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Hungarian President says ‘Family is cradle of society’ at inauguration. We should listen 

Even in the midst of the present crisis around the war in Ukraine, the EU and the left have not relented in their campaign against Poland and Hungary, with just one example being the NGO-driven demand that Poland change its abortion laws to facilitate refugees.

Hungary not only remains the target for Brussels bureaucrats determined to override that country’s democratically elected government and judiciary, but has been erroneously depicted in the media as “pro Putin.” In her inaugural speech on May 14, the newly elected President of Hungary Katalin Novak addressed that issue as well as expounding upon the political philosophy that informs the governing Fidesz party of which she was the candidate.

In relation to the war, Novak pointed out that Hungary has taken in 700,000 Ukrainian refugees. She again condemned the Russian invasion, and referenced her own country’s historical experience as to why they were opposed to any restoration of Russian hegemony which ended with the collapse of the Soviet Union.

However, she stressed that Hungary no more than any other country in NATO or the EU is not part of the war, and that while they are members of the EU and of NATO that “we have the right to say no to a decision” where it impacts on Hungary’s sovereignty. A concept that has been completely lost, if it ever existed, amongst our own political elite.

Novak also explained what lies behind Hungary’s pro family policies, which inform the Fidesz government across a range of areas from greatly restricting abortion to housing and education. These policies have come under sustained attack and threats from external forces including the EU Commission assisted by the domestic left and billionaire bankrolled NGOs.

Novak explained the basis for this as lying in the belief that “The cradle of society is the family. A nation’s unity starts in the family too.” That extends into the community of citizens of the different regions, social classes and religions, she said. The Government policy therefore is focused on encouraging family formation, the Hungarian President explained.

“Let us protect the order of creation and the created world. Let us support large families, full-time parents, adopters and those who care for their children alone. Let us work to remove all financial obstacles from the way to responsible parenthood … I will also speak out to protect life, representing those who cannot yet stand up to defend themselves.”

You could hardly find more of a contrast between the vision expounded by Novak and Fidesz and supported by a mass of the Hungarian people, and the dominance of left liberalism in most of the rest of the western democratic world. Which brought to mind a piece written by Stephen Baskerville and published recently in the American conservative journal Chronicles.

The pieceRevolt of the Fatherless’ is worth deeper consideration, but for the purposes of contrast with Hungary it poses questions for those in the west who feel powerless in the face of the dismantling of traditional communities and indeed of the family itself. Baskerville addresses that malaise directly when he demands to know why conservatives are “accepting a steady stream of defeats.”

The very notion of mounting a counter-offensive appears beyond even most of those who focus on the consequences of the hegemony of the liberal left. Not only that but he seems to believe that many do not understand why the left has been successful which he claims lies in “the culmination of a power shift, from the mature to the immature.”

Part of this in the United States is the consequence of the successful capture of the institutions by a liberal elite in politics, academia, media and culture that is “intoxicated … with their own righteousness and unaccountable power.” A power which he claims is wielded towards the “systematic destruction of families” as part of a “deliberate and collective attack” driven by the left’s control of the bureaucracy and legal system underpinning the welfare state.

He refers to David Blankenhorn’s thesis that the absence of parental authority in fatherless families means that there is decreasing means of transmitting the ways in which natural discontent among adolescents can be channelled into constructive dissent and productive habits. Rather than in a myopic desire to destroy anything that stands in the way of immediate individual satisfaction.

In the so-called underclass this has already created a vicious cycle of generations of fatherless males who replicate that pattern and all of the dysfunctional behaviours it gives rise to, and which are well documented in studies. Many of those studies, however, fail to recognise the actual causes in favour of theories of class and race.

This has also begun to impact on middle class families which, of course, has had far more influence on the political sphere where “The half educated intellectualize their dysfunctional rebelliousness using political ideologies allowing them to collectivize their fury.”

While the anarchists of Antifa and BLM claim to be acting on behalf of the “marginalized” and “oppressed,” at the roots of the violence lies an extreme narcissism that projects individual resentment onto the whole of society and its institutions. Baskerville claims that traditional family structures moderated all of that through the connection with the wider world as mediated by the father.  That was how people learned how to behave outside of a family situation that might otherwise simply ratify any and all of their individual desires.

Where this ties in with the situation in Hungary is that contrary to the United States and indeed Ireland, there are people in political life in Hungary with power who are not content to allow all of this go unchallenged. He criticises those conservatives indeed who place the blame entirely on the “absent fathers” themselves rather than recognising that this is a fruit of deliberate state policy.

The family has been systematically replaced by an entire army of state bureaucrats who have replaced mothers and fathers as “The hand that rocks the cradle.”

And if it is the consequence of state policy, then it can be reversed through state policy. If there are sufficient people in politics with that objective and with the support of sufficient people to put that into place. That requires action rather than apathy and surrender. Otherwise, the PeterPan junta” of superannuated radicals, and the “Huxleyian hatcheries” will continue to create “successive generations of insurgents.”.

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