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Need for left-wing Thatcher

Need for left-wing Thatcher

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To answer the question whether Liberals are still able to succeed, we must first find the answer to the question whether they are able to draw conclusions from their greatest failure. Then we will see quite easily that regular Thatcherism is not enough and there is a desperate need for the left-wing variety of it. […]

Free, spontaneous, homogeneous society

Free, spontaneous, homogeneous society

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Liberalism is an idea which (very aptly) renounces social engineering and all sorts of projects of structuring a “perfect” social order. Planning of this kind, even more frequently than economic planning, leads to the enslavement of people; as a matter of fact, it is often linked to regulating economy, results from it or generates it. […]

New voice from Central Europe – 4liberty.eu

New voice from Central Europe – 4liberty.eu

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4Liberty.eu is a new, unique portal providing up-to-date and highly analytical content with European relevancy with focus on freedom, rule of law and free market. Experts from 11 renowned think tanks in Central Europe and Baltic States present their analysis, commentaries and information concerning latest political, economic and social development. Analysts and commentators from Poland […]

How to disenchant the word “Liberalism” in Poland?  Liberals versus libertarians

How to disenchant the word “Liberalism” in Poland? Liberals versus libertarians

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The term “Liberalism” has many meanings. The term “liberal ideas” was used for the very first time in the proclamation by Napoleon in 1799 (Jacek Bartyzel). Liberalism, in its classical form, has appeared at the end of the 18th century, as an attempt to oppose absolutism. In the 19th century liberal ideas were dominating in […]

LIBERALS RETURN

LIBERALS RETURN

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For more than twenty years the conservative liberalism has been a dominating trend of public life in Poland.

Religion – voluntary enslavement

Religion – voluntary enslavement

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It is not going to be a text about God or faith. Strange? Not really, since religion is paradoxically not always about God and faith. Maybe they should be searched for in one’s soul rather than in any kind of ideology or place? It is difficult to write about freedom for a person that does […]

128 years on the sidelines

128 years on the sidelines

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Around what values did liberal parties organize in Europe and historical reasons of institutionalized weaknesses of liberalism in Poland. It seems that the political scene of  Poland has gone through two decades of which the latter is still in progress. The first phase was characterized by a major instability of political parties which were established, […]

The body as a battlefield

The body as a battlefield

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Liberals are often compelled to stress that the state is not the only body able to limit the freedom of an individual. Liberalism originally developed to restrict the arbitrariness of state authorities and aimed to prevent the private sphere of life from the influence of interventionist bureaucrats. However, having built the constitutional system of the […]

Polish Flavoured Patriotism

Polish Flavoured Patriotism

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Couple of weeks ago when I was disembarking from a plane in Brussels, I came across a woman with two exceptionally polite and well-mannered small children. On the way to the baggage claim the boy of preschool age was singing loudly “Mazurek Dąbrowskiego” (“Dąbrowski’s Mazurek” – Polish national anthem). “One can see that the boy […]

Liberal mosaic

Liberal mosaic

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Ralf Dahrendorf was a liberal thinker for whom the conflicts procedeeing in various ways in the highly complicated structure of the society seem to be a permanent phenomenon. Modern liberalism, offering freedom of three kinds, composed his response, a difficult response for darious needs and contradictory interests. The goal of liberalism was apparently impossible ereconciliation […]

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