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Timeless words

In 1945, dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn was convicted under Article 58 for anti-Soviet propaganda after having expressed mild disillusionment with Stalin’s lack of military prowess in a private letter during World War II. This led to years of imprisonment as an “enemy of the state” inside the Soviet gulag prison camp system stretching thousands of miles across Russia. As the local school district says it would obligated to follow a potential state law on sexual identity, these words delivered by Solzhenitsyn in a 1978 address at Harvard regarding law come to mind:

”People in the West [including America] have acquired considerable skill in using, interpreting, and...



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