In his book "Disturbing the Peace," Vaclav Havel discusses an idea of another Vaclav -- Vaclav Belohradsky, a Czech philosopher who emigrated to Italy during the Communist era. This song is a takeoff on that discussion.




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Songs for Vaclav Havel




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Belohradsky's Idea


History is written by the victors.

So Belohradsky says, and he's basically right:

resisting pressures to conform,

intellectuals will have to put up a fight.


Pundits lining up behind the victors

take any fresh idea as a reason to scoff:

occupying comfortable posts,

doing what they're told and getting paid off.


It's a Sisyphean task, so it figures

efforts have to be repeated.

Where I differ with Belohradsky:

I don't feel that I'm defeated.


Witness the mendacity of victors,

stay independent, doubt their incantations of power,

be a witness to the misery of the world,

don't get pigeon-holed, disturb the peace.