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Yet increasingly people in even these countries are coming to expect freedom. Increased personal autonomy is the norm in China. Cubans hoping for liberation expectantly await dictator Fidel Castro’s death. Planes to Laos are filled with tourists. North Koreans increasingly risk arrest and death to flee their supposed paradise.
The desire for freedom runs deep in all people. But those who lack liberty usually most appreciate it.
Like German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She didn’t expect freedom, but said that “once you’ve had such a wonderful surprise in your life, then you think anything is possible.”
Americans long ago stopped being surprised by liberty. But the fact that so many others have died while attempting to be free provides us with a lesson that we should never forget.
Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online