Cover Osteuropa 11-12/2006

In Osteuropa 11-12/2006

Enemies! Everywhere Enemies!
Psychograph of a Problem in Poland

Peter Oliver Loew

Deutsche Fassung


The coalition of rightwing and populist parties led by the Law and Justice party has begun to carry out a moral cleansing of Poland. Contrived concepts of enemies serve this end. The topos of an układ ruling everything makes it possible to find evil in all those areas uncontrolled or only partially controlled by the government. Historical factors favour this conservative utopia as do an increasingly media-driven form of politics and the problematic traditions of Polish political culture.

(Osteuropa 11-12/2006, pp. 33–52)