Privatization: Czechoslovakia

Triska, Dušan
September 1991
Eastern European Economics;Fall91, Vol. 30 Issue 1, p22
Academic Journal
Perhaps I should start by stressing what was openly declared by the congress of the Civic Forum on January 12, 1991: that the official program of Czechoslovakia and its political force, the Civic Forum, is to return to capitalism. For the first time, it was publicly spelled out that Czechoslovakia has no other alternative; the market economy and the democratic society generally associated with capitalism are the only option for our country. Therefore the process of privatization received the flail support of all the most important political forces including our president, Vaclav Havel, whose reputation is beyond any doubt. However, what we want in postcommunist Czechoslovakia has, I am afraid, been delayed for a certain period of time; but, of course, that is what we are calling transformation. Now, both in parliament and in the political structure, I think it is completely understood that we want capitalism, and that capitalism cannot work without capitalists. The only problem that remains is "how to create capitalists in Czechoslovakia.".


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