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Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 24/11/2015

Don't succumb to intimidation

Terrorism will always exist but Europe must keep a cool head, philosopher Marcin Król writes in the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna: "The terrorists hadn't struck for some time. However that's not because our European security services worked so well but because the terrorists were in disarray after the death of Osama bin Laden. Now Islamic State has given them backing. ... Basically no one is safe from terrorist attacks. But that doesn't mean we should let ourselves be intimidated. And the politicians must finally start thinking in bigger categories and looking ahead. If liberal European freedoms are now curtailed then the terrorists and other enemies of democracy like Putin will have achieved their goals. The attacks in Paris are certainly a tragedy, but we have to maintain a sense of proportion."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 30/08/2013

Marcin Król on the pointlessness of parties in a democracy

The Polish government is currently being heavily criticised for its pension reform plans, while the opposition has so far failed to produce an alternative proposal. The country could get along just fine without the political parties, argues Polish philosopher Marcin Król in a commentary piece for the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna: "One can safely say that a good democracy doesn't need any parties. Because what purpose do they serve? All they do is go around organising elections everywhere. Even though the parties are often completely unnecessary at a local level. ... It may not be possible to simply scrap the parties altogether right now. But there have been some sensible proposals that are just waiting to be put into practice. One is a kind of anarchism in the libertarian sense. That means radical limits on the power of the state, with the majority of its powers transferred to local decision makers. ... Another possibility would be to set up an army of experienced civil servants who work on the basis of decisions made by politicians who are replaced according to the rotation principle."

Fakt - Poland | 21/01/2010

Marcin Król on intellectuals as the bearers of Polishness

Poland needs intellectual elites made up of artists, writers and journalists to preserve Polishness, Polish philosopher and historian Marcin Król writes in his column for the tabloid Fakt. He notes that they also provide society with ideals and serve as role models: "The claims that intellectuals are no longer needed ... because only experts play an important role are dangerous for public life. ... If the role of the intellectual elite is neglected we also ignore the question of who we actually are as a national community. If we have no intelligentsia, then we have no more role models. ... It would be better if the government and the Poles understood that a Poland without intellectuals ... is like an egg without the yolk. As if the heart had been torn out of it - and this has always been the proof of Polishness. Polishness has always been concentrated in the intellectual elite. As soon as the intellectuals disappear we lose the treasure that is our Polishness. And we simply don't have another identity."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 20/07/2009

Leszek Kołakowski influenced an entire generation

The daily Dziennik carries an obituary on philosopher and historian of ideas Leszek Kołakowski, who died last Friday: "No one had a greater influence on our generation than Leszek Kołakowski, and I hope that he will continue to exert this influence for many decades to come. His views concerned two exceptionally important issues: the criticism of Marxism … and the relationship between faith and reason. … Of course, his monumental history of Marxism, which he wrote at the beginning of his intellectual career, remains his most important work. But from the very beginning he was fascinated by the theological notion - even when it came to criticising it."

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | 01/12/2006

Marcin Król on ejecting extremists from Polish government

Since May 2006, the ultra-right-wing League of Polish Families (LPR) has had two ministers in the Polish government in Warsaw. Journalist and philosopher Marcin Król believes that such extremist parties should be kept far from seats of power in Europe. "Poland - or, rather, the governing PiS [Law and Justice party] contravenes the most important goal of democracy: Stability and predictability. It is not that the LPR or similar parties could turn Poland 'fascist.' That is highly unlikely. It is really about the unwritten international rules of the democratic world, based on political equilibrium and the principle of friendship between peoples. ... Compromise is necessary in a democracy. ... But you should never compromise with a radical party."

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