Poland (and its thought) in Third World
Michał Sutowski's talk with Jerzy Osiatyński and Małgorzata Mazurek
Michał Sutowski’s interview with prof. Jerzy Osiatyński and Małgorzata Mazurek was the second meeting of the cycle of discussions concerning the exhibitions "After Year Zero" and "Lest The Two Seas Meet".
Poland once had much to offer the so-called Third World. Researchers from the circles later called the Polish School of Development – Ignacy Sachs, Michał Kalecki, or Witold Kula – not only belonged to the world elite of the social, historical, and economic sciences, but were also able to transform the local 20th century experience of Poland – a backward agricultural country that was strenuously industrialised and occupied by colonialists – into an inspiration for grand modernisation plans of the African and Asian countries that were gaining independence. Conscious of the limitations of capitalism and absurdities of the soviet planned economy, they created ambitious growth strategies for Ghana, India, or Mongolia.
Professor Jerzy Osiatyński, former Polish finance minister, member of the Monetary Policy Council, follower of Michał Kalecki, will speak about how Warsaw of the 1960s became an intellectual Mecca for politicians and economists from developing countries.