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Cunning sh#ts

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I just finished reading The Declaration of Independents by Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch. It’s good, and I especially like the passage below, which quotes a 1976 essay by revolutionary Czech dissident Václav Havel. Havel’s screed predated Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution by a decade or so and contains his impassioned defense of the Plastic People of the Universe, a Czech band that came under the intense, oppressive scrutiny of Czechoslovakia’s then-totalitarian regime.

Here’s the money shot (emphases mine):

“…Havel [bumps] into a film director who doesn’t understand his sudden enthusiasm for defending a bunch of derelict, possibly drug-addled rock musicians. ‘Perhaps I’m doing him an injustice,’ Havel writes, ‘but at that moment, I was overwhelmed by an intense feeling that this dear man belonged to a world that I no longer wish to have anything to do with — and Mr. Public Prosecutor Kovarik — pay attention, because here comes a vulgar word — I mean the world of cunning shits.”

Portrait of Václav Havel, a Czech playwright, ...

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The book is available for purchase here.

As accompaniment music, I recommend this:

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