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Lethargy

“Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.” The words of French philosopher Michel de Montaigne. And if there is one person who … Continue reading

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Forest

“I’m always astonished by a forest. It makes me realise that the fantasy of nature is much larger than my own fantasy. I still have things to learn.” The words of author Gunter Grass. And as far as Poland’s primaeval … Continue reading

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Emigration

“A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted.” The words of economist Thomas Malthus which ring as true today – perhaps even more loudly – as they did in the nineteenth … Continue reading

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Unfair Competition

“Competition is not only the basis of protection to the consumer, but is the incentive to progress.” The words of Herbert Hoover which while generally acknowledged to be true, are inevitably of little comfort to whichever group is suffering the … Continue reading

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Opening

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keep leading us down new paths.” The words of Walt Disney whose curiosity produced wonderful films. On a more practical level, the Polish prime … Continue reading

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Happiness

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These well-known words of Thomas … Continue reading

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Candidate

“Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” The words of philosopher Bertrand Russell which, albeit tending to cynicism, is probably true. As L.P. Hartley began the Go Between: “The past is a foreign … Continue reading

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Crusade.

“Radicals don’t care about the institutions. They are looking for an ideological crusade. Traditions don’t matter.” The words of American academic Norman Ornstein which some might consider apposite when considering the current Polish government’s quest to create the right sort … Continue reading

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Boundary

“There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.” The words of the great political thinker Edmund Burke. And such is the imagination of Poland governing Law … Continue reading

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No Second Term

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” The words of William Shakespeare which, as a guide to life, seems as good as any. Of course, not everybody agrees with the Bard, perhaps none less than some Polish politicians … Continue reading

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