This blog is provided by the Common Sense Society of Budapest as an online, English-language platform for the publication and exchange of diverse and differing perspectives about Hungarian politics, economy, and culture. The views represented here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of CSS. The Common Sense Society does not receive funding from any government entity or political party.
Roger Scruton shared his thoughts about European intellectual elites, Hungarian national identity and sovereignty, and why young people are still interested in ideas.
Both President Obama and Governor Romney are presenting themselves as bold alternatives to each other and arguing that America is at a crossroads. What is the average observer – American or otherwise – to make of these claims?
Hungarians spent more than half the year working to earn enough money to pay taxes. Even in the midst of strained government budgets, it’s worth pointing out that allowing workers to keep more of what they earn would help create a more prosperous economy.
Controversy has erupted recently over monuments dedicated to Hungary’s interwar ruler, Miklós Horthy. Opponents say Admiral Horthy was a Nazi collaborator whose memory ought to be denounced, not celebrated. Supporters of the statues exalt Horthy as a staunch defender of Hungarian identity and a source of national pride. The reality is more nuanced and reveals [...]
There is much to cherish in an American culture of individuals who paved their own paths and built their own communities. Perhaps the desire to return to a more self-reliant culture, was one reason Hungarians identified with the American wild west as seen through popular culture.