Bringing Light Behind the Iron Curtain: A Lecture by Sir Roger Scruton
DATE: Monday, November 21, 2016
LOCATION: 1777 F St NW, Washington, DC 20006
The history of communist regimes demonstrates that when Marxism and the truth clash, the latter is discarded. Consequently, as Václav Havel wrote in “The Power of the Powerless,” to live in the truth is to find oneself a political dissident. Whether in his day or ours, it frequently means questioning political dogmas and placing oneself at odds with the powers that be, whether in the state or the university.
Though he lived and pursued philosophy in the free world, Sir Roger Scruton repeatedly ventured into the totalitarian cave in order to aid the brave ventures of political and intellectual dissidents in the communist bloc. By taking part in the underground education movement in 1980s Czechoslovakia, Sir Roger and his fellow teachers helped to energize the intellectual interests and human capacities of young people whom the communist regime would rather have kept as mental captives. These seminars, which came to be collectively known as the Underground University, serve as a model for nonviolent resistance to any political power that is based on lies.