Maciej Kisilowski, an associate professor of law and public management at Central European University in Budapest, argues "Poland: authoritarian, not patriotic: Jarosław Kaczyński is building a state apparatus that will do whatever it takes to protect the regime," that PiS is about consolidating and maintaining power, not about patriotism.
Kisilowski points to PiS and the media, PiS and the judiciary, and PiS and public projects. PiS, he says, is currently aided by economically comfortable times, but when times get lean, PiS will tighten its grip to maintain power. Kisilowski points to fascist elements in the Independence Day March and asks why these elements were not prevented from participating, while, he says, peaceful anti-fascist marchers were arrested.
In the comments section under the article, readers curse in Polish at Kisilowski, wish him dead, and accuse him of being secretly Jewish.
One comment reads, "What an eye opener,
one does not need need to live in Poland to experience fascism, even just
looking at the comments of some of the fascist minded commentators here can
immagine what really is going on in that country. The xenophobia, swearing at
people, labeling anyone with a different vew a traidor, the hate aimed towards
anyone who questions them. it is obvious that the PiS has found very fertile
ground to sow its seeds of hatred"
Another comment reads, "the march itself was
sponsored, among others, by the far-right ONR, something that the PiS
authorities must surely have been aware of."
You can read the article here.