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(en) Poland, rozbrat: FREEDOM AND VACCINES FOR EVERYONE! - Jaroslaw Urbanski [machine translation]

Date Mon, 6 Apr 2020 07:38:46 +0300

It turns out that the constitution does not protect our freedoms in times of greatest danger. Currently, the state of the epidemic is being used to deprive us of civil and social rights. When we are isolated at home and observed in the streets, when we are not allowed to gather and protest, the authorities are devastating the current system and trampling the remnants of freedom, arguing that it is for our good. However, there was no dictatorship that would say otherwise. Nor does it mean that there will be no social rebellion just because it will be banned. ---- Despite the fact that Poles are self-disciplined, they are still being taught that they are not enough. I read that 700 people broke quarantine on the last 24 hours, but it is less than 0.3% of all people covered by it. He is frightened by the Italian example, which turned out to be a propaganda fake. It is not true that society is threatening itself. From the point of view of illness, this year's skiing expeditions to the Alps were a greater threat to Italy and Europe. Of course, the part of society that could afford it. Or the fact that in Italy health care had a dramatically small number of ventilators - the effect of austerity policies. Shortage of equipment, staffing and knowledge in this area caused a complete collapse of the health care system and high mortality. Ultimately, it turns out that other countries are following the Italian path, like Spain or - being a model of discipline for every Pole - Germany, and probably also France and Great Britain. Also in the US, as we know, the virus is spreading very quickly. Perhaps Poland is also following this path.
Politicians and high-ranking officials were surprised by the epidemic. To hide their incompetence and complete lack of counteracting strategy for COVID-19, they put us in corners and grant each other, without asking for their opinion, further competences. They work in panic and chaotic. They do not know exactly when it will accumulate or how long the disease will last, what the effect will be and whether the epidemic will return in the fall or not. Although they had had time to prepare for the coronavirus attack since at least February, they had done nothing. It is evident that the representatives of the power camp listened to the voice of their mentor from overseas, who repeated over and over that we were safe, because China is far enough. These are probably the last grunts of occasional contempt. I think they were inclined to even recognize that coronavirus is another invention of the "leftists". When the problem hit them, they reacted only in a way possible for them - flexing their muscles because they had a void in their heads.

Today, the only thing the power elite know is how to deprive us of our rights and freedoms. How to overcome the problem with propaganda. At the same time, we are preparing regulations to save the economic, middle-class status quo - the foundation of today's governance. Solutions clearly favoring large and small businesses are being introduced. The exploitation of employees is to become, once again, a flywheel of the reviving economy after a pandemic - a source of accumulation and new fortunes.

On the other hand - this is becoming clearer - the driving force behind the actions is the fear of post-solidarity nomenclature of losing power. A pandemic can completely change the political system not only in the world but also in Poland. It turns out that in our country it was neither very good after 1989 (as PO supporters say), nor will it be better (as PiS supporters say). We say goodbye to the myth of both the Third and the Fourth Polish Republic. The elites usually react similarly. Democracy and the constitution were good for them, as long as they defended their power gained 30 years ago. Today, they no longer intend to follow these principles when political ground is removed from their feet. The slogan begins to dominate: to maintain power at all costs, even after the dead.

Of course, the question arises, what will be the answer to the current crisis? Closed borders, strong central power, and national egoism can become the new cornerstone of politics and ideology. However, is such a system a response to global warming, an epidemic threat, the specter of hunger and increasing armed conflicts? Probably not. We've been through this. The solutions proposed by the right wing - in the long run - will only deepen the ecological and economic collapse, class and international conflicts will intensify. They mark the return of nightmares from the previous century. Therefore, we should demand a fair global order, the abolition of class barriers and divisions, more freedom and equality - freedoms and vaccines for everyone!

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