Publications by Marek Jan Chodakiewicz

Dr. Chodakiewicz reviews new book on Piłsudski

Publication Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz has published a review of Peter Hetherington's biography of Polish leader Józef Piłsudski (1867-1935) in the January 2013 issue of the Rice University-based scholarly journal Sarmatian Review.   {read more}

The hero who voluntarily infiltrated Auschwitz

Dr. Chodakiewicz on Pilecki for The Intelligencer

Publication Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Historical experience demonstrates that the vast majority of people would not voluntarily enter hell. In the mid-20th century, aside from the Gulag, that would be German Nazi concentration camps. One individual actually volunteered for such a suicidal operation, the heroic Witold Pilecki  {read more}

Pussy Gone Riot

Publication Date: Sunday, August 19, 2012

Russia's feminist punk crew Pussy Riot appeared on our radar screen around December 2011, when parts of urban Russia heaved with anger at the presidential elections appropriated by Vladimir Putin. Pussy Riot combines punk music, performance art, and a radical "anti-establishment" social message. It has fashioned itself to resemble similar ensembles in the West. As far as politics, the band belongs squarely with the libertine-anarchist orientation of the pro-Western, liberal camp which, in turn, is a part of the anti-Western, neo-Nazi and neo-Communist, coalition opposing the Kremlin.   {read more}

Scots-Poles Forever!

Publication Date: Monday, April 9, 2012

Professional mockingbirds looking for yet another installment in the saga of "The Elephant and the Polish Question" will be sorely disappointed. Scotland and Poland: Historical Encounters, 1500-2010, ed. by T.M. Devine and David Hesse (Edinburgh: John Donald, an imprint of Birlinn, 2011) is solid scholarship, often firmly grounded in in-depth research in primary sources.  {read more}

Hot Mike Gate

Publication Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

During the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, President Barrack Obama promised to accommodate, after the US presidential election, the interests of Russia's head of state President Dmitri Medvedev, and, more specifically, his predecessor-cum-successor Vladimir Putin. The latter has vowed to reintegrate the old Soviet Empire.  {read more}

Dr. Chodakiewicz responds to Erik Staal's thoughts on containment

Publication Date: Monday, December 12, 2011

A while ago, Erik Staal, a leading light behind The International Chronicles, invited me to comment on his idea of applying the doctrine of containment to the "Muslim problem" in Europe.  {read more}

Radek and Berlin

Publication Date: Monday, December 5, 2011

A few days ago in Berlin, Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski openly expressed his support for Germany's leading role in European integration in exchange for leaving Poland's indigenous traditional identity alone. In other words, Warsaw has officially acquiesced in Berlin's dominant position, but the post-modernist social engineers of Brussels should stay away from the Polish culture. This can also be translated as a prod for the German Federal Republic to step in and save the economic and security structures of the European Union or else the Russian Federation will move into the vacuum. Warsaw's latest moves largely result from the sad consequences of America's absence in Europe. They also reflect the European power reality.  {read more}

Carbon Copy Communism

Publication Date: Monday, November 21, 2011

The Politburo and the Central Committee concur that there is room for a mixed economy and reforms are announced at the Communist Party congress. Some market mechanisms and a nod to the private sector should solve the problems of central planning. Minor private enterprise should be permitted in the agriculture, commerce, and service sectors.  {read more}

An unprecedented victory in Poland

Publication Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

On October 9, 2011, the liberal and effusively Europhoric Civic Platform (PO) trounced the populist and mildly conservative Law and Justice (PiS) 39.18% to 29.98%. The rest of the vote went to the post-Communist Polish Peasant Party (PSL), the transformed Marxist-Leninist Union of the Democratic Left (SLD), and the socialist-libertine Palikot Movement (RP), a PO spin-off group, dubbed so after its founder, Janusz Palikot, virtually a single issue contender who would like to turn Poland into San Francisco. Voter turnout was 48.87%.  {read more}

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