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Of the practically 200 completely different counties on the face of the earth, exactly considered one of them has an elected chief who publicly identifies a western-style conservative. His identify is Viktor Orban, and he’s the prime minister of Hungary.
Hungary is a small nation in the center of Central Europe. It has no navy, it has no nuclear weapons. Its GDP is smaller than New York state’s. You wouldn’t assume leaders in Washington would pay a lot consideration to Hungary, however they do, obsessively.
By rejecting the tenets of neoliberalism, Viktor Orban has personally offended them and enraged them. What does Orban consider? Just just a few years in the past, his views would have appeared average and standard. He thinks households are extra essential than banks. He believes international locations need borders. For saying these items out loud, Orban has been vilified. Left-wing NGO’s have denounced him as a fascist, a destroyer of democracy.
Last fall, Joe Biden urged he’s a totalitarian dictator. Official Washington despises Viktor Orban so completely that many, together with neocons in and round the State Department, are backing the open anti-semites working towards him in subsequent April’s elections in Hungary.
We’ve watched all of this from the United States, and questioned if what we’d heard could possibly be true. This week we got here to Hungary to see for ourselves. We sat down with Orban for a few lengthy conversations.
But first, a phrase about Hungary. Even if you perceive that the American media lie, it’s all the time bewildering to see the extent of their dishonesty. Nothing prepares you for it. We’ve learn many occasions how repressive Hungary is.
Freedom House, an NGO in Washington funded nearly solely by the U.S. authorities, describes the nation as much less free than South Africa, with fewer civil liberties. That’s not simply mistaken. It’s insane.
In reality, if you stay in the United States, it’s bitter to see the distinction between, say, Budapest and New York City. Let’s say you lived in an enormous American metropolis and you determined to loudly and publicly assault Joe Biden’s insurance policies, on immigration or COVID or transgender athletes. If you stored speaking like that, you would possible be silenced by Biden’s allies in Silicon Valley. If you stored it up, you may very effectively have to rent armed bodyguards. That’s frequent in the U.S. Ask round.
But it’s unknown in Hungary. Opposition figures right here don’t fear they’ll be harm for his or her opinions. Neither, by the method, does the prime minister. Orban often drives by himself with no safety. So who’s freer? In what nation are you extra more likely to lose your job for arguing with ruling class orthodoxy? The reply’s fairly apparent, although if you’re an American, it’s painful to confess it, as we’ve found.
This article is customized from Tucker Carlson’s opening commentary on the August 5, 2021 version of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”