The Cynically Shifting Shape of an “Evil Empire”

Ronald Reagan addressing the National Association of Evangelicals, March 8, 1983. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

Republican President Ronald Reagan gave his legendary “evil empire” speech to the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, on March 8, 1983, when the Soviet premier was the soon to be deceased Yuri Andropov, the first of two very short reigns after the death of Leonid Brezhnev. The other was Konstantin Chernenko, who would be succeeded just over a year later by Mikhail Gorbachev, who…

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Barry Dredze

Barry Dredze

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Just another mortal, tweaking my cognitive map on the fly.