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.
There is a tendency for people to believe that whatever worked for them (according to them) would definitely work for others. This is the premise of self-help, religion, politics, and even common core math in the US.
In the usual overnight decree flurry the Orbán-government issued a decree that Hungary is totally a democracy and everything is awesome. Next up: a decree that Hungary won the football and pigs can fly.
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.
In December 2020 the political appointee at the helm of Petőfi Literary Museum published a combative editorial calling George Soros the “liberal Führer” whose “liber-aryan followers worship him more subserviently than Hitler’s did Hitler”. He called Europe “George Soros’ gas chamber”.
Useful idiots happily spread the fake news abroad that Orbán is completely misunderstood, he is just a conservative/Christianist/capitalist/patriot. But it is simply not true.
A punk band’s concert video was censored to remove all Orbán-critical content and a band member was allegedly beaten by unknown henchmen outside his home, days after the concert.
So they believe their own propaganda and paranoia is now proudly admitted official policy
In June 2019, after some the usual mini-resistance, uproar, a little protesting and the obligatory voices of international disapproval, the academy of science (MTA) has been Orbanized. One year later, the minister personally rewrites the list of research grant recipients – to no one’s surprise.
Another victim to Orbanization