Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Book Behind the State of the Union Address

David Horowitz
Friday, Feb. 4, 2005

I have just finished reading Natan Sharansky's "The Case for Democracy" (co-authored by Ron Dermer). This is the best book of its kind I have read in 25 years, and not just because it is a book the President has not only read but that provides the theme for his second Inaugural and State of the Union addresses.

Sharansky's theme is simple, which is part of the beauty of this book. There are "fear societies" and "free societies." A free society is one in which a citizen can go into the public square and say what's on his mind without fear of being imprisoned or killed. A free society is one in which the interests of the leaders are tied to the interests of the people.

For this reason free societies do not go to war with each other. America is infinitely less likely to be attacked by a free society that hates us (France) than by a fear society that is an ally (Saudi Arabia via terrorists). That is because the fortunes of leaders in free societies are tied to the interests of their people whereas the fortunes of the dictators in fear societies are not.

The Book Behind the State of the Union Address