A specialization in destruction

One of the mechanisms often used by the human psyche is displacement. What the mind does not want to accept, it displaces, pushes out to the subconscious, or outright denies …

Monopolising world interpretation

At this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos the only Czech who had a chance to speak was the young economist Tomáš Sedláček. His book, whose title …

Helping outside the box

On March 23, 2009 at 2:54 pm a woman who had just given birth to a baby boy sent the following text message to a help line: “Please, is there …

Ten Questions for Jan Švejnar

Jan Švejnar is a leading economist, specializing in developing countries and employment transformation, and the founder of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education at Charles University. He served …

Debt, Denial, and Democracy

Like sophomores cramming before a final, the Eurozone leaders who met in Brussels last December pulled an all-nighter. Their final exam was a real-world project: restore investor confidence in the …

Lidice: New film, old ghosts

Nurturing home-grown, grass-roots screenwriting talent is essential for the future success of the Czech film industry, according to award-winning producer, Adam Dvořák. Speaking about the success of the recent historical …

A Czech war on education?

For some time now there have been protests among scholars and students at public universities in the Czech Republic. The protesters aim to force the Minister of Education, Pavel Dobeš, …

Constitutional affairs

Among various possible forms of oblivion there is one that I would qualify as significant for our current purposes and that is beginning, or rebeginning. In the context of the …

The Nature of Czech Xenophobia

Reports from foreigners living in Prague list a number of woes in regard to Czechs’ unwelcoming behavior: the service in restaurants is terrible, nobody speaks English, if the locals even …