Ask an America what brought down communism and they’ll probably tell you something like Reagan’s brinkmanship, the Strategic Defense Initiative, or inherent failures of socialism. Ask a Russian what brought down the wall and the answer will be unanimous: blue jeans and rock and roll. Don’t believe us? Ask a Russian. Better yet, Google the1991 Monsters of Rock Tour in Moscow. (NYT article here.)
America might have a lot of wealth, muscle, and power, but music, freedom, courage, and hope are what broke the chains.