One of the first things Havel tries to accomplish in the essay “ The Power of the Powerless” is to distinguish the communist regime from a classical dictatorship. Unlike classical dictatorships, which are local and lack historical roots the communist system is spread over a whole bloc under the rule of the Soviet Union and has lots of historical roots specifically the proletarian and socialist movements of the 19th century. Another main difference is that the communist system commands a flexible ideology, in essence the regime behaved like a “secularized religion”. “Of course, one pays dearly for this low-rent home: the price is abdication of ones own reason, conscience, and responsibility, for an essential aspect of this ideology is the...
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...ween workers and intellectuals but between Czechs and Slovaks in opposition to Husak.” The citizens united against the regime for a better life and where victorious all with out bloodshed.
In the 1970’s and 80’s Vaclav Havel was one of the most influential thinkers in Eastern Europe and one of the most prominent campaigner against the communist regime. His major critique of the regime was that it was oppressive, denying basic human freedoms such as speech. He also critiqued the people within the system, those who “lived within the lie” who conformed to the system implemented by the regime. His strategy was to “live within the truth” acknowledge that your freedoms have been taken and that basic human life is not being allowed to exist within this regime. As we saw the people eventually got tired of being tired and unified in order to overcome the regime by 1989.
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