Standing Tall (or not)


Václav Havel

“It is always encouraging when one sees that respect for
human rights and freedoms does not capitulate
in the face of power and might, and does not make concessions
to practical political and economic interests, as is often the case.”

— Václav Havel, playwright, essayist, dissident, and
the first president of the Czech Republic (1993-2003)
in a letter to Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize

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Dear John,

•  What do you think Mr. Havel means by “concessions”?

•  What has our Society conceded to get access to China?

•  Why do you think people will continue to support a Society that values lions more than Liu Xiaobo, and that seems to have lost interest in human rights, free speech, and democracy?

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