Address at the Day of Affirmation at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

June 6, 1966


Cape Town, South Africa

I am unilaterally opposed to Communism because it exalts the state over the individual and the family, and because of the lack of freedom of speech, of protest, of religion and of the press, which is the characteristic of totalitarian states. The way of opposition to Communism is not to imitate its dictatorship, but to enlarge individual human freedom—in our own countries and all over the globe. There are those in every land which label as “communist” every threat to their privilege. But as I have seen on my travels in all sections of the world, reform is not communism. And the denial of freedom, in whatever name, only strengthens the very Communism it claims to oppose.