The Line Separating Good and Evil

Recommended reading–A review from author Lars Walker on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books by Stieg Larsson. Go over to The American Spectator website and check it out.

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Meet the world and women of the late communist, feminist author of The Girl Who…mysteries.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, a man who knew as much about real evil as the fictional kind, wrote of a realization he had during his internment in the Soviet gulag: “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts.”

This insight made him well fitted for Christianity and anti-Communism. Stieg Larsson, the late Swedish author of the blockbuster The Girl Who… mystery novels, on the other hand, was a lifelong Communist, and so (one assumes) missed that memo. Communism has always been a Manichean creed, dividing good and evil along broad, neat lines, a habit that came in handy when they wished to annihilate people without all the bother of actually proving legal cases against them.

Having at last finished reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the final book of the trilogy (I’d have read it sooner if the greedy capitalist publishers hadn’t delayed the mass market paperback forever), I feel qualified to draw some vapid (not to mention envious) conclusions about them all. Communists like Larsson (one assumes, or presumes) have been faced with a crisis of faith ever since the 1980s. Larsson himself, judging from textual evidence in these books, seems to have substituted gender for class theory as a moral guide. I made a note as I read — “There are no bad females in this book.”

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One thought on “The Line Separating Good and Evil

  1. It seems to me that the communist crisis of faith is mirrored in the American hawks’ identity crisis since the Evil Empire collapsed.
    “Oh my! What shall we do! What shall be our raison d’etre as a nation now?”
    It seems to me that a community needs some glue to hold it together. Anti-communism was our glue for four decades at least. Now, “spreading democracy,” at the point of a gun if necessary, seems to be our national schtick. We’re not all that different than Larrson.
    I don’t know how one can hold a nation of 300 million together except by some such idolatrous ideology. Maybe we shouldn’t try. Maybe subsidiarity makes sense, and we can have actual communities, on smaller scales, held together by actual common interests.
    The national government could then defend our communities and regulate commerce among them. Hmm. Sounds like a Constitution to me.

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