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Viktor Orban



  • 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. 



  • 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. 



  • 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. 



  • 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. 



  • 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?