Learning from the 'Slaves' of Oppression

Friday, 30 Mar 2012 07:14 PM

By Lev Navrozov

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Let me reflect on our release from Russia in the early 1970s.

A slave-owning “government” can mistreat any data on anyone and convert to slavery anyone except the “government” slave-owners.

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A preserved segment of the Berlin Wall has become a symbol of the power once wielded by the former Soviet Union.
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Freedom guarantees that the rights of any human being be defended in an independent court of justice if his or her human rights are violated.

Miraculously, I was given permission to leave Soviet Russia in the early 1970s, with my wife, who had learned English with the same stubbornness and skill as I did, our son (today a scholar), and my mother, a medical doctor. What country did we turn to?

We chose the United States because it was powerful and intelligent enough to steer the future course of mankind toward freedom, not slavery.

That was our choice.

We left behind our Moscow castle, probably the only one in the country built by a professional architect, with terraces and balconies surrounding the house and acres of forest land stretching as far as the eye could see.

We almost never talk about it, since we never considered it our property even though we worked hard and bought it with our own money. Nobody in the country could own property.

Our neighbors, high-ranking communist party functionaries, were given property, which could have been taken away from them at any time if  they fell out of grace with the regime.

Spiritually, we were never attached to it: Soviet power was getting closer and closer to our isolated life. So when the news first came that there was a chance to escape, we went for it and never looked back.

And here we were in New York, with the six windows of our apartment on the 21st floor, and a terrace overlooking the hills as high as our building — all green, all lights, stretching left and right to infinity.

Yes, the United States was that country from which all freedom-lovers like myself could try to turn the world around toward freedom — and away from slavery.

Upon my arrival in the United States, I began writing my weekly column, with an emphasis on the problems of defending freedom against slavery.

In the absence of universal freedom, the knowledge of any country from the point of view of world freedom versus slavery, lacked sufficient reliable analysis.

And what about sufficiently reliable and valuable analysis of slave countries by those so-called certified “specialists” produced in free countries?

I listen to what they say, and I also speak with them — as a former native of a slave country in which I had lived from birth.

An analyst who is not born in the country he or she studies, and who lacks the intimate knowledge of a native is absolutely useless if he or she is trained by academics from a free country.

He or she provides no valuable information, and worse yet, even misleading, or harmful information.

This alone may lead to the death of the free world, deprived of a native understanding of a slave country.

In the huge hall of a newspaper, which invited me to speak upon my arrival to the United States, one of those present who got interested in my presentation, later invited me to write for his publication — and I still write a column for him every week.

Free countries have one decisive advantage: They can publish the writings of those who fled their native slave lands and who now relish the taste of freedom.

Those former natives of slave countries now living in freedom can provide an intimate look into the workings of slave societies and be an infinite source of valuable information about the vast mortally dangerous unfree world, which poses a threat to freedom.

Even the official Soviet state hymn revealed the global ambitions of the former Union. The division of the world today is bigger than it was then.

And the weapons? Surely, they have become increasingly destructive and easily available to despotic rulers of closed societies.

The ongoing silent war has become more sophisticated, destructive, and competitive — owing to the greater speeds and availability of new technologies.

Free countries should make full use of the authentic, intimate knowledge of closed societies from former natives who were lucky enough to escape an oppressive dictatorial regime.

They might now be the only reliable source of information needed by the free West to preserve freedom.

Lev Navrozov is a journalist, author, and columnist who is a winner of the Albert Einstein Prize for outstanding intellectual achievements. He can be reached at levnavrozov@gmail.com. Read more reports from Lev — Click Here Now.

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