Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The new Marxists

Czech president calls for rational debate on global warming, rejects "current hysteria" - International Herald Tribune: "'The approach of environmentalists toward nature is similar to the Marxist approach to economic rules, because they also try to replace free spontaneity of the evolution of the world (and of mankind) with ... global planning of the world's development,' Klaus writes in his book.

'That approach ... is a utopia leading to completely other than wanted results,' he says.

Klaus, an economist by profession, has repeatedly warned that policy makers are pushed by the widespread fear of global warming to adopt enormously costly programs that eventually may have no positive effect.

Klaus served as Czechoslovak finance minister after the 1989 fall of communism and as Czech prime minister after Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia in 1993. As president, he now has mainly ceremonial powers.