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Wolverines of the World, Unite!

Jonah: Red Dawn has always had the right enemies, as Matt Rees and Robert Schlesinger pointed out in the Weekly Standard on the film’s 20th anniversary:

the story of Red Dawn is a story of the quest for freedom over totalitarian aggression–schlocky, but still powerful. And in the telling of this story, what emerges is history’s most fiercely anti-Communist movie (an admittedly small category). There was clearly something to like about a movie that Pravda panned at the time as “a monstrous anti-Soviet concoction” that “poisons the audience’s minds with the drug of anti-Communism.” And there would, of course, have been only one appropriate response to such Kremlin-inspired belligerence: “Wolverines of the world, UNITE!”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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