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English Pages, 9. 10. 2008
I would like to express my thanks for the invitation to participate in this important gathering.
The organizers of the forum suggested naming my today’s speech “Setting the Right Priorities”. They are probably not satisfied with the way how the priorities are set now or they suppose that I am not happy with it. They are right.
English Pages, 3. 10. 2008
Many thanks for the invitation to this beautiful part of your great country and for honoring me with the Barry Goldwater Award for Liberty. Barry Goldwater is a name I esteem very much, a name I was aware of already in the sixties when he was alive, in the dark communist days. In the former Czechoslovakia, he was considered an arch enemy of the rosy era of building a communist paradise.
English Pages, 2. 10. 2008
Many thanks for the invitation to this beautiful part of your great country and for honoring me with the very prestigious Columbia Award. I am extremely grateful, especially after having seen the list of the past award holders.
I will start with a short story connected with one of them – with George Will who received the award two years ago.
English Pages, 1. 10. 2008
Many thanks for the invitation and for the opportunity to be here with all of you. I have visited the U.S. many times since the fall of communism in November 1989 when – after almost half a century – traveling to the free world became for people like me possible again, but I’ve never been to this beautiful city and to the state of Oregon before. Once again, thank you very much.
English Pages, 8. 9. 2008
Dear colleagues, dear friends,
It is a great honor for me to be asked to say a few words to this distinguished and very knowledgeable audience about one of our greatest heroes, about one of the past Mont Pelerin Society presidents, about a friend of many of us, Milton Friedman.
English Pages, 8. 9. 2008
I think I have to start with expressing my deep and ever-deeper conviction that the recently created panic as regards dramatic, in the past allegedly unknown global climate changes and their supposedly catastrophic consequences for the future of human civilization must not remain without a resolute answer of the – until now – more or less silent majority of rationally thinking people, especially classical liberals, libertarians and other freedom loving men and women.
English Pages, 26. 7. 2008
Has President Kaczynski convinced you to ratify the Lisbon Treaty?
President Kaczyński did not try to convince me about the beauty of the Lisbon Treaty. My views in this respect are firm and they can’t be changed.
English Pages, 23. 7. 2008
On October 28th this year, we will remember the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of the independent Republic of Czechoslovakia. The most important public holiday of our country is always an opportunity to think about our recent history and current orientation.
English Pages, 18. 7. 2008
What kind of memories do you have about the break-up of the Czechoslovak federation in the Tugendhat Villa in Brno in 1992?
The Czechoslovak federation had been moving toward the break-up slowly but continuously since the fall of Communism in 1989.
English Pages, 1. 7. 2008
I am greatly honoured to have had the privilege of knowing Lord Harris personally. I got to know him as the General Director of the British Institute of Economic Affairs, as a free market thinker, an analytical economist, and a persistent polemicist, who had always stayed devoted to conservative values; the very values he had been promoting already in the 1950s, i.e. at the time when they were far from being obvious, when they were questioned from all sides, and when they were – even in his native Britain – deeply out of favour.
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