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Bernie’s Gulag Archipelago

Kyle Jurek Gulags
Our friend James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas team have done it again, this time exposing exactly what Bernie Sanders’ supporters have in mind for you if you disagree with them: you can view the video through this link.

While what little establishment media attention the shocking videos have garnered seems to be concentrated on Sanders field organizer Kyle Jurek's criticism of Elizabeth Warren and her supporters (they are “hung up on vaginas” said Mr. Jurek). However, what concerned us was Jurek’s celebration of the brutality of the communist system he and Bernie would like to impose upon their fellow Americans.

“Germany had to spend billions of dollars re-educating their f**king people to not be Nazis,” said Jurek. “We’re probably going to have to do the same f**king thing here.”

Editors Note: Mr. Jurek has a very limited vocabulary with the F-bomb fulfilling the verb, adverb, adjective and noun parts of speech interchangeably.

“That’s kind of what all Bernie’s whole f**king like, ‘hey, free education for everybody’ because we’re going to have to teach you to not be a f**king Nazi,” he noted.

Jurek goes on to display his grasp of history as molded by today’s Far Left education establishment by explaining his understanding of Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin’s use of gulags, during which he claims that freedom-loving people in the West have got it all wrong. “People were actually paid a living wage in the gulags. They have conjugal visits in gulags. Gulags were meant for re-education,” Jurek claims.

Mr. Jurek’s Polish ancestors likely left their native country for America to avoid the Soviet Gulags, or their Nazi equivalents, but rather than wonder why Kyle Jurek didn’t have the benefit of Dziadziu and Babcia’s wisdom on the subject, we will share what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and other survivors of the Soviet Gulags, had to say about their perceived benefits.

In The Doomed on page 8 here’s how Solzhenitsyn described the real Gulags, in stark contrast to Mr. Jurek’s rosy picture:

Little attempt was made to conceal their purpose: the katorzhane were to be done to death. These were, undisguisedly, murder camps: but in the Gulag tradition murder was protracted, so that the doomed would suffer longer and put a little work in before they died.

They were housed in "tents," seven meters by twenty, of the kind common in the north. Surrounded with boards and sprinkled with sawdust, the tent became a sort of flimsy hut. It was meant to hold eighty people, if they were on bunk beds, or one hundred on sleeping platforms. But katorzhane were put into them two hundred at a time.

Yet there was no reduction of average living space—just a rational utilization of accommodation. The katorzhane were put on a twelve-hour working day with two shifts, and no rest days, so that there were always one hundred at work and one hundred in the hut.

At work they were cordoned off by guards with dogs, beaten whenever anybody felt like it, urged on to greater efforts by Tommy guns. On their way back to the living area their ranks might be raked with Tommy-gun fire for no good reason, and the soldiers would not have to answer for the casualties. Even at a distance a column of exhausted katorzhane was easily identified —no ordinary prisoners dragged themselves so hopelessly, so painfully along.

Their twelve working hours were measured out in full to the last tedious minute.

And just two pages later on page 10:

Then again, katorzhane were of course paid no money, nor had they any right to receive parcels or letters (the memory of their former freedom must fade in their muddled, dully aching heads, till there was nothing left in the inscrutable polar night but work and barracks).

The katorzhane responded nicely to this treatment and quickly died.

The first alphabet at Vorkuta—twenty-eight letters, with numbers from 1 to 1000 attached to each of them—the first 28,000 prisoners in Vorkuta all passed under the earth within a year.

Stephen F. Cohen, writing for the New York Times in 1974 called the Gulags “the other great holocaust of our century” for their role in the imprisonment, brutalization and very often murder of tens of millions of innocent Soviet citizens by their own Government, mostly during Stalin's rule from 1929 to 1953.

Canadian psychology professor Dr. Jordan Peterson, a conservative genius the Left loves to hate, listed The Gulag Archipelago among 15 terrifying books smart people should read, saying “Solzhenitsyn’s writing [of The Gulag Archipelago] utterly and finally demolished the intellectual credibility of communism, as ideology or society.”

Unfortunately, it appears that Mr. Jurek has not read Jordan Peterson or Solzhenitsyn or perhaps most terrifyingly, he has read Solzhenitsyn and presumes that, as a supporter of Senator Sanders, he will be one of those running the Gulag instead of serving in it.

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