Sergiu Klainerman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Born in communist Romania, he sees disturbing parallels between life in the Soviet Bloc and the “soft totalitarianism” or “pre-totalitarianism” taking root in America. He joins the show to discuss these parallels and reflect on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 speech, “A World Split Apart.”

 

“Reflections on Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard Address”: https://quillette.com/2020/10/24/reflections-on-solzhenitsyns-harvard-address/

 

“How to Fight the Enemies of Academic Freedom”: https://quillette.com/2020/08/10/how-to-fight-the-enemies-of-academic-freedom/

 

“Princeton’s President Is Wrong. The University Is Not Systemically Racist”: https://www.newsweek.com/princetons-president-wrong-university-not-systemically-racist-opinion-1530480

 

“Live Not by Lies”: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03064220408537357

 

“A World Split Apart”: https://www.solzhenitsyncenter.org/a-world-split-apart

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  1. colleenb Member
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    Wonderful but so depressing in many ways. I did appreciate the Professor’s paraphrase of Churchill’s speech at the end. Time to roll up our sleeves and pray.

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    • December 2, 2020, at 1:09 PM PST
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