Civic Freedom in Central Europe: Voices from Czechoslovakia by H.Gordon Skilling

By H.Gordon Skilling

Recording the perspectives of dissidents at the nature in their personal actions, this publication includes over 20 brief essays by way of a couple of prime humans from constitution seventy seven. participants comprise Vaclav Havel, Eva Kanturkova, Libuse Silhanova, and Zdenek Rotrekl.

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By H.Gordon Skilling

Recording the perspectives of dissidents at the nature in their personal actions, this publication includes over 20 brief essays by way of a couple of prime humans from constitution seventy seven. participants comprise Vaclav Havel, Eva Kanturkova, Libuse Silhanova, and Zdenek Rotrekl.

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Civic Freedom in Central Europe: Voices from Czechoslovakia

Recording the perspectives of dissidents at the nature in their personal actions, this e-book comprises over 20 brief essays by means of a couple of prime humans from constitution seventy seven. members contain Vaclav Havel, Eva Kanturkova, Libuse Silhanova, and Zdenek Rotrekl.

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Controversy then ensued as to who would replace him, and whether the new President would be elected by popular vote, as proposed by the communists, or by the Federal Assembly, as proposed by Civic Forum. There were also differences of opinion as to whether Dubcek or Havel should be among the candidates. Civic Forum was afraid that an electoral contest would shatter the new found popular unity, and rouse nationalist feelings, by having two candidates, one a Czech (Havel) and the other a Slovak (Dubcek).

28. For a full discussion of opposition, see Tony R. Judt, 'The Dilemmas of Dissidence; The Politics of Opposition in East-Central Europe', Eastern European Politics and Societies, 2 (2) (Spring 1988), pp. 185-240. 29. Text below, Part IV. 30. Battek, interview, Alternative, no. 1, December 1988, p. 78. 31. Nekolik vet (29 June, 1989); in English, 'A Few Remarks', Uncaptive Minds, II, no. 4 (8), (August-September-October, 1989), p. 35. 32. For Havel's comments, see 'Testing Ground', Sport, 1 (3) (September 1989) and 'The Hour between 'Bankruptcy' and Politics', 7 October 1989 (Lidove noviny, October 1989).

Without underestimating the importance of the first two points, I feel that the third is decisive, and sufficient in itself to create a problem. I am therefore suggesting a strategy that should gradually lead us out of the blind alley we are in today. This strategy can be summarised in two phrases: what unifies and drives us must continue to be a sense of moral commitment and mission; and this drive should be given a place and a perspective in the creation of a parallel polis. The moral justification of a citizen's right and duty of a citizen to participate in the affairs of a community (affairs that are 'political' in the broadest sense of the word) is beyond all doubt.

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