“In societies under the post-totalitarian system, all political life in the traditional sense has been eliminated. People have no opportunity to express themselves politically in public, let alone to organize politically. The gap that results is filled by ideological ritual. In such a situation, peoples interest in political matters naturally dwindles and independent political thought, …
I don’t believe Hungary is a classic dictatorship, neither that it is becoming one. But there are certain elements in Orbán’s Hungary that can be found in old school dictatorships and are inconceivable in a genuine democracy. They were also unimaginable in Hungary (at least for me) twelve years ago.
Last autumn there was a discussion among lawyers and politicians whether the opposition could create a new constitution with only a simple majority.
We now have an anti-corruption candidate against Orbán. But as long as the corrupt ones hold power, being blackmailable is not just a precondition to get ahead – but a necessary asset to stay afloat. And the corrupt ones can be the people as well as the political establishment.
Orbánism – if there is such a thing – is more Putinism Light than an American-style culture war.
Imagine a coalition in Britain trying to sell itself as a viable alternative, consisting of Nigel Farage, Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon and Russell Brand
Instead of imitating western democracy with the intent of adopting it, Orbán has instead started to fake it
Just as the Portuguese dictatorship was an accepted member of NATO, a modern autocracy like Hungary or Poland will continue to thrive in the new European Union.
Speculation about the death of the office space has been greatly exaggerated
The same parties who claimed that Hungary has become a dictatorship, kept telling voters that the dictator could be removed through elections created by him and supervised by his vassals.