The wisdom of Vaclav Klaus

From Desmog, not my favourite site but it often has useful background information.

“As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism.” [3]

“And finally, there is another danger: the emergence of nonideological but very aggressive ‘isms,’ which are really quite new. Let me at least name them:

•We all care about human rights, but I am afraid of ‘human rightism.’

•We all want to have a healthy environment, but I see the danger in environmentalism.

•To put it politically correctly, I admire the second gender, but I fear feminism.

•We all are enriched by other cultures, but not by multiculturalism.

•I am aware of the importance of voluntary associations, but I fear NGOism.” [4]

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20 Responses to The wisdom of Vaclav Klaus

  1. Roger W

    …except that they are all communism/socialism by other names!
    The watermelon version of environmentalism is just the most obvious.

  2. RobK

    He is a breath of fresh air.

  3. duncanm

    the emergence of nonideological but very aggressive ‘isms,’

    they are very much ideological.

  4. John Bayley

    Add ‘ageism’ to that list.
    The (paywalled) article a couple of days ago by Adam Creighton in The Australian and in particular the comments it attracted is a classic example of that.
    Everything wrong with the world is, apparently, the baby boomers’ fault. And to add insult to injury, these rich bastards are now living it up with their tax-free multi-million dollar superannuation pensions, literally stealing from the poor millennial snowflakes.
    It’s no longer just class envy; we now have inter-generational grievances, incessant calls for ‘the government to do something’ everywhere one cares to look (because government has such a great track record, maybe..) and of curse the curse of identity politics in all its ugliness.
    We do truly live in ‘interesting times’ – in the sense of the ancient Chinese curse.

  5. Driftforge

    Everything wrong with the world is, apparently, the baby boomers’ fault.

    Well – all the isms listed above took hold on their watch. Make of it what you will. Part of the issue is that the younger folk can’t see further back than their grandparents to see that some of this stuff had earlier roots – again, largely because of a massive decrease in cultural time-depth that took place on their grandparents watch.

  6. Terry

    “we now have inter-generational grievances, incessant calls for ‘the government to do something’”

    There are very legitimate inter-generational grievances. Chiefly, debt transfer to future taxpayers (if any are left) and the wilful destruction of the economy (the means to help repay that debt) through energy sabotage.

    However, many of those expressing grievances now are contributors to the problem (it is future generations that have the legitimate gripe), especially those calling for “the government to do something”.

    Government should be doing less, not more.

    Less taxing, less spending, less interference in markets and our lives.

    It needs to STOP do “something” and find a way to shrink itself back to its smallest form.

  7. Bazinga

    I am particularly concerned about the Misandrist Corps(e) (TM) – the particular feminazis (and their beta male followers) of the 3rd wave who now believe in 3rd trimester abortion and ironic subservience to the (non-western) cultures of males who end up killing or damaging their partners .

  8. Infidel Tiger

    It’s no longer just class envy; we now have inter-generational grievances,

    Justifiably so.

    As the dominant political force of the last half century, Boomer have certainly stacked the decks in their favour and left a hell of a mess to be cleaned up and paid off.

    History will be very unkind to these wastrels.

  9. John Bayley

    As the dominant political force of the last half century, Boomer have certainly stacked the decks in their favour and left a hell of a mess to be cleaned up and paid off.

    Really?
    So the generation before them, who implemented the welfare state and then decided to move to fully unbacked currencies, thus unleashing the background to the debt and massive asset inflation over the past 40-50 years had nothing to do with it?
    And the GenX, who have had the vote for the past 30 or so years, had no say in any of it?
    And the GenY & Millennials, who by now all vote and are into full on socialism or even communism, albeit with a ‘green face’ (‘Green New Deal’ anyone?) are also blameless – for the ‘energy fiasco’ in particular, maybe?
    Despite the fact that they have indisputably been the most pampered generation of all and have had access to all sorts of middle class welfare that didn’t exist when the boomers were at their stage in life (first home owners’ grant, family tax benefits come to mind).
    And lumping everyone into the same bucket based on their D.O.B. somehow justifies the sweeping generalisations?
    I can see now why some of the commenters think there are almost no true libertarians left at the Cat.

  10. Tom

    “As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism.”

    Vaclav, who hoodwinked you into thinking 21st century “environmentalism” is not communism? The reason “environmentalism” is our biggest threat is that it IS communism — the same Stalinist communism that invaded your homeland, Czechosloviakia (now the Czech Republic), in 1968 and overthrew your government because it wouldn’t toe the Stalinist line.

    In Australia, the Greens party was formed in 1992 — the year after the dissolution of the Communist Party of Australia. It was no coincidence: many of the Australian Greens foundation members were communists made homeless by the dissolution of the CPA. There is nothing in the policy platform of the Greens that wouldn’t be at home in the Communist Manifesto.

  11. DaveR

    Notice how all of the new “isms” are the central activity of the UN, the EU and their close friends? You can see where in the west this evil mainly resides.

  12. egg_

    It needs to STOP do “something” and find a way to shrink itself back to its smallest form.

    What happens when there’s a yuge increase in entropy*?
    Do we get a future ‘correction’?
    Asking for a friend.

    *Teh Grunenfuhrers appear to be friends with entropy.

  13. egg_

    There is nothing in the policy platform of the Greens that wouldn’t be at home in the Communist Manifesto.

    We look upon the fields of wheat turbines in wonder, Dear Leader!

  14. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    ‘Genderism’ is another worrying trend; a denial of the biology of men and women.

  15. Nob

    second gender

    By this phrase he will be hanged and all else he said ignored.

  16. Nob

    Generation wars are for rootless urbanites lacking siblings, parents, children, cousins. Thus they’re being outbred and rendered irrelevant.

  17. Crossie

    The cause of freedom has completely left Wester Europe and has moved east to former hostage nations of the Soviet Union. When you have suffered under a repressive regime for close to 70 years you have an inbuilt sensor for totalitarianism. Environmentalism is the biggest danger we face now, China is not using communism to undercut us especially when environmentalism works better.

    The snowflakes in the west would sell their own mother to anyone who would feed their self esteem. Their mother will also be in big trouble if she dared to deny anthropogenic climate change.

  18. Entropy

    Entropy always wins in The End, Egg.

  19. The Beer Whisperer

    Vaclav, who hoodwinked you into thinking 21st century “environmentalism” is not communism? The reason “environmentalism” is our biggest threat is that it IS communism — the same Stalinist communism that invaded your homeland, Czechosloviakia (now the Czech Republic), in 1968 and overthrew your government because it wouldn’t toe the Stalinist line.

    True. They have just re-branded, and now that the communist horrors are not in the memory of millennials, they’re back to calling it outright socialism again.

    Even our champions don’t get it.

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