In Chronicles Magazine, Paul Gottfried details the victory of Hungarian Prime Minister’s Fidesz-KDNP alliance over an opposition coalition made up of “a weird alliance of the united left with the neo-Nazis in the Jobbik Party.” Gottfried writes (abridged):
When Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz-KDNP alliance swept to victory on Sunday, thereby guaranteeing the Hungarian premier a fourth term with a large parliamentary majority, it proved that a national conservative could win in a Western country.
It is the greatest victory of national democracy that we may see in our lifetimes and a deserved defeat for the well-heeled, culturally radical advocates of “liberal democracy.”
This unhappy marriage has absolutely nothing to do with self-government and is in fact the polar opposite. Indeed, the now sacralized term rarely made an appearance before the 1960s, and its success has depended on how useful it has been for political and journalistic elites in their mostly unchallenged exercise of power.
Liberal democracies do not exclude elections but make sure they take place between mostly indistinguishable candidates—like Obama and Romney, or Dole and Clinton—whom liberal democratic elites can easily control.
When faced by a loose deck, as in the case of Donald Trump, who railed against the “lying media” and the “deep state,” the ruling class takes appropriate action.
In Hungary, those groups working to defeat Orbán put together a weird alliance of the united left with the neo-Nazis in the Jobbik Party.
This anti-Orbán front embraced large corporations, LGBT activists, almost the entire Western media, and the sugar daddy of the cultural left, George Soros.
Paul Gottfried: Horace Raffensperger Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and author of Multiculturalism and the Politics of Guilt, The Strange Death of Marxism, and Conservatism in America: Making Sense of the American Right.
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