Political revolution (November 16, 2017, Prague)Place of issue: Prague Date: 16.11.2017
In 2017, we will remember the 100th anniversary of Russian revolutions, that influenced not only the political, economical and societal processes in former Russian Empire, but also countries that were known 30 years from after this revolution as the Soviet block countries. In the previous year, there was visible lots of calls for the fighting for democracy in former post-communistic countries. Some analysts and journalists raise a questions about new wave of illiberalism in Central and Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, in last decades there were some crucial findings, that also confirmed these opinions. However, these opinions should not be generalized only in the region of Central and Eastern Europe, because of the changes we are able to observe all over the world.
Project consists of four public debate in Prague, Warsaw, Budapest and Bratislava and course on revolutions, which will take place in Žilina, Slovakia.
Discussion on Political revolution
On November 16, 2017, CENAA organized its first discussion on "Political revolution" within the project "The Future of Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe" supported by International Visegrad Fund (IVF). Discussion took place in the Library of Václav Havel in Prague.
Discussion main points:
- The crisis of democracy is mutual, we cannot distinguish between mature West and immature post-communist democracies. We are different, but we all belong to common western block (Žantovský)
- We need to observe those differences so that we can come to common solutions to help us tackle the crisis of democracies (Pehe)
- We have certain assurances from the West (military and economic) but we do not agree on values. The positive image many have of Russia is not inherently connotated with panslavism or the will to be occupied. It is not that those want antipode to liberalism, there are indeed existing our European values, but it is not the ones we are being offered right now by the West (Benda)
- In US everything goes and nothing matters. In Czechia nothing goes and everything matters (Pehe)