#1 By: Boing Boing, July 1st, 2013 09:01
Dissidents Vaclav Havel and Timothy Leary "The case of Dr. Leary is outright a case of persecution of ideas and texts--the persecution of his philosophy. Though arrested for grass, he was imprisoned for opinion. Denied bail for grass possession, he was detained behind barbed wire for Ideological Heresy" - Allen Ginsberg, "Declaration of Independence for… READ THE REST
#2 By: Starry Gordon, July 1st, 2013 11:29
Interestingly, Havel later became a sort of middle-of-the-road right-winger. For instance, he supported the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. His dissidence ended when the power in charge turned capitalist. I think it's possible that Leary's message to him wasn't sent because Leary, or someone, perceived Havel's actual ideological color and understood that it might not be welcome.
#3 By: Antinous, July 1st, 2013 16:31
Dissidence frequently ends when the dissident gets a bit of power himself. Funny that.
#4 By: dphilby, July 1st, 2013 19:31
This is an excellent piece... and a very timely one. Thanks for it and for all of the valuable links.
#5 By: Sam, July 3rd, 2013 00:33
His experience in the hands of totalitarian government in Czech Republic certainly factored into his opinions about the war to depose Saddam (and whatever other purposes it had). Perhaps he was a bit fooled by the disinformation released prior to the Iraq war, but I don't see how this is hypocrisy on his behalf. Keep in mind that Saddam considered himself next to God on the planet, was a very ruthless and brutal man. I don't see how supporting his removal is the sort of hypocrisy you make it out to be.
#6 By: Boing Boing, July 6th, 2013 09:01
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