Full text: A Portrait-Sketch of Michal Kalecki

tensest period of the cold war. Kalecki found the 
atmosphere of MacCartheyism repulsive and when the work at 
UNO was subjected to political pressures he decided to accept 
a job in Warsaw (1955). He was entrusted with the task of 
working out a long term economic plan ("perspective plan") for 
the years 196o to 198o. His aim was to secure a modest but 
steady advance of real wages and consumption and to limit invest 
ment to a level which permitted this. He based himself on 
hard facts and realities and disdained empty promises. He was 
soon engaged in conflict with the policy of Gomulka and his 
minioiyp whose preference for ambitious investment projects 
could not be squared with Kalecki's figures. Kalecki worked 
very hard to get his plan accepted and put the whole strength 
of his conviction into this struggle. He lost it and resigned 
as economic advisor to the Chairman of the Planning Commission 
in 1961. 
He now took a job as a Professor at the School of Planning 
and Statistics. He was much honoured on the occasion of his 
65 th birthday, but soon afterwards he had a serious heart 
attack. He was forced to slow down, and he was never the same 
since. 
The last years of his life were unhappy. The government 
decided to stamp down on the reformist opposition of intellectuals 
and students, and unleashed an antisemitic campaign to help
	        

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