Illiberal Orbán portrayed as Central Europe’s paprika dictator

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s infamous (and illiberal) Tusnádfürdő speech has taken on a life of its own in the foreign press. The Czech Republic’s Ech024.cz news site published this caricature of Mr. Orbán, as Central Europe’s new “paprika” dictator:

Illustration: Echo24.cz

Illustration: Echo24.cz

The illustration warns of Central Europe’s dangerous transformation and of Mr. Orbán’s dreams of resurrecting Greater Hungary, at the expense of neighbouring countries.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to Hungary, André Goodfriend, wrote a blog post over the weekend, entitled “Love me, I’m a liberal,” in direct reference to Mr. Orbán’s virulent attack on liberal democracy, and against anything or anyone deemed liberal.

Ambassador Goodfriend blogs:

“Francis Fukuyama’s 1989 essay, “The End of History,” has regularly been cited for its proclamation of the “unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism.”   By the time of his 2012 essay, “The Future of History:  Can Liberal Democracy Survive the Decline of the Middle Class?” however,  Fukuyama’s views have evolved and he expresses his concerns about the future of liberal democracy.   Fukuyama ends by saying that “The alternative narrative is out there, waiting to be born.” I propose a different ending, rather than waiting to be born, the alternative narrative is waiting for us to write it.   And what we will also find is that the reason we have the freedom to shape our society, to write our narrative, is because of the liberal democratic principles that empower us.”

Therein lies the problem. Mr. Goodfriend speaks of empowerment, when in fact Mr. Orbán builds on vulnerability. Mr. Orbán works to exacerbate this sense of vulnerability, in order to make scores of minions fully dependent on his rule and entirely servile to his party.

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  1. Orban, as usually, has tested the free press, the tolerance of European Union and the world democratic community as well as the resistance of the Hungarian Middle Class. The result, as usually, was favorable for him. The reactions and the waves subside quickly that would open the next door for him to enter.

    Francis Fukuyama is right from a point of view of a political scientist and political economist, carefully keeping his voice down, leastways in that quotation, not mentioning the leading force behind the political powers, the Cabal, the Three Sisters and their terrible work. That counts however. Together with the NWO, the world depopulation program, intensive war mongering, military purposes and the alliance with the ET-TWs.

    One man dared to speak out, the ex Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer, if my recollection is correct in Ottawa. I don’t remember the place well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcbCafpvIT0

    from 10:20

    Orban, a born demolition man, is only a little piece of a big cake and he couldn’t go on with his unfortunate work for so far, unless he served higher goals of higher powers. The history of his years of ruling the country clearly shows it makes no sense to naively ask the higher political powers, why they put up with the little mad man. The same way it was useless to ask the same thing about Hitler and why he couldn’t be assassinated even after many failed unsuccessful attempts.

    Why am I writing this? I am telling this because fact-finding revealing criticism has been going on for years, without any positive results, and possibly will not be successful without correctly placing Orban and his terrible work in a greater and wider picture where his actions can be explained and understood, and gains meaning, together withe the correct answer how he can go on with this and still remain protected.

    The last hope is the press, the internet and publicity. Silence is death.

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