Martin M. Šimečka is a journalist, writer and lector at Socrates institute, where he leads a workshop After-november history of Slovakia. He grew up in a family of a philosopher and a significant dissident during the comunist regime. Therefore he was banned from his studies, so he attended apprentice training centre at Slovnaft (oil refinery). Till 1989 he went through many professions; he was a male nurse, shopkeeper, life guard or a stoker. After the revolution he founded Archa publishing house, three years later he was leading Domino Forum weekly. Since 1999 he worked as a chief editor of SME daily paper, till 2006 when he abdicated his function. For two years he was a chief editor of czech Respekt magazine, where he continued to work till 2016. In present he is a editor and writer of commentaries at Denník N.