The Power of Words: Reflections on 1,000 Heritage Lectures and the Difference They Made
Recorded on December 14, 2007
Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The Heritage Foundation believes, along with the British
historian Paul Johnson, that words are "the essential units on
which a civilization rests." Like the former Czech president
and playwright Vaclav Havel, Heritage has faith in "the power of
words to change history."
Over the past quarter of a century, Heritage has provided a
public forum for the most influential conservatives in America and
abroad. When a president, a Nobel Laureate, or a political
leader wanted to talk about what most concerned him, they came to
Heritage - from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush, from Russell Kirk
to F. A. Hayek, from Newt Gingrich to Jeane Kirkpatrick.
It is difficult to suggest an issue that a Heritage lecturer has
not addressed and very often with immediate impact. They
include health care, welfare reform, homeland security,
entitlements, terrorism, the Middle East, immigration, and the
future of freedom in America and the world. It is America's
destiny, remarked former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, to
advance the reign of freedom and free enterprise throughout the
world. "'Let us strive on,'" she said, quoting Abraham
Lincoln, "'to finish the work we are in.'"