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    Ryszard Legutko and the Demon in Democracy

    Another look at European conservatism, this time Ryszard Legutkoa leader of the Polish Law and Justice Party and author of The Demon in Democracy.

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    scholarship in which you nevertheless show that structurally there's a reason why marxists communists
    who had been governing poland under a totalitarian regime were able to easily slide into
    governing as a liberal regime can you help us understand what possible similarities can there be between
    marxism and liberalism well there are many of them the first
    similarity was that the new liberal democratic system
    started with the very strong message we have to restructure everything
    we cannot have the society as it is it's backward it's it's traditional it's
    conservative it's religious no no we have to
    reorganize it we have to restructure and there was very similar
    rhetoric to what my parents had heard after world war ii when the
    communists took over their message was very similar we have to modernize the society you
    cannot we cannot have the society as it is everything has to change so uh then i understood
    that what makes those two ideologies very similar is that they are not about freedom
    liberalism is not about freedom communism is not about equality they are
    all about social engineering i mean very profound restructuring of society and not only
    institutions not only economy but everything
    including the way you think the way you uh the way you speak you have to they
    have to re replace your mind with a new one like there was this this there was this
    this race a new man homo novus in latin right we have to we have to create a new poll
    a new man exactly like communists had done a couple of years
    decades before and and it's obvious that when you come up
    with a program like this a lot of people will resist
    and they say no no i don't want to give a structure i'm quite happy with my mind
    and and they begin to resist and what uh do the liberals do
    they said we will have to reform you right we will uh we will teach you
    we will indoctrinate you we will take your children from you and send them to school and the
    school curricula will be such that your children will be new poles
    there will be human not like you yourself who actually belong to the dustbin of
    To be conservative, then, is to prefer the familiar to the unknown, to prefer the tried to the untried, fact to mystery, the actual to the possible, the limited to the unbounded, the near to the distant, the sufficient to the superabundant, the convenient to the perfect, present laughter to utopian bliss. ― Michael Joseph Oakeshott, Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays

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