Essay about Vaclav Havel´s Fight Against the Communist Regime

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Soon after World War II the Soviet Union had created a red iron curtain around Eastern Europe, communist regimes could be seen throughout with countries like Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and Romania. These regimes where severely oppressive and violated basic human rights, hence a growing opposition was beginning to form. From the mid-1970’s Vaclav Havel, a former playwright would become the most prominent Czechoslovakian “dissident” and campaigner against the abuses of the Communist Regime by actively defending the rock group Plastic People of the Universe, being one of the three public spokespeople for Charter 77 and by writing various essays critiquing the communist regime. No essay has had more influence and been instrumental in…show more content…
“Our system, on the other hand, has been developing in the Soviet Union for over sixty years, and for approximately thirty years in Eastern Europe… In terms of the physical aspects of power, this has led to the creation of such intricate and well-developed mechanism for the direct and indirect manipulation of the entire population that, as a physical power base, it represents something radically new.” That something new was what Havel would call the “post-totalitarian” system. One of Havel’s major criticisms of the communist regime was how it falsified everything and while promising to serve the people, ruthlessly made the people serve it. “The post-totalitarian system touches people at every step, but it does so with its ideological gloves on. This is why life in the system is so thoroughly permeated with hypocrisy and lies: government by bureaucracy is called popular government; the working class is enslaved in the name of the working class; the complete degradation of the individual is presented as his ultimate liberation; depriving people of information is called making it available; the use of power to manipulate is called the public control of power, and the arbitrary abuse of power is called observing the legal code, the repression of culture is called its development; etc..” Due to this the citizens must behave, as they believe everything the government tells them.
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