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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Vaclav Havel Speech

President Havel is well worth listening to:

Fifteen years after the collapse of communism. I am afraid more than at the beginning of its softer (or weaker) version, of social-democratism, which has become – under different names, e.g. the welfare state or the soziale Marktwirtschaft – the dominant model of the economic and social system of current Western civilization. It is based on big and patronizing government, on extensive regulating of human behavior, and on large-scale income redistribution.
The ever-shifting monikers for what is essentially collectivism (as opposed to individulism expressed through a rule of law that protects individual property rights) have taken on dizzying speed with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Alas, "a rose by any other name would smell as sweet."


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