4liberty.eu N E W S L E T T E R [NOVEMBER 2021]

Cornelis Norbertus Gysbrechts "Trompe-l’oeil: Letter Rack with an Hourglass, a Razor and Scissors" // Public domain

The November issue of the 4liberty.eu Newsletter provides an overview of the articles published on the 4liberty.eu website, serving as a starting point for further exploration.

We are pleased to present the fifteenth issue of 4liberty.eu Review, titled “Mythical Self-Sufficiency in Reality”. This time, our primary focus is on autarky, as it continues to be viewed by numerous CEE governments as an appealing idea to follow.
Maria Slominska-Fabis (Projekt: Polska):
With the help of Poland’s right-wing PIS government, the Belarusian leader Lukashenko engineered a humanitarian crisis on Europe’s doorstep. In doing so, he is successfully eroding the EU’s remaining claim to moral authority, qualified by its commitment to the indivisibility and universality of human rights.

Elena Leontjeva (LFMI):

State Can Print Money, Not People

Governments have responded to the pandemic by printing money, thus disrupting the usual economic relationships. Financial capital, which was long been regarded as a most-demanded resource, has lost its position to raw materials which in turn have lost to labor force. Today’s labor shortages are diminishing our ability to make use of all other resources.
Liberalni Institute:
Unfortunately, we will not celebrate the fifth year of the Bureaucracy Index in the Czech Republic with a reduction in the administrative burden. The bureaucratic burden on small businesses increased by 49 hours year-on-year to 272 hours.
Blazej Lenkowski (Liberte!):
Current inflation is partly the result of global processes: rising energy commodity prices and disruptions in supply chains. However, its scale in individual countries is the result of the policies of individual governments.


Cheap Rhetorical Tricks, Recycled Narratives: Disinformation Actors Running Out of Ideas?

Disinformation narratives concerning the energy crisis took a back seat; the go-to topics for disinformation actors over the past two weeks were NATO and Russia, Polexit, “traditional values”, and the ever-present COVID-19 pandemic.
Gia Jandieri (NESG):
There are two camps of the former Soviets: one of the happy people because they are now free, and the second one of the unhappy, who still think everything back then was basically okay.
Matus Posvanc (F.A. Hayek Foundation):
The law should protect us from the will of the rulers, arbitrary decisions of the elected or non-elected politicians, any of us acting in an anti-social way, as well as any wrongdoing. Classical liberals are simply striving for a lawful society.