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Marion Smith

Executive Director

Marion Smith is the Executive Director of the congressionally authorized Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a bipartisan educational, research, and human rights nonprofit. He is also the Founding President of the Common Sense Society, which promotes civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and leadership among young professionals in the United States and Europe, as well as the Chairman of the National Civic Art Society. He was previously a visiting fellow in the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation. From South Carolina, Marion was educated at Wofford College and Central European University. His articles have been published broadly, including in USA Today, The Hill, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Politico, and National Review. He is a regular guest on network and cable television channels, including ABC, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News, CSPAN, and CNN.

Excerpt: At the height of the Cold War in 1959, Congress established “Captive Nations Week” to show the American people’s solidarity with the hundreds of millions suffering under communist regimes. Scheduled for the third week of July, the occasion gave…

Communist China’s takeover of Hong Kong proves one thing:  The People’s Republic of China is a fundamentally expansionist power. Like the Soviet Union before it, Beijing seeks nothing short of domination – starting with its neighbors, but certainly not stopping…

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