18 December 2011

Passings ~ Václav Havel (1936-2011)

Václav Havel, 1992. Drawing © David Levine.

Václav Havel has died. You can find obituaries at The New York Times and The Guardian here and here respectively. Regular readers will know that I've hardly hidden my considerable admiration for Havel. This is a sad day. While I thought many of Havel's political formulations were too fraught with metaphysics, it is important to note that he never subscribed to the mindless neo-liberalism that swept much of post-communist Central Europe. And throughout his public career he persisted in speaking out against political oppression and exploitation. This is a sad day.

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