The, One About A Dangerous Cult By Chuck Palahniuk

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“If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself. What we call chaos is just patterns we haven’t recognized… There is no free will. There are no variables” (Palahniuk). In the book Survivor, one about a dangerous cult, Chuck Palahniuk writes this to clarify how powerless we are to the patterns of history unless we actively work to prevent them. This is not to say Polish culture possesses the mentality of a cult in any way, but the message still carries weight. The decades of sacrifice and struggle that Poles endured to rid themselves of communism may very well come undone in the coming years. Who could have predicted such political inversion in a country torn apart internally by a communist regime. Despite a relatively…show more content…
Kaczynski can now push through almost anything on his agenda of rapid and brutal political transformation to favor his party’s political ideology. Without any resistance in parliament, one of the only remaining positions that could offer any opposition, the presidency, is occupied by Andrzej Duda. The President, also a member of the PIS party, has shown no intention to halt or even slow the political radicalization of Poland’s parliament and courts. Duda has “promised to follow in the footsteps of Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban” , a leader who installed razor wire and water cannons on his border to ensure the exclusion of migrants. Orban has already begun appointing professors and rewriting history books in accordance with his views of self-proclaimed ‘illiberal democracy’. This is the man that President Duda wishes to take after; one that openly aspires to cut off the citizens from any decision making processes. Poland’s President, instead of pushing back against attacks on democracy, is acting as a puppet for Kaczynski, the Law and Justice party, and its plans to strip away the checks and balances of government. Despite a doctorate in law, Duda has violated the constitution multiple times, signing bills into law that threaten the Polish government’s credibility. Such ignorance, or perhaps purposeful lawbreaking provides a bit of ominous foreshadowing for the framework of Polish society. Recently, President Duda has
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