Racism – idiots guide

During the last few months I had the opportunity of experiencing some attacks aimed at me, but utilising my nationality/background as the axis-of-assault. Racism, as we know it.
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I was able to stop the initial reaction, familiar and natural to all, of a direct, brutal and physical assault – a standard, biological and violent response. Instead, I focused on analysing the underlying issues.
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It took me a while to understand the deep, deeeeeep, issues. My negative reaction was not based on the (theoretically) fundamental assumption that “I = my nationality”. Instead, I understood that the attack on me:
– Focused on what I was doing at the time (e.g. was a negative reaction to my efficiency/innovativeness);
– Used my nationality as a focal point for optimising critique of my (not nationality but) efficiency/innovativeness;
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My personal reactions were even more mixed – although the initial, biological reaction was enacted through the “nationality” perspective, I took some time to understand the true reality – bypassing my passport, I understood that the attack was on what I represented (modernity, progress, international rationality, global standards, quality).
Strangely, it was even more insulting, since: everything I was and did was perceived as the threat to an old/ancient/communist culture of laziness/do-nothingness, while my nationality was simply a TOOL of voicing such opposition.
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So, my passport wasn’t important, but it helped to “prove” how useless I was as a challenger to “their” (pathetic, hopeless, ancient) reality. If I’d have been an alien, my “bluishness” or “brownness” or “double-headedness” would have been used. Hopeless losers have got no other vocabulary… Racism is the recourse of most loosers and idiots.

Fresh wave of Polish emigration

The Polish news reported that a new wave of émigrés is preparing for departure – tens of thousands will leave for wealthier countries, looking for a better life. The number predicted is much smaller than the actual number leaving in the next 18-24 months as the economic crisis hits Poland. Many will never return. Polish emigration is a new and unstoppable trend.
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Until now Poland has been supported by EU funding from the recent Brussels funding cycle, that formally ends in 2013, but in many priorities, the funds have already began drying up. Add to that the boom that came before Euro2012 and we had a nice period of growth, business, employment.
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But now, the EU coffers are dry with Brussels obsessing about wasting money on PIGS, the Polish economy is witnessing the first waves of bankruptcies in the building trade, while businesses and institutions are freezing employment, wages, expenses. Simultaneously, many businesses are moving further – starting to downsize in expectation of a dire economic period, while consumers, aware of the impending doom, are doing the same – withholding expenses, uncertain as to their future.
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Did I mention that the Polish government is also tightening its policies? Higher existing taxes, introduction of new ones, increased monitoring and control of economic activity and businesses are an added burden in an economy already inefficient thanks to massive administrative idiocies, incompetent bureaucrats, extended procedures requiring massive amounts of paperwork and a general negative attitude to anyone trying to do anything.
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Simultaneously, we all see the same greedy government spending out stolen taxes in lavish ways on countless stupid and useless projects, while allowing the media to continuously inform us, the citizens, about scandals, thefts, criminals robbing the nation via loopholes, etc.
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Very bad government, idiotic system, moronic politicians, collapsing economy, falling employment tied to rising costs of living and skyrocketing taxation – can anyone be surprised that Poles want to emigrate? UK, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Austria are the primary centres of economic Polish émigrés, desperate to earn a decent wage and to develop their lives, families, futures regardless of the idiocies happening in their home country. They work hard, save, sometimes invest, many are still deluding themselves that one day they will come back. Come back to what? The crap we have happening right now ain’t going to change without a revolution.
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And here we come to the crux – many that emigrated and many that will emigrate soon, will never come back. Why save in Ireland or UK and buy a house in Poland, next to the people you knew and wanted to impress many eyars ago (when leaving Poland), only to discover now, that you have nothing to return to? Your skills don’t matter in Poland, your knowledge, languages, intercultural awareness, etc., are all useless or you will get paid a national average, like everyone else, so… you don’t feel so special.
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With the permanent émigrés vanish our chances for development, for growth, for acceleration, innovation and for generation of new money. But, they are making the right choice.
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Bon voyage – you are doing the right thing. Just promise to tell your kids about this country filled with idiot bureaucrats and politicians less moral and less competent than meth-addicted whores.

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