Index – Opinion – Concentration of power and civil war, or power-sharing and civilization?
In the spring of 2006, the ruling MSZP and SZDSZ prepared for the final battle. Once again, they had to stop on the right, once again they had to win at all costs, because the moment seemed so close when the Hungarians finally realized once and for all that they and only they, the socialists and liberals, could have a successful economy, a Hungary of solidarity. , create significant financial and social conditions. They are the custodians of expertise, democracy and the rule of law, they are the West themselves and their ally is the East. They have no alternative.
The above mantra was then repeated by the balliberal political elite and the associated cultural lunar court until all available brains were washed with it. Four more years, now they have to win, or it will be a disaster – Gyurcsány and his accomplices subordinated everything to this lie. The ledgers were falsified, distributed to all target groups, people were driven into foreign currency loans, and the result was not lost: Fidesz’s election campaign that “we are living worse than four years ago” collapsed and Viktor Orbán learned a lesson about it. , the consequences of lying without a grain of reality. The balliberals won again after 2002: Hungary became theirs for another four years. At what price? It is enough to listen to the rogue Prime Minister’s speech in autumn: the price has become the third republic. The MSZP and the SZDSZ shattered all professional and moral credit, the country’s budget, stifled economic growth, and the economy soared everywhere in the Carpathian Basin.
Therefore, for four years of fraudulently gained domination, three or three-third cycles of Viktor Orbán’s contentment have been satisfied with history, as if it were only Matyi Lúdas – and no one can say with a good conscience that the balliberal Döbrögis did not serve the threefold beat. Of course, the elites do not ask the question that those who live here have to ask: Has Hungary deserved this three full-fledged Orbán cycles? The fraudulently acquired four-year rule of the Socialists and the Free Democrats abolished the mere possibility of a change of political power in Hungary for a full decade, destroying the balliberal dominance that had prevailed in culture, the economy and the media until then – in fact:
the potentially expanding deep state of orbán, in the face of such great strength, promises to be unheard of for Péter Márki-Zay.
Today, only the most washed-up Gyurcsányists believe that it would be worthwhile to set Hungary at the feet of Viktor Orbán for four years of public procurement.
And how much does politics learn? Well: not much. Today, the right is preparing for the final clash – just as the balliberal coalition did in 2006. Only stop them now, otherwise Hungary will be ruined, it will only take four more years, and it will be clear to everyone that what Fidesz wants and does is the right way, there is no alternative – the West is the new East of tyranny, the East is freedom and a new West, four years without public offices and procurement is an unpredictably long time.
History repeats itself: today the right owes Hungary a gigantic loan, today the right government refuses to face reality, and instead of requiring the elderly to be vaccinated, it imposes it on young and middle-aged people, provided that their employer also life. Despite the willful illiberal dominance, despite the strong-handed, legitimate prime minister’s two-thirds authority, despite the full power of the Hungarian state, the Ministry of Justice in Rogán and the Central European Press and Media Foundation are very powerful, when the election approaches. Because a measure legally produces no rejection – it doesn’t fit. It was well known at this time that one should not govern. Ferenc Gyurcsány didn’t either.
The fate of the two chariot camps is the same: in the absence of a grain of generosity, rejecting the mere possibility of consolidation, they will have to risk everything forever.
Viktor Orbán may win next spring, but the ominously frustrating and dissatisfied work in the opposition half of Hungarian society will one day break out. And if the lid of the pot is pressed against the boiling water for four years, they only risk exploding four years later – and Viktor Orbán and his aides will lose everything, as Ferenc Gyurcsány and his gang did in 2010. However, if Viktor Orbán is succeeded in replacing him in 2022, the new administration must be the most immoral and professional government in recent Hungarian history if he is to survive the four years ahead. Are you sure both tribes must always win at all costs? Wouldn’t it be better once in a lifetime to show generosity and not continue to fuel the fires of civil war?
Whatever one half is about the other country and the other about one, no matter how much the truth is about it, and no matter how rare self-reflection is in Hungarian public life, no one can seriously think that all power is forever a single course, a single party, a single sect. may. There is an urgent need to learn to share it, because if not, it will result in social catastrophe. It is time to finally realize that no political side can remain irreplaceable once and for all. There is no alternative to civilization alone. Or so. Its wrecks can be seen deep in the abyss.
The author is a critic, a publicist.
The opinion articles do not reflect the views of the Index Editor.
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(Cover image: Political debate between Ferenc Gyurcsány and former Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the Munkácsy Hall of the Parliament in 2005. Photo: Attila Kovács / MTI)