For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of "soft" totalitarianism cropping up in America--something more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four. Identity politics are beginning to encroach on every aspect of life. Civil liberties are increasingly seen as a threat to "safety". Progressives marginalize conservative, traditional Christians, and other dissenters. Technology and consumerism hasten the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic, having put millions out of work, leaves the country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.

In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who fought totalitarianism. He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He tells the stories of modern-day dissidents--clergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe--who offer practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time.

About the author:

Rod Dreher, senior editor at the American Conservative, author of the New York Times bestseller The Benedict Option and Live Not by Lies.

Conversing with the author:

  • Ákos Kovács, Kossuth-winning songwriter, composer, writer
  • Kálmán Pócza, leader of the MCC Constitutional Policy Center
  • Moderator: Stephen Sholl, visiting fellow at MCC

Opening speech:

  • Szalai Zoltán, director general at MCC
  • Orbán Balázs, chairman of the Board of Trustees at MCC


We look forward to your attendance!