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    [THREAD] Since Morawiecki is travelling around Europe portraying himself as a great anti-Communist "freedom fighter" - this is what he tells journalists is the reason behind his mission to destroy judicial independence - allow me to spell out some home truths.

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    Christian Davies

    Ever since Poland was partitioned in the 19th century, there has been an ongoing discussion (generally limited to the nobility/intelligentsia) as to how best not only regain independence, but also how to do so whilst protecting the wellbeing of the nation (2)

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    Although Poland is best known and celebrated for its Romantic tradition of insurgencies and fighting to the death for freedom - and it's a very seductive story - the brutal truth is that almost all of these insurgencies, for one reason another, FAILED, at terrible human cost (3)

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    The November rising of 1830 had no chance of winning, and failed - not only at a terrible human cost, but also a terrible political cost - the loss of the (limited) autonomy of the 1815 Congress Kingdom. Then a generation later, the January 1863 Uprising also failed miserably (4)

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    So over the course of the 19th century, there grew stronger a tradition of Poles who realised that for the nation to succeed in the long-term, they needed to be smarter: to stop pitying themselves, stop blaming everyone else, and sometimes work with adversaries if necessary (5)

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    Why is this important? Because in Poland there have always been people who want to *build*,and those who are incapable of doing anything else but *destroy*. Those who destroy have always used patriotic propaganda to blackmail and discredit those who made necessary compromises (5)

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    After the death and destruction of the Warsaw Uprising in particular, the mainstream anti-Communist movements were infused by a sense that they couldn't simply bring catastrophe upon their own heads all over again, that they needed to work - to some extent - within the system (6)

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    Christian Davies

    This was the philosophy behind Solidarity - yes, you exert pressure on the authorities, you threaten them with popular demands, you intimidate them - but you don't give them the excuse to crush you - you play smart, you play the long game (7)

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    There were many people who objected to these compromises on moral grounds. I respect that. But the fact is, it *worked* - it brought down Communism, and it did so without bloodshed, and it delivered Poland into democracy and the western world - an absolute miracle (8)

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    Why is this relevant to Morawiecki? Because he and his father were *not part of Solidarity* - they had their own radical splinter faction called 'Fighting Solidarity', engaged in direct action and provocations. Yes, they suffered for it. But they achieved *Nothing*. (9)

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    Christian Davies

    So young Morawiecki goes off and enjoys the fruits of other people's sacrifices by making a career in the Third Republic, and then in middle-age he decides actually it wasn't radical enough, the transition wasn't pure enough, he and his father weren't getting enough credit (10)

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    So now he plays the role of freedom fighter. The war has been won, but he didn't get his medal, so he pretends the war is still going on. But since the Commies are gone, he wages war on the people who brought freedom to Poland, getting the credit he thinks he deserves (11)

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    Christian Davies

    This is the purest form of everything that is toxic in Poland - that has always been toxic. Resentment. Paranoia. Jealously. Infantile, pointless radicalism. Hypocrisy. Lust for revenge. Will this cycle of blame and recrimination between Poles ever, ever end? (12)

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    Christian Davies

    Perhaps there could be less influence of people who served the PRL in Polish public life. But at what cost? The right to a fair trial of everybody else? Initiating a witch-hunt that would destroy the lives of decent people? Starting a civil war? What the hell do you want? END.

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