Twenty-five years ago today the Velvet Revolution kicked off in what was then Czechoslovakia to bring an end to the one-party government of the Communist Party. This exclusive translation of a feature from the Czech journal A2 Cultural Bi-Weekly explains that the events of 1989 were about more than just Václav Havel, a playwright and leader in the revolution who was elected president in 1990. A generation of unfulfilled promises later, Czechs are struggling to revive the spirit of not only democracy and humanism, but also socialism.
This article originally appeared in Ricochet, November 17, 2014.
Rychetský, Lukáš and Fiala, Jaroslav
"Czechs Look Back on 1989, a Revolution Betrayed: A Reflection on the Mythology of the Velvet Revolution,"
Class, Race and Corporate Power:
3, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol2/iss3/6