The President and the UN

Every Patriotic American Should Support the President ... of the Czech Republic.

That, at least, is the message Dan Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, is spreading.

This is about the Czech president Vaclav Klaus criticizing U.N. calls for increased “global governance” of the world’s economy, saying the world body should leave that role to national governments.
The solution to dealing with the global economic crisis, Klaus told the U.N. General Assembly, did not lie in “creating new governmental and supranational agencies, or in aiming at global governance of the world economy.”

“On the contrary, this is the time for international organizations, including the United Nations, to reduce their expenditures, make their administrations thinner, and leave the solutions to the governments of member states,” he said. (...)

Klaus, a free-market economist who oversaw a wave of privatization in the 1990s after communism collapsed in his homeland, also said the world was “moving in the wrong direction” in combating the economic crisis. “The anti-crisis measures that have been proposed and already partly implemented follow from the assumption that the crisis was a failure of markets and that the right way out is more regulation of markets,” he said.

Klaus said that was a “mistaken assumption” and it was impossible to prevent future crises through regulatory interventions and similar actions by governments. That will only “destroy the markets and together with them the chances for economic growth and prosperity in both developed and developing countries,” he said.
The speech was evidently a reaction to an earlier speech by the Swiss president of the General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, who said at the opening of the annual gathering of world leaders in New York last Thursday that it was time for the United Nations to "comprehensively fulfill its global governance role."

A "global governance role"? If I remember correctly, this was not why the UN was set up. It has no "global governance role". And I for one, certainly and emphatically do NOT want to be governed by a body where sadistic, self-enriching autocrats from underdeveloped shit holes seem to be calling the shots (UN Human Rights Council, anyone?).

Incidentally, Helen Szamuely asks: Why is it that none of our politicians has the guts to say what President Klaus says? Why indeed...

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