A filozófusüldözés háttere
[Forrás: Népszava, 2013. június 19.]
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A filozófusüldözés háttere
A schizocracy is a country or state ruled by paranoid schizophrenics or other non compos mentis
administrators. This, for a polity’s inhabitants, means rule by people who would ordinarily require
psychiatric treatment or detention in a mental health ward.
The most obvious observable phenomena in a schizocratic regime is the constant paranoia of
government agents: the ruling schizoclass views any criticism as a personal attack, and anyone who
questions government decisions is viewed as an enemy.
In order to solidify its grip over the populace, a schizocratic government will publish laws, budgets,
and public papers that are indecipherable to all but a few certified “experts”. Schizocrats are also often
obsessive about secrecy, as they recognize on some dim level that their activities cannot withstand
In addition to the use of such obfuscatory tactics, the implementation of irrational policies also serves
to strengthen the schizocracy’s position. The rule of law is often weakened: where constitutions and
constitutional courts exist, they are frequently corrupted by the regime; when thieves, embezzlers,
tax evaders, and other criminals are friendly to the schizocrat cause, they go unpunished; when
citizens offend the paranoiacs, heavy penalties are meted out arbitrarily. The media and education
system are pressurized to become the central disseminators of the schizoclass’ mental aberrations:
in some extreme cases university graduates may even be forced to sign contracts that bind them to
the shitocracy for several years after graduation and ban them from seeking meaningful employment
The central reason behind the schizocratic regime’s desire to strengthen its grip over the population
is that schizocrats are paranoically aware that sane people are desperate to “defect” or abandon the
abject disarray of the schizocratic state. However, what schizocrats do not realize is that in the long
run they undermine their own position through the excessive hostility, absurdity, and conspiratorial
nature of their governance.
In terms of foreign policy, schizocracies have few allies except for other schizoid regimes. Even then,
relations are often strained, as schizocrats often live at strife with the world, and are convinced that
malign foreign forces are attacking their country.
However, it is important to note that although the underlying mistrust, paranoia, and authoritarianism
of schizocracies is dictatorial in nature, such governments could not exist in a democracy unless a
substantial portion of the population were also delusional.
Professor Emeritus of Political Science,
National University of Absurdistan
Borult az ég. Erős szelek Európa felől, főleg bal szélirányból, ahonnan orkán erősségű ellenszelek is érkeznek.
A hét eleji fagyos reggelek és meghunyászkodások után jöhetne az enyhülés, talán a hónap vége felé a hitelkere…hőmérséklet megközelítheti a +17-20° milliárd Celsius-fokot, ha sikerül eloszlatni a kételyeket.
EU-s időjárásmonitoringra is van kilátás, de a viharos széllökések ellenére is a kormány kijelentésáradata homályosabb lesz a megszokottnál – külföldről nagyon nehéz lesz megalapozott jóslatokat tenni a politikai klímaváltozásra, annak irányára és mértékére!
Ezenkívül gyenge melegházasodási fronthatás lehet, de egyelőre marad a felhőzet, tavaszias melegvonulástól és az abból származó fejfájástól még nem kell tartani. Meteorológiai és törvényhozói számításaink szerint majd csak vegyes halmazállapotú csapadék fordulhat elő.
Légnyomás: még bírom.
Paratartalom: attól függ, velem vagy, vagy ellenem.
At last! I am now co-author of the following book:
Here is a link for purchasing the book if anyone is interested:
An Introduction to Interpreting – A Practeacher’s Course Book Part One
Bendik József – Gecov Krisztina – Barker, Philip
Patrocinium Kiadó, 2010
Kötés: papír / puha kötés
A jegyzet egyszerre összetett és egyszerű, akárcsak maga a tolmácsolás. Bendik József több évtizedes értékes tapasztalataiból tömören, ugyanakkor finom, elegáns angolsággal megírt jegyzete igen hasznos kézikönyvként szolgál úgy kezdő, mint gyakorló szakmabeliek számára, sőt nem túlzás azt állítani, hogy kellemes olvasmány lehet bárki számára, akit érdekel a nyelvi kifejezés világa, a nyelvi és a kulturális közvetítés kérdése.
Strangely a few typos have been “added”, even after I proofread the manuscript about 50 times. Still, I hope readers will find it engaging. Volume 2, a workbook, is planned for release in 2012.
As I am sure you will all agree, this is a very tasteful way for this Russian travel writer to illustrate his book on Indonesia. If his next volume is on a sub-Saharan country, should we expect some Al Jolson-style blackface? Here’s hoping.
Peter Leonard (Occasional Amexrap Correspondent on Russian Affairs)
On the basis of an email sent by the government directly to me for translation, I can now reveal an exclusive sneak preview of the official film synopsis for Viktor Vitéz, a swashbuckling tale of life in Central Europe, with a brave leader struggling against the odds to maintain a two-thirds majority, and evil, scurvy-ridden communists lurking everywhere in the background ready to strike at the heart of the national interest!
Film industry commissioner Andrew Vajna plans to sign stars who will draw massive crowds, and he believes that Etyekwood starlet Ferenc Gyurcsány has the potential to attract a huge following of lynch mobs!
Vajna promises that the CGI will be better than in the Terminator, and that the wigs will be of the highest possible standard.
At a press conference yesterday Prime Minister Viktor Orbán announced that he would turn down a leading role in the film as he is currently acting as Prime Minister of Hungary in a controversial tragicomedy named “The Politics of Hungary”.
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Kérjük, tegyen egy árajánlatot, hogy mennyibe kerülne és mikorra lenne kész a mellékelt szinopszis lefordítása. Tudjuk, hogy ez magasröptű költészetnek minősül, de ezt a szépséget szeretnénk visszaadni angolul.
Viki és Andi
Producer: Andrew Vajna, Hollywood Überkirálya
Rendező: Rubik Ernő
Kukoricza Viktor – Sylvester Stallone
Iluska – Kate Winslet
Gyurcsány Ferencz (Iluska Mostohaanyja) – Gyurcsány Ferenc
Kutyafejű Tatár – Jackie Stallone
Vörösen süt le a komcsi nép csillaga,
Gyurcsány a trónon ül, léhább mint valaha,
Fölösleges dolog ott ülnie oly nagyon,
A Fidesznek úgyis két harmada vagyon.
Hazafias tűz ég Orbán szivében,
Úgy kapott voksot a messzi vidéken,
Határontúli nyája szerte heverész,
De komcsikat közben nagy vereség emészt.
Később szónokolt derék népek közepett,
S Kukoricza Viktor ekkép elmélkedett:
“Figyeljük most jól, hogy csillaguk leszalad,
A kommunista párt már végre megszakad.”
A ciklus aközben haladott sietve,
A Duna habjain vöröslött az este.
Dúlt-fúlt valahol a rókalelkű Gyurcsány;
Gaz terveket szőtt a csúszó-mászó csótány…
Jaj neked Viktor, szegény árva Orbán!
Hátad mögött jön már a dühös Gyurcsán’;
Nagy szája megnyílik, kapu a pokolba,
Nagy veszélyben van a Magyarok bajnoka!
TO BE CONTINUED…
After being pointed to E.L’s article entitled Euphemistically Speaking, This May Interest You (Economist May 27th 2011) I was asked to write a language guide for unwitting travellers to Hungary. This guide may also be useful for EU politicians, as Hungary is currently holding the EU’s rotating presidency.
Those who wish to communicate with the Hungarians have to overcome a double language barrier: first they must make sense of the unusual forms of the language, which include Klingon vowels, Penguinese consonants, and a peculiar agglutinative character. Second, once they have recognized individual words and phrases, they must decode the meanings of the utterances at the pragmatic level (this means that they must learn to understand meaning in context). For many, the grammar is incomprehensible, and as for context, it is only after many years of study that most foreigners will begin to appreciate why the entire nation sounds like it is suffering from Tourette’s syndrome.
So, without any further ado, here is the AMEXRAP Rough Guide to Hungarian:
Lexicon or “words” (yes, this is from my entry on another well-known webpage)
Of the seven billion words that exist in Hungarian, 6.5 billion deal with the concept of “money”, or lack thereof. 0.5 billion deal with telling people who don’t have any money to fuck off. This unusual imbalance in the vocabulary points to the fact that many Hungarians are obsessed with money, and that they will do almost anything to get it – except work. Indeed, the philological record indicates that there is no real word in Hungarian for “work”, the only existing lexeme being “munka”, which is a loan word from Slavic, meaning “torture, horror, humiliation”. Those people who do not possess money are referred to in Hungarian as “paraszt(ok)” [‘peasant(s)’]. This unfortunate underclass constitutes 99.9% of the Hungarian population. The other 0.1% of the population are alien overlords, who politicize, run strip bars, copulate with hamsters, stare at their own faeces in specially designed toilets, and generally believe that the world owes them a living, because they are alien overlords.
Grammar – We’ll skip this bit because I can’t be bothered to write it. We’ll just have a look at one frequently mentioned aspect of grammar, which is:
Vowel Harmony (yes, this is also a copy of my own work)
One of the features of the Hungarian language that baffles most people is vowel harmony, a long-distance assimilatory phonological process whereby the same kind of vowel is used throughout a word and any of the subsequent 6589 cases. This feature is thought to have developed to prevent strokes and other cerebrovascular accidents from occurring in earthlings or peasants when they try to communicate in Hungarian. Indeed, in some cases vowel harmony is used throughout entire expressions, as the brain gets stuck using one set of vowels, and cannot stop using them without risk of massive haemorrhage.
- számba [‘into my mouth’ = back “low” vowel word] vs. seggembe [‘into my arsehole’ = front “high” vowel word]
- As explained above, in some cases vowel harmony is seen to extend through whole phrases, and although this is an empirically unsound observation, it allows us to pontificate over examples such as A mókus román kurva anyád [‘(Fuck) your Romanian squirrel whore mother!’ = back “low” vowel expression] vs. szopjad szét a büdös kis geci pöcsödet [‘suck your stinking tiny cum-crusted prick til it falls apart’ = front “high” vowel expression]
Now that you have a basic understanding of Hungarian, you may wish to examine the following phrases, à la Johnson:
Now you are equipped with the basics of Hungarian, it remains only for me to say go forth and Magyarize!
Add your Guide to Hungarian: http://link.amexrap.org/your-guide
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The century-long dream of electoral reform in Britain appears to be going up in smoke, with press polls predicting that voters will back the first past the post system with a crushing majority against the AV (alternative vote).
[Lord Danger Wank]
has pitched an open battle against the “no” camp, fronted by Über-Emperor of Manchester, Sir Shrek of Rooney.
[Lord Shrek of Rooney]
Lord Wank argued that a failure to vote for AV would mean that small parties like the Liberal Democrats would never have a chance of getting into government again, whilst Sir Shrek’s argument was “What? Fuck off!”
The results of the referendum will be formally announced on Friday, and it is thought that a crushing defeat will prompt deep soul-searching inside the Liberal Democrats. Bitter recriminations have been heaped on Sir Shrek for sanctioning a full-scale assault on Sir Nose Clogg, leader of the Liberals.
Conservative PM David Cameron has stayed out of the debate, choosing instead to read studies of gerrymandering at both local and national levels in the UK.
Javaslom, h az Extrém Vasalás legyen az Amexrap új hivatalos sportja!!! “The latest danger sport that combines the thrills of an extreme outdoor activity with the satisfaction of a well-pressed shirt” http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/blog/2011/apr/18/extreme-ironing-m1-motorway-closure
Néhány videó, ízelítőül:
Tagok, a következő pártgyűlésen részletesen vitassuk meg a kérdést!
Képzőművészeti csendes árverés a Japán földrengés-károsultak segítésére / Fine Art Silent Auction For Japan
Japánt nemrég a valaha feljegyzett legnagyobb erejű földrengés sújtotta. Emberek ezrei haltak meg, rengetegen megsérültek, sokakat még mindig keresnek.
Japán gyakran nyújtott segítséget, amikor más országokat ért súlyos katasztrófa.
Mi Magyarországról azzal akarunk támogatást adni, hogy meghirdetünk egy nemzetközi művészeti aukciót (csendes árverés: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-silent-auction.htm ), amelynek teljes bevétele a Vöröskereszté lesz. Ezt a rendezvényt április 14-én, a Bródy-ház magánszállás- és művészklubban tartjuk.
Az eddigi támogatók sorában szerepel a Japán Nagykövetség, a Budapesti Japán Alapítvány, a Makifood Főzőiskola, a Bródy-ház, az IPA Interkulturális Párbeszéd Alapítvány és több mint 20 művész Magyarországról, Japánból, Franciaországból, az Egyesült Államokból és az Egyesült Királyságból.
Időpont / Helyszín:
Április 14. Csütörtök
12 – 18h
Brody Ház, Bródy Sándor utca 10, II Em., http://www.brodyhouse.com/en/contact/58
A belépés ingyenes.
International fine art silent auction event ( http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-silent-auction.htm ) with all proceeds going to the Japan Red Cross.
Come support a worthy cause and bid on original artwork from talented local and international artists. Makifood, Guinness House, Taste Hungary, and the Caledonia have all generously donated items for auction as well!
Event: Fine Art Silent Auction for Japan
Date: Thursday, April 14th
Time: 12 pm – 6 pm
Location: Brody House, 10 Brody Sandor utca (next to the National Museum in Budapest) http://www.brodyhouse.com/en/contact/58
The West has not been caught with its pants down following the popular revolutions in #Egypt, Tunafishia, Libyastan, Sudokostan, and other Afristan countries during the past month or so. We, promoters of liberty, and all dictators who uphold the values of the free world, are in fact lobbying for “orderly transition” in the region. This is the same kind of transition that occurs when you are caught pooping in the corner of the classroom by the head teacher, but instead of hurriedly pulling up your pants and smearing an otherwise impeccable record of clean underwear (a “disorderly transition”), you weigh up the situation and continue as before; you tear leaves from the roll, finish wiping, and then pull your pants up and walk away as if nothing had happened. This is how you maintain dignity in the face of a crisis.
But back to the revolutions. Our intelligence agents at the Facebook Intelligence Agency and National Twitterology Institute have stated all along that the revolutions have arisen because Uranus has entered Aries (or is it Aries that entered Uranus?), as it does every 84 years of a new social cycle. It is well known that at this time, riots tend to occur.
In light of this information, we fully expect the high likelihood that something might just probably happen, connected to revolutions and uprisings, that could perhaps be written in the history books, maybe.
True, we didn’t know anything about the socio-political infrastructure, economics, hierarchies, corruption, the unaffordable prices of food and other rises in the cost of living, and we certainly didn’t know anything about local dictators whom we supported when it suited our own political interests, but that does not mean that we are scrambling to account for the revolutionary wave with random explanations after it happened.
Yours absolutely sincerely,
A Western Intelligence Official.
Intrepid Treasurer in England, Breaking News: Transvestite Has Sex with Dog at English Heritage Castle
The cross-dressing man was caught with the animal in the dry moat of King Henry VIII’s Pendennis Castle overlooking Falmouth Bay in Cornwall.
The 33-year-old mounted the pet after it chased him out of sight of its woman owner.
Read the full story here:
Read AMEXRAP’s official report on the United Queendom of Britannialand.
SO here I am once more in the freest elected dictatorship in the world, where it is traditional to become an alcoholic after retirement (just think of our national icons, George Best and Paul Gascoigne), and where pizzas get to your house faster than ambulances. Has anything changed since my last visit?
The UK is facing its worst recession since 1066, and public spending cuts are to be made across the country to try and alleviate the burgeoning budget deficit and the massive burden it places on the rich.
Proposed cuts include:
§ A plan to limit the amount civil servants drink to stop them going to the toilet. Tea cups over 150ml will be banned and ‘fluid monitors’ brought in to impose fines for transgressions. The plan could save £11 billion a year.
§ A plan to sterilise the poor and reintroduce the workhouse.
§ A plan to “stop spending money on illegal wars and false accusations to justify stealing other countries’ resources”. This plan is currently under review, and is expected to be scrapped.
§ A plan to sell passports and classified information to spies from other countries.
Education in the UK begins with primary school and ends with a three year holiday before work known as “university”. The rich are educated at age-old institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. The poor are not educated at university, but by Sire Ivy Nuts and his own brand of iRevise Units such as TV, the “News of the World” and “Hello” magazine.
The English still hate the French (see figure 1 below), and everything foreign. Britain is still a colony of the US.
Figure 1 Britannialand’s Foreign Policy since 1337
According to the NHS, the measure of child’s physical health is directly proportionate to the number of hamburgers, pies, and chips it consumes each year (see figure 2, research funded by Burger King International):
Figure 2 Happiness Levels in the UK
This means that Britain has Europe’s highest happiness rates. Happiness costs the economy around £7 billion a year in treatment, loss of earnings and reduced productivity. This figure could rise to £60 billion by 2050, experts predict.
There are lots of laws in Britannialand. There are many laws for the rich, and some for the poor. Court cases are usually won by the richest litigant. Settlements out of court are still conducted via trial by combat, where the winner is the one who has not been shot, stabbed, strangled, eaten, dismembered, or generally murdered.
Law enforcement is divided into three sections: the police, the IRA, and Sherlock Holmes. Due to its highly regulated law enforcement, Britannialand is the safest and most just queendom in all of Christendom.
The Britishlanders are good at Tiddlywinks. They are mind-bogglingly bad at all other sports, despite having invented most of them.
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Kövesd a vb minden rezdülését LEGOFÖLDÖN! Itt az ANGLIA-USA meccs összefoglalója:
Dear Party Members!
I would like to draw your attention to the fact that – at present – AMEXRAP’s English name is as follows:
Party for Anglosphere and Other Foreign Minorities, Their Fans, Beer Drinkers, or Supporters of Rational Thinking
However, the use of the word OR is exclusive in English (meaning EITHER/OR as opposed to AND/OR). For example, the sentence “He will drink beer, wine, or whisky” generally indicates that the person will drink only one of the three listed beverages. The choices are thus exclusive; he will have one, but then none of the others.
In contrast, the sentence “He will drink beer, wine, and/or whisky” indicates that although the person may drink any of the three listed beverages, the choices are not exclusive; the person may consume one, two, or even all three of the listed drinks.
Therefore I propose the following in the name of inclusiveness:
Party for Anglosphere and Other Foreign Minorities, Their Fans, Beer Drinkers, and/or Supporters of Rational Thinking
I think this fits in better with our party program of social inclusion.
This of course, will not alter the party acronym, which is based on the Hungarian title. Even if the proposed changes are accepted, the English acronym/initialism remains completely unpronounceable.
Perhaps we should just call the party BEERTHINK in English.
Philip (Party Treasurer)
Zen monks used to drink tea to stay awake during practices of meditation. The legend goes that the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma, founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, was the man who discovered tea (the Chinese disagree, but this is another can of worms). According to this legend, Bodhidharma once became angry when he fell asleep during meditation, and so he cut off his eyelids. But lo and behold, tea bushes sprang out of the earth where his eyelids fell! This is why tea leaves are the shape of eyelids, and why tea is to be drunk for the purpose of staying awake!
So tea is the Buddhist drink, as wine is the Christian drink, coffee the Islamic drink, and milk the Hindu drink. Every religion has its drink…
This is why we believe in beer at AMEXRAP (see disclaimers at ). We are not a religious cult, but in order for anything to be taken seriously, you need (a) drink. our choice falls on beer. In the words of the late Frank Zappa:
“You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”
Our party is outlining plans to develop its own party brew.
Also, at AMEXRAP we believe that beer and other alcoholic beverages drunk in moderation  have several beneficial effects on the social-political psyche. The reasons are multiple:
People develop a sense of community (people communally designate puke points at drinking venues).
Most people just laugh and resolve their differences (or fall asleep).
Extreme members kill each other (political extremists – just like alcoholics – have an inability to make reasoned decisions, a reduced ability to assess risk, and often enter into violent confrontations).
The impossible becomes possible (unattractive people look hot, long distances to look jumpable, and disco dancing becomes less embarassing).
People become pious (When we drink, we get drunk. / When we get drunk, we fall asleep. / When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. /When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. / Sooooo, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven! [Brian O’Rourke])
Summary: apart from saving the world we like to drink beer and philosophize about and discuss random and unusual things. We like ecstatic bliss, immortality, wisdom, and freedom from the hangover. Time is never wasted when you’re wasted all the time. Or, as Churchill said:
“Always remember that I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me”.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may cause you to wake up with breath that could knock a toad off a shit truck at fifty yards.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like an idiot.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe that ex-lovers are really dying for you to telephone them at four in the morning.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell the same boring story over and over again until your friends want to smash your head in.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may cause you to thay things like thish.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may cause you to tell the boss what you REALLY THINK while photocopying your arse at the office Christmas party.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may cause you to roll over in the morning and see something really scary (whose species and/or name you can’t remember).
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol is the leading cause of inexplicable carpet burns on the forehead.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, more handsome, and smarter than people who are much tougher, handsome and smarter than you are.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may make you think you can logically converse with others without spitting.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to believe you are invisible. Or can fly.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may cause an influx in the time-space continuum, whereby small and sometimes large gaps of time may seem to literally disappear.
DISCLAIMER: Consumption of alcohol may actually CAUSE pregnancy.
 David Hume’s essay OF REFINEMENT IN THE ARTS may give us a good idea of what we understand by moderation: “These indulgences are only vices, when they are pursued at the expence of some virtue, as liberality or charity; in like manner as they are follies, when for them a man ruins his fortune, and reduces himself to want and beggary. Where they entrench upon no virtue, but leave ample subject° whence to provide for friends, family, and every proper object of generosity or compassion, they are entirely innocent, and have in every age been acknowledged such by almost all moralists. To be entirely occupied with the luxury of the table, for instance, without any relish for the pleasures of ambition, study, or conversation, is a mark of stupidity, and is incompatible with any vigour of temper or genius. To confine one’s expence entirely to such a gratification, without regard to friends or family, is an indication of a heart destitute of humanity or benevolence. But if a man reserve time sufficient for all laudable pursuits, and money sufficient for all generous purposes, he is free from every shadow of blame or reproach.”
In times gone by national Parliaments were monumental buildings erected in capitals. They were buildings that signalled power, and had very limited access for the people. Those who worked in such buildings developed a penchant for becoming completely isolated from the people they governed (becoming a so-called ‘elite’). AMEXRAP’s Parliament on Wheels programme is a futuristic vision for a Parliament that moves around the country and forces politicians to visit parts of the country they would never otherwise set foot in.
The practice of taking parliament to the people already exists in some countries. Botswana has its own ‘Parliament on Wheels’ programme, in which representatives of the Speaker’s and Information offices tour villages to explain the role of parliament in society. In South Africa there are ‘democracy roadshows’ which aim to ‘take Parliament to communities that do not have ready access to Parliament so as to educate and inform people of how laws are made and how citizens can participate in law-making processes.’ Each year, the South African Parliament’s second chamber, the National Council of the Provinces, moves to a different province for a week.
We at AMEXRAP, however, intend to actually PUT WHEELS ON THE PARLIAMENT and tour it around Hungary. This is because a Portable Parliament would help those who do not have reasonable physical access to parliament by having it COME TO THEM so they can air their views, and participate more fully in democracy and democratic governance.
Another good reason for this is the following: when politicians fail to represent and serve their people, as they inevitably do, the parliament can be used as a TRAVELLING CIRCUS, ZOO and FREAK SHOW all in one. The public will have ample opportunity to express their anger and amazement in person, and noone will have to travel all the way to Budapest.
And if democracy completely fails, and huge scale corruption means that everyone has had enough, then it will be easy for the public to PUSH PARLIAMENT INTO THE DANUBE (or send it to a neighbouring country) and start all over again.
In this way, the parliament may well be on wheels, but politicians will be forced to keep their feet firmly planted on the ground.
Partly in preparation for the disaster expected when Hungary takes on the triple EU presidency in 2011, the country has engaged in an art PR program with the Royal Academy.
Well almost. In a research article entitled “Hungary Dissatisfied with Democracy, but Not its Ideals”, Richard Wike of Pew Research highlights how Hungarians are the least satisfied with democracy in what is at the best of times a politically disillusioned region of Europe:
At the same time, praise appears to arrive in the fact that Hungarians are more likely to highlight the importance of democratic rights and institutions than other Eastern Europeans:
So, are Hungarians the pessimists they brand themselves as? Or are they just too idealistic?
However we paint it, the facts reveal the depth of the democratic deficit in Hungary:
With widespread corruption and dubious ethics abound, and a political system interested in point-scoring and bickering to cover its murky trails, it is no wonder that Cicero’s dictum “freedom is participation in power” sounds alien to a disenfranchised Hungarian public. If the people are unable or unwilling to participate in power, then the greedy step in to advance their own interests.
Perhaps a sense of heroic progress against great odds would motivate Hungarians to fight for what they believe in. However, history provides them with few such examples. The catalogue of disaster that fills Hungarian history books seems to fill people with apathy and spread the “what’s the point” syndrome. So where is the path forward? Unless Hungarians are willing to develop a sense of civic motivation in greater numbers and close the democratic gap, it will surely be a long, painful wait before they can finally stand tall and regain sovereignty over their political arena.