Nobel-Prize winning columnist Paul Krugman, in yesterday's New York Times, deployed the Bieganski, Brute Polak Stereotype, as described in my book of that title. Krugman jokes that Eastern Europe's true historical path is fascism. Eastern Europeans, in this formulation, are allergic to modern trends like democracy.
You can read Paul Krugman's column here.
By the way, I am not a supporter of Law and Justice. I'm not a detractor, either. I don't think it would be appropriate for me to voice my opinion about Poland's government on this blog, dedicated, as it is, to stereotypes of Poles.
One can object to Poland's current government, though, without opening one's column with a Polak joke, in the same way that one can object to this or that policy of Israel without opening with a Jew joke.
That the New York Times okayed Krugman opening his column with a racist joke says much about the power of the Bieganski stereotype.
The column's title is also telling. "It Can Happen Here." That headline is an allusion to an American novel by Sinclair Lewis about fascism in the US.
"We're Very Close to Becoming Another Poland or Hungary," Krugman warns. Note that Poland and Hungary are the epitome of fascism in Krugman's forumation.