was the 50th anniversary of the erection of the Berlin Wall.
Hie thee hence to my post on the 20th anniversary of its fall
Volokh conspirator Ilya Somin has some thoughts
. Like the Volokhs, Somin emigrated from the Soviet Union - according to this Amazon book review
he was born in then-Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in 1973, the year Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Cold War.
That book looks mighty fascinating.