In his book "Disturbing the Peace," Vaclav Havel discusses an idea of another Vaclav -- Vaclav Belohradsky, a Czech philosopher who emigrated to Italy during the Communist era. This song is a takeoff on that discussion.
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History is written by the victors.
So Belohradsky says, and he's basically right:
resisting pressures to conform,
intellectuals will have to put up a fight.
Pundits lining up behind the victors
take any fresh idea as a reason to scoff:
occupying comfortable posts,
doing what they're told and getting paid off.
It's a Sisyphean task, so it figures
efforts have to be repeated.
Where I differ with Belohradsky:
I don't feel that I'm defeated.
Witness the mendacity of victors,
stay independent, doubt their incantations of power,
be a witness to the misery of the world,
don't get pigeon-holed, disturb the peace.