be selected for it, a man who, above all, would differ from Stalin in only one quality, namely, greater tolerance, greater loyalty, greater kindness and more considerate attitude toward the comrades, a less capricious temper, etc.”

- Nikita Khrushchev. Speech On the Cult of Personality and Its Conssequences. 1956

Heaven Is a Brain Fairytale

 “I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

 Stephen William Hawking, 1942 - 2018    

Let Us Bang Shoes

1960, Oct 12 Nikita Khrushchev's Shoe-Banging Incident.

(During the 902nd Plenary Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in 1960. Khrushchev supposedly pounded his shoe on his delegate-desk in protest at a speech by Philippine delegate Lorenzo Sumulong.)

"And when Mr. Khrushchev brandishes his shoe at the United Nations and hammers the table with it, no colonized individual, no representative of the underdeveloped countries laughs. For what Mr. Khrushchev is showing the colonized countries who are watching, is that he, the missile-wielding muzhik is treating these wretched capitalists the way they deserve."
 - Frantz Fanon 1961, revolutionary philosopher

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

You Need Skills, Not Sexual or Racial Traits

In an attempt to avoid hard work, a job, or any other sort of labor or toil that is required to become a self-reliant, self-sustaining adult who is a contributing member to society, Millennials have rapidly replaced skills and talent with "traits."  Understand that traits you are born with have no value because they do not offer, nor produce anything of value to society.  Be you black, white, brown or Asian, or male, female, straight or bi, those are things you were born with and did nothing to earn.
Unfortunately (for the Millennials anyway), society doesn't pay for traits.  They need skills.
The iPhone you like, the electricity you use, the food you eat, the clothes you wear were not produced by a man's "blackness" just as the car you drive was not produced by a woman's "pansexuality."  It was produced by hard working men and women who dedicated their time to learn a skill or trade and then sacrificed part of their finite lives WORKING to build the things you consume and enjoy today.

The problem is learning skills and trades that are in demand takes time, hard work, not to mention the work itself you need to spend on providing something of value to society.  And this life of labor is such a terrifying threat to some Millennials they have even created entirely made up genders that do not exist and are not a thing, solely for the purpose of fooling themselves into thinking they have value and/or are of value to society.

(Captain Capitalism. What Gen Z Can Learn from The Millennials. Monday, March 12, 2018.)

Cult Of a Great Individual

"After Stalin’s death, the Central Committee began to implement a policy of explaining concisely and consistently that it is impermissible and foreign to the spirit of Marxism-Leninism to elevate one person, to transform him into a superman possessing supernatural characteristics, akin to those of a god. Such a man supposedly knows everything, sees everything, thinks for everyone, can do anything, is infallible in his behavior.....
Because not all as yet realize fully the practical consequences resulting from the cult of the individual....."

- Nikita Khrushchev On the Cult of Personality and Its Consequences" 
(Speech to 20th Congress of the C.P.S.U. Speech Delivered: February 24-25 1956; At the Twentieth Congress of the CPSU February 24-25 1956, Khrushchev delivered a report in which he denounced Stalin’s crimes and the ‘cult of personality’ surrounding Stalin. This speech would ultimately trigger a world-wide split)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Law of Denunciation

"Section 12 concerned itself closely with the conscience of our citizens: it dealt with the failure to make a denunciation of any of the types listed. And the penalty for the mortal sin of failure to make a denunciation carried no maximum limit!..... He knew and did not tell become the equivalent of "He did it himself."

- 1930's Russian Law, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Give Holy Friendship

"Like the sacramental use of water and bread and wine, friendship takes what's common in human experience and turns it into something holy.” 

~ Eugene Peterson 

Practicing Violence Against Time

"Hurry is a form of violence practiced on time. But time is sacred." 

- Eugene Peterson

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Intelligence Doesn't Guarantee Love, But Holiness Does

So true. We can have all the knowledge and IQ in the world, but it is no assurance of love and kindness. We can be as intelligent and not good, moral, or kind. It is not an oxymoron.

However, if we are "Holy", we must love and be kind. We can not be holy without it. To hily and unkind and unloving is an oxymoron. 

"The hour in our life in which we are best employed is the hour in which we best love Jesus. 

A soul does good to others not in the measure of its knowledge or intelligence but in that of its holiness."

~ Charles de Foucauld. Meditations of a Hermit

Degenerating Into A Money Making Machine

“I am losing precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains to learn the news” 

― John Muir

Front Porch Visitation Or Back Deck Isolation

"Most of us live privately and individualistically, isolated and cut off from one another. Instead of front porches for visiting with neighbors and passersby, our backyard decks are sheltered behind fences.
We no longer stroll on sidewalks, with opportunity to chat with pedestrians, homeowners and shopkeepers; rather cars move into and out of garages with automatic doors. As we drive, we keep windows closed; all the better to enjoy heat or air conditioning, music, or cell phone diversion. In the meantime we grow impatient with folks who drive slowly or hesitate a second too long at stoplights. Then we do not wish a Buen Camino! but honk horns or display certain fingers instead. No doubt many of us face challenges, but often we're not aware of what others undergo, with no sense of appreciation for their great struggles."
(Arthur Paul Boers. The Way is Made by Walking)

Stuff Your Eyes With Wonder

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”

― Ray Bradbury

Walking The Roads of Nature For The Soul

"While calling ourselves intelligent, we’ve lost touch with the natural world and, as a result, lost touch with our own souls. I believe we can’t access our full intelligence and wisdom without some real connection to nature!

.... Francis of Assisi (c. 1182-1226), spent many days, weeks, and even months walking the roads of Umbria and letting nature teach him. Francis knew and respected creation, calling animals, sun and moon, and even the weather and the elements his brothers and sisters. Through extended time in nature, Francis became intimately connected with non-human living things and came to recognize that the natural world was also imbued with soul. 

Almost all male initiation rites—including those of Jesus and John the Baptist (see Matthew 3:13-17)—took place in nature, surely for that reason."

~ Richard Rohr 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Our Enemies Don't Sing Our Songs

This writing captures communism, totalitarianism, and state Authoritarianism very well. Don't bother reading his poetry as it is unbearably depressing in every aspect imaginable. - My opinion!

"And he who sings not with us today
Is against

~ Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893-1930). Russian Soviet poet, playwright, artist, and actor. Ideological socalist and Communist. Strong admiration of Lenin, but later did not like state interference in art. Died by Suicide. 

Lies To Discredit Intelligent Voices and Thinkers

Russia ..... typical historical Totalitarian tactics to take down intelligent voices and thinkers. 
"This particular unrelenting wave (1937, 1945 and 1949) grabbed up anyone at all at any moment. But when it came to outstanding intellectuals in the thirties, they sometimes considered it clever to fabricate a case based on some conspicuously shameful violation (like pederasty; or, in the case of Professor Pletnev, the allegation that, left alone with a woman patient, he bit her breast. A national newspaper reports such an incident  - and just try to deny it."

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Gulag Archipelago 

The Only Use Totalitarianism Has For Religion

"And, always, there were those who refused to become NKVD informers. (Among them were priests who refused to violate the secrecy of the confessional, for the organs had very quickly discovered how useful it was to learn the content of confessions - the only use they found for religion."

1934-1935 Russia 

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Gulag Archipelago 

Victims Of Our Own Ideologies

"Famous revolutionaries, theoreticians, and Prophets, seven years before their own inglorious destruction, welcomed the roar of the crowd, not guessing then that their own time stood on the threshold, that soon their own names would be dragged down in the roar of "Scum!" "Filth!""

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Gulag Archipelago 

The Mole Of Totalitarianism

"As we begin to understand our judicial practices, we realize now that the public trials were only the surface indications of the moles tunnel, and that all the main digging lay beneath the surface."

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Gulag Archipelago 

Extrajudicial Reprisals

"It would have been impossible to carry out this hygienic purging, especially under wartime conditions, if they had had to follow outdated legal processes and normal judicial procedures. And so an entirely new form was adopted: extrajudicial reprisal, and this thankless job was self-sacrificingly assume by the Cheka, The Sentinel of the Revolution, which was the only punitive organ in human history that combined in one set of hands investigation, arrest, interrogation, prosecution, trial, and execution of the verdict. 

~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Gulag Archipelago.