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Boomer vs Millennial – Hungarian Round

We may not have rich Boomers as their entire generation was devastated by socialism, but we still have our very own version of the Boomer vs Millennial war. It takes the shape of old, well-fed Fidesz politicians griping about ungrateful youth for not voting for them and not having a blind, ethnic identity by which we can be yanked in whatever direction these corrupt, old specimens want us to charge.

Only those Harry Potter books and travel, that’s what interests us!

“A few [35-year-old friends] just now are leaving their parents’ nest. Many friends are getting married or having a baby for the first time. They aren’t switching occupations, because they have finally landed a ‘meaningful’ career – perhaps after a decade of hopscotching jobs in search of an identity. They’re doing the kinds of things our society used to expect from 25-year-olds.”
Not Ready for Middle Age at 35, Wall Street Journal, 1984

It is an oft-repeated cliche, but old people have always been griping about today’s youth. Today we have the Boomer vs Millennial war – even though Eastern Europe is slightly different, not having an affluent boomer generation. (Communism impoverished them.) But stupid people always adopt other countries’ political agenda and old people are always bitching about youth – for not sucking up to them and not coveting the same things they did.

But it really becomes distasteful when corrupt, ageing politicians are the ones complaining – about squeezed-out young people, the value of whose education politicians just destroyed, whose chances on the property market are lame, and whose salaries are kept artificially low because politicians still believe it is their job to command the economy and all they could come up with as a business model is selling their citizens cheaply to foreign firms to do low-added value work.

If it was left to young people, they could have come up with better business models (well, some of them), but politicians wouldn’t understand that – and that cannot be allowed. They must rule and nothing can thrive unless they take credit for it (and they can take a cut).

An increasing number of Orbán’s poodles have been swarming TV studios recently to give interviews about so-called “youth”. These interviews always start with the statement “We have forgotten to communicate to youth”. But don’t assume that it is self-criticism just yet. Because they will invariably continue with a thorough lashing out at the ungrateful sons of bitches in their next breath. And they never fail to share their little thoughts on above mentioned youth – and never fail to fail to impress.

What they have in common is that they all bemoan the lack of complete indoctrination in early-age education, an indoctrination that would create a strong ethnic identity and shuts out everything else and builds a hook into each and every one of us that talentless politicians can use to yank us whichever direction they want. Governing and having merit is hard – they just want the ethnic hook. If you get hooked early and are kept in the dark about the existence of other people, you will be a good ant in the heap – and these old farts can use you without having to give you any reason for it.

These well-fed, stale and ancient douches retreated into an even deeper trench of traditionalism and now sound like every single youth-today idiot in history. Here is a taste of them – mixed with a few similar douches from history.

“The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth…”
–Memoirs of the Bloomsgrove Family, Reverend Enos Hitchcock, 1790

Harry Potter and Spiderman corrupts them. Seriously.

Orbán’s science guy (the old man who was sent to transmit Orbán’s will onto science after the academy of science was taken over) gave one if these interviews, starting with the usual statement that they have lost the youth vote, but then he went on to tell us how we failed. And then he blamed Harry Potter, Spiderman and their like for corrupting the souls of “youth”. Seriously.

Why should they read one Hungarian and one European tale, he asked, they should only read Hungarian folk tales because those reinforce their collective, ethnic identity and makes them subservient to the king’s will, no disturbing openness of the mind, thank you very much.

I am tempted to give you the gist of some of those wholesome Hungarian folk tales, but you can probably already imagine.

I wonder what he thinks of chess – the corrupter of souls:

“A pernicious excitement to learn and play chess has spread all over the country, and numerous clubs for practicing this game have been formed in cities and villages…chess is a mere amusement of a very inferior character, which robs the mind of valuable time that might be devoted to nobler acquirements, while it affords no benefit whatever to the body. Chess has acquired a high reputation as being a means to discipline the mind, but persons engaged in sedentary occupations should never practice this cheerless game; they require out-door exercises–not this sort of mental gladiatorship.”
In 1859 Scientific American rallied against a wicked game that made both the mind and body weaker—chess

Individualist neomarxism (!!?!)

Orbán’s decorated newspaper-opinionator and propagandist verbal wrestler resorted to slapping icky -isms at “youth”, like individualist neomarxism. I’m not even sure what this is supposed to mean but I’m pretty sure it’s not a sign that he is winning this argument.

“Kids, if you look at who said and what at the protest against Erdoğan – it sounded like the 1950s. This forced egalitarianism, communism, neomarxism … and meanwhile they have a sick, extremely individualistic and distorted model of society. I don’t even know how our ideology and our generation can penetrate this emotional and mental landscape.”

Well, maybe just … don’t penetrate? Thank you.

Liberalbolshevik. Whatever that might be

An anonymous battle pen on a “youthful” Orbánist site compared non-Fidesz youth to young communists who participated in the ransacking of homes during the red terror in 1919. Subtle. Because everyone who is not Fidesz is a communist – and the word “communist” is hated so much that it works as an argument for lesser minds.

But calling everyone you don’t like a communist is just as counterproductive as calling everyone you don’t like a nazi. And most importantly, it had never changed a single mind.

The battle pen then goes on to roast pre-2009 PM Gyurcsány in a “youthful” manner and “humorously” warns youth not to fall for him. “Isn’t he cute? But don’t be naive!”

Thank Orbán for your iPhones and affluence!

Another “youthful” site threw acid at ungrateful youth for not thanking Orbán, who is singlehandedly responsible for all the goodness the world has brought to us.

“You know, it’s shameful what you’re doing,” started the very, very persuasive article trying to turn us back to our Sun and Stars. According to the argument Orbán is the sole source of all achievements of Apple, Ryanair, and probably even Google – and he is also the reason why we can attend festivals. And then he says something about mindlessly sharing stuff on social media and smartphones – because there can’t be a single article about “youth” that doesn’t blame smartphones and social media. Except this article because it blames youth.

“But if Viktor Orbán wasn’t our prime minister, dear youth, you wouldn’t have such enviable lives to share. You wouldn’t have time to share because you would have to go to work at 18, to pay the ever-growing bills. You couldn’t afford iPhones and posh Sziget Festival because you would need to buy bread, pay tuition, and you couldn’t even dream of interest-free student loans. You would have to work in shifts and in multiple jobs like your parents had to under Gyurcsány. To make a home for you, so you can have it better.”

This is so youthful and persuasive, I don’t even know where to begin. I will probably start by writing a letter to Apple to suck it, how dare they keep it a secret that Orbán is behind their product. And to Ryanair to stop hiding that Orbán made flying cheap. (Actually Sziget Festival was not built by Orbán, but his oligarchy now took over so he can have that. It sucks, anyway, my dear, youthful, pen wielding friends.)

“Cinemas and motor cars were blamed for a flagging interest among young people in present-day politics by ex-Provost JK Rutherford… [He] said he had been told by people in different political parties that it was almost impossible to get an audience for political meetings. There were, of course, many distractions such as the cinema…”
— Young People and Politics, Kirkintilloch Herald, 1938

Youth are inactive politically, I can’t reach them to enrage them!

Another OfFidesz football-enthusiast and Orbán-extremist lamented that he can’t even see these ungrateful bastards at Fidesz events. Since his specialty is provoking outrage at public events, the absence of youth deprives him of his chance to enrage and incite them. Shame!

“It is important to note the average age at Fidesz events. They are simply inactive, I can only see middle age and the old people.”

He then concludes that the holy trinity of “God, homeland, family should be beaten into” youth.

“The bad manners of all parliaments, the general tendency to connive at a rather shady business transaction if it promises to bring in money without work, jazz … women painted like prostitutes, the efforts of writers to win popularity by ridiculing…the correctness of well-bred people, and the bad taste shown even by the nobility and old princely families in throwing off every kind of social restraint and time-honoured custom: all of these go to prove that it is now the vulgar mob that gives the tone.”
Hour of Decision, Oswald Spengler, 1933

“Probably there is no period in history in which young people have given such emphatic utterance to a tendency to reject that which is old and to wish for that which is new.”
Portsmouth Evening News,1936

A thing like ‘professor of Hungarology’ shouldn’t even exist – yet he does and has an idea about so-called youth

And it is that they are morally decayed. Who would have thought! (Why do we even have “Hungarology” as an academic field???)

He opined that today’s youth’s “Hungarian consciousness” is “only 15-21% on a cognitive level” (whatever that means) and such a low level of ethnic identity is not sufficient to stop a person from protesting against his government! A government that even does us the favor of declaring itself ethnically Hungarian nationalist. The horror!!! Our precious rulers helpfully call themselves ethnically nationalist to signal to us that we are ethnically one – and we still don’t get it that we must not protest against something that calls itself that. Where are those hooks???

The Hungarologist (I am not kidding, he teaches at a university) then goes on to suggest that we need ethnically loaded historic films and smartphone apps to teach us tradition.

…[The screen artists’] beauty, their exquisite clothing, their lax habits and low moral standards, are becoming unconsciously appropriated by the plastic minds of American youth. Let them do what they may; divorce scandals, hotel episodes, free love, all are passed over and condoned by the young… The eye-gate is the widest and most easily accessible of all the avenues of the soul; whatever is portrayed on the screen is imprinted indelibly upon the nation’s soul.
“The ‘Movies’–The Greatest Religious Menace,” 1926 The Pentecostal Evangel

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