By James Hires There’s a Polish saying I love: “Jakoś to będzie.” It means something along the lines of “It’ll be alright.”
It might sound like passive resignation, but it refers to optimism in the face of adversity. And it suits modern Poland perfectly.
When the Soviet Union fell in 1989, Poland was free for the first time in decades.
But its economy was in shambles. Its currency was less than worthless. It would have been easy to despair.
Instead the Poles put “Jakoś to będzie” into practice and chose optimism. They aggressively liberalized the country, embracing free market principles.
Poland became Europe’s fastest-growing economy. It avoided the …read more