The theme of the address is that "the western democracies are in some disarray. There is indecision, ... Confusion, … Lack of priorities and loss of a sense of purpose ... Freedom is in retreat around the world. The totalitarian east has the initiative." A wide-ranging discussion follows, based on the following premise: the four main villains in the loss of common sense in our society are the politicians, the academics and intellectuals, the church and the media.
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