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greekdefaultwatch@gmail.com Natural gas consultant by day, blogger on the Greek economy by night. Trained as an economist and political scientist. I believe in common sense and in data, and my aim is to offer insight written in language that is clear and convincing.

02 November 2005

Chirac and communism

Jacques Chirac is on a roll. This is from Martin Wolf’s column in today’s Financial Times:

“‘Liberalism,’ according to Jacques Chirac, ‘is as dangerous an ideology as communism and, like communism, it will not prevail.’ In this remark, astoundingly, the centre-right leader of a civilised nation draws a parallel between liberty and the 20th century’s most pervasive ideology of slavery. If elected leaders of the European Union utter remarks so foolish, indeed depraved, the effort to sustain open economies may founder, as it did in the first half of the 20th century.”

References:
Martin Wolf, “If trade liberalization fails,” Financial Times, 2 Nov 05

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