“Don’t expect the media to make a big deal of it,” writes Rand Simberg about the passing of an artist who devoted much of theatrical career to challenging Communism.
Although Vaclev Havel stood up for artistic freedom and defended the political systems which allowed for freedom of expression, he never achieved the accolades as did many with fewer accomplishments and a smaller vision. He was, as Simberg put it,
. . . the wrong kind of dissenter, being too American for Europe. The fact that he never won a Peace Prize, while Yasser Arafat and Barack Obama did, says something very fundamental about the corruption and uselessness of that once-honorable achievement.
(Via Insapundit.) Why do so many on the left so often champion those voices dissenting not just the systems which oppressed them, but also the Western ideals which promote the very idea of dissent?
Bruce Bawer thinks we need more leaders like Havel. More on this great man, anon. Much more.
*from Western intellectuals.