Ruský program „ropa za vědomosti“

Kdykoli natankujete plnou nádrž svého úsporného evropského auta či amerického terénního vozu, zaplatíte tolik, kolik si ruský učitel vydělá za měsíc. A pokaždé, když zaplatíte, přispějete režimu, který jako na svůj hlavní produkt nespoléhá na informace, ale na energie. Financujete věci předmoderní a neefektivní, ba může to být i horší: pokaždé, když zaplatíte, spolupracujete snad s politickým zlem.

Rusko zahájilo rok 2006, kdy předsedá skupině G8, vyhlášením plynové války Ukrajině. Rusko má praktický monopol na dodávku, a tak usoudilo, že může diktovat ceny. Ukrajina ale má praktický monopol na tranzit, takže Rusko z této slepé uličky vycouvalo, jakmile poklesly dodávky do západní Evropy.

Moderní ekonomiky se nespoléhají na monopoly, nýbrž na konkurenční soutěž. Současní Rusové spotřebovávají konkurenční výrobky: cereálie Nestlé, automobily Mercedes, filmy z Hollywoodu. Potíž je v tom, že je nevyrábějí.

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