“Oh, fortunate New York State, to have such a perspicacious jackass for a judge!” (“The Gulag Archipelago, Volume 2: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, 1918-1956,” Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr, p. 147)

The paragraph preceding the quote appearing in the title of this post:

Oh, “what an intelligent, farsighted human administration from top to bottom,” as Supreme Court Judge Leibowitz of New York State wrote in Life magazine, after having visited Gulag. “In serving out his term or punishment the prisoner retains a feeling of dignity.” That is what he comprehended and saw.

The paragraph following the quote appearing in the title of this post:

And oh, you well-fed, devil-may-care, nearsighted, irresponsible foreigners with your notebooks and your ball-point pens – – beginning with those correspondents who back in Kem asked the [prisoners] questions in the presence of the camp chiefs – – how much you have harmed us in your vain passion to shine with understanding in areas where you did not grasp a lousy thing!

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