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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Christopher’s writing always impresses me. It is easy-to-read, organized well, breaks down concepts into manageable bits, and always educates me in such a way that I feel more able to read and understand further information rather than being overwhelmed by too much detail. I am grateful and illuminated by his work. Many thanks!

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

This gives much needed background and context to the story of this inspirational and courageous people and country.

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Aug 3, 2023·edited Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

I was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. I was 12 in 1981, when my family escaped Hungary, we were in a refugee camp for 9 months before moving to the US. I love America and I consider it my country. I’ve been trying to educate people for over 10 years about what’s coming to the US, if people don’t wake up. It makes me sad we’ve reached this point. For the first time in my life, I’m considering moving back to Hungary, where there still seem to have some semblance of normalcy. It’s a hard pill to swallow.

Great article! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

I'm not a conservative Christian and don't have much of an opinion on Orban's ideology. I like that he is standing up for his nation's sovereignty, rekindling the cultural identity, and standing up to the EU's creeping interference into non-economic policy. The faster Orban-like figures cause the disintegration or weakening of the EU, the less momentum the UN will have in its hegemonic neoliberal project, of interfering in native culture and domestic policies of other countries around the world, will have.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Hungary should leave the EU which is on a downward spiral of morality and replacement of the population by young men posing as poor immigrants (where are the women and children?). If Hungary had the fortitude to leave to protect their religious and family values and their culture then I’m sure many other countries would follow suit. The EU and woke US are dying empires.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Excellent article. It strikes me that Hungary and Orban are to Europe what Florida and DeSantis are to the US. Conservatives in the US should heed the lesson behind this insightful “Rufoian” excerpt: “...conservatives must be comfortable in administering it (i.e., the cultural, social and educational bureaucracy) and, more importantly, orienting it toward their values. Otherwise, they will remain caretakers of their enemies’ institutions—pitiable custodians of their own subversion.” This is an important message for Republicans in the US who suggest that involvement in the “culture wars” is a insignificant distraction, or even antithetical to “hands off” small government Conservatives. In reality, these increasingly Leftist institutions are destroying our founding principles and traditional American values - fighting these battles, playing offense against the Left, is vitally important to preserving our Constitutional republic.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Thank you for this incredibly informative piece. So important to get reliable info and balanced thinking. Great stuff!!

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Aug 3, 2023·edited Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Really interesting information and analysis, thank you! I have heard so many laments about how authoritarian and “fascist” the Orbán government is and it’s nice to read a more nuanced take.

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

An excellent article... sharing.

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Read this in Compact, just fantastic info, thank you!!

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Thanks for that informative and hopeful article. I am sharing with my friends at the New Culture Forum here in the UK. It gives us food for thought and at the very least we should open a Scruton Café here!

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Having lived in W. Germany from 1982-1984, I experienced changes happening in Europe during that period in time. From that point onward, I read just about anything I can find that provides a perspective, connection, or soul from "the other side of the wall."

I was lucky enough to be in West Berlin twice: once in 1983 and another time in 1984. My first trip I traveled via the Troop Train from Frankfurt to W. Berlin. My second trip I in fact DROVE my car from Helmstedt W. Germany to W. Berlin -- an experience I will NEVER forget.

On both occasions, I made sure I spent time walking the streets of "both halves." It was stressful to enter East Berlin via Checkpoint Charlie: the bullet holes in the walls of the buildings near the checkpoint, the "controls" and "police state" hoops put in place by the East Germans / Russians to instill fear into all who entered the Eastern Block, and then the stunning realization(s) of still-bombed-out buildings where the top floor is charred yet the main floor is occupied by either stores or offices. What sort of people would allow this type of "societal ruin" to remain?

I devoured your piece, this specific piece, twice. It is rich with the greatest of detail, forthright background, and provides us all with a broader view into this "landlocked nation." I love how you used that phrase -- Hungary is truly an island...

I believe that writing gives us a perspective, video give us a connection, and actual experience gives us the soul...

Thank you, Christopher, for giving us your writing... but, if you don't mind, I've taken the liberty of "merging" your writing with the video(s) I can find -- especially Tucker's videography -- with my own experience of the Eastern Block, to give me all three!

Now to go back and re-re-read your piece...

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Aug 3, 2023Liked by Christopher F. Rufo

Fascinating. I admit I haven’t followed Hungary much, but this was a great read. Thanks for your insight and the amount of work you put into sharing this

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One really must get over the idea that anything our ruling élites say is sincere or literally true. As with Pravda - and I do not mean this as facetious, flippant or even parodic, but rather literally - their utterances must be decoded. The case of Western élite rhetoric about Hungary is classic. They otherwise cannot be made to make sense.

As confirmation: those utterances often make no sense - they are...mystifying. We all have seen this. And that is because they ARE "mystifying." That is, they present as truth an ideology which functions in the classic Marxist sense of the term - as mystification of their rule.

There are other, deeper meanings of the term "ideology," but the Marxist sense has a practical value in helping us get to the truth.

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On another point, Christopher, I appreciate your prudence on Twitter. Not all questions raised need be addressed by everyone.

It rather gives me more confidence in your project - which is a political and not a philosophic project. That is, you are working toward political results, and not trying to comprehensively describe reality. (The Catechism of the Roman Church does not include discussions of St. Thomas!)

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