If you expected to wake up and read a defense of Viktor Orban, illiberal democracy and Hungarian populism in The New York Times, raise your hands. What … no one?
“We Hungarians have rarely had easy lives. As was the case with other nations that came under the direct domination of the Soviet Union in the 20th century, we had to struggle to retain our national culture and way of life. Yet our trials have prepared us well for the challenges of the 21st century.
After World War II, the Soviet Union foisted a social experiment on Hungary, forcing us to live in a Communist society for almost half a century. In 1956 we rebelled against the Soviet-backed regime in an effort to regain our national independence. Our revolution failed, however, and we paid a heavy price. Liberation would come decades later, after the collapse of the Soviet empire. …
Sadly, instead of treating us as potential allies who were finally joining the free world, the nations of Western Europe treated us as vanquished losers of the Cold War who had to defer to their wisdom. They used economic power to gain control of our markets, then kept us waiting in the antechamber of the European Union for 15 years. We did not experience a genuine reunification with Western Europe. Instead, we were forced to adapt ourselves to the West. It never occurred to the West that perhaps it should adapt itself to us.
During this time, Brussels and its neoliberal economic agenda gained increasing sway over the member states of the European Union, effectively denying citizens the right to make their own economic choices. In doing so it degraded national elections across the Continent, reducing them to formal exercises in changing governments, not policies …
While some may not be able to accept it, the old world is disappearing. It can’t be saved. What can and should be saved is Western (Christian) civilization …”
The Hungarians have this wild idea that Hungary as an organic nation, its people and their Christian culture which is the product of their unique historical experience is what should be conserved and passed down to future generations, not neoliberalism.
Conservative liberals in the United States would trade that away for cheaper lettuce and avocados at Wal-Mart while bristling at the notion that the state should be used to conserve the nation. In their view, their job is to conserve political correctness and multiculturalism. America is an “idea” or a “proposition” that has no racial, ethnic, cultural or religious basis.
When I travel to Hungary and Poland, I want to see Hungarians and Poles. I don’t want to see the Star Wars bar scene. The same principle applies to Japan and China. It also applies here at home in Dixie where back in the 1850s the original Southern Nationalists were inspired by Lajos Kossuth and the Hungarians to embrace organic nationalism.