The Number 3 issue of Volume 3 of our quarterly magazine Hungarian Conservative has just come fresh off the presses, with over 100 pages of insightful, thought-provoking commentary on domestic and world affairs from a Judeo-Christian and conservative viewpoint.
In this edition, a piece by famed American columnist Rod Dreher is featured about his experience of visiting the Tusványos Festival in Tusnádfürdő (Băile Tușnad), Transylvania, Romania for the first time; an event that he had only known as the place where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán made his infamous ‘illiberal democracy’ statement back in 2014.
Dreher goes on to explain that, once someone pulls up the transcript of the entire speech, something Western media outlets failed to do apparently, that comment becomes instantly understandable. As he points out, PM Orbán stressed that his version of democracy ‘does not reject the fundamental principles of liberalism such as freedom…but it does not make this ideology the central element of state organization, but instead includes a different, special, national approach’.
The rest of Mr Dreher’s writing is mostly dedicated to PM Orbán’s 2023 speech at Tusványos — get your copy to find out what he has to say about it!
Ray Kinsella continues with the idea of ideological decline in the West,
in his essay titled Woke Europe Now Confront Two Threats: Ideological and Military. He, citing the late great English philosopher Roger Scruton, writes about the contrast between the Christian Democratic vision of Hungary and the Neo-Marxist ‘woke’ worldview of Western Europe. He draws a parallel with a similar conflict within Europe, writing ‘Europe cannot reconcile its aggressively progressive secular mindset with its deeply rooted spiritual heritage’.
He also points out the irony of the EU’s firm stance in defence of Ukrainian sovereignty in the Russo-Ukrainian war, when in fact, as the author put it, ‘the woke EU rejects anything except a notional concept of sovereignty’.
Additionally, in our Critical Issues in the EU section, Gergely Dobozi wrote a piece titled Hungary, Hooked on the ‘Rule of Flaws’ about our country’s constant legal battles with the EU about the question of the elusive definition of ‘rule of law’ and how it applies to Hungary. In the Political Philosophy section, you can read Lénárd Sándor’s musings about the role of the judiciary branch in the United States, in an essay titled Nanos Gigantum Humeris Insidentes—a Latin idiom meaning ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’. And more philosophy: Eszter Kovács sat down with French historian of philosophy, Emeritus Professor of Medieval and Arabic Philosophy Rémi Brague .
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