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LGM Film Club, Part 140; The Price of Peace and Freedom

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This 1976 Cold War fear-mongering military film about the Soviets dominating the U.S. is pretty ridiculous. The idea of that time, just as Carter was about to take office, that the Soviets are so surpassing American military strength that we are doomed if we don’t “reassert our will to protect our freedoms” is beyond absurd in the aftermath. The real benefit of this film is seeing Alexander Solzhenitsyn giving an extremist speech at the national AFL-CIO convention about the Soviets coming to dominate us. The other thing this offers, I suppose, is how outraged parts of the military establishment were at anything other than a full-fledged arms war that never ends. Pretty bad film and honestly not that historically interesting. But certainly a document that says plenty about a certain group at its time.

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