A number of years ago the public in the West were overcome with revulsion when reading Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago. The could not come to terms at the hideous cruelty inflicted on the Soviet state’s prisoners. Deliberate cold blooded cruelty, part of a carefully calculated instrument of state policy. Of course it was all done in the name of national security, a policy that was said to protect the nation against enemies of the state, terrorist, traitors etc.
Roll the film forward and we have the Western Gulag Archipelago. State policy of extraordinary rendition, torture on somebody else’s soil, Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and our own Belmarsh Prison. The policy and the actions are the same as the Soviet era, cruel vicious degrading treatment all in the name of state security. The problem is not merely the system, Soviet or Western capitalism, though both were/are morally corrupt despotic edifices, there will always be an inherent problem with the state apparatus. The state will always put the liberty and life of the individual at a low priority as it seeks to strengthen and expand its power.
There was outrage at Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago, where is the outrage at the Western Gulag Archipelago?
Though it is obvious to any clear thinking compassionate person that capitalism must go, that in its self is not enough, the state apparatus must be dismantled and replaced with a community based system federated to other like communities if we wish to see an end to the Gulag Archipelago and its resultant miseries.