Viktor Orbán

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Viktor Orbán is the current Dark Lord prime minister of Hungary, taking office in 2010 and maintaining a death-grip on it ever since. He has furthermore been the head of Fidesz for most of its existence and taken the formerly (classical) liberal party to the right wing of conservatism. Conveniently, he was virulently anti-Russian until he started winning elections.[1]

While he already had a largely forgettable term from 1998 to 2002, during a time when Hungary was not yet in the EU and hence nobody cared, his current term is characterized by right-wing populism, anti-liberal and anti-democratic rhetoric and attempts to shut down the free press, tax the internet, and blame the EU for all ills that have befallen his country.

His ascendancy to the post of prime minister was a result of the complete disintegration of the Hungarian democratic left. One of the biggest parties in Hungary besides his own Fidesz is Jobbik, a bunch of right-wing lunatics even further to the right of Orbán. Hence, many Hungarians voted him into office because the democratic left had disappointed them and they kept voting for him because, well, at least he's not Jobbik. Orbán managed to twist the electoral law and constitution in his favor so much that even the roughly 45% of the vote his party got in the 2014 electionWikipedia's W.svg was enough to gain the number of seats necessary to change the constitution.

In short, one more nail in a model based on liberal democracy and a social market economy.

Good things he did[edit]

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At least he's not Jobbik. He has been accused of using Jobbik as a barometer for how far-right he can be without being insane.[2]

Arguably, he could have had some role in boosting the automotive industry in Hungary,[3]. However, Hungary's GDP is still lagging compared to its neighbors.

Even he finds Richard Spencer extreme, and used his power to shut down a 2014 rally by the National Policy Institute in Budapest.[4]

Bad things he did[edit]

The era of liberal democracy is over.
—Orbán, 2018[5]

He took over the media. The public channels are almost all drinking the Kool-Aid already, now he's going after the private channels. He tried to introduce an Internet tax and only (temporarily) backed down after massive protest and even a piece[6] on Last Week Tonight forced him to. He is trying to stir up conflict between the Hungarian minority in Slovakia and Romania and other ethnic groups living in said country. On a visit to Slovakia, he ignored the major Hungarian party (then in coalition with another party to form a government) and instead talked to representatives of a smaller Hungarian party more in line with his wingnut beliefs. He also claims the refugee crisis of Summer 2015 is "a German problem" and says "nobody would like to stay in Hungary."[7] Indeed. Orbán and his ilk have written a new constitutionWikipedia's W.svg that basically enshrines the fiscally and socially conservative views of Orbán and his party into the highest law of the land for the foreseeable future. This is part of his ongoing campaign to remake Hungary as an "illiberal state", which has become Orban's dream. He has repeatedly referenced Russia and China as models he wishes to follow.[8] The man is turning his country into a dictatorship under the justification that dictatorships make lots of money, apparently ignoring the small matter that the US and Germany along with most of the world's most competitive economies are democracies,[9] and that Russia, like many other autocratic regimes, is a kleptocracy.

He's also had a massive role in making the EU's refugee crisis far worse than it needs to be. His xenophobia (or cruel political calculation in a country whose second largest party is openly fascist) has driven him to order a razor-wire fence to be built along Hungary's borders, and his current policy involves stopping refugees and hauling them off of trains which weren't intended to stop in Hungary[10] which means Orbán is being needlessly cruel just for the evulz.[11] Much of his justification for this is a desire to "defend European Christianity" from the "Muslim influx."[12] This has some unfortunate connotations for those versed in history.

Orbán, a former benefactor of George Soros, has waged a demonization campaign against Soros, a Jewish Holocaust survivor from Hungary, during his 2018 election campaign despite not having much real opposition.[13]

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