Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister, died this week. Like Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and others she embraced the blessings and responsibilities of her own liberty and projected leadership that helped topple Soviet tyranny. Much will be written and said about Margaret Thatcher in the coming days. I’d prefer to share some of her own words on freedom.
In October 1979, only five months into her first term as prime minister, Thatcher went to Luxembourg to deliver the Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture. In that speech she aimed to “say something about my view of the meaning and obligations of liberty; about how these condition my vision of Europe and the European Community; and about our present problems.” By “present problems” she largely meant challenges to liberalism at home and abroad, and their impact on peace and prosperity.