The Polish government's persistent anti-communist hysteria and the decision to demolish Soviet monuments throughout the country brought to our mind the relatively recent history of Poland's Counterrevolution. And when we talk about Counterrevolution in Eastern Europe and especially in Poland we can't ignore two major names: Solidarność (Solidarity) and Lech Walesa.
The course of events since 1980 prove that Solidarność was the 'Trojan Horse' of Counterrevolution in Poland. Solidarność's leadership- a bunch of anticommunist charlatans like Walesa- deceived the polish working class. Solidarity had succesfully presented itself as a "pro-working class" union but its actual positions were pro-capitalist.
Solidarność was against central planning. The Trade Union's programme was stating among other things:
"Socialised concerns should be given the freedom to determine their production plans and methods ... the centralised distribution of raw materials and other elements of production should be limited and eventually done away with ... the concerns should be self-financing ... they should be evaluated not on the basis of fulfilling the plan, but on the basis of economic efficiency ... The self management bodies ... should have the right to exercise control over the assets of the concern, to decide on the aims of production and sales, the choice of production methods, and investment goals. They should also decide on the distribution of the profits of the enterprise".
Solidarność was in favor of competition which would open the gates for a free-market economy:
"… a precondition of the proper functioning of an enterprise under the new system is the de-monopolisation of the market and the appearance of competing producers to a certain extent".
In some parts Solidarność's aims were presented in such a way so that it could confuse workers with petty-bourgeois arguments:
"The union recognises that the enterprises will have the right to make changes in their employment level as they need to. But the government authorities will still be responsible for carrying out a full employment policy, although this policy must no longer hinder productive concerns ... the self-financing of the enterprise may also result in some having to cut back or close down ...".
Today, 36 years since the foundation of Solidarność there is no doubt that the so-called 'Independent Self-governing Trade Union' was a CIA-backed and US-financed project for the overthrow of Socialism in Poland. Below, we republish an article by professor Grover Furr on the relation between Solidarność, the Central Intelligence Agency and the anti-communist AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations).
by Grover C. Furr.
English Department, Montclair State College.
Published in Comment [Montclair State College, NJ], vol. 1, nos. 2 (Spring, 1982), pp. 31-34.
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