Prof talks Polish political atmosphere
September 1, 2010
For the Daily News
When Dr. Tomasz Haupt lived in Poland, the Communist Party Central
government controled everything. He called it “central planning.”
But the government in Poland ignored some very basic principles,
including what the people wanted. The government felt they knew best,
and for them, the ends justified the means.
This was some of the remarks made by Haupt as he addressed the recent monthly meeting of the Starkville TEA Party.
Haupt shared a little about growing up in Poland and the political
atmosphere in Poland that he feels parallels much of the changing
politics in America today.
Haupt said by the late 1970s, all goods were rationed and government officials were arrogant.
“The government would not allow the free market to operate,” Haupt
said. “Their central planning got in the way of self-regulatory systems
in the free market. So the government tried to force things with
arbitrary decisions in the name of ‘social justice.’”
He said the Polish government practiced redistribution of wealth and their policies killed incentives to work hard.
“There was poor economic efficiency, corruption, and shortages and
rationing of all kinds of goods,” Haupt said. “People would have to go
early and stand in line, hoping to get what they needed. There was
total dependence on the government by the populace.”
Haupt said Polish currency was manipulated by government, there was
selective law inforcement, and over-regulation and control of
individuals. He said there was no freedom of speech and the only media
was the state media.
Haupt said that whenever central planning (arbitrary control by goverenment) is tried, it fails.
“Many say that what happened in Poland cannot happen in America,” Haupt
said. “However, we had better learn from what happened there. The
Niagra River is slow-moving, but there comes a time when the current
becomes swift, and if one gets to that point, he can only react to try
to avoid going over the falls. “
He parralleled our country with the Niagra, and said we need to act to
stop the direction of our country before we get to the point of only
being able to react.
“Good values are important, and the election in November is important,” Haupt said.