Solzhenitsyn: It could happen here

If it were possible for any nation to fathom another people’s bitter experience through a book, how much easier its future fate would become and how many calamities and mistakes it could avoid. But it is very difficult. There always is this fallacious belief: “It would not be the same here; here such things are impossible.”

Alas, all the evil of the twentieth century is possible everywhere on earth.

—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, forward to the 1983 abridgement of Gulag Archipelago for the US market

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