Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister of Hungary and leader of the center-right/national conservative ruling party Fidesz, Viktor Orbán, gave a speech to the Hungarian Parliament on the state of the country. It should be noted that Orbán is a Calvinist, a member of the Reformed Church in Hungary, and a married man with five children. Living in the middle of the slow-motion collapse of our civilization, often what we post here is negative and even depressing, so it’s nice when the opportunity to post something positive and uplifting comes along. Of course, as he is a center-right civic nationalist instead of a traditional-right ethnic nationalist, there are still problems with this speech – for example, his support of democracy, pluralistic tolerance, and the EU – but the good parts really outshine these. Especially in contrast to America’s allegedly center-right party, whose only purpose is to siphon off and suppress any genuine conservative pressure while rubber-stamping any and all leftist policies which get presented. You’d never catch a top Republican leader announcing in a national speech, “Do not concern yourselves with whether God is on our side, but concern yourselves with whether you are on God’s side,” explicitly referring to the Christian God.
The entire speech can be found here, although since it’s a translation from Hungarian, the wording can be a bit stilted at times. Also, note that I wrote an article covering the new 2010 Hungarian constitution being referenced here, if you’d like some context.
Hungary gave its own answers to the most important European questions in [its new 2010 constitution]. Already since 2010, we have been living in the future which many other countries are only just setting out towards or will attempt to reach sooner or later. Europe today continues to huddle behind the moats of political correctness, and has built a wall of taboos and dogmas around itself. In contrast, we took the view that the old pre-crisis world will not return. There are things from past periods which are worth keeping, such as democracy – as far as possible in a form which needs no modifying adjectives; but we must let go of everything that has failed and has broken down. We must let go of these things before they bury us beneath them. We have chosen the future. Those who do not make choices find that instead circumstances will make the choices for them. Those who do not actively decide will find that their lives will be decided for them. We therefore let go of neo-liberal economic policy, and perhaps we did so as late as we possibly could have; we let go of the policy of austerity, just before we were about to share the fate of Greece; we let go of the delusion of the multicultural society before it turned Hungary into a refugee camp, and we let go of liberal social policy which does not acknowledge the common good and denies Christian culture as the natural foundation – and perhaps the only natural foundation – for the organization of European societies. We decided to face the barrage of unfair attacks and accusations, and also let go of the dogma of political correctness.
And as far as I see it, Hungarian people are by nature politically incorrect – in other words, they have not yet lost their common sense. They are not interested in talk, but want facts and results; they are not interested in theories, but want jobs and affordable utility bills; and they do not swallow the nonsense that unemployment is a natural concomitant of modern economies. They want to free themselves from the modern-day debt slavery that they were driven into by foreign currency loans. They do not want to see their country thronging with people from different cultures, with different customs, who are unable to integrate; people who would pose a threat to public order, their jobs and livelihoods. Naturally, we should not be unfair on liberal notions, as during the period after 1990 they did bring a number of benefits to Hungary which we ourselves fought for; times have changed, however, and we cannot be blind to that fact. We learnt from György Bencze something which we now experience personally on a daily basis. He told us that liberals are extremely tolerant – they are only intolerant of fascists. But it is surely not their fault that everyone else – everyone except for them – is a fascist. Yes, we must understand that liberal politics only ever recognizes two kinds of opinion: its own and the wrong one. You yourselves may clearly remember this; this is how these considerations led to Hungary taking a new direction in 2010, and a new era of national politics began.
Orbán then goes on to outline the increasing marriage and birth rates, the decreasing divorce and death rates, and the economic growth the country is experiencing. While it is true that Hungary isn’t near Western prosperity levels yet, at least they are upward-trending at a time when Western Europe and North America are moving downward. More importantly, Hungary is preserving its ethnic homogeneity which, unlike material wealth, cannot be easily recovered once lost. Hopefully we will start to see these kinds of sentiments gaining strength throughout the West in the near future.