"The Power of the Powerless" presented an analysis of the communist regime and stated that the oppressive nature of a regime will create dissent among the citizen population. Havel described life within the Communist system: “Individuals…must live within a lie. They need not accept the lie. It is enough for them to have accepted their life with it and in it. For by this very fact, individuals confirm the system, fulfill the system, make the system, ARE the system.” Havel proposed that oppressed citizens have the inherent propensity to overcome their own powerlessness because human desire for freedom, truth and dignity can not be fully repressed.
Havel, Vaclav. "The Power of the Powerless: Citizens against the State in Central-Eastern Europe". edited by John Keane and translated by Paul Wilson. Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe. 1978.