Lucid Newsletter, July 6, 2021

A New Patriotism That Plays to Our Strengths as a Nation

The Declaration of Independence “sounds like a fairy tale,” said Russian state television host Dmitry Kiselyov, engaging in the favorite Kremlin habit of mocking American democracy. In one way, Kiselyov’s correct. Freedom, including freedom of the press, can only be fantasized about in autocracies such as Russia, which encourage collective dreams about national greatness but stifle, or co-opt for state aims, individual autonomy and initiative.

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