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"The Key Is Freedom"



(p. A17) . . . Ronald Reagan, in the last year of his presidency, delivered one of his most magnificent speeches . . . before a packed auditorium of students at Moscow State University.


. . .


Reagan's ultimate aim was to plant the seed of freedom in the newly receptive furrows of a cracking totalitarianism.


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Reagan delivered his Moscow speech standing before a gigantic scowling bust of Lenin and a mural of the Russian Revolution. He incorporated them as props in his address. "Standing here before a mural of your revolution," he said, "I want to talk about a very different revolution," a technological and "information revolution" that was transforming the world. How much progress had already been realized! But progress was not foreordained. "The key," Reagan said, "is freedom--freedom of thought, freedom of information, freedom of communication."



For the full commentary, see:

Roger Kimball. "'When Reagan Met Lenin." The Wall Street Journal (Thursday, May 31, 2018): A17.

(Note: ellipses added.)

(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date May 30, 2018.)






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