Talking the Talk

Alex Singleton quotes Andrei Illarionov, advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who says,

Kyoto would result in an economic holocaust for Russia. Kyoto-ism is another example of totalitarian ideology like Marxism, communism and socialism. Russia has imported those ideas from Europe and suffered badly in the twentieth century. Kyoto-ism would lead to the creation of bureaucratic monsters at national and supra-national levels that - through allocation of emissions quotas - would be a blow against basic human freedoms and human rights, and would decide the fate of nations, companies and people worldwide. [...]

Russia will adopt a policy of economic development enabling her to reduce her vulnerability to adversity in general. It is vital that we solve today's urgent problems and create the means to address future problems

Samizdata guest writer Paul Staines quotes Manmohan Singh, the proximate Prime Minister of India, now that Sonia Gandhi has refused to accept the position.

Yes, I think it gave rise to what I sometimes describe as functionalist capitalism. Capitalism historically has been a very dynamic force, and behind that force is technical progress, innovation, new ideas, new products, new technologies, and new methods of managing teams. If you have a rigidly controlled economy, cut off from the rest of the world by infinite protection, nobody has any incentive to increase productivity and to bring new ideas. [...]

We got government off the backs of the people of India, particularly off the backs of India's entrepreneurs. We introduced more competition, both internal competition and external competition. We simplified and rationalized the tax system. We made risk-taking much more attractive... [and] much more profitable. So we tried to create an environment conducive to the growth of business. We removed a large number of controls and regulations, which in the past had stifled the spirit of innovation, the spirit of entrepreneurship, and restricted the scope for competition, both internal competition and external competition. As a result, in the '90s, productivity growth in the Indian industry has been much faster than ever before. [...]

Globalization creates opportunities. As I said, freer trade, if it is genuinely free, and India's labor-intensive products can find markets abroad that will help to get new jobs in our country. That will help to relieve poverty. [...]

We are not saying that we have a right to employ child labor. Our national legislation does recognize that this is a curse. All of our children should be in schools. But by using the practice of child labor as an excuse to impose restrictions on India's labor-intensive products, is it going to help those children? It's just going to perpetuate the misery. It is going to reduce our country's ability to find resources to deal with the causes of those children not being in school.

Yes, Illarionov and Singh are politicians, but even politicians saying this is a positive.

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