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In a world that I sometimes believe is in a state of entropy, this conference restored my faith in human nature. Alexander Solzhenitsyn once said that even if the totalitarians covered the globe in cement a crack would emerge and from it a plant would grow. That plant has emerged full blown as a Prague forest offering the path to a free and democratic future.

Herbert London is president of Hudson Institute and professor emeritus of New York University. He is the author of “Decade of Denial” (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2001).