Over the last couple of years the censorship of historical narratives has intensified in China. The assault on history is shared by all communist dictatorships and it goes against the conservative understanding of societies.
Autocracy is not only about a set of institutions—it is also about how people live their lives in a political sytem. As opposed to what the misguided vote in the European Parliament that classified Hungary as an ‘autocracy’ insinuates, Hungarians live freely, which is a testimony to the fact that Hungary is a democracy.
Hungary’s first ever shadow government was announced by Democratic Coalition (DK) MEP Klára Dobrev a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, there are quite a few problems with this promising initiative that spoil the picture.
As the European Commission threatens Hungary with withholding billions of EU funds, Ursula von der Leyen’s own corruption scandal around the controversial Pfizer deal is growing. Double standards seem to be at the very core of the EU.
Freedom of speech is a not a privilege that is conceded by government, but a natural right that comes from God. The tutelage of this right is vital for any democratic political process and the development of the human person.
The governor of New York has declared a state of emergency over polio, following two other states of emergency over COVID-19 and monkeypox. While encouraging polio vaccinations is important, New York should consider trust issues as well before scaring residents over a single known polio case.
This year, the unfriendly media has been obsessed with Orbán’s ‘unusually long’ holiday—in reality, three weeks, as has been the case for a long time. Liberal commercial television RTL’s evening news program even asked the dramatic and at the same time rhetorical question: ‘Has Viktor Orbán Been on Holiday for Almost Three Weeks in a Row?’
An announcement was made yesterday that the fireworks will be postponed as a precautionary measure. A responsible decision from a responsible government. This was not always so – in the year 2006, the government did not cancel the fireworks, which resulted in the death of five people.
Of course, it is hard to deny the reality-shaping capacity of words and phrases. The realities construed through public discourse can in turn influence people’s attitudes, for example attitudes towards vaccination, or voting choices. The way things are spoken about in public may even affect the outcomes of elections, as we have seen time and again.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine forced most NATO members to reckon with the poor shape of their military and left them searching for quick fixes. Countless procurement programmes have been signed for new weaponry, but we’re still short of manpower. Compulsory service, perhaps even for women, may prove to be the only answer.
I believe that we were all created in God’s image, and therefore there is that of God in all of us, including pre-born babies. But one need not be a Christian to understand the fundamentally evil nature of abortions.
Since the beginning of the tragic war in Ukraine, many have embraced the idea that Russians have collective responsibility for the current events. However, it is crucial to recognise that the notion of collective guilt should not be used to demonise or incite hatred against ordinary Russians.
It looks like the Biden government may end up not being able to push its anti-growth tax cartel idea through anyway, beside finding that it is very difficult to coerce the Hungarian Prime Minister into doing anything that he does not feel coincides with the interests of the Hungarian people.
According to Mr. Sakiewicz, Ukraine is now fighting for ‘an ideal that has always connected Poles and Hungarians’, which is ‘the right to preserve its own identity.’ Well said – Hungary has indeed always fought and will always fight to preserve its own identity. We stand with Ukraine, but we stand with Hungary first.
When multi-billion-dollar companies decide to play moral judges in American politics, they rarely expect lawmakers to take a real stand against it. But Florida is different – with a governor who is clearly getting ready for 2024.
To the old question, ‘Is there a ghost in the machine?’, therefore, we could now answer: no, but there is a consumer. And that consumer selects his new identity, along with its own distinctive pronoun, from the vast range of moral possibilities that the modern world throws up.
Why has the majority of the international community criminalised Vladimir Putin, but has for the past seven years refrained from publicly challenging or criticising the US government’s implicit role in the Yemeni genocide?
Although it always comes as a shock for people from Central Eastern Europe who lived through state socialism, nowadays in the West there are increasingly more young people who identify as Marxists or even Communists.