Wednesday 4 December 2002

Profiles In Courageous Dissent

"You do not become a 'dissident' just because you decide one day to take up this most unusual career. You are thown into it by your personal sense of responsibility, combined with a complex set of external circumstances. You are cast out of the existing structures and placed in a position of conflict with them. It begins as an attempt to do your work well, and ends with being branded an enemy of society."
-= Václav Havel (b. 1936), former Czech president and playwright

This series of profiles examines the courageous dissent of contemporary people who are brave enough to oppose the current onslaughts on human liberty. The profiles consists of illustrative creative productions that provide a clear indication of the tenor of the persons' thought.

Awareness of these brave persons can encourage all of us to emulate their intrepid protestations against modern oppression. In a time when dissent is identified, by the Bush junta, as tantamount to sedition, it's even more necessary to stand against despotism.

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