Orbán’s coup-like outsourcing of public assets put on an interactive map.
It is difficult to follow exactly how much has been sent to loyalists in various forms during Orbán’s reign for a number of reasons:
EU funds have become a classic example of a resource curse for Hungary.
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.
About constitutional changes and holding politicians accountable for theft.
Tucker Carlson soaking up public money is one thing. But Tucker Carlson pontificating against taking public money while taking public money is a new level entirely. Even for Republicans.
In the land of a thousand state-of-the-art stadiums some less than important pieces of infrastructure have to wait. Such as healthcare and public transport. And pretty much everything that is not football or stuffing the cronies with public money.
The 2022 tax bill has been rubberstamped and includes a line that allows corporations to donate into Orbán’s loyalist foundations – and get a 300% state tax credit for it.
Talking of being a salary man with no savings.
Observe submissive authoritarian minds in action.