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Czech president tells UN to stay out of economics

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.

United Nations does not need new tasks – Czech President Klaus

“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?

*UPDATE Pres. Klaus spoke at Johns Hopkins on Thursday defending market capitalism. Here is a transcript of his speech and here is the audio with following Q&A.

…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.

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  1. RuBegonia says:

    Mini Wiki-Czech on Vaclav Klaus:

    2nd President of the Czech Republic (since 2003).
    Economist by trade…has been called “the Margaret Thatcher of Central Europe” .
    Looks like this <—

    • Gordon says:

      If there are any countries that understand how Socialism is detrimental to the survival of an economy it would certainly be those that experienced it first hand under the Soviet boot (hear that Urkel) for generations. The Czech president should be listened to as a clarion call and a warning to the free world as to the oppressive and dominating ambitious socialistic nature of the UN and the need for it to be dissolved…and the institution of another body that has only representatives from freely elected governments…no homicidal dictators permitted. (e.g., China, Cuba, Venezuela, etc).

  2. larrygeary says:

    It’s been tried twice. The League of Nations was a failure. The United Nations is a disaster. The UN should be dissolved, but there is no need to replace it with anything. After all we’re just ridding ourselves of a bunch of global leeches and kleptocrats. Nations can deal with other nations as they always have.

  3. franknitti says:

    Can we n0minate Vaclav Klaus to run against Obummer in 2012? He sounds more conservative on economic issues than your average Republican.

  4. ShArKy666 says:

    WOW…that guy is great!!..hopefully more smart leaders like that will start pushing back against this garbage!

  5. BastiatFan says:

    Is it too soon to talk about canonizing him? Rock on, Vaclav, rock on!

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