Chapter

Antitotalitarianism as a Vocation

Thomas Cushman and Adam Michnik

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244863.003.0019
Antitotalitarianism as a Vocation

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Adam Michnik was a leading force in the Solidarity trade union movement and the founder and editor of the largest Polish daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza. He was also an outspoken supporter of the war in Iraq. In the interview presented in this chapter, Michnik explains his position on the war and discusses the responses of other European intellectuals. The chapter concentrates on the response of Polish intellectuals and former anticommunists and activists to the war in Iraq, Polish relations with the United States more generally, and how the latter have affected relations between Poland and other European countries, especially those that were against the war. Michnik believed that there are dictatorships against which one can fight without violence. He also states that the State Department should get Americans of Iraqi background more involved in Iraq.

Keywords: Adam Michnik; antitotalitarianism; Iraq; European intellectuals; Polish intellectuals; United States

Chapter.  3557 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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