World: Solzhenitsyn: Decline of the West

The day after Carter's speech at Annapolis, exiled Russian Novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn delivered his first major speech in three years. It was an extraordinary jeremiad, and its main target was not the Soviet system, whose evils he has vividly chronicled, but the West, where he has made his new home. At Harvard University's commencement, the 59-year-old Nobel laureate received a standing ovation as he was made an honorary Doctor of Letters. Then, like an Old Testament prophet, he denounced in an hourlong address such evils of modern American society as civic cowardice, immoral...

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