Guy Sorman

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Guy Sorman, October 5, 2005

Guy Sorman (born March 10, 1944, Paris, France) is a French professor, columnist, author, and public intellectual in economics and philosophy. He has written twenty books that promote the ideals of creativity and modern capitalism. His views are close to classical liberalism. His ideas about renewable energy and environmentalism, as expressed in his book Progress and its Enemies, are particularly controversial. He is assertive in regard to human rights in China and in regard to democracy in many places including Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Chile, Poland, and Argentina. Sorman was a founder of a French NGO, Action against Hunger (ACF), in 1979 and was its President until 1990, when he became its Honorary President. He is the global advisor of the South Korean President. Sorman has held many government positions in France.

Guy Sorman is also a publisher: his company Éditions Sorman publishes 14 weekly newsletters in France and the magazine France Amérique in the United States.

Sorman is the author of twenty books on contemporary affairs. He is a regular columnist for Le Figaro in France, the Wall Street Journal and City Journal( contributing editor ) in the United States, Dong A in Korea, Fakt in Poland , La Nacion in Argentina, and other foreign publications. Sorman taught economics at the Paris Institute of Political Sciences from 1970 to 2000 and at foreign Universities. In 1985, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford, Hoover Institution. He has also held several public offices, including advisor to the prime minister of France (1995-1997), Member of the National Commission for Human Rights and deputy mayor of Boulogne ( since 1995), near Paris, and recently as Chairman of "Greater Paris West" Economic and Social Council.

He attended the New York Carnegie Council on April 9, 2008, where he talked about China and how it is socially developing as a nation, presenting his new book The Empire of Lies (Newly translated into English). He says "There are not 2 million Tibetans in China. There are 1 billion Tibetans in China." The idea was to show that Chinese people also suffer the same oppression as Tibetans in his view. Like the Dalai Lama, he also does not want China to be boycotted for the Olympics. Sorman's next book on Economy as a science (Economics doesn't lie, A Defense of the Free Market in a time of Crisis has been published July 2009, by Encounter New York). Also in one of his lectures, “Should we fear China?” on January 2011, at Asan Institute for Policy Studies,[1] he mentioned China as a “country to be concerned about because its unpredictability will continue as long as it maintains its economic policies and the Communist Party’s role in the government.” He further stated that Chinese economy needs innovation and needs to make its exchange currency, Renminbi convertible.

Guy Sorman also wrote many articles regarding globalization and Asia’s growing economy. In his “What is the West?”(2008)[2] he claimed the term “westernization” is vague, and it is hard to draw a line between the west and the east. In his “What Asian Century?”[3] (2010) he stated that in Asia, there are still too many weaknesses, such as absence of coordinating institutions, no innovations, and declining Asian countries, for the 21st century to become the Asian Century, as many scholars predict. Instead, he believes we have entered the “Global Century” where interdependence on one another increases and where there is no such thing as “national economy” or “national problem.”

Bibliography[edit]

  • La Révolution conservative américaine (1983) (The American Conservative Revolution)
  • La Solution libérale (1984) (The Liberal Solution)
  • L'État minimum (1985) (The Minimal State)
  • La Nouvelle Richesse des nations (1987) (The New Wealth of Nations)
  • Faut-il aider les Russes ? (1988)
  • Les Vrais Penseurs de notre temps (1989) (True Thinkers of Our Time)
  • Sortir du socialisme (1990) (Exit of Socialism)
  • Le Capital, suite et fins (1991)
  • En attendant les barbares (1992)
  • Le Monde est ma tribu (1997)
  • Le Génie de l'Inde (2000) (The Genius of India)
  • Le Progrès et ses ennemis (2001) (Progress and Its Enemies)
  • Les enfants de Rifaa (2003) (In Search of Moderate Islam)
  • Made in USA (2004)
  • L'Année du Coq (2006)
  • The Empire of Lies. The truth about China in the 21st century (2008)
  • L’Économie ne ment pas (2008) (Economics does not lie)
  • Wonderful World. Chronique de la mondialisation (2006-2009) (2009)
  • Journal d'un optimiste (2012) (An Optimist Diary)
  • Le Coeur américain. Éloge du don (2013) (The American Heart. In praise of giving)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Asan Institute for Policy Studies. "Guy SORMAN, "French philosopher and intellectual: ″Should We Fear China?″". Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  2. ^ Sorman, Guy. "What is the West?". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  3. ^ Sorman, Guy. "What Asian Century". Project Syndicate. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 

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