Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Critical Mind and the Copernican Lesson

There are two types of realities coexisting side-by-side in Poland. There is the world of the privileged members of the postcommunist junta. And there is psychological torture for those who the junta secretly classify as their enemy. Psychological torture often involves some form of slave intellectual labor and theft of intellectual property.

Contemporary Poland is a large militarised camp where the main force is the extremely disciplined social army of the junta. The junta encompasses all the beneficiaries of the former communist regime with their families. This army totally controls the entire sphere of public life in Poland and all state institutions, including political parties, the judiciary, the universities, the media.

The basic mechanism for advancing on the social ladder is the Stalinist one. [...]

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