Kira Rudik at the Economic Forum in Poland: unity saves when the chaos of war reigns

How to find a balance between personal freedom and the system of state coercion? Why are the decisions of tyrannical regimes faster than the decisions of countries with democratic principles? The leader of the Golos party, vice-president of ALDE, MP Kira Rudik talked about this during a discussion at the 31st Economic Forum in Poland.

«Tyranny does not ask for people’s opinions and makes decisions arbitrarily and these decisions are very quick. putin does not need to consult with the russians, to bomb a city or not, to send thousands to their deaths or not, to take money from the welfare for weapons or not. Whereas in democratic countries, all decisions are made more slowly, because the state listens to the opinions of society. It is really more difficult for us and for our Western partners», — the leader of Golos emphasized during the discussion.

However, there is one important feature that is characteristic of Ukrainians (as well as many Slavs): the belief that we know what to do better than the state.

«I have to admit that this feature came in handy in the early days of a full-scale invasion. Kyiv did not fall to the russians because we had a lot of self-organized groups – these were ordinary citizens, armed forces, hunters, military, and paramilitary movements. Such decentralization saved us when the chaos of the first shock of a full-scale war reigned. As well as unity, when under the Verkhovna Rada the MPs promised to unite for the sake of Ukraine despite everything and whatever the cost», — Kira Rudik emphasized.

The Economic Forum in Poland is one of the largest gatherings in Central and Eastern Europe. During its thirty-year history, it has gathered more than 4,000 politicians, economists, and leaders from 60 countries of the world. This year, the discussions revolved around the new challenges faced by Europe due to a full-scale russian invasion: a strong state as a guarantor of stability.

At the panel discussion, the current challenges of today were discussed, for example: is the thesis that stable development is possible only under a strong state still relevant, where to find a balance between personal freedom and the system of state coercion, how far the state can go in certain areas of human life and how to avoid the formation of a cult of personality. Peter Kremský, member of the Slovak Parliament, Łukasz Kmita, Voivode of the Lesser Poland Region, Marek Rock, Institute of Economic Development of Poland, and Yves Gernigon, President of the European Federalist Party, participated in the discussion together with Kira Rudik.

The leader of Golos also thanked Poland for economic support, for sheltering a million Ukrainians, and for the fact that the Poles demonstrate incredible devotion to the struggle of Ukrainians against russian aggression.