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I thought you might enjoy and marvel at the wonderful following statement
made by Vaclav Havel. Havel is a writer and the prime minister of
Czechoslovakia. The following is a statement he made in Washington DC as
part of the Arts Advocacy
We know first hand how essential is a fierce, independent, creative
artistic spirit to the attainment of freedom. Through a long night of
repression and control, the artistic community in our land helped keep
alive the unquenchable flame of freedom. And artists played a central
role in helping organize our final transformation to a new democratic
There are those around the world, indeed even in those democracies with
the longest tradition of free speech and expression, who would attempt to
limit the artist to what is acceptable, conventional, and comfortable.
They are unwilling to take the risks that real creativity entails. But an
artist must challenge, must controvert the established order. To limit
that creative spirit in the name of public sensibility is to deny to
society one of its most significant resources.
We send our warm greetings and support to American artists who are
meeting on March 30th in Washington to reaffirm their commitment to free