Final Word from Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Unless the Million Moments for Democracy movement is a front for intelligence agencies or for lobbyists and lawyers linked to business groups that oppose Andrej Babiš, which the organizers of course deny, it must truly be a WYSIWYG endeavor. We see a bunch of politically inexperienced youngsters, and that must be what we get. This presents a considerable political risk to the seasoned veterans who are hoping to piggyback on the youth movement and to make a major statement on Nov. 16 of this year. The student movement 30 years ago was able to mobilize a "vast force of humanity," according to the New York Times, and in the days after Nov. 17 the "pace of events gave ... an improvisational character that seemed to sustain idealism and a party-like atmosphere." By the end of Nov. 1989, Miloš Jakeš was gone. What will be the message at the end of Nov. 2019 if Million Moments fails to oust Babiš, Miloš Zeman and Marie Benešová? "Well, at least we tried?" [ Czech Republic services spy ]

Glossary of difficult words

front - a person or organization serving as a cover for subversive or illegal activities;

WYSIWYG - what you see is what you get;

to piggyback on - to use existing work or an existing product as a basis or support;

to oust - to drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place.


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