Quotation by Václav Havel

People who live in the post-totalitarian system know only too well that the question of whether one or several political parties are in power, and how these parties define and label themselves, is of far less importance than the question of whether or not it is possible to live like a human being.
Václav Havel (b. 1936), Czech playwright, president. "The Power of the Powerless," sct. 11, Living in Truth, pt. 1 (1986).

"Post-totalitarianism" is the term used by Havel—writing before the dissolution of the Iron Curtain—to describe Czechoslovakia and other East European states: "totalitarian in a way fundamentally different from classical dictatorships."
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