Law and Justice Party Triumphs and Gains Ground In Polish Elections

This is good news.

Law and Justice has expanded its support by 6% and increased its parliamentary majority in the Polish elections. The party is known for combining social conservatism with economic populism. A smaller nationalist party is also entering the Polish parliament. Now that Law and Justice has a more commanding majority, it will be able to push through more reforms.


“Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is set to extend its parliamentary majority after coming in first with 43.6% of the vote in Sunday’s elections, according to an exit poll reported by AP.

Why it matters: The right-wing, populist Polish government has clashed with the European Union over issues related to the rule of law, with the EU passing a motion in 2017 censuring Poland for cracking down on judicial independence. While Law and Justice has maintained popularity thanks in part to a generous social welfare system and strong economic growth, the party’s social conservatism and targeting of LGBT people have contributed to an increasingly polarized society. …”

Liberal democracy was on the ballot and lost.

Yascha Mounk is upset that it lost to plain old democracy.

The Atlantic:

“Democracy was on the ballot yesterday in Poland. It suffered a stinging defeat that will have consequences far beyond the country’s borders.

For decades, political scientists regarded Poland as the great success story of the transition from communism to democracy. In no other large country in Central or Eastern Europe had democratic institutions taken such a deep hold, was there such a raucous press, and had civil society flourished to such a remarkable extent. According to a slew of regional experts, democracy in Poland was “consolidated”: Just as in Italy or Canada, one could count on it to remain stable for the foreseeable future. …”

The Family 500+ program sounds like something that we should be doing to privilege and reward the family as an institution. If we tried to do something though like that in this country, it would be denounced as “welfare” and “socialism” and “big government” by True Conservatism which believes single mothers and homosexuals should have equal rights.

The Atlantic:

“The party, known as PiS, its Polish acronym, came to power in 2015 after campaigning on its flagship Family 500+ program, a monthly allowance of 500 zloty (about $125) per child for each kid after the first, or for single children in low-income families. Since the program went into effect, the Gromuls have been collecting 1,000 zloty a month, or nearly half of Poland’s minimum wage. That income will soon double once their daughter is born and their first son is included—the program has now expanded to cover all children. The kids are getting a taste for the high life, they joke, and are clamoring to visit Italy too. …

The populist parties of Eastern Europe are widely viewed from afar as a nasty gang of bigoted nationalists with a thinly veiled penchant for authoritarianism. But critics overlook a key part of their appeal: They have channeled serious money to voters in the name of shoring up the “family values” they say are under siege from secular Europe. These parties, such as PiS and Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party, in Hungary, have found electoral success by combining a right-wing vision of society with state largesse. The Family 500+ program in particular, with its catchy title, neat round number, and wide reach, has become a model for other countries in the region, where declining birth rates and immigration of native-born citizens to more prosperous European countries have sparked demographic panic. …

Here in Poland, the program has proved intoxicating for large swaths of the population, one that helped garner PiS a decisive parliamentary victory in elections yesterday, winning over not just conservative Catholics, but an array of more unlikely fans, including leftists who felt that PiS, by favoring a model typically eschewed by right-wing parties, offered a compelling critique of a rigged system that left workers vulnerable to the predations of international and local elites. …”

500 zloty a month?

It sounds like the $1,000 Yang bucks a month.

It was a good idea.

Yang inspired a bunch of great memes. He was running as a Democrat though so ultimately he caved to Left-Libertarianism in the primaries. It is too bad that we don’t have a party that is trying to combine social conservatism with authoritarianism and economic populism. This is the model that is securing National Populist majorities in eastern Europe.

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  1. If the system every let’s a candidate who ia socially traditional,combined with a populist economics, he could run away with it

  2. The ever destructive boomer – will learn NOTHING till the very day he or she DIES:

    They don’t give a damn about their own progeny, their grandsons and granddaughters

    ” Poland, Ipsos exit poll:

    Support for right-wing to far-right Konfederacja (NI) in different age groups [years]

    18-29: 20.2%
    30-39: 8.2%
    40-49: 4.3%
    50-59: 2.8%

    60+: 1.1%#wybory2019 #wybory #PolishElections
    — Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) October 13, 2019 “

  3. It is too bad that we don’t have a party that is trying to combine social conservatism with authoritarianism and economic populism.

    Yep. A Southern Nationalist Party.

    • How about pushing for a constitutional amendment that introduces an “MMP” style to our elections? A constitutional amendment can be forced by state representatives, so it’s doable from a grassroots perspective.

  4. “It is too bad that we don’t have a party that is trying to combine social conservatism”

    Is any system in a mongrel society going to work ?

    No more than patches on a rotten sail.

  5. From an article on the weekend’s events in Poland:

    « A few days before the Polish national election Sunday, the main Polish national public television channel, TVP 1 Polonia, released an investigative show, ‘Invasion’.

    Using hidden cameras & microphones, ‘Invasion’ reveals that LGBT & gay pride street demonstrations throughout Poland are being funded by political manipulators. The paid ‘Pride’ participants bussed into various cities and towns … the same LGBT characters, continually appearing at the different events across Poland.

    In the Polish elections, the ruling PiS (Law & Justice) party retained power on a strong limiting-LGBT platform »

    ‘Invasion’ on YouTube with English subtitles, 24 minutes

    The same article speaks of how Polish politics are also getting very heated about Jewish demands on Poland:

    « Jewish groups are asking for as much as $300 billion in new reparations for World War 2 crimes – half of Poland’s annual GDP – a sum that would essentially bankrupt still-economically-fragile Poland … Language such as the “Holocaust Corporation” – the notion that the Jewish community tries to profit from 20th-century mass killings … in the ranks of PiS, Konfederacja, and the All-Polish Youth.

    Konfederacja co-leader Janusz Korwin-Mikke said that Jonny Daniels, the Israeli-British founder of the Holocaust commemoration group From the Depths, was a foreign agent “sent here to spy, perhaps working for Freemasons.”

    In a televised debate, Polish Konfederacja politician Konrad Berkowicz, snuck up behind his opponent and held a kippah over her head, to lampoon her pro-Jewish-reparations positioning » – Photo:

  6. Democracy doesn’t work. The monster tends to swim left, because people usually want to give themselves more of what other people have. The elites want to expand their holdings, and somehow pass the costs on to the peasants. Everybody wants to help themselves at the cost of everyone else. It’s a system bound to economically and socially collapse. Authoritarian populism is looking better and better to me. I’d prefer something like a minarchist state — minimal gov’t presence and interference in our lives at every level — but it’s clear that human nature leans towards being in the herd, and not towards being a maverick. Although many Americans want to pretend they’re strong, independent types, for the most part it’s not true. The odd thing is, we are interdependent, but we don’t really know how to cooperate. Government takes care of so much for us that we expect others to do the heavy lifting and pick up the tab.

    • The very argument made, although phrased differently, by Plato and Aristotle in their respective arguments of CONDEMNATION, of this socio-political ideology, i.e. democracy !

      In the diaqus platform, my meme, is “democratia DELENDA EST”

      ” “Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam”, or “Ceterum autem censeo Carthaginem esse delendam”

      (English: “Furthermore, (moreover) I consider that Carthage must be destroyed”), often abbreviated to “Carthago delenda est” (English: “Carthage must be destroyed”), is a Latin oratorical phrase pronounced by Cato the Censor, a famous politician of the Roman Republic. The phrase originates from debates held in the Roman Senate prior to the Third Punic War (149–146 BC) between Rome and Carthage, where Cato is said to have used it as the conclusion to all his speeches in order to push for the war

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