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Janusz Korwin-Mikke
During the 2000 Presidential Campaign in Poland

Janusz Korwin-Mikke (Polish pronunciation: [ˈjanuʂ ˈkɔrvʲin ˈmʲikkɛ], born October 27, 1942 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish conservative liberal political commentator and politician.

He studied at the Faculty of Mathematics and (simultaneously) Faculty of Philosophy of the Warsaw University. In 1965 has was detained by the communist authorities, while studying psychology, law and sociology. In 1968 he was again arrested and relegated from the university for his participation in students' protests. He passed master's examination without attending a course (philosophy).

In years 1969-74 he was a researcher in the Institute of Motor Transport (Instytut Transportu Samochodowego), and then at the Warsaw University. Political commentator. In 1978 he established "Liberal Publishing House" („Oficyna Liberałów”) – an underground publishing house.

From 1962 until 1982 he was a member of the Democratic Party (Stronnictwo Demokratyczne), a puppet party subordinate to the communist authorities. In August 1980 he supported the political strike of the Szczecin Shipyard workers, and later he was an adviser of NSZZ Rzemieślników Indywidualnych „Solidarność”(The Independent Craftsmen's Union). After the imposition of martial law he was interned but later released. In 1987 he was elected the chairman of a liberal-conservative political party called Ruch Polityki Realnej (The Real Politics Movement), which in 1989 changed its name to Unia Polityki Realnej (UPR, The Real Politics Union). In 1990 he established a new weekly „Najwyższy Czas!” ("The Time is Now!"). Lech Wałęsa appointed him to become a member of Solidarity's advisory body - Komitet Obywatelski (The Civic Committee).

Korwin-Mikke was a Member of Parliament during the first term of Sejm (Polish Parliament) of the Third Republic of Poland. Originator of the vetting resolution. He was a candidate for the UPR in the Polish Presidential Election of 1995, obtaining 2.4% of the vote. He was also candidate in 2000 when he got 1.43% of the vote. In the senate by-election in Wrocław in April 2004 he got 18% votes, but finally did not receive the seat. In the presidential elections of 2005 he obtained 1.4% of the vote.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke's economic views are radically liberal, in the classical sense of the word; in the U.S. his views would be best described as libertarian. He frequently refers to such figures as Adam Smith, Frédéric Bastiat, Milton Friedman or Ayn Rand.

Politically, he is an advocate of monarchy and a member of Klub Zachowawczo-Monarchistyczny (Conservative-Monarchist Club). He is known for his disdain towards democracy.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke is a popular public figure in the mass-media and on the internet but by some he is considered to be an eccentric. For instance, he protested against high taxes in Poland by eating his tax return together with a Polish musician Krzysztof Skiba in front of the revenue service office. He also sung in the song Podatki (Taxes) on Skiba's album Wąchole.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke has been a national champion in bridge, and a member of the national team. He is also a skilled chess player.

Publications

  • Naprawić Polskę? No problem! (Fix Poland? No problem!) 2004
  • Podatki - Czyli rzecz o grabieży (Taxes - about robbery) 2004
  • Dekadencja (Decadence) 2002
  • Ekonomikka (Economikks) 2001
  • Rok 2007 (Year 2007) 2001
  • Niebezpieczne ubezpieczenia (Dangerous insurances) 2000
  • Vademecum ojca (Fathers vademecum) 1997
  • Wizja parlamentu w nowej konstytucji Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej (Vision of parliament in new Polish constitution) 1994
  • Prowokacja? (Provocation?) 1991
  • "Rząd rżnie głupa" - czyli mowy sejmowe (Government playing dumb – Parliament speeches) 1993
  • Nie tylko o Żydach (Not Only About Jews) 1991
  • Ratujmy państwo (Let Us Save the State) 1990
  • Bez impasu (Without impasse)
  • Kto tu dymi? (Who smokes?) 2007
  • Rusofoby w odwrocie (Russophobes in retreat) 2009

See also

External links

          Chairmans of Unia Polityki Realnej UPR
Janusz Korwin-Mikke   • Stanisław Michalkiewicz   • Stanisław Wojtera  • Jacek Boroń   • Wojciech Popiela   • Bolesław Witczak
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