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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Does it require experiencing life under totalitarianism
to cherish freedom?

Lev Navrozov emigrated from the USSR in 1972. To learn more about Mr. Navrozov's work with the Center for the Survival of Western Democracies, click here.

Each time I submit a column to my editor, I ask myself if it is fair to my readers that I keep weaving into every text some basic facts over and over again. Don’t those born in freedom already know that freedom is precious, that it should not be taken for granted and that one doesn’t have to spend half his/her life in slavery to appreciate it?


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Having miraculously gotten out of the closed world once called Russia, I and my family (my wife, our son, and my mother) spent a few blissful months in Italy, waiting for our American visas to be processed.

We arrived in the West with four suitcases and never looked back. Now, after having lived in New York for forty years, we seem to be the only Russian family which, despite rather recent superficial political changes, has never been tempted to risk visiting the country of our birth for fear of perchance being detained by some overzealous KGB bureaucrats and losing our newly acquired freedom. We left behind all our possessions, but we also left behind that omnipresent fear of the omnipotent police state that haunted all of us since childhood.

Having found myself in the free West, all I needed was a pen and paper. The book, which I had been secretly writing in Soviet Russia for many years, never dreaming of having it published, was all in my head. Besides, the manuscript of the book on microfilm was smuggled out of the country in a jar of facial cream. All I had to do was to put it together in the hope of finding a publisher. Would the Western reader be interested in what a former Soviet slave had to say about slavery and freedom?

While still in Italy, I received a letter from a New York publisher Harper & Row with a contract and a check for $3,000 advance money. Soon we arrived to the United States, settled in New York, and shortly after that the book came out. It received national attention and was favorably reviewed by all major newspapers and magazines in the country, including the New York Times.

I am saying all this to show that those who live in a slave country secretly cherish the hope that one fine day they too may get out and be free. Once freedom is lost, the hope is lost. And the danger that the free West may lose its freedom is very real. This is why in my columns I cannot get off the subject of the need to preserve and defend the freedom, threatened by the owners of the slave countries.

This convinces me that I am not overdoing it. On the contrary, Americans seem to be giving it a thought that more should be done. On May 8, I received an e-mail from one of my readers, Douglas Herz. He claims that in my columns I ignore the dangers from PRC to the free countries. He, however, fails to mention the fact that already years ago PRC was known to have 1 billion people more than does the United States. In conclusion, Herz says: “I could go on and on, but I think you get the point: WAKE UP.”

And here is another e-mail. Let me give the floor to an American who voted as a member of an intelligent minority when a mentally lowest majority elected Obama. Christopher Condon, a minority voter, sent me an e-mail on May 8, 2011. Here is what he says: “Dear Lev: Do you think it is possible that President Obama could be the puppet of a foreign power? It often seems that his policies are deliberately designed to mess up the United States and cause as much havoc as possible. Perhaps he is on a payroll of a foreign power intent on using the weakness and emerging chaos of the United States to attack us.”

It would not be amiss to remind a majority who voted for Obama that their votes endowed him with unlimited power: to be head of state, head of the U.S. government, and Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States.

In Britain (no novice in political wisdom), the head of state (the king or queen) is not elected by the people, thereby ensuring the stability of the state. The prime minister is the leader of a major political party in Parliament which won a majority of votes in the general election.

The “People’s Republic of China” appeared in 1949 under Mao. No Western politician had noticed its harmful existence for about half a century, though PRC is the most likely candidate to initiate the annihilation of the free countries, including the United States.

Is there a chance of President Obama being re-elected? I am tempted to say no, if all the voters wake up to the danger of losing their freedom and becoming part of the slave world if it is taken over by the dictators of PRC.  

Lev Navrozov can be reached by e-mail at To learn more about and support his work at the Center for the Survival of Western Democracies, click here. For information about making a tax-exempt donation to the non-profit Center, send e-mail to

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