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Czech Brutalism

Here is a great illustration of the aesthetic hideousness of Communism. In the background, a traditional Czech church. In the foreground, an example of Czech Brutalist architecture. This is a monument, by the way.

Here’s the monstrous carbuncle the Communists built for the National Parliament:

Here is a link to the beloved medieval Prague Astronomical Clock, which features figures of saints. In the Moravian city of Olomouc, the Communists attempted to create a Socialist Realist version of it. Well, I bet Neil deGrasse Tyson would find this beautiful, but nobody else:

We can understand that the Czech people had no choice but to live with this stuff. But how do you explain that Americans actually paid to build horrors like this in our cities?

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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