September 18, 2006

SOMEONE WANT TO BUY MR. JUDT A HISTORY TEXT? (via Mike Daley):

Goodbye to All That? (Tony Judt, NY Review of Books)

Leszek Kolakowski is a philosopher from Poland. But it does not seem quite right—or sufficient—to define him that way. Like Czeslaw Milosz and others before him, Kolakowski forged his intellectual and political career in opposition to certain deep-rooted features of traditional Polish culture: clericalism, chauvinism, anti-Semitism. Forced to leave his native land in 1968, Kolakowski could neither return home nor be published there: between 1968 and 1981 his name was on Poland's index of forbidden authors and much of the work for which he is best known today was written and published abroad.

Who even knew the Church controlled Poland then?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 18, 2006 1:28 PM
Comments

The mind boggles.

Yep 1981. Hmmm. What was going on then. ****cough Solidarity cough John Paul cough Reagan ***

Yep, 1981 was when the Polish finally broke the hold of the Church on their society, allowing authors like Mr. Kolakowski to be published. That must be it.

Clearly Professor Judt does not just sound like an idiot when he's railing about Israel.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 18, 2006 3:39 PM

Haven't you claimed that Communism is just another Christian heresy? Seems Mr. Judt thinks so, or else he believes in all those conspiracy theories about how the Vatican and Queen Eliziabeth secretly rule the world together.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 18, 2006 6:12 PM

I don't know Raoul. That sounds highly plausible. The Pope rules the Catholic world; the Queen rules the Anglosphere.

After that, is there anything else? Not for long!

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 18, 2006 7:33 PM

First Things' coverage refers to non-confessional Marxism. Sounds like everything converges in the brains of historians.

Posted by: Palmcroft at September 18, 2006 8:13 PM

Clericalism? Maybe not.

But Gomulka, Gierek, Jaruzelski, and their cohorts were all about the chauvinism, though. They would never have subordinated Poland's interests to those of some foreign power. No participation in Brezhnev Doctrine Socialist Internationalism for them. Nope. Judt nailed that one alright. Yep.

Posted by: K. Bowman at September 18, 2006 9:55 PM
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