Stary Wiarus (Polish for “old veteran”) is the pen name of an Internet essayist and commentator focusing on the issues of Polonia’s relationship with Poland and Poland’s (not very successful) attempts to transform itself into a more Western society. Born and educated as a historian in Poland, he has lived in Australia since the early 1980s. He writes mostly in Polish, with a few contributions in English.
Stary Wiarus started publishing his commentaries in the late 1990s in the Usenet newsgroups (now Google Groups), primarily soc.culture.polish. He continued as a key contributor to the since defunct Polonian bulletin boards Polonia Michigan, Cyberexpres, and Salon Niezaleznych (salonniezaleznych.org). Since 2007, he writes in his own blog “W Temacie Maci” (wtemaciemaci.salon24.pl).