Resistance is constituted by individuals refusing to live within a lie and in turn seek the

Resistance is constituted by individuals refusing to live within a lie and in turn seek the

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Resistance is constituted by individuals refusing to live within a lie and in turn seek the ‘truth’ as Havel calls it. One example which Havel gives is the example of Charter 77 and the fact that once people see others living within this truth that they wish to join as well. This can be extremely harmful to the post- totalitarian power he describes. Havel describes two ways in which resistances such as these may be contested. One of these ways is through oppression and the other is through adaptation. In a society such as the post-totalitarian society any hint of truth is potentially dangerous because everyone else will be
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Unformatted text preview: able to relate and the party in control will lose their power. Resistance is exercised by taking action for an ideal, for example if the grocer in Havels example were to not post the sign he is showing resistance. Alone this would not be a problem, except for the fact that all the other citizens will then begin to question why they are putting signs in their window. It is this alternative that people become aware of in resistance, which Havel refers to as living in the truth. This can be fruitful in study history because of the fact that it will help us to understand where resistance begins and why it begins....
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course HIST 140 taught by Professor Reid during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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