The Case of Roman Dmowski (Beginnings: 1886–1905)
A Vision of Public Order
I have never held that one could save the country by political work alone; I have never wanted to shut myself up just in politics. I have held too that the whole future of our nation depends on whether we can organize it properly from a moral point of view.
‘Roman Dmowski to Stanisław Grabski, 29 V 1919, M. Kułakowski, Roman Dmowski w świetle listów i wspomnień, vol. 2, London 1971, p. 166
Dmowski’s journalistic writings discussed here were a symptom of a political evolution that had led to the aggressive campaigns which the National League had begun against its political opponents as early as the first years of the new century. Antisemitism, not always in its racist form, apart from its unifying ideological function, turned out to be a handy tool in the current battle. In the context of the movement’s growing political aspirations, its focused enmity towards the Jews was growing, just like other ethnic resentments, into the status of a symbol and a myth, around which a political battle in the era of mass movements could be concentrated. Such a myth was supposed to return a sense of unity to the fractured community.186 We are one of the most disorganized nations on Earth, said almost with one voice the new nationalists in all the countries of Europe in which they appeared. Enmity towards outsiders became these groups’ basic political line.
Myths, as we know, become laden...
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