Unfortunately, the next model wasn’t much more viable either: since they had little to no experience with democracy and the rule of law, and lacked the Western business standards and the knowledge to operate a market economy, Central European countries ended up with Wild East capitalism, which didn’t bring them closer to the coveted western living standards and didn’t really allow them to converge to the western economy, either.
However, each country responded differently to this problem in the 2000s and 2010s. Some Central European states “grew up”: realizing they can’t catch up with the West without a stable civil democracy and a national economy with a high added value, they made sure to strengthen these political and economic pillars.
Hungary, on the other hand, set out on a different path. After the chaos of the 1990s, many people voted for returning to the socialist ways instead of opting for a democratic, civic future. By now, Fidesz has created a bizarre mix of socialism and the rampant predatory capitalism of the 1990s. In today’s Hungary, the state abuses its power and interferes with the daily lives of its citizens, who are once again considered as mere subjects, just as they were before 1990. If you want to get ahead in society, you are required to toe the political line, just as you were in the socialist system. The media, arts and even education are all subjugated to political considerations again. Lacking major intellectual output, Fidesz-ruled Hungary relies on offering cheap semi-skilled labour.
“Let there be Light ” and Hope for our FUTURE.
Orban -“have your cake and eat it”
This expression is USED, directed at a person, in this case Victor Orban – that to have (2) two desirables BUT incompatible things – at the same TIME.
HELLO Hungary -anyone Home.
Its ALL before our VERY eyes, surrounding us in our daily lives, that the Orban “incompatibles” – just a Cataclysmic DISASTER.