“The believers in illiberal democracy do not like it when others represent and support those for whom the government has no inclination to devote time or money, or if they repeatedly hold a mirror to them and in the mirror they see only a debauched, corrupt crowd of looters. They would rather smash the mirror.” […]
Translation of “László Botka: For a just Hungary” appearing in 168óra.hu on January 21st, 2017. The Hungarian left has not been in such a storm-battered state during the entire existence of the third republic, yet Hungary has never needed the left as much as it does now. Viktor Orbán, in power since 2010, has thrust […]
Hungarian intellectuals comment on the invalid referendum of October 2nd, 2016.
The European Union also bears serious responsibility for the destruction of democracy in Hungary writes Mária Vásárhelyi.
The discontinuation of Népszabadság was not a rational economic decision, but the latest outrage on the part of a progressively more authoritarian, primitive and vengeful power. It was a serious blow against a Hungarian free press that is being backed into an increasingly narrow corner.
Viktor Orbán’s illiberal system winding up what is left of Hungarian democracy at top speed appears unstoppable.
Dear Supreme Leader: I am pleased to report that we have finally discovered another place in the vast cosmos which resembles our home world. Situated in the middle of the European subcontinent, Hungary has anticipated many of the best practices encountered over the course of our eons-long quest for a world every bit as perfect as our own. […]
Translation of statement issued by the Roma Parliament regarding the eviction of Roma and non-Roma from public housing in Székesfehérvár. Residents of Székesfehérvár—largely Hungarian citizens of Roma ethnicity—have turned to our organization for assistance in confronting their housing crisis. Over the course of three meetings in July a total of thirty families asked for the […]
The National Cooperation System is not a dictatorship, but its logic is the same: it knows only one answer to conflict, crisis, growing social tensions, and that is the new emphasis on power and mind control.
Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán claims to be not only a good Christian, but the savior of Christian Europe. And yet there is very little about his government’s policies that can be considered Christian. It lies. It steals. It bears false witness. It sows rancor and division among its friends. It sets convicted axe murderers free. It perpetrates unconscionable acts of political revenge. It distributes billions in EU and state subsidies to prominent Fidesz supporters even as it deprives millions of Hungarians of the means to feed their children. It prosecutes civil society and political opposition leaders on trumped up charges, even as it turns a blind eye to ruling party politicians engaged in everything from influence peddling to prostitution to the systematic theft of state assets. And it spends billions of forints every year deliberately manipulating and distorting the truth. In short, there is very little about the current government that could be considered “Christian” and much that could be considered outright evil.