Dr. Petr Hampl is a widely read Czech sociologist, patriot and activist.
He is the executive director of the Czech Society for Civilisation Studies, which builds on Harvard professor Samuel P. Huntington´s “paradigms of the post-Cold War world” to explore relations between “major civilizations.” He is also a co-founder of the White Straight Pride Society.
Initially, his position was typically neoconservative. He even supported NATO aggression against Serbia in 1999. However, as his knowledge and experience increased, so did his skepticism towards the liberal economy and the American-led world order. His beliefs were tempered by his experiences of living in a country with changing political regimes. In the 1980s, he grew up under a system of conservative nationalist socialism with minor Marxist influences. In the 1990s he lived in an independent country, but now he is a citizen of a country owned by global corporations, dominated by neo-Marxist groups and fully integrated into international structures.
For much of his career, Hampl has focused on the class conflict between the global multicultural elite and ordinary working people. In the beginning, his ideas were neglected and even labeled communist, but later they were accepted by a broad swath of Czech society and became more mainstream. Even so, Hampl has paid the price for telling the truth, being shunned by mainstream media and prohibited from teaching at the university level. Organizers of his public lectures have been threatened. Yet, he has still managed to earn international respect and fame.