An Open Letter to Dean Reed Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Dear fellow art Solzhenitsyn!

I, as an American artist, will answer some of your accusations published by the capitalist press in the world. In my opinion, they are false accusations, and the nations of the world need to know why they are false.

You denounced the Soviet Union as a "profoundly sick society, afflicted by hatred and injustice." You say that the Soviet government "could not live without enemies, and the whole atmosphere is impregnated with hatred, hatred, and again, not stopping even to racial hatred." You must be talking about my country, and not about his! After all, it is America, not the Soviet Union, wages war and creates a tense situation possible wars in order to enable their economies to act as our dictators, military-industrial complex acquire more wealth and power in the blood of the Vietnamese people, our own American soldiers and all freedom-loving peoples of the world! A sick society in my country, and not you, Mr. Solzhenitsyn!

This is America, not the Soviet Union, became the most violent society that history has ever known humanity. America, where the mafia has more economic power than the largest corporations, and where our citizens can not walk the streets at night without fear of criminal attack. After all, in the United States, not the Soviet Union as their fellow citizens killed in the period since 1900, more people than the number of U.S. soldiers killed in the fighting in the first and second world wars and in Korea and Vietnam! It is our society considers convenient to kill each and every progressive leader who finds the courage to raise their voice against some of our wrongs. That's what a sick society, Mr. Solzhenitsyn!

Then you talk about racial hatred! In America, not the Soviet Union, for two centuries unpunished murder of blacks, which are kept in semi-slavery. In America, not the Soviet Union, the police indiscriminately beating and arrest of any and every black man trying to make a stand for their rights.

Then you say that "freedom of speech, fair and complete freedom of speech — that is the first condition of the health of any society, and ours also." Try to spread these ideas among peoples suffering, forced to fight for survival and to live against their will under the yoke of dictatorships, keep in power only because of U.S. military assistance.

Tell me about your thoughts to people whose "health" lies only in the fact that half of them children die at birth because they have no money for a doctor, and they suffer all their lives because of lack of medical care. Tell people about this capitalist world, whose "health" consists in the fact that his whole life is spent in constant fear of unemployment. Tell the American Negroes, as they have helped a lot in practice, "health" and "freedom of speech" in their just struggle for equality with whites, when, after two centuries of "freedom of speech in an American" in many areas of the United States believes that the Negro kill — is is like a bear hunt!

Tell the workers of the capitalist world about your ideas about "freedom of speech as the first condition of health" because of lack of money if their sons and daughters will not be able to develop their mental skills in school, and therefore will never be able even to learn to read! You're talking about freedom of speech, while most of the world's population still speaks of the possibility to learn to read words!

No, Mr. Solzhenitsyn, your definition of freedom of speech as the first health condition is not true. The first condition is to make the country healthy enough morally, mentally, spiritually and physically, in order to make the people know how to read, write, work and live together in peace.

No, Mr. Solzhenitsyn, I do not accept your first terms of public health, and especially in your definition and context. My country is known for its "freedom of speech" — a country where the police attacks on participants in peaceful marches. In my country, to allow peaceful hiking, and at the same time, the ongoing war detrimental impact on the lives of the Vietnamese people, for the demonstration, of course, does not change the policy of the government. Do you really think that the military-industrial complex, the ruling my country and half the world cares about "freedom of speech"? Its rulers are aware that they, and they alone, have the power to make decisions. Indeed, freedom of speech in words but not in deed!

You also claim that the Soviet Union is out of step with the twentieth century. If this is true, because the Soviet Union is always half a step ahead of the twentieth century! Do you offer your people to give up his role as leader of the avant-garde and all progressive people of the world and return to the cruel and inhumane conditions prevailing in the rest of the world where injustice is truly abundant in the atmosphere almost feudal conditions of many countries? Mr. Solzhenitsyn, the article further states that you — "long-suffering writer of the Soviet Union." Apparently, this means that you are suffering a lot because of the lack of moral and social principles, and that your conscience hurts you in the quiet hours of the night when you are alone with him.

It is true that the Soviet Union has its shortcomings and injustices, but that's all relative. In principle, and in fact, your company is committed to creating a truly healthy and just society. The principles on which to build your company — are healthy, clean and fair, while the principles on which our society is built, brutal, selfish and unfair. Obviously, life can be some mistakes and injustices, but no doubt that a society based on equitable principles, has more prospects to come to a just society rather than a society that is based on injustice and the exploitation of man by man. Society and the government of my country behind the times, because their only purpose is to try to save the world the status quo. It is your country wants to make progressive steps in the name of humanity, and if something is not perfect, and sometimes stumbles, then we should not be blamed for these shortcomings the system, but should welcome her for the courage and desire to break new ground.

Sincerely, Dean Reed

Twinkle number 5 (2274), 1971

Literary Gazette number 5, 1971

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