Although Europe has a long history of reactionary regimes, rarely is a party explicit about their goals of seizing absolute government power. This is bizarrely not the case in Hungary. Instead of disguising his intentions with euphemisms and indirect statements to assuage voters’ fears, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has literally announced his intentions to end liberal democracy in Hungary.
“The Hungarian nation is not merely an aggregation of individuals, but a community which must be organized, strengthened and built,” Orbán claimed in a speech delivered as part of an open university event in Baile Tusnad, Romania. “In this sense, the new state we are building in Hungary is an illiberal, not liberal state.” Orbán continued on to cite Russia and China as favorable examples of the new type of political system he is trying to build.
The advent of the automobile has done more to increase mobility than any other innovation ever. Driverless cars offer an entirely new dimension of mobility never before possible. As Congressman Shuster noted in a recent statement, “The future of transportation is coming quickly, and it’s important to provide policymakers with opportunities to gain a better understanding of these kinds of innovations.”
If lawmakers are serious about increasing safety on American roads and extending the comfort of mobility to all people, they will welcome this new technology with open arms.
Editor Casey Given was published in City A.M. assessing critics of Kansas’s recent tax reforms.
A heated tax battle is brewing in Kansas that could have major implications on future fiscal reforms throughout the United States. After Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican-controlled State Legislature passed reforms lowering income tax rates among other tweaks to the code, critics are raising alarms about declining revenues. So, “What’s the Matter With Kansas?,” to borrow the famous question by Thomas Frank. The answer is more complicated than both sides of the aisle make it out to be.
Debate rages in Congress over what to do with the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who are trying to join their relatives in America. There can be no clearer sign of the need for immigration reform than children putting themselves in physical peril for a better life in the U.S. Increased legal immigration and a simpler, shorter process for crossing the border would have enormous humanitarian benefits.
Jobbik’s increasing popularity shows that “there’s something seriously wrong in society,” said Máté Hajba, vice-president of the Hungarian think-tank Free Market Foundation. Many voters are attracted to the party’s anti-Europe rhetoric, Mr Hajba added. However, Jobbik is unlikely to join any parliamentary alliances because, even among other European far-right parties, it is considered “too extremist”.
The reelection of Hungary’s governing party, Fidesz, is bad news for investors and liberals alike since Fidesz did its best to nationalize assets and strengthen government power. The bad news was compounded by the third-place finish of the country’s ultranationalist party, Jobbik, which gained a significant number of seats in the election.
Fidesz, a self-proclaimed center-right party, enjoyed a two-thirds majority in the previous term, giving them absolute power. This will continue in the new term.
The declaration that liberal democracy is over in Hungary is no exaggeration. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said so. He should know, having delivered two huge blows to democracy recently.
Last week started with a Constitutional Court (CC) decision that everyone had been waiting for. The CC was our last hope for checks and balances in the country. We had been optimistic but to no avail. The court slapped democracy in the face regarding Hungary’s municipal election system in the capital, Budapest.
Classical liberals say that the first purpose of governance is protection of individual rights and property. The European Union should focus on exactly this, recognizing human dignity in everyone and not just those lucky enough to be born on its soil. It should protect citizens from their national governments if the people cannot do so themselves and facilitate liberty through the universal application of free movement. Liberty is universal — so why not repeat Europe’s success of free movement and free trade by applying it on global scale?