Now, that term – meant originally to refer to the concentration camps run by the Soviet Union, that imprisoned huge numbers of dissidents, wrong-thinkers, schlubs, and others caught up in the madness of a Fully-Leftist-Society-Run-by-Ideologues – was popularized in The Gulag Archipelago, written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. (I had to check my spelling multiple times to make sure I got that right).
It’s not a cheap book; just Vol. 1 is $9.99 on Nook, for the e-book. You’ll want to read Vol. 2, as well.
I read it thanks to having been dating a young man with Eastern European heritage; he recommended it, and, as I was eager to impress him, I bought a paperback copy (readily available at the local bookstore and drugstores, as I recall).
It’s a bit of a hard slog, at first. The Russian style of writing is one that takes some adjustment. And, my previous was detective stories and ‘fluff’ novels (hey, that’s what was available at home). I did manage, while in high school, to methodically work my way through Fitzgerald and start on Hemingway. But, other than Les Miserable, which I picked up after a reference to it in another book I had read, that was it for serious literature.
I can never thank him adequately for that assistance in finding one of the most powerful and foundational books of my life. After reading it, I had immunized myself against a too-easy acquiescence to the Leftist seduction. I strongly recommend buying a hard copy or two, and distributing it around your family.
Even now, after much of the truth has been admitted to, after confirmation of the conditions of the Gulag in subsequent investigations, and from information mined from the Venona Papers, Leftists continue to discount the reality.
Unfortunately, our own government seems to be heading in the direction of criminalizing dissident thought, behavior, and organizing to resist the oppressive hand of the Deep State. Many arrested in the aftermath of the Capital Hill protests still are imprisoned, without bail. Efforts to raise funds to free them or procure them an adequate defense have been verboten (to use the appropriate word) by Deep State Allies, such as PayPal, GoFundMe, and other crowd-driven means of raising money. Those means have been used by admitted criminals, convicted felons, and Domestic Terrorists of the Leftist Kind without a problem, so it seems clear that the distinction is political.
What’s the answer? Hell if I know.
We’re in uncharted territory here. We’re the guys that EVENTUALLY put together the Colonial Rebellion, but we’re nowhere ready to break out the muskets. Other than quiet discussions, prepping and practicing potentially necessary skills, and identifying local support, should it be necessary, I haven’t a clue. Social media, at this point ,is more likely to paint a target on our backs. There are a few online tools that have some potential, but I wouldn’t bet my continued freedom or existence on them.