From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland

By Tadeusz Kowalik, Eliza Lewandowska

Within the Nineteen Eighties and 90s, well known Polish economist Tadeusz Kowalik performed a number one position within the unity circulate, suffering along staff for an alternative choice to “really-existing socialism” that used to be cooperative and regulated via the staff themselves. within the resulting 20 years, “really-existing” socialism has collapsed, capitalism has been restored, and Poland is now one of the such a lot unequal international locations on the planet. Kowalik asks, how might this occur in a rustic that after had the biggest and such a lot militant exertions move in Europe?

This publication takes readers contained in the debates inside of team spirit, educational and highbrow circles, and the Communist get together over the way forward for Poland and competing visions of society. Kowalik argues that the mess ups of the Communist occasion, mixed with the ability of the Catholic Church and interference from the USA, subverted efforts to construct a cooperative and democratic financial order within the Nineties. as a substitute, Poland was once subjected to a harsh go back to the marketplace, leading to the wildly unequal distribution of the nation’s efficient property—often within the fingers of former political rulers, who, besides overseas vendors, represent the hot capitalist type. Kowalik aptly phrases the transformation from command to industry economic system an epigone bourgeois revolution, and asks if a brand new social transformation continues to be attainable in Poland.

Show description

Preview of From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland PDF

Similar Socialism books

New Road to Serfdom, The

In global warfare II, American squaddies went abroad to rescue England from the Nazi threat. Now, with the United States threatened from inside through the threat of social democracy, British flesh presser Daniel Hannan returns the want. the hot street to Serfdom is a must-read rallying cry for Tea celebration activists, lovers of Mark Levin’s Tyranny and Liberty, and an individual who has noticeable Hannan’s hard-hitting interviews with Hannity & Colmes, Neil Cavuto, and Glenn Beck.

Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies

In Marx on the Margins, Kevin Anderson uncovers a number of wide yet ignored texts through Marx that solid what we idea we knew approximately his paintings in a startlingly assorted mild. examining quite a few Marx’s writings, together with journalistic paintings written for the recent York Tribune, Anderson offers us with a Marx really at odds with traditional interpretations.

Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile (MIT Press)

In Cybernetic Revolutionaries, Eden Medina tells the historical past of 2 intersecting utopian visions, one political and one technological. the 1st used to be Chile's test with peaceable socialist switch below Salvador Allende; the second one used to be the simultaneous try and construct a working laptop or computer procedure that might deal with Chile's economic climate.

The New Radicalism in America 1889-1963: The Intellectual as a Social Type

"Extraordinarily inventive . . . an immense and engrossing contribution to a fancy and elusive topic. "―Newsweek round the flip of the century, the yankee liberal culture made a tremendous shift clear of politics. the hot radicals have been extra attracted to the reform of schooling, tradition, and sexual mores.

Additional resources for From Solidarity to Sellout: The Restoration of Capitalism in Poland

Show sample text content

Opposite to the overall trust, not just the neoliberal prescriptions of the Hayek-Friedman and Reaganite style got here from the United States. those weren't in simple terms the fanatics of an enormous marketplace, but additionally emissaries of social-liberal notion. The latter arrivals from around the ocean have been pointed out in short only in the near past by means of Leszek Balcerowicz and regrettably simply in an abbreviated shape: “I remember,” he acknowledged, “how numerous american citizens have been coming who had now not controlled to enforce their principles within the U. S. and proposed them to us. My solution used to be: test them out on your self first. . . . To me it used to be noticeable that when you consider that Poland had develop into unfastened, it'd be so much idiotic to hold out a few 3rd direction. ”*24 And *A serious critic of the Balcerowicz Plan on the time, Karol Modzelewski, acknowledged lately: “At that point I felt that there's a political and monetary replacement. T H E A LT E R N A T I V E A F T E R T H E S H O C ok 167 even though the capers of the counter-reformation of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, with their unpleasant social results, have been being confirmed, these arrivals from the US can have instructed Balcerowicz they'd attempted out their strategies with solid effects. any such profitable try have been Roosevelt’s New Deal and the “American miracle” throughout the governments of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Balcerowicz touched the following on an immense point of the heritage of the beginnings of the Polish transformation. In selecting the quickest attainable “jump” into the loose marketplace, Poland misplaced, maybe, an opportunity to stick to the trail of Japan. allow us to bear in mind the beginnings of 1 of the main fascinating systemic concepts of the second one 1/2 the final century—the emergence of the hot socioeconomic order of this primary “Asian tiger,” which contaminated first South Korea and Taiwan, then a bit later numerous different nations of the area. The founding father of Sony, Akio Morita (1996), describes the beginnings of the japanese process. all of it started whilst the yank intellectuals imposed on Japan the information of a social-liberal exertions code. This occurred with the aid of the executive of the U. S. occupational forces, common MacArthur, who used to be stated to have utilized Roosevelt’s New Deal to Japan. while those principles have been crossed with the tradition and inventiveness of the this present day i believe that there wasn’t any. ” He believed that sluggish transition to a industry economic climate used to be possible in China, which used to be made attainable via the dictatorship. “In our case there has been a dictatorship that collapsed, so we needed to pop out of the previous economy fast, differently we'd be smashed by way of rubble” (Graczyk, 2007). for plenty of purposes i don't proportion this view. to start with, it's not precise that during China “the route to evolutionary transformation led via Tiananmen Square”; the start of the evolution is going again to 1978. moment, in Poland the stabilizing issue used to be (could were) S. , within the financial system the self-management circulate, and in particular the around desk Agreements. 3rd, additionally in Europe there's a post-socialist nation that has stored the financial system from a surprise operation.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.54 of 5 – based on 22 votes