Op-eds

Democracy and Illiberal Governance in Hungary and the U.S.: Prof. Shattuck explores the parallels in an Op-Ed for The American Prospect

The American Prospect

Seven years ago liberal democracy was hijacked in Hungary. A nationalist politician, Viktor Orban, played on public fears and anxieties to come to power in a national election. He proceeded to attack the media, the judiciary, civil society, the rule of law, and the protection of minority rights—the fundamental elements of pluralism.  

Was this a harbinger of what would happen in the U.S.? The two countries are of course quite different, but the autocratic government of Viktor Orban has become a model for far-right politicians in the U.S. like Representative Steve King, a Republican member of Congress from Iowa, who has proclaimed that “history will record Viktor Orban as the Winston Churchill of Western civilization.”

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