On conservatism

English philosopher and political thinker Sir Roger Scruton, who is held in especially high esteem in Central Europe and Hungary, gave a lecture on conservatism in the Danube Institute a few months ago. I’ve just noticed a video recording is now available.

 

 

 

 

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The wonders of the Hungarian language

Happy New Year, folks!

This post will not be about Hungarian politics or international politics related to Hungary. I  thought I would write my very first blog entry about 2016 this year, the year which may well enter history books as the year when the worldwide rebellion against globalist, politically correct liberalism started (apart from pioneer Hungary or Poland). But I’ve changed my mind.  I’m going to write about our wonderful language instead.

Let’s give a thought about the language rhythm first.  This is a  very common sign which every customer may read in Hungarian shops every day:

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Please tell us in advance if you need a VAT invoice!

Listen here! This is a hexameter.  Yes, Hungarian is very well suited to metrical poems and Hungarian speakers may enjoy the language music perfectly in, say, an Iliad  translation just like the ancient Greeks could.  So is Hungarian a mora-timed language like Greek or Latin?  Hungarian words are always stressed on the first syllable, so Hungarian cannot be mora-timed. So is Hungarian a stress-timed language like English is?  The lengths of Hungarian vowels always stay constant, so this statement is debatable at least.  Or is Hungarian a syllable-based language like French? There are short and long vowels in Hungarian so that cannot be true either.   Perhaps Hungarian doesn’t fit in either linguistic category.

Now let’s take a random expression from a news site: adóhatósági eljárás  Er… literally this means “tax authority procedure”, that is what people (hopefully!) end up with if they evade tax.  (You see I just couldn’t resist bringing some politics in! 🙂 )

  • ad – give, yield
  • adó – giving, the one who gives =>  transmitter or…  tribute, duty or tax  !
  • hat (verb) – affect, influence, cause
  • ható – the one who affects/enforces something
  • hatóság  –  -ság (or -ség in other cases) is a noun-making suffix which often creates abstract concepts, e.g.:  boldog (happy)  -> boldogság (happiness), rendőr  (order+guard=policeman) -> rendőrség (police)
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    means ‘authority

-ság or -ség?  Oh, well, vowel harmony makes Hungarian sound nice.

  • el  – away
  • jár  –  walk, travel, move (back and forth), frequent, etc.
  • járás –  a noun, moving around, the act of walking… Járás  is also an administrative unit in Hungary, below megye (county), which corresponds to a ‘shire’ in the UK.
  • eljárás – procedure … er, that may be unexpected but there’s logic to it:  eljár = 1. proceed 2. attend

Yes, Hungarian is a very analytical language. We create words and phrases from small building blocks. Let’s see another fun example

  • köz – public, common
  • társ – companion, mate, partner, peer
  • ság (see above)
  • i : This suffix turns a noun into an adjective.  (It often denotes location like Budapest -> budapesti ,  that is a person living in Budapest or coming from there.)
  • el–  short for “elöl“, that is “front”, also as in “first in rank”
  • nök : a person in some position, for example:  ügynök  (ügy=matter, cause), that is an agent or spy or door-to-door salesman or írnok (ír=write), that is a scribe or a clerk

Can you guess, without consulting a dictionary, of course, what  köztársasági elnök  means?   Yes, it’s a political term. Please comment below.

Merry Christmas!

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Imperial hubris from the outgoing Obama administration

The outgoing Obama administration has hit a new low.

The State Department of the USA has issued a statement urging Hungary’s government that they should meddle in judiciary affairs in the interest of a convicted Syrian terrorist.

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Ahmed H. led this attack on Hungarian-Serb border last year and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Hungarian court last week.

PR chief Tamás Menczer of the Hungarian Foreign Affairs Ministry responded to the US State Department with these words:

“we find it rather weird that the USA, which has been regularly lecturing the world about the separation of powers, now calls on a government to intervene in a court decision.

Maybe this is possible in the USA but it is not so in Hungary. It’s not the so-called “civil organizations” which decide in Hungary about those who commit crimes. The judiciary does and this is going to stay that way, irrespective of whether the State Department of the USA likes it or not. Attacking Hungary’s border, leading a charge against the Hungarian police for hours is a severe crime which is to be punished severely. Hungary is never going to call the American courts to account if they would sentence terrorists attacking American police.”

How will a Trump presidency affect Polish politics?

Though Hungary isn’t actually mentioned but this political analysis is relevant to Hungarian politics as well.

The Polish Politics Blog

Donald Trump’s election has raised concerns in Warsaw that the USA may be less willing to engage in European security and try and strike a bargain with Russia over the heads of Poland and other post-communist states. But while there are clearly potential risks for Polish security policy, Warsaw is likely to remain one of the Washington’s closest European allies. Mr Trump’s victory also allows Poland’s right-wing ruling party to position itself as being in the vanguard of an anti-elitist and anti-liberal zeitgeist sweeping through the West.

Concerns over US security commitments

All recent Polish governments have pursued a strongly Atlanticist foreign policy with the USA viewed as the most important guarantor of the country’s military security. One of Poland’s main defence policy aims has been to increase the US military presence on NATO’s Eastern flank. Warsaw has also been at the forefront of efforts to develop a common, robust…

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The triumph of reality over the politically correct liberal model

 

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The conclusion of an election model made by a well-known PC-liberal think tank.

 

Somehow Huffington Post forgot to publish this figure which shows  the time-dependency of their sophisticated mathematical model: 🙂

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Down with PC liberalism! Hurray for Trump!

Prime Minister Orbán said about Donald Trump in Transylvania this July:

The antiterrorism proposals of Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump make him the better option for Europe and for Hungary.

The ideas of the upstanding American presidential candidate about the need for the best intelligence services and his opposition to “democracy export” were also applicable in Europe.

I have listened to Mr. Trump’s proposals to stop terrorism, and I myself could not have drawn up better what Europe needs.

PM Orbán was the first (and perhaps the only) incumbent leader who endorsed would-be President Trump.

He commented on Trump’s victory this morning like this

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Congratulations! What a great news! Democracy is still alive.

The worm has turned.  The presidency of Donald Trump will hopefully mark the end of the politically correct madness which has engulfed the West.

Down with the so-called “LGBTQI  rights”, down with the illegal migration which is killing Europe, down with “democracy export” to the Middle East, down with the whole rotten politically correct liberal madness Hillary Clinton represented!

The knife

  1. If the turnout rate exceeds 50% and there are about 80% NO votes then Viktor will get Crocodile Dundee’s knife.
  2. If the turnout rate is below 50% and about 80%  of the votes say NO to the forced migrant EU quota  then Viktor will get the knife of “the kids having fun”.

 

Update:   It looks like he got only a big sharp kitchen knife. The referendum had a 43.31% turnout rate and the validity threshold is 50%. This means the referendum result is not legally binding for the Hungarian Parliament. However it was a “conclusive referendum” because 98.32% (yes!)  of the valid votes said NO.  In comparison, the  turnout was 45.62% on the referendum on Hungary’s EU membership in 2003 and 84% approved.  PM Orbán’s stance on the EU migration policies were supported by more than three million votes, that is a one million more than how many voted for his party on the last general elections in 2014. This means that the overwhelming majority of the politically active Hungarian voters reject the migration policies of the EU, that is their attempts to legalize illegal migration from the Middle East and Africa into Europe, and they support Orbán’s fight.

 

 

Do you want to allow the European Union …

to mandate the resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary without the approval of the Hungarian National Assembly?

 

 

 

NO

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Fifteen years later

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Today is the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks on the USA.  What were the consequences of that fatal day most people remember?  Yes, I also remember well that the 11th of September, 2001 was a Tuesday and what I was doing that day.

 

That Tuesday  has ended Fukuyama’s “liberal democracies equal to the end of history” vision indisputably. It was the first big crack in Pax Americana.  The USA was shocked to the core. The world was shocked, too. What would the giant do after the slap in the face?  Well, the “War on Terror” could have been described quite well by the fundamental Hollywood revenge topos.  It resulted in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and it resulted in the “Arab spring” when the still shaken superpower USA got rid of the Middle Eastern dictators  in the name of “democracy”…  But these Arab dictators  were actually the guardians of stability in a region where liberal democracy simply could never work in lack of basic cultural and historic preconditions.  Eventually 9/11 resulted in the bloodshed and anarchy we can witness today in the Middle East.

And, after years of anarchy and bloodshed, the population in the Middle East has decided (with lots of help and nudges from George Soros and Co., the puppet master of a possible USA president!) to go on a European hijra.  And now we have terror in the streets of Europe.

And the disappearance of the Middle Eastern cordon sanitaire  has opened up Europe to the depths of Black Africa, too.  Of course, without PC liberalism, perhaps Europe could have withstood the waves from 9/11… But that’s another topic which I have written about several times.

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