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But the Civic Forum has put me in a very visible position, and I expect that I will be in the parliament after the June elections.
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By the time I returned to Czechoslovakia, I had an understanding of the principles of the market.
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I also helped write the five-page statement of principles that Civic Forum issued in late November. That was the first public expression of what the new government wanted to do.
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I had been in Austria that day, giving lectures attacking government economic policy. You see, the regime already could not control its critics.
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I have to both run the Finance Ministry now and also serve as the ministry's chief economist. It is an impossible situation.
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I never intended to be a politician or office-seeker.
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I share with my colleagues a broad consensus on what needs to be done, although there are issues where I want to move faster than they.
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I wanted instead to be head of the state bank, but I was told there was no one else who could do the job of finance minister.
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I was 25 years old and pursuing my doctorate in economics when I was allowed to spend six months of postgraduate studies in Naples, Italy.
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I was paid to read Western economic texts. In a way, the regime paid for their own undermining.
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It is what makes the reform process an art, not just a science. You have to develop a strategy that tells you what reform measures you should follow and in what sequence.
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No, I remember very much enjoying the entries I wrote for the first Czechoslovakian Encyclopedia of Economics in 1969 and 1970.
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Oh, yes. I worked with Havel for 20 hours a day. I spoke at the main rallies. I was on the strategy committee for Civic Forum.
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People like me who were engaging in brinkmanship with the party economic bosses and the open dissidents who were being arrested were pursuing a common goal in different ways.
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Privatization of the state-owned economy is not yet on the agenda. We cannot do it immediately; my colleagues would not agree to it. But we must put all forms of ownership on an equal footing immediately and let different types of ownership compete with the state firms.
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That means following a very restrictive fiscal and monetary policy which will squeeze the monopolies and cut their subsidies. On the micro level we will allow other economic agents, both domestic and foreign, to compete with them.
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The events in the square, of course, made a deep impression on me and many other parents.
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The sequence of reforms is a legitimate question for debate, but not, I think, the speed and direction they take.
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Then in 1969, I spent the spring term at Cornell University in New York. The invasion of August 1968 had already happened, but the hardline regime took several months to crack down on dissidents.
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This week, we created a Board for the Temporary Administration of State Property that will look into selling government-owned assets.
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To pursue a so-called Third Way is foolish. We had our experience with this in the 1960s when we looked for a socialism with a human face. It did not work, and we must be explicit that we are not aiming for a more efficient version of a system that has failed.
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To talk about planning an economic system is to talk in old terms, and I find myself sometimes having to teach Westers about what the market really means.
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We must have the time to create strict rules so that property is not sold by Communist managers for a low price. They often get payments under the table to sell to the first bidder. This does not build public support for a market economy.
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We served on the editorial board of a literary monthly called Face in 1968 and 1969. He was a young writer, and I was also interested in broad cultural issues. We agreed on all major issues and became friends.
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We will also allow state companies to sell shares to their workers and will pass a law allowing citizens to start companies of their own with no limits on the number of employees or on the firm's output.
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We will also propose a law on share-holding companies to allow foreigners to own up to 100 percent of a Czech company.
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What we want is to establish the rules of a market economy - not to plan its outcome.
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You cannot predict the outcome of the market process; you can only set the conditions for a challenging competition.
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