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Quotational Therapy: Part 97 -- Ronald Reagan, Moscow State University.

Speaking Truth To Marxists

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Reagan, being his usual awesome self:

The explorers of the modern era are the entrepreneurs, men with vision, with the courage to take risks and faith enough to brave the unknown. These entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. They are the prime movers of the technological revolution. In fact, one of the largest personal computer firms in the United States was started by two college students, no older than you, in the garage behind their home.

Some people, even in my own country, look at the riot of experiment that is the free market and see only waste. What of all the entrepreneurs that fail? Well, many do, particularly the successful ones. Often several times. And if you ask them the secret of their success, they'll tell you it's all that they learned in their struggles along the way — yes, it's what they learned from failing. Like an athlete in competition, or a scholar in pursuit of the truth, experience is the greatest teacher.

We are seeing the power of economic freedom spreading around the world — places such as the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan have vaulted into the technological era, barely pausing in the industrial age along the way. Low-tax agricultural policies in the sub-continent mean that in some years India is now a net exporter of food. Perhaps most exciting are the winds of change that are blowing over the People's republic of China, where one-quarter of the world's population is now getting its first taste of economic freedom.

At the same time, the growth of democracy has become one of the most powerful political movements of our age. In Latin America in the 1970's, only a third of the population lived under democratic government. Today over 90 percent does. In the Philippines, in the Republic of Korea, free, contested, democratic elections are the order of the day. Throughout the world, free markets are the model for growth. Democracy is the standard by which governments are measured.

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Democracy is less a system of government than it is a system to keep government limited, unintrusive: A system of constraints on power to keep politics and government secondary to the important things in life, the true sources of value found only in family and faith.

Read the entire May 31, 1988 speech here.

In some ways, this speech could still be given by today's free enterprise-loving conservatives, but the audience might be a bit different. Think about all the folks in today's ostensibly free world-- and in the United States, specifically-- who could benefit from hearing a speech like that.


Previous Quotational Therapy Session:

Howard Dean, On Jews In America.

The right quote can be therapeutic, so tune in to WILLisms.com for quotational therapy on Monday and Friday.

Posted by Will Franklin · 8 May 2006 04:56 PM

Comments

I was just having a conversation about Cuba and Castro. The Bay of Pigs in particular, and how JFK backed out at the last minute and left those poor Cubans on the beach...I always think to myself. What would Reagan do?

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 8, 2006 09:33 PM