This 1 hr. 24' 57" video was published by Dr Steve Turley on Feb 21, 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyddCcbKgc4
Ron: This video is worth your time. Solzhenitsyn was very perceptive as well as courageous. Dr Turley does a good job of explaning what Solzhenitsyn told USans and the world in 1978. Dr Turley says that Solzhenitsyn saw that the West's legalistic (rule of law) governance arrangements accompanied by technological developments had provided much greater freedom and material benefits than previously known. BUT, he also noted that the creation of man-made legal rights, ie 'positivist law', created by lawyers and legislators, in lieu of the natural laws of Creation which humans discover rather than create, fuels materialism which results in a consumerist mentality that can never be sated. Why? Because consumer appetities devoid of a spiritual basis are infinite. The creation of seemingly independant sovereign consumers results in failure to adhere to cultural and spiritual norms associated with family, church and community, and failure to know and value of what is good and right. The individual becomes the sole arbiter of what s/he decides to be good and right. The result is intensive interpersonal competition as well as a decilne in courage, ie a decline in willingness to defend what is good and right as values worth fighting for.
The West's "rule of law" degenerates into the rule by lawyers as people cease being guided by natural law, ie the laws of nature. Accordingly the rule of law degenerates into rule by lawyers who INVENT THE LAW. Moreover, the "lawyers" who 'make up' the law stand above it. Justice ceases to have any basis. This is currently evidenced by the fact that Hilary Clinton et al have not been prosecuted for the crimes she and they have committed.
The only thing worse than a nation without law is a nation made up solely by lawyers. Freedom isn't just "freedom FROM" but it is also freedom FOR doing what we ought to do.
Thank you all for a wonderful live stream!!! Here's a video of Solzhenitsyn's Harvard address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuVG8...
Here's a link to Amazon for the awesome book that I recommended: 'The Solzhenitsyn Reader' https://amzn.to/2EdgS0z