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Center for Freedom and Democracy (CFD)

In a 1982 speech before the British Parliament at Westminster, President Reagan said:

“The objective I propose is quite simple to state: to foster the infrastructure of democracy, the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities, which allows a people to choose their own way to develop their own culture, to reconcile their own differences through peaceful means.”

Today, nearly four decades after the Westminster speech, many aspects of the fight for freedom remain much the same. But advances in technology — from social media to artificial intelligence — present challenges and new opportunities to advance President Reagan’s enduring vision.

At the Reagan Institute’s new Center for Freedom and Democracy (CFD) in Washington, D.C., we will face these challenges and pursue greater opportunity as we champion President Reagan’s enduring vision of America as a shining city on a hill.

At the launch of the new CFD on November 10, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo offered remarks reflecting on President Reagan’s commitment to human dignity and freedom — as well as the challenge we face from authoritarianism, which opposes these values.

For what President Reagan recognized is that it is democracy that provides the best chance for people to secure freedom, liberty and human dignity, which he believed were “not the sole prerogative of a lucky few, but the inalienable and universal right of all human beings.”

Today, as freedom and democracy face challenges both at home and abroad, the cause of renewing our commitment to President Reagan’s vision of freedom and democracy for all has never been more urgent. Thank you for supporting our work through your donations to the Reagan Museum and Institute.