As he was dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy during his recent arrest in London, the Quisling press made mock of Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange’s unkempt appearance. Because they are ignorant of history and charter members of the quotidian idiocracy club, the majority members of the so-called Free Press totally missed the irony that they were cheerleading for the kind of strong arm State oppression their very existence was originally intended to curtail.
The thinning hair, the bushy jaw line-edged beard and the steely resolve to stand up, unblinking, in the face of real-life State oppression is, to this scribbler, uncanny. The tin-eared reaction of the mainstream press was yet one more proof of a growing trove of evidence their once-vaunted institution has become rotten to the core. Whether it was willful ignorance to cover their own asses (the nervous laugh of the guilty still innocently presumed) or just that they are really that stupid should not matter. The glass house of their ersatz journalism will inexorably get stoned.
Strikingly similar to last year’s UK Schutzstaffel LARP of Tommy Robinson, the smash-and-grab of Julian Assange could be figuratively overlayed with any thousands of similar home invasions perpetrated by Stalin’s secret police, the NKVD, of which Aleksandr Scholzhenitsyn memorialized to no end in his seminal nonfiction THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO exposing the totalitarian excesses communism went to to suppress its embarrasingly-apparent systemic failures.
Indeed, the historical similarities do not end there. Both served their time as political prisoners of the State: Solzhenitsyn for 8 years in the aforementioned gulag and Assange in virtual solitary confinement for 7 years in the Ecuadorian embassy. Each, in his own time, was besieged at every turn by the prevailing authority and tasted the anchorlessness of exile.
Solzhenitsyn landed in Vermont after he was thrown out of Russia for publishing his polemic THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO in the early 1970s. Years went by, Breznhev died, gave way to someone else who died and followed by the thawing of the authoritarian spirit of Soviet governance in Gorbachev’s Glasnost and the Boris Yeltsin’s reforms. Eventually, after 20 plus years Solzhenitsyn was eventually called back to Mother Russia during the early tenure of Vladimir Putin and given a hero’s welcome.
Today, Assange was convicted of bail violation in the UK and sentenced to 50 weeks in prison, so his incarceration will roughly equal that of his timeless Russian antecedent’s. It is fitting that this sentence will be spent in England, the home of George Orwell who cautioned / predicted such travesties of justice could become the norm in a country that had succumbed to corruption of power and the lies that fuel a totalitarian vision. Even Hollywood would reject the script as too outrageous that the land of the Magna Carta and Malory’s Morte d’Arthur would have degenerated to such an extent as to have actually become the dystopian nightmare Orwell wrote about in his novel 1984.
Interestingly, one of Assange’s influences growing up was Solzhenitsyn. Even going so far as to see parallels in AS’s novel FIRST CIRCLE ( a book of various universal themes that includes one of the potential conflict between being a good person and a good citizen) and the subversive hacker’s life that he, Assange, was leading: “How close the parallels to my own adventures! … To know the State for what it really is! To see through that veneer the educated [aka, MSM] swear to disbelieve in, but still slavishly follow with their hearts.”