The “Hungarian Review”, the English-language affiliate of the bi-monthly journal Magyar Szemle, edited by Gyula Kodolányi, has published its third 2013 issue. This important edition gives comprehensive overview of the current political situation in Hungary in English language.
Please read a few impressive quotations picked from the current issue:
There is no freedom without human dignity – Speech by Viktor Orbán at the 14th Plenary Assembly of the World Jewish Congress. Budapest, 5 May 2013 “(…)Today’s difficult situation requires an answer to the question, where did we go wrong in Europe during the past twenty years. We finally destroyed communism. We put an end to the Cold War. Europe was given the chance to once again be the continent of peace, cohabitation, understanding and tolerance. And here we are twenty years later and are searching for a cure for increasing intolerance and anti- Semitism. What happened to us?(…)”
John O’ Sullivan – Farewell to an Iron Lady “(…)Above all, her convictions (and the global achievements to which they led) were rootedoriginallyinthevaluesof provincialEnglandinthe1930s–patriotism, hard work, diligence, prudence, the Methodist faith and a moral earnestness that metropolitan liberals liked to mock. These were what Shirley Robin Letwin called the “vigorous virtues” in her study,The Anatomy of Thatcherism, and which she saw as the essence of Thatcherism. They are the virtues that enable people to be self- reliant and to live in a free society. And they are the essential foundation of the softer virtues such as compassion since only self-reliant people are in a position to help others. Mrs Thatcher did not merely approve of these virtues in a theoretical way. She lived them. She was a grocer’s daughter who saw in simple practical terms how the free market brought goods from all over the world to a small town in Lincolnshire. She was a hard-working scholarship girl who knew that knowledge is both hard-won and precious and who never stopped learning. And she was a well- brought-up Methodist girl whose favourite religious quotation was John Wesley’s “Earn all you can; save all you can; give all you can”. Her revolution was provincial before it conquered the world, a moral revolution before it was an economic one. Margaret Thatcher was a Goddess of the Copybook Headings.(…)”
Péter Ákos Bod – Catch up with the West or go to West? “In the CEE region, and especially in Hungary, further palpable and lasting convergence is needed to stop the negative, self-reinforcing processes caused by the temporary or long-term migration of the young and the educated. Jonathan Knott, the British ambassador to Hungary recently quipped that London is the fifth biggest Hungarian town on the planet. Perhaps something of an exaggeration as things stand but probably not for too long. The Facebook group called Londonfalva (“London village”) had attracted a membership of over 22,000 by early 2013 – a good indicator of the number of Hungarians who work, live or intend to live in London.(…)”
Charles Fenyvesi – Stalking Prince Rákóczi’s treasure chest “(…) History records that in 1703 Ferenc Rákóczi became the leader of a mostly peasant army to regain the independence of his homeland Hungary and to dethrone the reactionary Habsburg dynasty seated in Vienna that never earned the loyalty of the Hungarian people. A handsome scion of Hungary’s first family and Prince of Transylvania, Rákóczi waxed eloquent in Hungarian, Latin and French. For eight years his ragtag irregulars fought the Austrian empire, then a great power on the continent, and came close to victory.(…)”
The Hungarian Review has been published since 1991 by the BL Nonprofit Kft in Budapest, Hungary. Currently, thirteen issues of the Hungarian Review (from 2010, 2011 and 2013) can be ordered from Amazon.com; or directly from the publisher; or by calling the Coalition office in Washington.