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IRDL Awardee Adam Michnik Featured by Foreign Policy Magazine

Comments made by 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik during a Wilson Center-hosted media briefing were featured in Foreign Policy magazine's Passport blog.

Comments made by 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik during a Wilson Center-hosted media briefing were featured in Foreign Policy magazine's Passport blog.

In his wide-ranging remarks on democracy in Poland, Eastern Europe and the world, Michnik was quoted as saying "if we want to have democracy you want to have active democrats. You cannot have democracy without democrats. You cannot have democrats without active members of a society. At some point you have to say to yourself, the future of the world depends on me. It's not megalomania. It's a condition to want to change the world."

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