Cover Osteuropa 10/2005

In Osteuropa 10/2005

The Cultural Divide
Reflections of an Unpolitical Man

Michał Witkowski

Deutsche Fassung


Polish society is culturally deeply divided. The liberal left, which cherishes emancipation and permissiveness, is not even represented politically. The post-communist left, so soundly defeated in the election, was also anything but liberal. By contrast, the national-catholic right is trying to force its prude morals on society as a whole and equates homosexual love with paedophilia. This camp has triumphed in the parliamentary election. The adherents to liberal values face difficult times ahead.

(Osteuropa 10/2005, pp. 156–167)