European Union

Eastern Europe offers lessons to U.S.

George Santayana, the well known philosopher and essayist, was right. He coined the often-quoted phrase, “Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.”

The almost daily news reports originating from Eastern Europe inform the rest of the world that in countries such as Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, right-leaning government leaders are pushing through laws in their countries’ parliaments that will negate Western liberal values, such as freedom of the press, independent judiciary, the separation of powers and laws that would empower authoritarian governments.

The new laws will negate all those values which were nourished once in Williamsburg and made...