Freedom is a fragile

Ronald Regan:

Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.

Bret Stephens:

From Havana to Tehran (and Caracas to Pyongyang), tyrannies have been able to survive decades of isolation and self-inflicted catastrophe with an adroit mix of ideology, corruption, an exit option for the discontented, and ferocious repression of those demanding change.

It also helps that both regimes have prominent apologists abroad — the people who think Cuba’s health care makes up for 60 years of tyranny, or that Iran’s sham elections are an adequate substitute for genuine democracy — along with the much greater number of people who are simply indifferent to what they do.

Those coveting and proselytizing socialism. communism and statism should perhaps go on a world tour first.

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14 Responses to Freedom is a fragile

  1. stackja

    Stalinists, Maoists, now plain Marxists aren’t interested in touring their oversea paradise. They would rather live in Australia and spout socialism.

  2. JC

    Sparticle
    Good work introducing Bret Stephens to the Cat. He’s a never Trumper, but also a must read. I just overlook most of his criticisms of the orange man, but the rest is first rate.

  3. Roger

    Those who have known freedom, and then lost it, have never known it again.

    The Eastern European and Baltic experience suggests Reagan was overly pessimistic on this point.

  4. Infidel Tiger

    Stephens is a cuck fag.

  5. JC

    Stephens is not both , artie.

    Just ignore the anti-trump bullshit and read him. He’s good value as I said. Don’t be so one -eyed and insolent.

  6. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Those coveting and proselytizing socialism, communism and statism should perhaps go on a world tour first.

    No – they should be forcibly shipped off to their beloved workers’ paradises where they can happily spend the rest of their pointless existences.

    Just think of all the excess lardage Dillip Flabbams would shed if he was enjoying the same diet as your average Venezuelan peon, comrade.

  7. There are few US presidents that, in my time, have stood out as exceptional. Kennedy was one, Reagan (the correct way to spell his name) most certainly and now Trump. All very different, but exceptional.

  8. thefrollickingmole

    an exit option for the discontented

    Which is another of the downsides of the refugee policys of the “West”.
    The use of other nations as a valve on the pressure cooker is an awesome help to shithead regimes everywhere.

  9. JohnJJJ

    “Freedom” is a feel good word for power or the acceptance of power. People in every country I have been to, from the USSR to Saudi Arabia, feel they are free if they think they have power. It is like ‘rights’ . ‘Democracies’ are no different except they see everyone else as needing freedom.

  10. Overburdened

    https://youtu.be/tg3ntMHwu2A

    Lara Trump boosting Jon Voight on the Trump Channel.

    The channel is privately funded so can be as partisan as they want.

    Voight riffs about acting throughout.

  11. Whalehunt Fun

    Those coveting and proselytizing socialism. communism and statism should perhaps go on a world tour first.

    And never be allowed back.

    Good riddance to the human equivalent of an anal fistula.

  12. rickw

    Those coveting and proselytizing socialism. communism and statism should perhaps go on a world tour first.

    They actually know just how shit it is, none of them ever move to the shit holes they put on a pedestal.

  13. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

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  14. Peter, formerly known as Memoryvault

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