Journal of Libertarian Studies

A Laissez-Faire Fable of the Czech Republic

The Journal of Libertarian Studies

It is the task of this paper to describe what can happen to “a good cause” when it is “ineptly defended,” and to address the problem of the relationship between a verbal free-market support and advocacy in general on one hand, and practical political statements and policy measures adopted by these rhetorically free market politicians on the other. All this will be grounded in the experience of the people of the Czech Republic after the annus mirabilis of 1989, so the real examples from the development since 1990 will provide the analysis with some empirical evidence.

Volume 14, Number 2 (2000)


Sima, Josef., and Dan Stastny. “A Laissez-Faire Fable of the Czech Republic.” Journal of Libertarian Studies 14, No. 2 (2000): 155–178.

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