The Rubik’s Cube of Politics
Balázs Orbán, the political director of the prime minister, was one of the most high-profile speakers at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Japan in Tokyo this past weekend.
Orbán declared that Hungary can operate in the 21st century with a consistent right-wing vision by demonstrating significant achievements, providing an alternative, by pursuing a realistic foreign policy that prioritizes national interests, and protects families and borders.
He compared the present Hungarian policy-making process to the well-known puzzle created in Hungary, the Rubik’s cube, in his speech. Balázs Orbán claimed that politics are just like a Rubik’s cube, where one cannot focus on just one side of the problem. ‘You have to start from a random arrangement, and you have to look at it as a whole because it is this combination that will define the final outcome,’ he stated. To be successful, ‘good policy-making requires a step-by-step approach and a great deal of time, effort, and commitment,’ he underscored, adding: ‘Despite our best efforts, we occasionally get stuck; at that point, we need to ask our friends for assistance.’
Special Form of Ingenuity
The conference also featured remarks by Miklós Szánthó, the director of the Center for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ), a pro-government conservative think tank. Szánthó discussed how Hungary’s ongoing independence fights in the past gave rise to a ‘special form of ingenuity,’ or the capacity to employ smart power in the face of both hard and soft tyranny. In order to promote peace and security, he noted, Hungary handles significant international issues with caution and ‘strategic calmness.’ He emphasized that national strategy and national security both have at their core the protection of families.
CPAC Hungary, the first European event in the major conference series that began in the United States in 1974, was organized by Alapjogokért Központ in collaboration with the American Conservative Union in Budapest in May. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also addressed CPAC Hungary as well as CPAC Texas held in Dallas in August.