Orbánism – if there is such a thing – is more Putinism Light than an American-style culture war.
Orbán threw in homophobia to distract from the Pegasus-scandal – and learned two things: 1) The Pegasus scandal really hurts him (according to him). 2) The man is improvising. It may not lead to his downfall in 2022. But it is not a sign of an upward trajectory for someone like him.
Campaigning with his own opinion is deadly for a populist. It is the equivalent of an actor who suddenly stops playing his part and demands to be loved for himself. But with a lot more power.
Sometimes I wonder if politicians should be allowed completely free speech.
The new homophobic law is vague enough to give a headache as to how it would be enforced but the government’s mouthpiece has already given us a hint: by attacking TV and cinema that portrays LGBT people.
Even if homosexuality was a choice, it would be no one’s business what others are choosing.
An autocrat against pedophilia doesn’t make sense. An autocrat using pedophilia to attack homosexuals does.
Welcome to illiberal cancel culture
It can still destroy you…
“Budapest is under siege by the homosexual lobby”