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.
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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: Vol. 2:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/classracecorporatepower/vol2/iss3/6