8 comments on “Vaclav Havel II

  1. I’m not sure it will be – except for the small increase in the mean moral value of humanity. The passing of a totalitarian dictator is normally a harbinger of chaos, and it isn’t as if North Korea has far to fall to total dissolution (with large numbers of armed fanatics, possibly with nukes.)

    “The world should eventually turn out to be a better place for his passing”, I’d be happy to accept.

  2. Matthew. Topping google news this morning is this headline from the Guardian:
    “Markets fall on news of Kim Jong-il’s death”

  3. I should have guessed the Guardian would have a stringer on the Pyongyang bourse.

    Random trivia: my phone dictionary knows Pontypridd but not Pyongyang.

  4. Now go to Grauniad’s Comment is Free to read Neil Clark’s atack on Havel. I thought it was a Craig Brown parody at first. It includes, for example, this:

    “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 a system which put the economic needs of the majority first.”
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/19/vaclav-havel-another-side-to-story

  5. I am proud to have been described as a “phoney humanitarian” by Neil Clark. It is almost as good a signifier of actual excellence as being accused of ignorance by Ritchie.

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