Magazine October 20, 2014, Issue

When Liberalisms Collide

What the Hungarian prime minister meant by “liberal democracy”

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s thrice-elected prime minister, dominates his country’s politics. Recently reelected with a two-thirds parliamentary majority (for the second time), he has a claim to be the most successful conservative leader in Europe. Outside Hungary, however, he is portrayed — usually but not solely by politicians and media of the Left — as a Putin-style authoritarian who is demolishing democracy right by right; a poster child for populist authoritarianism in civilian mufti.

My skeptical take on this can be found in the current Hungarian Review. It was uphill work, however, not least because Orban recently delivered a speech in which

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Politics & Policy

Forget the Alamo

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When Liberalisms Collide

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s thrice-elected prime minister, dominates his country’s politics. Recently reelected with a two-thirds parliamentary majority (for the second time), he has a claim to be the most successful ...
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Mind Not the Gap

It is no exaggeration to say that Republican politicians and strategists are obsessed with the gender gap. Unfortunately, they almost never think clearly about it. For decades, American women have been ...

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

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A Leviathan That Works

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Politics & Policy

Old School

The year is 1993. The big Oscar-season movies are Schindler’s List, which makes a grave Hibernian named Liam Neeson famous, and Philadelphia, in which Denzel Washington tacks another critical success ...

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The Week

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Athwart

Java Jive

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The Long View

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Letters

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