‘Doing Nothing’ (Rushdoony Classic)

Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn | Russian author | Britannica

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I take it R.J. Rushdoony wrote this essay while Alexander Solzhenitsyn was touring the West and warning anyone who’d listen that communism could happen here; and Rushdoony himself was touring U.S. courtrooms, testifying in trial after trial as an expert witness in the defense of Christian schooling and homeschooling.


Westerners didn’t understand Solzhenitsyn, Rushdoony wrote, because they don’t understand that “anti-communism” is shallow and powerless if the anti-communists are going to buy into the same humanist twaddle that supports communism. That would be belief in “the sovereignty, not of God, but the state.”

While Americans were shocked by the Soviets’ separating children from their families because their parents had given them Christian religious instruction, at the very same time, here in America, courts were separating children from Christian parents to stop Christian schooling.

No one fought harder for Christian schooling in America than Rushdoony; and by and large, our side has won that battle. But that doesn’t mean the humanists won’t try again to roll back Christian education. They’re always trying.

Western liberals were scandalized when Solzhenitsyn compared American public policies to those of the Soviets. Rushdoony shocked them, too.

Few understood that it was a religious issue. Few wanted to see it that way.

But that’s how it was, and that’s how it is.

4 comments on “‘Doing Nothing’ (Rushdoony Classic)

  1. It’s hard to believe that a country that was so anti-communist as the USA, so much so that we fought two wars against it, would fall pray to communism, and yet here we are. They’ve been very clever in how they have sold it. Cloak communism in environmentalism, political correctness, and social justice and the West has eaten it up. But people are waking up and having to relearn the dangers of communism.

  2. Yes, it is scandalous to think that a republic like ours could become so stupid. Our enemy is in full attack mode and we have to get fully into the battle.

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