„Liberpolis – April 15, 2015“ von Marko Mrkonjic –—380841

Bohumir Zidek

On April 16 Cevro Institute hosted the Free Market Road Show in Prague. Two panels that focused on the economic growth, entrepreneurship, freedom and creativity engrossed more than 100 visitors. Among them a former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek and also a recently elected president of the Free Republic of Liberland, Vit Jedlicka.

It was pretty funny when an Austrian Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Ferdinand Trauttmansdorff, started his opening address by greeting the crowd and singling out “the presidents of the new states” and then the chief economist of Roklen started his speech by saying “Ladies and gentlemen, dear president Jedlicka”.

Some people maybe did not understand why they greeted an unknown president. But I am pretty sure, that in just a few days they understood.

A few days later Liberland stormed the media world, including Reuters, Time, The Guardian, Fox News – and of course almost all the Czech mainstream outlets and broadcasts.

But what is Liberland all about? And why should we even care?

Briefly – the new president is a Czech citizen and libertarian activist, who with the help of a bunch of his friends found out, that at the western bank of the Danube, there is 7km² of land on the Croatian-Serbian border, which has remained unclaimed by either.

Jedlicka believes that the land is therefore terra nullius – a no man’s land. So he came there and declared the founding of a new sovereign nation, the Free Republic of Liberland.

In the end it’s not important if the land is really terra nullius, as some lawyers argue against, and if there’s a chance for Jedlicka to be ignored by Croatian authorities to start the building of his utopia.

What is important, is Jedlicka’s message having a chance to be heard:

“The taxes will be voluntary.

Government debt will be constitutionally.

We think there should be just a minimum of offences the state will penalize: Police will be there only for securing order and security, not for punishing people for example for doing business, not for forcing thousands of regulations on citizens.

We are going to allow people to use any currency they want for their transactions on our territory.”

These are revolutionary ideas, which deserve to be heard.

And it looks like the ideas are really appealing to people, this can be seen by fact that there will be around 1 million citizenship applications by the end of this week.

And it’s really wonderful that the media are listening to this message of small government and freedom. Even if it’s just for a short time.

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Paneldiskussion in der Industriellenvereinigung

Free Market Road Show® am 15.4.2015 in Wien
10:30 bis 15:00, Industriellenvereinigung, Schwarzenbergplatz 4, 1030 Wien)


Bankenrettung, Landeshaftungen, Regulierungen und Staatsanleihen sind Belastungen, unter denen die europäische Wirtschaft schwer leidet und die die Europäische Union auf eine harte Probe stellen. Immer mehr Mitgliedsstaaten geraten unter dem Druck der Solidarleistungen in budgetäre Schwierigkeiten. Das Augenmerk der Regierenden liegt zunehmend auf kurzfristiger Finanzierung, statt auf mittel- und langfristiger Austerität.

In Österreich sollte die im März beschlossene Steuerreform das Problem lösen. Unternehmer und Investoren sehen aber in den Regierungsbeschlüssen nur zusätzliche Belastungen für Leistungsträger, ein weiteres Aufblähen des Verwaltungsapparats und neuen Anreiz, den Standort zu wechseln. Ist das Steuerreformpaket ein Schuss nach hinten?

Diese und weitere Fragen werden am Mittwoch, dem 15. April in einer prominent besetzten Konferenz im Rahmen der Free Market Road Show® (FMRS) gestellt. Die FMRS bringt jährlich hunderte internationale Experten mit lokalen Politikern, Unternehmern und Journalisten zusammen, die in 30 europäischen Hauptstädten und 6 weiteren Metropolen (Istanbul, Jerusalem,..) in Vorträgen und Paneldiskussionen aktuelle (wirtschafts-)politische Fragen erörtern.

Informationen und Programm sind unter zu finden.

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15.4., 10:30, Industriellenvereinigung
Wirtschaftsstandort Österreich und unternehmerische Kreativität

In zwei prominent besetzten Panels werden am 15.April im Rahmen der Free Market Road Show folgende Fragen diskutiert:

Panel 1 (11:15 bis 12:30)

Was hält der Wirtschaftsstandort Österreich noch aus?
Bankenrettung, Landeshaftungen, Regulierungen, Staatsanleihen,.. werden von Wirtschaftssprechern der Parlamentsparteien und von Investmentexperten thematisiert.


Panel 2 (13:00 bis 14:30)

Unternehmertum und seine Beschränkungen.
Wie können wir unternehmerische Kreativität optimal nutzen? Dieser Frage widmet sich eine Runde von erfahrenen Unternehmern.

Das Programm finden Sie hier

Allgemeine Informationen zur Free Market Road Show

Panelteilnehmer und Keynote Speaker werden hier vorgestellt

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