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The right-wing hardliners in power are unable to rule, so instead of that, they have to create one outrage after another to keep the society under full stress and to spark all kinds of artificial divisions. This has been their methodology all along. They however seem to be running out of ideas for scapegoats recently.
Their concept from October last year was the practical banning of abortions via the Constitutional Tribunal. The pushback was massive and spectacular, but with weak, confused and ignorant, self-appointed leaders, the movement didn’t last very long.
A few days ago, a new bombshell was dropped. And everything worked exactly to plan — everybody is at each other’s throats!
The government suggested it could tax the ad revenues of some big media players. Surely, this could be used as a repression leverage against the private oppositional publishers and broadcasters, but the idea itself is not any kind of ‘dictatorial measure,’ but an economic mechanism widely applied in Europe. Yet, the hysteria it produced (which was the main goal of this proposition) is unbelievable. The private media capitalists actually ‘went on strike’ and didn’t deliver any content for one day, and claimed that should this measure be applied, it would literally be ‘the end of free speech in Poland.’
For nearly a week now, nothing else but this (unlikely to even be voted on) idea is being ‘discussed’ in the most neurotic and unhinged manner. Everybody is of course conveniently ignoring the fact that the advertising industry has just as much to do with ‘free speech’ as Donald Trump with decency.
In other words, the madhouse in Poland continues. How much more of this emotional exploitation can the Polish people bear?
We learned more about the actual state of the media in Poland and got informed on the prospects for the women’s movement on 15 February 2021 at the On the Barricades live show. The hosts – Maria Cernat & Boyan Stanislavski, discussed with Malgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat. She is a Polish leftist journalist at Strajk.eu and political activist.
Watch the entire conversation on our YouTube channel and don’t forget to subscribe to and like the video. This will help us make our analysis more popular, and more people will have the chance to get familiar with the political, social and economic problems in Eastern Europe.

Photo: Malgorzata Kulbaczewska-Figat (left), Maria Cernat and Boyan Stanislavski (source: The Barricade)
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