SOURCE: New Statesman
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)
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
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.
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
Historian Lauren Stokes helps to explain the American right's embrace of Viktor Orban and the right-wing regime in 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
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.
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
"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
You could say that Hungary was already “immunocompromised.”
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.
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
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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