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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Next: Czech Republic

by Clifford F. Thies 

The next national election of interest on the horizon is a snap election in the Czech Republic. This election will be held on October 25th and 26th. The Czech Republic is fondly remembered by libertarians for its Velvet Revolution (or, "Gentle Revolution" in the Slovak Republic). 

Upon the resignation of the communist government, the poet Václav Havel, imprisoned for many years, served as the first President of the again democratic country of Czechoslovakia, and then of the Czech Republic after the partition. 

To honor his memory, the Havel Prize in Creative Dissent was established. The inaugural winners of the Havel Prize, last year, were the Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei, Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, and Saudi Arabian women's rights activist Manal al-Sharif. The awards were presented by Garry Kasparov, former World Champion of Chess and a Russian political activist in the best liberal tradition. The endowment for the award was supplied by capitalists Sergei Brin of Google and Peter Thiel of Paypal. 

The Havel Prize reminds us that our work in expanding freedom in the world is not yet complete. It is, therefore, with sadness that we have heard it reported in the media that the Social Democrats might invite the Communist Party to help form the next government, after the snap election, something we refuse to believe will happen. Let me explain. 

The snap election was called following a series of fissures within the center-right parties of the Czech Republic, resulting more from corruption than from disagreement over policy. Nevertheless, the fractured state of the center-right points, in the opinion polls, to a victory for the left parties. The center-left Social Democrats plus the Communists are projected to have between them a majority of the seats. But, a large majority of the vote is indicated to be shared by the center-right parties; only, because of the 5 percent threshold and the fracturing of the center-right, many of these votes will be discarded in the apportioning of the seats. This is why we do not believe the current projections will hold up. The prospect of the Communists returning to power should sober the center-right, and bring about a concentration of center-right votes in parties that will make the threshold. Besides, what are the Social Democrats thinking to even consider aligning themselves with the Communists! 

The parties of the far-right and of the far-left should be rejected by all who believe in democratic government. (And left-wing intellectuals should get it into their heads that not everybody to the right of Barack Obama is a Neo-Nazi. There are Neo-Nazis out there and you have the effect of legitimizing them by comparing the center-right to them.) The Social Democrats, should they finish first, should seek to form a ruling coalition from the centrist parties of the country, not with the far-left parties.

3 comments:

jimmyjones5 said...

And left-wing intellectuals should get it into their heads that not everybody to the right of Barack Obama is a Neo-Nazi. There are Neo-Nazis out there and you have the effect of legitimizing them by comparing the center-right to them.

This is fucking hilarious coming from a website that calls The President a communist and a nazi on a regular basis.

mitsukurina said...

In fairness, I have never read Cliff saying such a thing; he can't be responsible for all of Eric's nonsense.

Chuck said...

Jiminy, are you really going to claim brakabama is not a Communist? What about him isn't Communist?

Think hard, squirt.