Hostility to Hungary increased from 2015 when Orbán famously opposed Angela Merkel’s controversial invitation to Syrian war refugees — and many others — to enter Europe. Most Europeans opposed such a huge movement of people, but the Hungarian leader became the figurehead of the resistance. The series of terror attacks that followed in Germany, France and Belgium seemed to confirm Orbán’s view that the ‘misguided’ immigration policy ‘threatens to have explosive consequences for the whole of Europe’ — and this only made him more of a bogeyman.Coming from a country which endured decades of ideological extremism, the Hungarian leadership believe in the power of ideas to motivate political action. Along those lines, Orbán now faces withering criticism for taking actions against Hungary’s universities. He infamously pressured the Soros-founded Central European University to leave Budapest. More recently, Orbán withdrew government accreditation and funding for gender studies programs within universities. Though not a fan of gender studies, or any of the other grievance studies fields, I once would have been appalled at the state interfering in the academic life of universities.No longer. As an American, I have seen how the madness of gender studies has migrated in the blink of an eye from a once-fringe academic discipline to a commanding ideology of the Western ruling class and its institutions. Along with critical race theory, gender ideology is tearing American apart. To dissent from gender ideology in any way — even, as J.K. Rowling did, as a left-wing feminist — is to risk your career. Academic freedom is an important liberal value, but it cannot be society’s suicide note.
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The Collegium program starts in elementary school and culminates in graduate school. Beginning in the early grades, the state conducts standardized tests to discover the ten-thousand most talented students in the cities and the countryside. Then local administrators recruit the top prospects into MCC’s after-school programs in thirty-five cities, which provide English lessons, civics education, and extracurricular opportunities—all oriented toward the transmission of Hungarian identity and culture. MCC’s university-level program is even more intensive. Since 2020, the Collegium has purchased and renovated a number of hotels in the country’s major university towns, which provide free residential accommodation, supplementary education, and paid work opportunities to six hundred students enrolled in external, degree-granting universities. In addition to their main academic studies, students attend lectures, seminars, and debates at MCC facilities; during holidays, they travel together for recreational trips, during which they learn about Hungarian history. Finally, as students approach graduation, MCC administrators connect them with internships and jobs at think tanks, academic institutions, private companies, government agencies, and foreign-exchange programs.The intention of MCC is to create a new national elite. During my time in Hungary, I spoke at the MCC campuses in Budapest and Debrecen. As one MCC administrator explained, the government was making a massive, multibillion-dollar bet that it could train thousands of students to develop deep civic loyalties to the country and eventually take over its political, economic, and social institutions. The students I met at MCC were impressive: fluent in multiple foreign languages, studying a wide variety of liberal and technical fields, and optimistic about Hungary’s future. Most, but not all, were conservative; every one of them described the MCC program as open to spirited political and philosophical debate. And, they told me, the MCC centers also served as an informal marriage market.
Blaze Media ran an encouraging story yesterday headlined, “Hungary refuses to embrace European Union's LGBT activism and migration policies.”The Biden Administration and its EU allies are upset about Hungary’s 2021 law — overwhelmingly passed by Hungary’s parliament 157 to 1 — that increased penalties for pedophiles and prohibited LGBT propaganda targeting kids. Now the EU is withholding thirty-two billion dollars in already-allocated pandemic funding unless Hungary agrees to embrace the LGBTQ agenda, ditches its 2021 anti-pedophile law, and lets in more African migrants.The billions owed to Hungary "will remain blocked until Hungary fulfills all the necessary conditions," swore EU head Ursula von der Leyen.So far, the Hungarians are hanging in there and resisting the temptation to compromise for all that cash. "The Hungarian government is willing to reach an agreement with the Commission, but in cases where people have expressed a clear opinion, it would be undemocratic and unacceptable," explained Gergely Gulyas, Orbán’s chief of staff. "For Hungary, even despite the will of the European Commission, it is unacceptable to spread LGBTQ propaganda among children, and we also cannot abandon our position on migration issues."For his part, Hungarian president Viktor Orbán is taking a strong stand against both illegal migrants and LGBTQ activists:Orbán indicated in a Friday radio broadcast, "The only thing we can say, very calmly, as a reply is that there there is not enough money in the world to force us to let migrants in. There is not enough money in the world for us to allow them to take away our country. We will not create conditions like we see in Western European states — the threat of terrorism, crime, I could go on and on.""And there is not enough money in the world for which we would put our children or grandchildren in the hands of LGBTQ activists. That's impossible," added the prime minister.Who could have seen it coming for Hungary to become the anti-globalism poster-child for freedom, morality, and national sovereignty?
overwhelmingly passed by Hungary’s parliament 157 to 1
Now the EU is withholding thirty-two billion dollars in already-allocated pandemic funding unless Hungary agrees
"The only thing we can say, very calmly, as a reply is that there there is not enough money in the world to force us to let migrants in. There is not enough money in the world for us to allow them to take away our country. We will not create conditions like we see in Western European states — the threat of terrorism, crime, I could go on and on."
They need to vote that 1 person out.
Hungarian president Katalin Novak, protector of conservative family values resigned as consequence of the landslide scandal caused by pardoning the accomplice of a convicted pedophile.Novak apologised and said she made "a mistake" in granting the pardon.Speaking in an address live on television, Novak said she granted the pardon in the belief the convicted man "did not exploit the vulnerability of the children under his oversight".She apologised to victims who "might have felt that I did not stand up for them"."I made a mistake, as the pardon and the lack of reasoning were conducive to triggering doubts about the zero tolerance that applies to paedophilia," Novak added.Novak is a popular figure in the ruling Fidesz and a rare female politician in a male-dominated country. She is a key ally of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and previously worked as his family minister.She is already the second president of the authoritarian Fidesz regime leaving in disgrace.Minutes after her announcement, another ally of Orbán, Judit Varga, also announced her "withdrawal from public life" for having given her approval for the pardon as justice minister – a post she quit to lead a European Parliament election bid. "I renounce my mandate as an MP and the head of the list for the European Parliament," she said on Facebook.