In my personal and professional quest to find an antidote to communism, I seek out dissidents and try to figure out what motivates them. If we can understand the motivations, reasoning, background, fears, hopes, and dreams of brave men and women who actively resisted communism, then perhaps we can distill, replicate, or at the very least, celebrate the virtues that inspired dissidents from Riga to Tiananmen. So when I met with Ambassador Andris Teikmanis a few weeks ago, I asked him: “why? — why did you choose to resist communism and the Soviet Union?” His answer was simpl...
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