SOURCE: Project Syndicate
The Anti-Populist Dilemma
by Jan-Werner Müller
From Turkey to Hungary to Israel, forming a lasting coalition of parties against a right-wing authoritarian populist has proven easier said than done.
SOURCE: The Baffler
The Poetics and Politics of Historical Memory in Hungary
by Gábor Schein
Gábor Schein offers a "poetry of witness" for the mutilation of history in service of Hungarian nationalism.
SOURCE: New Statesman
Orban's American Apologists
by John Ganz
Why is the leader of a small and politically insignificant European nation suddenly a celebrated hero for the American right? Orban's brand of nationalism represents a test of how far ethnonationalists can go in public.
SOURCE: I Used to Be Disgusted, Now I Try to Be Amused (Substack)
CPAC's Orban Fandom in Historical Context
by Jason Tebbe
Orbanism resonates with today's American right because it explicitly rejects liberalism, involves the masses in politics while rigging the system for favorable outcomes, and gets its power from resentment of marginalized “outsiders," galvanizing a group feeling its demographic and cultural position decline.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Bringing CPAC to Hungary Betrays the Roots of the Conservative Movement
by Lauren Lassabe
It is a bitter irony that the postwar American conservative movement was energized by the anti-Stalinist Hungarian revolution of the 1950s; today the movement takes inspiration from a repressive regime and its autocratic leader.
Orban and Putin Don't do Debates Either
by Ruth Ben-Ghiat
The news that the Republican National Committee will boycott the Commission on Presidential Debates echoes the actions of authoritarians who reject the principle of political toleration and the very legitimacy of the opposition.
SOURCE: Know Your Enemy Podcast
John Ganz and Lauren Stokes on the American Right's Hungary Hearts
Historian Lauren Stokes helps to explain the American right's embrace of Viktor Orban and the right-wing regime in Hungary.
Why Tucker Carlson went to Hungary
by Nicole Hemmer
Tucker Carlson's PR visit to Orban's Hungary echoes the tribute paid by leaders of the American right to racist regimes in Rhodesia and South Africa in the 1970s, and reflect the ongoing fantasy of the right to rule free of constraints of law and democratic norms.
SOURCE: Heather Cox Richardson
Letters from an American: The Rising Appeal of Hungary on the US Right
by Heather Cox Richardson
Tucker Carlson's fawning visit to Viktor Orban's Hungary, at a time when the right is mobilizing to subvert future American elections, is an ominous signal of the growing contempt for democracy on the right.
"Without Pressure from Germany": Hungary's Revisionist History of the Deportation of 18,000 Jews
by Karl Pfeifer
The Hungarian government has sought to deny and obscure its responsibility for the deportation of Jews beginning in 1941.
SOURCE: New York Times
Hungary Transfers 11 Universities to Foundations Led by Orban Allies
"Critics immediately denounced the move as a government handover of both public education and a vast network of public assets — including real estate and shares in Hungarian companies — to Mr. Orban and his supporters."
SOURCE: Washington Post
Coronavirus Kills Its First Democracy
You could say that Hungary was already “immunocompromised.”
Hungarians Fume as Statue of Former Leader Is Downgraded
Imre Nagy, the communist prime minister executed for rebelling against the Soviet Union, is a hero to many in Hungary — but not to its far-right government.
The new authoritarians
by Holly Case
Last century’s dictators wanted to reinvent their subjects as "new men." This century’s strongmen just don’t care. Why?
SOURCE: Informed Comment
Ottomans saved Hungarian PM Orban’s Ancestors; now he says Islam never part of Europe
by Juan Cole
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban not only continued to defend his anti-immigrant bigotry but went on to say that Islam has never been part of Europe.
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