A few weeks ago, in front of a court building in Warsaw, Poland, a group of senior citizens prayed publicly to stop woke attacks against the Catholic media. The woke accosted the seniors, chanting obscene slogans and making nasty gestures.
One of them, a 21-year-old young woman, stood out in particular: She was dressed head-to-toe in a rainbow LGBT+ flag.
Suddenly, an elderly lady prostrated herself before the radical girl and kissed her feet. The tearful woman looked up at the woke activist and asked her to cross herself and pray together. Then she burst out crying.
She had fought for Poland against Communism all her life but now “the nation is divided.” Shocked and overwhelmed, the woke revolutionary obliged. Both the victim and the aggressor embraced, crossed themselves, and prayed together. The girl started to cry, too.
Welcome to Poland.
But consider that last year, to object to Polish parliament’s cracking down on eugenicist abortion practices which targeted handicapped unborn babies, the woke protested by invading and vandalizing churches. This met with full applause of progressive media and lefty academics.
In the United States, it took about 60 years from the counter-cultural revolution of the 1960s to get to the point we are in now. The American frog was boiled slowly.
In contrast, the revolutionaries in Poland are impatient. They do not want to wait. They want NOW what has taken 60 years to accomplish in the United States. So they have thrown the Polish frog into the boiling water all at once. Not only does the frog endeavor to jump out, whenever it can, but also the rank-and-file of the woke have not yet broken away from faith, decency, and patriotism quite yet.
Habits endure, sometimes despite everything. It takes a few generations to get rid of them.Thus, even the revolutionaries in Poland, despite their best efforts, cannot quite be woke yet.
Nonetheless, the cultural context has shifted toward secularism and revolution. At the general level, fewer among the young get married; they decide to start families much later in life that used to be customary; and there are plenty of out-of-wedlock babies.
A recent survey demonstrates that young Poles have moved to the left, women in particular. For the first time since free polling commenced in 1989, slightly more Polish youth identify themselves as leftists than rightists. Thus, about 25% of them embrace leftism, which is somewhat comparable to the attitudes of their American counterparts at 30%, who favorably view Communism.
The intellectual justification for the shift is made in the U.S. Polish kids, just like our youngsters, have been brought up on a steady diet of social media, Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and American academic fads. They withdraw from religious instructions at school and skip church.
There are attacks on Christian symbols, including images of St. John Paul II. For example, a Polish video game designing company depicted Karol Wojtyła as a “beast.” Liberal media purveys the stereotype of the “pedophilic priest.”
It is little wonder that the attacks on churches persist, even if they no longer come in waves but in single installments. In addition to aggression in favor of abortion, there are also other forms of woke entertainment. For example, about a week ago a Polish iteration of the “Extinction Rebellion” paralyzed traffic in Warsaw during rush hour. Global warming will recede if humans disappear. Of course.
Where did the neo-Bolshevik revolution come from? Following the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the post-Soviet zone embraced America. It welcomed free market capitalism, parliamentary democracy, and popular culture. Surreptitiously the poisoned fruit of the woke revolution insinuated itself into the mix. And now it imposes its totalitarian ways of speech codes, political correctness, and other accoutrement of unfreedom.
In all fairness, the roots of wokeness are eminently un-American. Marx, Foucault, Derrida, and the Frankfurt school are all European imports. During the Cold War to be Bolshevik in the U.S. was treasonous. Everyone knew the Communists and other leftists were Soviet agents, or, at the least, useful idiots.
So the revolutionaries learned skillfully how to garb themselves in the American vernacular and sensibilities. Now, they vow to usher in a post-America.
We should take heart here in the U.S. Miracles do happen. Remember the woke Polish girl praying and crying in repentance? May our kids see the light.
Marek Jan Chodakiewicz is Professor of History at the Institute of World Politics, a graduate school of statecraft in Washington D.C.; expert on East-Central Europe's Three Seas region; author, among others, of "Intermarium: The Land Between The Baltic and Black Seas." Read Marek Jan Chodakiewicz's Reports — More Here.
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