The Socialist Phenomenon
Aleksander Solzehenitsyn lived in Stalin's Gulag, and fought in the Red Army. He wrote passionately and famously (for which he was arrested) about the evil of Socialism and his experiences. Later in life he became a Christian and wrote philosophically and authoritatively about Socialism. He died at 89 years of age in 2008 and is an international icon. He once wrote,
"Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." Since then I have spent well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: "Men have forgotten God; that's why all this has happened." "Edward E. Ericson, Jr., "Solzhenitsyn – Voice from the Gulag"