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Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Saturday criticized U.N. calls for increased “global governance” of the world’s economy, saying the world body should leave that role to national governments.
The solution to dealing with the global economic crisis, Klaus told the U.N. General Assembly, did not lie in “creating new governmental and supranational agencies, or in aiming at global governance of the world economy.”
“On the contrary, this is the time for international organizations, including the United Nations, to reduce their expenditures, make their administrations thinner, and leave the solutions to the governments of member states,” he said.
Sweet. Klaus also said the measures taken so far combating the economic crisis are based on the assumption that markets don’t work. He called that a mistake and warned against over regulation.
He is a global warming skeptic and told the U.N. to stay out of science.
“I don’t think the UN needs to search for a new mission. The goals of the United Nations should remain those defined in the original UN Charter,” Klaus said.
Can we keep him?
…the system is under serious assault by two ruinous trends:
– “by a growing collusion between government and large corporations” and
– “by a welfare state expanding its reach well beyond the needy.”
…“the growing collusion of big business and government and the growing middle-class welfare state are expressions of a longstanding distaste for the market economy.” We, in the Czech Republic, based our transition from communism to a free society, to parliamentary democracy and market economy on radical liberalization, deregulation, privatization and desubsidization, on stressing that we are “pro-market” and not “pro-business” and I’m sorry to see that this fight is not yet over. It must be fought again and again. In America, in Europe, in the Czech Republic.