All My Heroes Died Broke, Broken, Not Beaten | Strike-The-Root: A Journal Of Liberty

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“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure that it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Recently I reread a book that impressed me nearly forty years ago. I wondered if the book, Alexander Dolgun’s story: An American in the Gulag, still possessed the same power I felt then. Here was a fellow, a low-level embassy employee in Stalinist Moscow, arrested, tortured and tossed into a slave labor camp for no crime whatsoever. He wrote his book years after his release, sometime after Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote his masterworks, during the 1970s. A survivor in the truest sense of the word, Dolgun noticed graffiti scratched into the prison wall in his first traumatic days.


“Who enters here, do not lose hope,

Who leaves; do not rejoice –

Who has not been, shall be here yet,

Who has been here, shall never forget”

We like to think of ourselves as free men and women, but the reality says otherwise. We live in Uber-1984. We live in a facsimile free world, where none are so hopelessly enslaved, as Goethe observed, as those who falsely believe they are free.

via All My Heroes Died Broke, Broken, Not Beaten | Strike-The-Root: A Journal Of Liberty.



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2 Responses to All My Heroes Died Broke, Broken, Not Beaten | Strike-The-Root: A Journal Of Liberty

  1. Gunny G says:

    Hi Gunny,
    Just a hat tip for linking “All My Heroes Died Broke.” I wrote that awhile ago and wondered if it had ever been relinked.

    My older brother, recently died, served in Nam and was USMC, and was a sort of unspoken hero to me. So a Big HooRah to you.

    Doug Herman USAF 68-72
    douglas herman

  2. Gunny G says:

    Reblogged this on BLOGGING BAD ~ DICK.G: AMERICAN ! and commented:

    GUNNY G!

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