Global Gold Talks to Vt Jedlika, the President of Liberland
Vt Jedlika is a Czech politician, publicist and activist. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Economics, Prague in 2009 and his Master’s degree from CEVRO Institut in 2014. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Free Citizens Party, where he was elected the first Regional President in the Hradec Krlov Region. Vt Jedlika considers himself a libertarian with liberal views on individual freedom and has described himself as a Bastiat-influenced anarcho-capitalist.
Jedlika is also a Eurosceptic and highly critical of the European Union as an institution, as well as the general conduct of some of its member states. On 13 April 2015, he founded and proclaimed the Free Republic of Liberland on land between Serbia and Croatia unclaimed by either nation and became its first president.
Claudio Grass Interviews Vt Jedlika
Claudio Grass, Global Gold: Vit, it is a pleasure to have this opportunity to talk to you. Let’s dive right in and start with the topic that made headlines this year: Liberland. Can you tell us when you first envisioned the idea of creatingLiberland? Could you explain to us the ideas and events that led you to take this step and how this project came to life?
Vt Jedlika: Most people that come to this world wonder how they can make it a better place. I was no exception. When I started understanding the world at the age of around six, we had the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic. Lots of things dramatically changed for the better. That convinced me that things could be improved even more. When I was 13, I read ‘The Law’ by Frdric Bastiat. This book motivated me to get politically involved and to stand up for more economic freedom in the world. I spent the last five years campaigning in the Czech Republic for lower taxes and less regulation. Our Libertarian party now even has one member in the European Parliament, but to me this simply is not enough. Libertarian and free market concepts are often dismissed, because as the argument goes ‘they don’t work in the real world’. I created Liberland to create an example of how these concepts can be implemented in reality.
Global Gold: What would you consider the core values that the state of Liberland is built on to be?
This post was published at Acting-Man on JANUARY 6, 2016.