What Is a Dissident?

Jesus (Willem Dafoe) in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does not gather votes. He does not attempt to charm the public, he offers nothing and promises nothing…His actions simply articulate his dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost.

Václav Havel

Screen capture: Jesus (Willem Dafoe) in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

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