Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
In his newest book, Natan Sharansky takes on those who see
identity as a foe of freedom. The man who gave us a moving memoir
of his life in the Gulag (Fear No Evil) and wrote a
treatise most recently on foreign policy (The Case for
Democracy) explains why identity is freedom's greatest ally in
the struggle against tyranny.
For Sharansky, the free world's shield is its own identity,
vigorously asserted and framed by a commitment to democratic life.
Not all cultures are the same. Not all values are equivalent.
Democracy and freedom are worth fighting for, and, if necessary,
worth dying for. As Sharansky writes, the enemy's will is
strong because his identity is strong. And we must match his
strength of purpose with strong identities of our own. With moral
clarity, analytical precision, and light-hearted wit, Sharansky
draws on his unique experience to offer an unapologetic defense of
the power of identity. He asserts that when framed by democracy,
strong identities enrich our lives and enable us to defend the
values we most deeply cherish.
Natan Sharansky, former Soviet dissident and political prisoner
as well as a member of the Israeli cabinet in four successive
governments, is currently Chairman of the Adelson Institute for
Strategic Studies in Jerusalem. He received the Congressional Gold
Medal, and in 2006 America's highest civilian award, the
Presidential Medal of Freedom. Books will be available for purchase
and to be signed by the Author.
More About the Speakers
Nile Gardiner, Ph.D.
Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom