Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn dies at 89

Here is one obituary.  He did not in every way favor liberty, but he did more for liberty than almost any other person of the late 20th century.  I find First Circle and Cancer Ward to be his best fiction, although they are not his most widely read works.

That said, I don’t favor nationalizing his funeral, as that would give the impression that Russia is now a free country.

Here is a piece on the economics of Solzhenitsyn, by the excellent Cecil Bohanon; Cecil was at the Liberty Fund conference with me.

Addendum: Read Bryan Caplan: "But if any writer can make future generations of Russians look on the
Soviet era with the horror it deserves, it’s the man who stared down
the Soviet Union at the height of its power – and outlived it by 17


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