As Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz continues his European lecture circuit and promoting his new book on post-communism, we are pleased to share the videos of some of his presentations below.
Dr. Chodakiewicz’s brief speech against the Polish inferiority complex in front of ca. 3,000 people at a Christian nationalist demonstration against government corruption:
Discussing his new book in Tczew, Poland:
In Tarnów, Poland:
In Nowa Huta, Poland:
In Warsaw, the capital of Poland (along with journalist Mr. Paweł Lisicki, historian Dr. Antoni Dudek, and political scientist Dr. Tomasz Żukowski):
New video recordings will be posted as they become available.
Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz—who is currently on a lecture circuit promoting his new book in Poland—was interviewed on 3 July 2014 by the Polish web portal, Polonia Christiana (www.pch24.pl).
The main subjects of the interview were the assessment of the quarter-century of post-communist “transformation” in Poland, in general, and the quality of post-communist Poland’s political class, in particular. Dr. Chodakiewicz warned against hubristic and triumphalist celebrations of the “twenty-five years of freedom,” since the political system retains many continuities which still bind it to the communist People’s Republic. One example of the rather limited nature of the “change” in the past quarter-century is, Dr. Chodakiewicz points out, the funeral of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, infamous for his crackdown (martial law) on the democratic opposition in 1981-1983, with full state and military honors. The nihilism and cynicism of the political establishment in Warsaw—recently highlighted by two highly embarrassing and vulgar recordings of top politicians—demonstrates just how much Sovietism remains in the country’s “post-Soviet” ruling caste.
On a positive note, Dr. Chodakiewicz emphasized that a movement for the regeneration of decent civilization is occurring in both Poland and the United States, although it may not be easy to spot at first. He is much more concerned about the future of Western Europe, which continues to view modernity and religion as two radically opposed and irreconcilable forces.
The full (Polish) text of the interview with Dr. Chodakiewicz is available here.
Marek Chodakiewicz’s new book entitled Trasnformacja czy niepodległość? was released at an event in Warsaw, Poland on June 12. A video of the event can be found below.
The book, which assesses the past quarter-century of post-communism in Poland, can be purchased online here.
Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz-the holder of IWP’s Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies-has just published a new book in his native Poland. Entitled Trasnformacja czy niepodległość? [Transformation or Independence?] (Gdańsk: Patria Media, 2014), the work assesses the past quarter-century of post-communism in Poland (1989 – 2014).
In his latest publication, Dr. Chodakiewicz asks several key questions, e.g.: did the “transformation” of communism necessarily lead to democracy? Why did the post-communist elites prefer the term “transformation” to “independence”? Why did was the establishment of post-1989 Poland unwilling to reach out and harness the talents and abilities of the Polish émigrés then living in the West? What is the nature of the competing politics of historical memory and identity in post-communist Poland?
Trasnformacja czy niepodległość? is essential to understanding Poland in the early twenty-first century.
Dr. Chodakiewicz’s new book can be purchased online.
Dr. Tania Mastrapa and Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz were recently interviewed on Washington Al Mundo radio by host Mauricio Claver-Carone.
Dr. Mastrapa was interviewed on the June 26 episode (starting at 31:00). She commented on artwork stolen by the communists and the travails of former owners and their families attempting to reclaim their property. A conference on this subject, hosted by Mastrapa Consultants, will be held in Coral Cables, Florida on July 20.
Dr. Chodakiewicz was interviewed (13:40-26:00) on the June 17 episode about the modus operandiof totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, political warfare, and émigrés.
Excerpts from the shows appear below.
Transitioning out of communism to democracy was never easy in Central and Eastern Europe. In many ways, the process is still incomplete, facing many obstacles and, sometimes, also suffering setbacks.
One of these was the recent firing of the director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes–the Czech Republic’s prime body for documenting and prosecuting German and communist crimes–under the pressure of post-communists and their liberal and socialist allies.
The effort to sweep communist atrocities and inequities under the rug, which drives these post-communist forces, is described by Prof. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz in his latest article for the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research (SFPPR) News & Analysis section.