Poland has adopted a controversial new law, making it a crime to say some things about Poland and World War II. Radek Sikorski is well positioned to talk about this: He is a veteran writer and politician. He has served as both foreign minister and defense minister of Poland. Jay also asks him about Europe in general: Are authoritarian winds blowing? What does Anglo-American conservatism have in common with Continental rightism? If “mainstream” parties won’t tackle immigration and other combustible issues, someone will, true?

Pressing questions, addressed by one of the best, Radek Sikorski.

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  1. Front Seat Cat Member

    Interesting discussion. My takeaway was that the winds of change are blowing hard enough to where some balanced ideas (as he mentioned at the end) that need reminded and defended, are being thrown off balance by things like this new Polish speech law. They’re not compatible and why create antagonistic feelings about a statement like WWII Polish death camps, where anyone already knows it was not the Poles that created them?

    It seems that Poland, as your guest said, needs the EU, the US, has concerns about it’s big northern neighbor knocking again, and should be more concerned about keeping on the side of its friends. It sounds like fear is driving this pull up the drawbridge attitude that will in fact, not serve Poland well in the big picture.

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    • March 5, 2018, at 12:59 PM PST
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