This is a Hungarian politics blog, written not only for Hungarians. I try to be an interface between Hungarian public opinion and those segments of the international community who care to learn more about the most recent political developments in Hungary. The idea is to present English-speaking Hungarians with a voice from the outside. At the same time, my aim is to present synopsis-style reports to English-speakers interested in Hungarian politics from anywhere in the world. For the sake of the international readership, I cover basic details (such as who is who, or which Hungarian party is where on the political spectrum) and background in my blog entries.
I started this blog in March of 2011 as my modest response the increasing outrageous developments taking place in my home-country, Hungary. At the time, it felt that I needed an avenue for venting my frustration. One question specifically kept haunting me: how does an entire society succeed in sabotaging its own political future? Why is it, that while other countries in the region are thriving, Hungary chooses to return to pre-war ideologies of the ugliest kinds?
For those who are less familiar with the status of matters in Hungarian politics: the Hungarian people have managed to elect a parliamentary “super-majority” which, given the amendment rule specified in the Hungarian constitution, is the only means for amending the founding document of the Hungarian state. The governing party interpreted this election result as a “revolutionary” mandate – not only to change the constitution, as it has been discussed several times since its enactment as the basic law of Hungarian democracy, but to rewrite it to a considerable extent. Once this new constitution comes into effect, the Hungarian constitution will hardly provide for what is traditionally understood as the rule of law in Western societies. In only one year of its rule, the Hungarian government managed to dismantle (or to put in place legislation designed to dismantle) the democratic institutions of Hungarian society. In the meantime, intolerance and racially fueled nationalist sentiment runs high in the life of civil society.
I am an academic, so it is no surprise that the questions that occur to me have to do with the various ways in which everyday life in Hungary may have resulted in the kind of beliefs or reactions that allowed the promise of a democracy to slip away from the ten million citizens of this small country. I am not going to be able to document all of my musings about this topic, but I am going to do my best to document what are the most worrisome developments in the politics of this country.
You can reach me at thecontrarianhungarian@gmail[dot]com. I’d welcome your thoughts, your ideas, your comments, complaints and such. I would especially appreciate if you could let me know if any of this information was helpful to you or if you need further info on where to find documents related to the topics I write about.