Magazine February 8, 2021, Issue

Restoring the Conservative Conscience

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Nineteenth-century liberals offer lessons for today

Thirty-one years ago, a mass gathering in front of an important government structure signified the high-water mark of the American conservative movement.

It was November 9, 1989. Harald Jäger, an East German border officer, had watched a confused member of the Politburo announce that the border between West and East Germany was now open. East Berliners, hearing the same news, gathered at the Berlin Wall, demanding permission to go over to the western side. Jäger, unsure of what his superiors wanted him to do, agreed to open the gates. His decision liberated 125 million Eastern Europeans in one peaceful stroke.

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Avik RoyMr. Roy, the president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, is a former policy adviser to Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, and Marco Rubio.

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