July 13, 2020 at 11:37 pm #205037
The populist nationalist right-win scrapes through in Poland’s presidential election with the over-50s voting for Duda,
51.2% of the vote to Trzaskowski 48.8%July 14, 2020 at 1:00 am #205038
So much noises about the Soviet Union to finish in worst conditionsJuly 18, 2020 at 4:38 am #205109
it was the small towns that put Duda in office. Almost every city in the country backed his liberal challenger, Rafał Trzaskowski.
Sylwia Urbańska, a sociologist at Warsaw University, said the PiS discourse about giving dignity back to the countryside is important, and compared it to late 19th-century anti-modernism.
“Then, as today, populists referred to the ideal of a rural community, a rural family, a rural woman as a bastion of national values, patriotism, the patriarchal ideal of family relations, heteronormativity, ethnic purity and Catholicism,” she said. She noted that in recent decades the Polish countryside has suffered from depopulation and the sharp economic effects of neoliberal policies introduced in the transition from communism. This, combined with an elite public discourse that paints the countryside as “stupid” or “backwards” has led increased receptiveness to notions of regaining dignity.
“Emphasising the moral, gender and religious purity of the countryside, and contrasting it with the city, identified with corrupt elites, the ‘gender monster’ and ‘LGBT+ spaces’ – these are the new qualities of Polish authoritarian populism,”July 18, 2020 at 4:51 am #205110
Sometimes I think that workers are masochists in some part of the worldJuly 18, 2020 at 5:21 pm #205119
The US defends Polish government
The U.S. ambassador to Poland said the European Union’s criticism of Poland’s adherence to democracy is “overblown”
“If you’re asking me…do I think that a lot of the attacks on Poland about democratic values is overblown, my answer is yes, I do,” U.S. ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher told Reuters
However she was critical of some aspects
“I think there were homophobic undertones,” Mosbacher said of the campaign. “Do I like it? No. And I’m pretty vocal on that publicly.”
July 18, 2020 at 5:24 pm #205121
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 4 days ago by alanjjohnstone.
Any country or government that they can dominate, control and use it as a puppet it is democratic. When Poland was under the domination of Germany or the Soviet Union it was not democratic
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