For this campaign, at least at the beginning, PiS has no other idea than to further radicalize its message from the parliamentary campaign – said Jakub Majmurek from “Krytyka Polityczna” in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24, commenting on the language used by the current opposition towards the government. – I have the impression that we no longer have words to describe what we hear – that it’s an embarrassment, a scandal, a disgrace. It’s actually very difficult to assess it, admitted Michał Rusinek, a literary scholar from the Jagiellonian University.
In recent days Jaroslaw Kaczynski he devoted a significant part of his speeches to commenting on and attacking the actions of the current government Donald Tusk. On Saturday, during a speech in Lublin, the president PIS He stated that the government “directly and brazenly violates the law and democracy.” – Under the slogan “law as we understand it”. That is, Tusk’s will is for his will to be law. This is basically what it can be boiled down to. Tusk’s will is law. There were already those whose will was law. The Führer’s will was law, he said.
Majmurek: PiS has no other idea than to radicalize its message
These words were, among others, referred to in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 by Jakub Majmurek from “Krytyka Polityczna” and Michał Rusinek, writer, translator and literary expert from the Jagiellonian University.
– It’s hard to make a more stark comparison, and the campaign (before elections local government – ed.) is just beginning. It is clear that for this campaign, at least at the beginning, (…), PiS has no other idea than to radicalize its message from the parliamentary campaign even more. And this message was based mainly on one thing – demonizing Donald Tusk – said Majmurek.
– We heard that he is an enemy of the nation, that he is red-haired, that he is a German agent. These words were spoken not only during the campaign, but also from the parliamentary rostrum. So the escalation here is happening at an exponential rate. I don’t know how a stronger comparison could be used here than to the Führer, he said.
He added that “soon we will run out of these historical references, historical metaphors.”
Rusinek: I have the impression that we no longer have words to describe what we hear
Michał Rusinek said that “there are probably no barriers” in the sphere of language used for political struggle. – But I have the impression that we no longer have words to describe what we hear – that it’s an embarrassment, a scandal, a disgrace. It’s actually very difficult to judge, he said.
– However, what appears now, i.e. references to Hitler and Nazism, is a phenomenon and a strategy that may not be called argumentum ad Hitlerum in rhetoric but in eristics. She has quite a strange function. I mean, it’s absolutely not about Hitler, it’s about upsetting the opponent – explained the literary expert.
– And the point is also to introduce an element that is not substantive, but only emotional, and which is actually intended to divert attention. Argumentum ad Hitlerum is also called reduction ad Hitlerum. This is a logical fallacy, really a fallacy of irrelevance. Because it’s not about any significant similarities or important analogies, it’s about introducing some kind of spell, almost magical in fact, that is theoretically supposed to end the discussion. But it doesn’t actually end this discussion, Rusinek pointed out.
Prime Minister “busy with really important matters”
In reaction to Kaczyński’s words, Prime Minister Donald Tusk posted a short video on social media on Sunday, showing a little girl gluing a heart of the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity to his sweater.
“I was thinking about whether to comment on the President’s speech, but fortunately someone took care of me with really important matters,” he wrote.
Main photo source: PAP/Wojtek Jargiło