• President Ronald Reagan’s Address to the Students of Moscow State University May, 1988

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    I want to take a little time to talk to you much as I would to any group of university students in the United States.

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  • I want to talk not just of the realities of today but of the possibilities of tomorrow.

  • Standing here before a mural of your revolution, I want to talk about a very different revolution that is taking place right now, quietly sweeping the globe without bloodshed or conflict.

  • Its effects are peaceful, but they will fundamentally alter our world, shatter old assumptions, and reshape our lives.

  • It's easy to underestimate because it's not accompanied by banners or fanfare.

  • It's been called the technological or information revolution, and as its emblem, one might take the tiny silicon chip, no bigger than a fingerprint.

  • Ronald Reagan

    One of these chips has more computing power than a roomful of old-style computers.

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  • Like a chrysalis, we're emerging from the economy of the Industrial Revolution-an economy confined to and limited by the Earth's physical resources-into, as one economist titled his book,

  • {“The Economy in Mind,”}

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    in which there are no bounds on human imagination and the freedom to create is the most precious natural resource.

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  • Think of that little computer chip.

  • Its value isn't in the sand from which it is made but in the microscopic architecture designed into it by ingenious human minds.

  • Or take the example of the satellite relaying this broadcast around the world, which replaces thousands of tons of copper mined from the Earth and molded into wire.

  • Even as we explore the most advanced reaches of science, we're returning to the age-old wisdom of our culture, a wisdom contained in the book of Genesis in the Bible:

  • In the beginning was the spirit, and it was from this spirit that the material abundance of creation issued forth.

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    But progress is not foreordained.

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  • The key is freedom-s-freedom of thought, freedom of information, freedom of communication.

  • The renowned scientist, scholar, and founding father of this university, Mikhail Lomonosov, knew that.

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    Mikhail Lomonosov

    It is common knowledge,”