ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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POLAND-Not By Christian Faith

1968, which limited the sovereignty of the east bloc countries, has been abandoned by Gorbachev, and this perhaps promises well for international socialism. However, Poland's current genuflexion to the market economy augurs ill for today's troubled socialists. If there is such a thing as assigning culpability for the historical process, the Polish United Workers Party, in power for nine and a half decades, cannot escape its share of blame for the current crisis. Forty years of mindless etatisme, shorn of creative ideological thinking, foisted on Polish society as socialism could not but have invited the kind of reaction that is being witnessed. The nomination of Tadeusz Mazowiecki, a prominent Solidarity intellectual, following the movement's sweeping victory in the June elections for 35 per cent of the Sejm seats and 100 senatorial seats and the constitutional crisis that attended the inability of the PUWP to obtain the support of its erstwhile appendages, the Democratic Party and the Peasants Party, in electing its own nominee Czeslaw Kiszczak, has prompted the mainstream in the west to pen obituaries of the socialist project.

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