Welcome to this century

Friday, August 4, 2006 at 6:11 | Posted in ethics, eu | 13 Comments
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The BBC writes that the notorious Polish president Lech Kaczynski has urged EU to review its policy against death penalty. Mr. Kaczynski may not have noticed it but the rest of Europe had that debate already in 1960’ies. It is no longer an issue at this century.

The BBC article notes that the Polish president “advocates traditional catholic values”. The Spanish Inquisiton also used to be a catholic value with a wide influence in Europe. But the Spaniards are no doubt as little enthusiastic as the rest of EU to go back to those times.

Maybe with the exception of Lech Kaczynski. Jeszcze Polska nie zginela?


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  1. Wait, is this not 1387? 😉

  2. Or we are just lost on the Planet of the Apes. 🙂

  3. They look like humans, but are they really humans?

  4. Are you referring to the Polish twins? In that case, maybe.

  5. They, too, look like humans. In a way. 😉

  6. But they do not sound like humans. And act like humans. 😦

  7. I don’t know how they sound, but they act like politicians. 😉

  8. I did not mean “sound” literally. I have not heard either of them speak. What I meant is the contents of their message.

    There are politicians and politicians. I suppose being cynical is normal for a politician (like Blair, Merkel, Chirac, Schröder, Persson, Ansip etc.). But the Kaczynski brothers are not just cynical, they are immoral.

  9. Yep. I agree with you on that.

  10. at least you don’t have them on tv screens in your countries everynight, like we do;)

  11. True, I would hate to see the twin brothers in my TV. Maybe that is why I do not watch TV. 🙂

  12. Although I’m not sure if immoral is the right word. I’d say hypocrite and opportunist.

    Btw, they were going too power on the slogans of “Moral revolution” after years of socialdemocrat government corruption and scandals.

    They personally don’t have the views they now present. If you read interviews with them five years ago, they were far more liberal and very different. But they are very ambitious, they want to rule, and they found themselves a good space on the political scene and they want to satisfy their electorate, the electorate as they think it is.

    Unfortunately, Kaczynskis rule reflects a part of Polish society. This is the Poland B, as we usually say in Poland. Those people, who were excluded from the benefits of changing into a capitalist economy, those who are lost in the changing world, and want for someone co care about them.

    Lech Walesa said recently on a meeting with Aleksander Kwasniewski, that they, and politicians in general, can only blame themselves for Kaczynskis’ rise to power.

  13. That sort of populism is not uncommon in Europe but it is not so usual to appear that extreme. Going into extremes usually prompts a counter reaction which is why the Kaczynskis may have to reconsider what sort of agenda would eventually help them get re-elected.

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