If you know the history of
you know Admiral Miklos Horthy, a rightist authoritarian, led to the fascist Arrow
Cross, who handled the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Auschwitz
and other camps towards the end of World War II. Both supported the Germans in that war. The only thing that ended that romance was the arrival of the Soviet Army. Now their successors, the Fidesz Party and
Jobbik, continue on a similar path in present-day - all thanks to the restoration of capitalism. Hungary is presently in the 2nd recession in four years, and no one has any money. No wonder Orban wants to distract attention from the tremendous performance of his economy. Hungary
January 27, 2012 - Guardian
50 miles north of
the Hungarian ,
right-wing paramilitary groups linked to the fascist Jobbik Party have started a
reign of fear against the Roma of the town, resulting in 4 serious incidents of
harm against Gypsies. The Civil Guard
Association for a Better Future, Defence Force and Betyársereg dominated the
town for 2 months, allegedly fighting ‘gypsy crime.’ The mayor of town is in Jobbik. Romani children in town are taught in
separate classes, use different toilets, lunch areas and festivities. The Romani children cannot use computers
until years after the other children, or participate in after-school
activities. The governing Fidesz Party has a program of sending the large amount of Roma
unemployed (as well as others) to ‘labour camps,’ where they work for peanuts in poor conditions. These camps remind the Roma of similar camps in war-time Hungary. There are 400,000 to 800,000 Roma in village
of Gyöngyöspata . Hungary Canada
has become the destination of choice for Roma seeking asylum from . Hungary
April 19, 2012 – New York Times
TEK is the acronym for a praetorian guard created by Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban of Fidesz in 2010. They have almost unlimited powers of surveillance and data collection as an ‘anti-terror’ force, and are outside the command structure of the police, the courts or the security agencies. They are instead under the Interior Minister, a lackey of Orban's. Essentially, they are a personal secret police. TEK only have to act under police authority when pursuing criminal activities, like drugs. The Fidesz Speaker of the House now also has command of a private guard – a “Parlia-Military’ – which is allowed, not just to ‘protect’ the Speaker or the Parliament, but to enter and search homes, etc. The author asks whether these moves presage a police state in
, loyal to only one Party. Hungary
June 13, 2012 – Bloomberg News
In a village 60 miles west of
, Csokako, a statue to Milos Horthy has been erected to celebrate his rule from 1919 to 1944. Horthy was an ally of Hitler, an anti-Semite
and an extreme Nationalist. Other statutes of Horthy are going up in other parts of Hungary. Books by
Jozsef Nyiro are being brought back into the Hungarian school system. Nyiro was
close to the fascist Arrow Cross Party.
Fidesz organized a reburial of Nyiro in ethnic Budapest Hungary, in what is now . The Romanian government refused to allow, in
their words, 'anti-Semite/ fascist/ anti-Romanian' ashes, into their country, so
Nyiro had to be ‘reburied’ without his ashes.
A large part of Fidesz program is for a ‘greater Romania Hungary,’ including a large chunk of . Fidesz has given these Romanian citizens of
Magyar/Hungarian ethnicity voting rights, which shows to what extent they are serious. This is a voting bloc they hope to control. By the way, this part of Romania includes the former Transylvanian territories of Count Vlad Dracula - the Impaler, which evidently makes it quite a prize for Orban. Through these moves, Fidesz hopes to capture votes from the base of
Jobbik. Anti-Semitic incidents are
occurring in the rest of the country.
There are still 120,000 Jewish people in Romania . A bit less than 500,000 Hungarian Jews perished in the
Nazi/Arrow Cross/Fascist holocaust. Hungary
People who use impressionistic methods to say that the
is already ‘fascist' only prove how out-of-touch they are with real
fascism. Perhaps they need their teeth knocked out by a Nazi punk. Take a look at a country that actually has a developing fascist
movement and compare. U.S.
First there is the old hippie logic of the phrase 'friendly fascism.' 'Friendly fascism' is an oxymoron, like a 'kind killer.' It cannot exist. The
government does not need fascism yet – not in a society in which the government
has almost full surveillance powers and is weakening the rule of law in order
to criminalize dissent, strikes and any real opposition. In which the ruling class controls a vast
propaganda network of television, newspapers, magazines and radio stations,
holds the money card and controls both political parties. In which education is
merely training. In which the ruling class has at their disposal the largest arsenal of military/ police/ security forces in history. I would call the U.S. an authoritarian plutocracy with a parliamentary veneer, or some variation on that. For the American
ruling class, fascists right now are just loose cannons that they allow to simmer, but not
grow to their actual, full, height. Mussolini’s definition of fascism (corporations and government
acting together) was an incomplete description for what it really was – open terror against labor, against the left, against foreigners, against minorities
of every kind, by a government and extra-legal paramilitaries acting on behalf of the
corporations. Of course, who takes Mussolini's word for anything? You'd be surprised... U.S.
Fascism is the last resort of a threatened capitalist class. Evidently the Hungarian capitalists feel they need these measures to solidify their weak position.
Happy Fathers' Day!
June 17, 2012