Communism’s Dark Tyranny: The 30th Anniversary of the Collapse of the Soviet Union

On December 8, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Heritage Foundation hosted Communism’s Dark Tyranny. Leading experts discussed why the Soviet Union was evil, why it collapsed, and yet why the allure of socialism persists today. Panelists also explored how we best share these lessons with today’s youth.


2:00 pm Opening Remarks

  • Angela Sailor, Vice President, The Feulner Institute, The Heritage Foundation
  • The Honorable Andrew Bremberg, President and CEO, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • Alan Charles Kors, Ph.D., Henry Charles Lea Professor Emeritus, The University of Pennsylvania

2:30 pm Session I: The Collapse of the Evil Empire

  • Lee Edwards, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, The Heritage Foundation
  • David Satter, Journalist and Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Research Institute
  • Sebastian Gorka, Ph.D., Radio and TV Host

3:25 pm Session II: Marxism Inside the Gate

  • Zilvinas Silenas, President, Foundation for Economic Education
  • Mike Gonzalez, Senior Fellow, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy and Angeles T. Arredondo E Pluribus Unum Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Inez Stepman, Senior Policy Analyst, Independent Women’s Forum
  • Katie Gorka, Director for Civil Society and the American Dialogue, The Heritage Foundation

4:25 pm Session III: Communism Today

  • Ken Pope, Director of Academic Programs, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • Rosa Maria Paya, Cuban freedom activist
  • Daniel DiMartino, Senior Contributor, Young Voices and Venezuelan freedom activist
  • Lily Tang Williams, Chinese freedom activist

5:20 pm Closing Remarks: Sharing the Lessons with the Next Generations

  • Elizabeth Spalding, Ph.D., Vice Chairman, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

Reception to follow from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. ET for in-person attendees.