All Hail Vaclav Klaus!

The irony of the 21st century is that soon the Eastern Europeans will begin persuading the West to loosen the bonds of their socialist governments. Speak, President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus

We must say openly that the present economic system of the EU is a system of a suppressed market, a system of a permanently strengthening centrally controlled economy.Although history has more than clearly proven that this is a dead end, we find ourselves walking the same path once again. This results in a constant rise in both the extent of government masterminding and constraining of spontaneity of the market processes. In recent months, this trend has been further reinforced by incorrect interpretation of the causes of the present economic and financial crisis, as if it was caused by free market, while in reality it is just the contrary – caused by political manipulation of the market. It is again necessary to point out to the historical experience of our part of Europe and to the lessons we learned from it.

Many of you certainly know the name of the French economist Frederic Bastiat and his famous Petition of the Candlemakers, which has become a well-known and canonical reading, illustrating the absurdity of political interventions in the economy. On 14 November 2008 the European Commission approved a real, not a fictitious Bastiat’s Petition of the Candlemakers, and imposed a 66% tariff on candles imported from China. I would have never believed that a 160-year-old essay could become a reality, but it has happened.

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4 responses to “All Hail Vaclav Klaus!

  1. Everything everywhere from the beginning of time to the present day has a beginning and an ending, nothing lasts forever. Change is the only constant on our planet and in the universe. This being a proven fact of all that exists, I am persuaded to ask this question. …Why attempt to prevent necessary change from taking place? …Is it because of unscientific dogmatic bias? It is unscientific bias to hold onto that which no longer has relevance and has been rendered by the passage of time no longer useful, and consequently out of step with existing circumstances, situations and conditions. That which is no longer a positive influence inside the surroundings of our existence should be replaced by that which is a positive influence, … and it will always come to pass when the only change possible to take the place of that what exists, … is the diametric opposite of what already exists.

    The diametric opposite of an economy that is market oriented and not planned is an economy that is planned, … and designed to profit not individual capitalists of our planet, …but rather.. profit equally, all of the people of our planet, without discrimination or prejudice.

    What makes this economic change possible and necessary is the change in our means of producing goods and services. The technological revolution on our planet has made it possible to satisfy all of the needs of everyone everywhere on our planet. No one no longer needs to not have what is needed to live well and survive well because of our scientific and technological advances.

    Those that are concerned about our tanking individual unplanned capitalist economy, should give some thought to the opposite view of an economy that is social and planned so as to profit the mass of people in the world without discrimination or prejudice.

  2. PondPilot

    Socialism doesn’t work. It promotes class warfare rather than the tranquil and fair society the first commenter would have you believe. We are not bees, nor ants, nor stupid masses.
    The U.S. is the envy of the world because we have a free market economy.
    It is only when government gets too big and intrusive and interferes with natural ebbs and flows that we have chaos.
    See the rantings of Barney Franks.

  3. The Drunken Priest

    Despicable,

    You claim a move from a market-based economy is “necessary”, but that only begs the question. You have to argue, with appeals to evidence and reasoning, why this move is necessary because that is precisely the point of contention. Further, you claim that the “passage of time” has rendered free-market capitalism useless. A nice sentiment, but you fail to indicate what goals this system of coordination ceases to attain.

    Capitalists don’t disagree with you about the importance of “positive influences” in our lives. That is a question about ends and goals. It is my belief that market-based economies, supported by the good will and trust of friendship and family, works best to help us achieve what we want. The community you seek is at your doorstep. No capitalist will prevent voluntary exchanges between consenting adults.

    Be clearer what you want in life, what you want for your friends and family, and then we can discuss what political systems help satisfy these wants.

  4. The idiot right wingers in the republican party, the Libertarians and most democrats do not have a clue as to what is happening in our nation or in the world! Their thinking amounts to a crazy mixed up paranoid fantasy. A fantasy that is the consequence of not understanding the inevitable movement of historical change. Cause and effect relationships within a particular environment remains a foreign language, to those that are a part of this movement, of dogmatic unscientific blind and prejudiced thinking!
The global economy and the development of modern technologies has created a world that most people refuse to try to understand! If you can’t or won’t try to understand and adapt to this inevitable change in the world environment, you will remain stupid and eventually you will not be able to cope, and you will die stupid.
Most americans at this point in time, are looking for a scapegoat to blame for their frustration and fear of a necessary change. A change that is now happening, and consequently changing all that you were comfortably familiar with.
People are lining up on the side of the public sector or the private sector, so as to survive, and to live another day. The truth is that what is happening today and what will happen tomorrow, is and was predictable. The enemy is not the government, or the private sector or communists or socialists or whatever. The enemy is the people that refuse to understand what was, is and will be, the nature and character, of a predictably changing world.


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