What Law and Justice has been doing for at least a few years, maybe not since 2015, is changing the system, said sociologist Professor Andrzej Rychard in “Kropka nad i”. He commented on the words of Jarosław Kaczyński on Saturday. Professor Antoni Dudek, a political scientist, assessed that “we have moved very far from liberal democracy in these eight years.” “Now we’re in a transitional phase, we’re at a crossroads,” he said.
On Saturday in Janów Lubelski, the president of PiS Jaroslaw Kaczynski said that “In 2015, the transformation of Poland’s political system beganespecially socio-economic, but also political.
These words were commented on in “Kropka nad i” on TVN24 by political scientist Professor Antoni Dudek from the University of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński in Warsaw and sociologist, director of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences Professor Andrzej Rychard.
Rychard: This system is slowly becoming more and more authoritarian
According to Rychard, “Jarosław Kaczyński told the absolute truth”. – I completely agree with him, although I suppose that he would completely disagree with me if I defined this system – he assessed.
– Well, this is indeed a new system, because if by system we mean the entirety of institutions and rules, not only legal ones, that govern the functioning of the state, economy and society, then what it does Law and Justiceat least for a few years, maybe not since 2015, this is a change of the system – he explained.
He added that “this is a coherent construction of a new system that goes from ideology, through institutions, to political practices.” – This system is slowly becoming more and more authoritarian, with the dismantling of institutions related to liberal democracy, the dismantling of free media practically, with some exceptions, fortunately – said the sociologist.
Dudek: Piłsudski’s authoritarianism is a certain dream of President Kaczyński
Antoni Dudek said that he “does not feel” that he lives in an authoritarian state. – On the other hand, I agree (…) that we have moved very far from liberal democracy in these eight years and now we are in a transitional phase, we are at a crossroads – he assessed.
The political scientist said that he calls the “phase” we are in “national democracy”. – A feature of this national democracy (…) is the progressive centralization of all possible areas of life. This is in line with President Kaczyński’s vision that there must be one decision-making center, which he is, of course, and he manages the entire country, he continued. According to the political scientist, “the next stage of this road is the authoritarian system.”
– We had such a system even before and after the war, but I would define the post-war system in terms of totalitarianism. But Piłsudski’s authoritarianism is a certain dream of President Kaczyński, assessed Dudek.
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