My name is Agnieszka Płonka and I am a geophysicist turned philosopher/psychologist.
I hail from Kraków, Poland, where I studied physics at the Jagiellonian University. Being always passionate about the Earth’s interior, I followed it with a Masters degree in geophysics at the University of Warsaw, and, quite naively, emigrated to the Netherlands and Switzerland to pursue a doctorate in global seismology.
However, the overall culture and climate of modern academia was too much for a Polish girl to bear. After going through some preliminary shocks, I have completed numerous online courses in economics and philosophy, including the Polish-American Leadership Academy. I have attended Mises University in 2017 and 2018, and passed the Mundliche Prufung. I am also an alum of the Institute of Economic Studies – Europe, and, owing it to the Economics Lessons for the Youth program carried out by the Polish Mises Institute, I have been an educator in economics in high schools around Kraków.
Thanks to the Austrian Economics Center in Vienna, I was a part of the last Language of Liberty conference in 2018, and I presented my current research at the Austrian Economics in the 21st century in 2019. In 2020, I am thrilled to be a part of the Free Market Road Show.
My current research deals with:
- the nature of propaganda and information war
- the psychology of the totalitarian state (in particular, comparing the manipulation techniques and symptoms in victims with what is known about Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Anti-Social Personality Disorder)
- Searching for such manipulation techniques in collective political philosophies, which I assume are based on false anthropology (I was awarded a Mises Fellowship in Residence for that project, and I hope to fly one day when the crisis is over)
Follow this site for my recent and older publications, both peer-reviewed and opinion pieces (in English and Polish). For more personal stories about why exactly my life has changed so dramatically, see my youtube channel (currently in Polish).