A blind country and citizens
I have written recently that we do not have a map of influences of the foreign capital in our media (‘Polish Newspaper’, 5 September 2012). It results in an answerfar from clarity, which concerns the question about the sovereignty of our public discourse. We should fear that the matter of sovereignty of our financial policy looks similar. In the contemporary world a country which wants to develop, cannot separate itself from the foreign interests and capital; also the financial capital – present on the market and in the bank system. However, the problem are proportions and clarity. Experts point out that 65-70 percents of bank resources in Poland is the foreign capital. The public opinion, however, does not a more detailed map of influences of this capital. We know very little about the mechanisms of reactions of the foreign capital to our wholeeconomy, and even to the shape of the social life generally.
Capital is not cosmopolitan
Whereas money and capital have national colours. We had known about it before, after the financial crisis appeared, it was announced by a friend of the prime minister Donald Tusk, Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, the former prime minister of the government of the Polish Republic, the former chairman of the Bank Pekao SA purchased by the Italians. The whole network of affiliated companies is often changed after the privatization of the Polish company by the foreign capital (German, American, Izraeli, French, etc.). Where it is possible, Polish companies are removed and replaced by subjects from their home countries – sometimes the act about public orders is made flexible. Ok, it is what is generally known. But only generally. Again – similarly as in the case of media – we do not have a more detailed, more complete picture, a map of foreign interests in our finances and economy. And the foreign business are not only new technologies, new workplaces, new competences of staff but also new corruption impulses. For example, I am afraid that not only the public opinion, economists-experts but also the very minister of finances Jacek Jan Antony Vincent-Rostowski (how rich a human personality must be of so many names) cannot define relatively clearly, for example, what field of maneuver the Polish country has beside reforming the system of public finances. And it is not all about the so-called stiff expenditures, for example, connected with the service of our foreign debts. It is also about restrictions existing inside the Polish economy, connected with the activity of foreign representatives of capital groups in these business organizations, like Polish Confederation of Private Workers Lewiatan. However, I am afraid that a good map of the Polish sovereignty is not needed by the prime minister Donald Tusk. Because his actions do not prove that he cares about our leaving the post-colonial mentality behind. After all, he was calling in the electoral campaign, addressing the self-governments in 2010:‘Let’s not make politics’. It is the same, as calling:‘Let’s not be the subjects’. Let’s leave it to KGB authorities of Moscow. Let’s leave it to Germany. Let’s leave it to big corporations. It will be them who will fulfill the social vacuum at the weakness of the country and passivity of citizens – they will tell us how to live!