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“Václav Havel: another side to the story” de Neil Clark no Guardian

No one questions that Havel, who went to prison twice, was a brave man who had the courage to stand up for his views.Yet the question which needs to be asked is whether his political campaigning made his country, and the world, a better place. Havel’s anti-communist critique contained little if any acknowledgement of the positive achievements of the regimes of eastern Europe in the fields of employment, welfare provision, education and women’s rights. Or the fact that communism, for all its faults, was still asystem which put the economic needs of the majority first.

Com um tal elogio dos regimes comunistas até admira que Clark não ponha em causa a coragem de Havel durante a ditadura. Que, parece conveniente relembrar, era então criminalizada e lhe valeu uma estada na prisão entre outras agruras. Quanto aos supostos benefícios do comunismo e ao desempenho económico dos ex-países comunistas acho que uma extrema cegueira mental será capaz de negar a realidade.