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English Pages, 21. 7. 2011
You have been an outspoken voice on the ideological aspects of the climate change debate. How much are current calls to cut carbon emissions politically motivated, inspired by a desire to harm industrialised economies and liberal democracies rather than motivated by a desire to assist the environment? Has climate action become a replacement for Communism and its variants for the activist political left to continue their battle against free market economics?
English Pages, 30. 6. 2011
Let me congratulate you on the 235th Day of Independence of the United States of America. I have been attending this traditional gathering for many years and it gives me always a great pleasure to meet so many Czech and American friends, so many Czechs and Americans who contribute to the friendly relations between our two countries.
English Pages, 22. 6. 2011
In the late 1980s, the fight against global communism entered a crucial phase. President Reagan publicly pressed Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall. Pope John Paul II and Lech Walesa gave Polish workers the courage to rise up against their communist masters. The Velvet Revolution sprang up in Czechoslovakia.
English Pages, 11. 6. 2011
Many thanks for the invitation to address this distinguished audience here, in Berlin, at this very unique and historic place although I would have preferred if you’d chosen Prague, which is, after all, the real heart of Europe. As some of you may know, this is not my first contact with Hillsdale College. I quite vividly remember my visit at Hillsdale which happened more than ten years ago – in March 2000.
English Pages, 10. 5. 2011
Not respecting the title of the conference, I will continue using the term global warming, rather than its substitute, retreat already signaling, but in any case misleading term climate change. And I will not concentrate my talk on the current or potentially forthcoming global warming itself because – given the available data and conflicting scientific arguments – I don’t see it as a phenomenon which is threatening us.
English Pages, 22. 4. 2011
Does statistically significant global warming exist? If so, is it a natural phenomenon, or has it been caused by man? If we were to take the decision to prevent it from occurring, is there anything we can do about it? Are we to be worried about a possible slight temperature increase? These are the main questions addressed by the latest proceedings of the Center for Economics and Politics called “Global Warming – Reality, or Bubble?”
English Pages, 5. 4. 2011
Many thanks for the invitation to address this distinguished audience. There are not many places on the other side of the world where I have had the privilege to speak twice. The Institute “Libertad y Desarrollo” is one of them. I remember my visit here seventeen years ago. As I am sure you know, I am here in Chile on an official state visit which has a clear and understandable aim – to promote the Czech-Chilean relations.
English Pages, 31. 3. 2011
It’s a great pleasure to be in Argentina again, after long seventeen years, and to get the opportunity to visit your university, to address this distinguished audience and to share some of my views with you. I am sure there are topics which are of interest to both our countries. Thank you for the invitation.
My first impression – after only a few hours here – is that Argentina has made a visible step forward in the last two decades in spite of the collapse of its currency board system and the subsequent crisis ten years ago.
English Pages, 11. 3. 2011
The Czech Republic considers today’s meeting as very important and timely. We support the measures, including sanctions, that have been introduced up till now on the side of the EU. However, when we looked at the draft of the declaration, we did not find it very persuasive. There is no clear signal coming from it. Short-term and medium and also long-term goals and ambitions should be differentiated.
English Pages, 11. 2. 2011
It is a great pleasure and honor to be here and to get a chance to contribute to the 80th birthday celebration for Gary Becker, whom I – and I am sure all of us – consider one of the most important economists of the current era. When, on November 16, I sent him a letter congratulating him on his birthday, I didn’t expect that six days later I would get an email from Prof. Lazear with the invitation to deliver this address. In spite of all my presidential duties, I accepted it without hesitation.
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