Orbán brings his anti-Western campaign to the United States
Hungary has launched an unprecedented campaign in the United States to bring Orbán’s xenophobic, homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic message to the American public. His government is isolated in the United States because of Orbán’s pro-Putin and pro-China stance. No active American politician (Republican or Democrat) would publicly support him.
Budapest now relies on a small “marginal” group of conservative individuals and organizations to deliver the message.
On Friday, October 29, a book event was held at the Gowan Hall Auditorium, The Catholic University of America, Washington DC.
Mr. Balázs Orbán presented his book entitled The Hungarian Way Of Strategy. The recently translated book is a collection of “historical, political and philosophical analyzes” and presents “an overview of the strategy behind the policies of the current Hungarian government, and offers some thoughts on Hungary’s long-term prospects in as well as the West at large. Orbán claims that the West had lost its appeal to central Europeans.
The conference was followed by a panel discussion featuring Sohrab Ahmari and Helen Andrews of the US conservatives, as well as Daniel McCarthy of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
The young Balázs Orbán is a deputy minister and a close advisor to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (no relationship). He is “a lawyer, political scientist and politician who serves as political director of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office. He is also chairman of the board of Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC), Hungary’s leading talent management institution and knowledge center, and heads the advisory board of Ludovika – University of Civil Service.
The American curator is the brainchild of Rod Dreher who was a member of the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) headed by Balázs. (read more here) Sohrab Ahmari, an Iranian convert to Catholicism, and Helen Andrews both work for Dreher.
Hungary is a small country and now spends huge sums of money on propaganda. As the New York Times recently noted, Orbán is combating criticism in the United States through a massive influence campaign and “has spent millions lobbying, supporting think tanks and cultivating allies in Washington.”
At this point, it is not clear whether Budapest’s new US propaganda strategy is successful. Viktor Orbán recently lost one of his longtime supporters, former New York State Governor George Pataki of Hungarian descent.
Mr. Balázs also presented a carefully crafted video to the American audience. Here it is for your viewing pleasure.
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