Monthly Archives: May 2016

Penalty

“All punishment is mischief; all punishment in itself is evil.” The words of Jeremy Bentham with which, in the context of the European Commission’s involvement in the continuing tussle over the Constitutional Tribunal, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski would perhaps … Continue reading

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Sovereignty

“True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people. There are natural an imprescriptible rights which an entire nation has no right to violate.” The words of the Marquis de Lafayette. And the question in the Polish parliament on Friday was … Continue reading

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Under Fire

“Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and forever.” The words of Leon Trotsky, founder and commander of the Red army with the title People’s Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs. These days titles are more mundane … Continue reading

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Protest

“The truth is on the march and nothing will stop it.” So thought Emile Zola. One man’s truth is another man’s misunderstanding, but it is true that in Poland at present nothing seems likely to stop the march of protest … Continue reading

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Constitution

“The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon.” The words of George Washington. Or, if you prefer something more modern, there is Gerald R. Ford: “Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not men.” … Continue reading

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