Václav Klaus: IVK: Václav Klaus: The Never-Ending Struggle for Free Society - Speeches, Essays, Articles
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Václav Klaus Institute (VKI) is publishing new book of the President Václav
Klaus "The Never-Ending Struggle for Free Society" which is the first English
publication outlining the topics and ideas which stand behind the aims and
activities of the VKI. This collection of speeches, essays and articles
(originally written in English) is a summary of the texts created by Václav
Klaus in the last year and half in his capacity as the President of the Czech
Republic and the first year and half his post-Presidential life.
at the time when Václav Klaus was active in politics, he became probably the
most famous fighter against the irrational ideology of global warming doctrine
and aggressive environmentalism. He is a well-known opponent of the attempts of
European elites to build a post-democratic European superstate with all their
negative consequences for freedom and prosperity in Europe. He is a strong
critic of all kinds of global governance that circumvents standard democratic
processes. These are the main themes discussed in this book which consist of
five chapters: Chapter I: Quest for Liberty and Democracy, Chapter II: EU
without Illusions, Chapter III: Transition in Retrospect, Chapter IV:
Global Warming Doctrine’s Attack Continues, Chapter V: Reflections on the
you can find an Introduction to the book by Václav Klaus:
collection of 40 recent essays, articles, and speeches puts together the texts
from a very special period of my life – they were written, published and
delivered as lectures and speeches at the end of my tenure as President of the
Czech Republic and in the first moments of my post-political life.
there is no sharp divide between them, between my being in office and being out
of office. I strongly believe that my views have not changed and that my
readiness to make them public has not changed either. Some people expected that
I would speak and write differently but they were proved wrong. I have never
hidden my views and I don´t need to be more outspoken now. I would be angry at
myself to find anything like that happening.
texts in the book can be found on my website (www.klaus.cz) and some of them on
our institute´s website (www.institutvk.cz) but to select them, to put them
together, to structure them into chapters, to demonstrate the evolution of
views (or the lack of it) is – at least I hope – added value.
are already two similar collections of my English texts. The first one from the
second half of the nineties was published by CATO Institute under the title"Renaissance: The Rebirth of Liberty in the Heart of Europe" (Cato
Institute, Washington, 1997). It covered the fall of communism, the first
dramatic years of democracy and the enormous tasks we had to solve in that era.
second one was published in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century by National Center for Policy
Analysis under the title "On the Road to Democracy: The
Czech Republic from Communism To Free Society" (NCPA, Dallas,
2005). It covered the more "normal" years of our development when I was also
more able to look around (than in the first "revolutionary" era).
is a gap between 2005 and 2011 because this new collection doesn´t cover these
years. There will be, perhaps, another opportunity to fill this gap sometimes
in the future.
a collection of essays, articles and speeches written in English, there are no
translations from Czech (or any other language) in this book. There have been
similar collections in other languages published in various countries – e.g.
Germany, France, Poland, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece. With the exception
of Germany, they were translations.
book is divided into five chapters which cover different, but in many respects
I is devoted to Liberty, Democracy, Nation-State vs. Global
Governance. As one of the texts suggests, my feeling is that "We Are
not on the Winning Side".
II is about Europe and especially about the European Union.
The titles make my position very clear: "No Illusions about the EU", "Europe at
the Crossroad", "Democrats of Europe, Wake Up!".
III returns to the topic of transition because
this issue becomes – with the passing of time – more and more misunderstood and
forgotten. This unique experience of ours should be kept and remembered.
IV discusses one of my special topics – the Global Warming Doctrine.
I wrote more about it in 2007 and later years but the topic is still with us.
The consequences of irrational policies introduced by accepting the tenets of
this doctrine are starting to be felt more and more now.
V puts together a mixture of current topics and issues and cannot omit the last
one, which threatens to change the whole world and our lives – the Ukraine crisis.
like to thank my colleagues for helping me with this book: Martin Slaný and
Filip Šebesta for preparing this selection, Karolina Králová for typing many of
the manuscripts, Michaela Dvořáková for making corrections of my English. Last
but not least, I would like to thank the Václav Klaus Institute and its
director Jiří Weigl for making its release possible.
Klaus, August 26, 2014.