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Ben Op Goes To Czechia

Had a well-attended talk last night here in Paris. Off to Tours shortly to speak there this evening. Don’t let snow deter you! I will be handing out Mardi Gras beads, so who in their right mind would want to miss that?

Mardi 13 février 2018 – 20h30
Amphithéâtre de la DDEC
33, rue Blaise Pascal – 37000 Tours

Back in Paris for a Thursday night event:

Jeudi 15 février 2018 – 20h30
Échange avec le philosophe Martin Steffens
Organisé en partenariat avec l’association ICHTUS
Crypte de Saint Ferdinand des Ternes
23, rue d’Armaillé – 75017 Paris
M° Charles de Gaulle-Étoile ou Ternes

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#1 Comment By Hector_St_Clare On February 13, 2018 @ 8:13 am

Oh man, you’re going to the Czech Republic? I am so, so envious. Enjoy yourself! There’s a small chance I might be there for a conference this summer, but if I don’t go (and it’s looking rather unlikely) then I definitely want to try to take a vacation there, or hopefully a sort of working vacation, sometime in the near future.

Czechia is anthropologically a really interesting place: it a case study in how a society can be extremely secular (it’s one of the least religious countries in Europe and the world, along with Sweden, Estonia and the eastern parts of Germany) without being particularly *liberal*. Czech political culture seems to be pretty liberal on the personal morality, sex/drugs/religion axis (they’re I think the only country to have decriminalized small quantities of many recreational drugs), but arguably the most conservative / reactionary in Europe along the race / ethnicity / migration axis). Really underscores the thesis that what we think of as “cultural conservatism” is really two separate and distinct things (as Inglehart and Welzel would put it, there’s the “Traditional vs. Secular/Rational” axis and then the “Survival vs. Self-Expression axis”.)

Hope your wife is feeling better and can partake in some of the Czech food and drink by the time you’re there.

Jefferson Smith, don’t you live in one of the Eastern European countries?

#2 Comment By Renee On February 13, 2018 @ 9:27 pm

This is all very well, but you neglect the important question: How is Julie?

[NFR: She has recovered! We are going to a special Valentine’s Day dinner tonight. — RD]

#3 Comment By AZ Traddie On February 14, 2018 @ 11:26 am

“Rodem Dreherem”–isn’t it comforting to know that there are languages in which your name has grammatical case endings?

#4 Comment By Marie Levínská On February 16, 2018 @ 7:16 pm

This is really suprise of week. I read your article about XXVI canto of Purgatorium, because I’m just finishing my interpretation… and I really like it, because it was so fresh and different of my ideas, so I decided to find more articles from you and the word Czechia just hit my eyes – because I’m from Czechia. I must found more about your book, because it looks like really interesting.
But what really grab my attantion was the comment about Czech republic, it’s really interesting for me, how foreiners see my country. The part about religion is absolutelly right, it’s consequence of communiste regime and it’s actually a little sad. I have feeling that there either absolute atheists or fanatics. Drugs suprised me, it’s true that we can drink alcohol from 18 (but Germany from 16…) and anybody really follow this rule. Only hemp is partly legalized, but it’s only for medical purposed, but I’m not a drug expert :D. And racism and migration is really big problem here. I think, that we have about ten migrants here (really I’m not joking, the number is that low for our country) and most of our population is completely panicking, and want to prohibit construction of mosque, wearing a burka, reading the Koran and I don’t want to know what else… Partly it is from what are we like, but mostly it’s fault of our politics who deliberately spread panic to maintain power.
But Prague is lovely, I’m sure you will like it 😀