Everyone filters what he experiences in some way, according to some principles that inform his judgments. If we are (as F. H. Bradley argued in The Presuppositions of Critical History) both the architect of the past–however recent that past may be–and the author of our filtering principles, then in effect there will be as many points of view as there are people. Of course, we tend to minimize this diversity and talk instead about principles that inform the judgments of groups of people. József Szájer, Fidesz European parliamentary member, for example is convinced that their removal of the cordon was a victory for democracy. It would be strange were he to think otherwise. After all, he was one of those who helped Viktor Orbán dismantle it. Gergely Bárándy, a young lawyer and MSZP politician who comes from a long line of lawyers, thinks that the verdict was a death sentence for the rule of law in Hungary. Krisztina Morvai (a so-called legal expert) and Zoltán Balog (a Presbyterian minister and Fidesz member of parliament) are convinced that October 23, 2006, marked the beginning of dictatorship in Hungary where the prime minister himself ordered the police to attack peaceful demonstrators in a most savage manner. Others consider the mob’s action despicable and the police reaction weak.
Some "political scientists" are certain that a minority government cannot work and that the current Hungarian government is doomed to failure. Others are hopeful. Some people think that the only rational policy of MDF and SZDSZ is the path they are currently pursuing while others find their decisions of late to be suicidal from their own vantage point. Some economists are certain that Hungary is destined to be the loser of the region: everybody, including the Romanians, will surpass Hungary, and the poor Hungarians will be looking at Slovakia with envy in their eyes. Well-known economists project economic growth at a fixed rate: currently the Slovak economy is growing by 10% while Hungary’s growth is about 2%, and, they claim, this disparity will continue far into the future. Others are pretty sure that eventually the Slovak economy will settle into a yearly growth of about 4% and that the Hungary economy will do the same.
Some political analysts are certain that there is a huge political and economic crisis in Hungary. Fidesz especially likes to talk about crisis. István Stumpf a couple of days ago talked about a "triple crisis," i.e. political, economic, and societal. Viktor Orbán added a fourth one: state crisis. I’m at a loss to figure out what that means. Others are convinced that there is no real economic or societal crisis and that the political one was actually created by Fidesz. Fidesz’s "linguists" in charge of political discourse came up with the idea that perhaps if they repeat the word "crisis" at least ten times a day, eventually people will believe that there a is real, immediate crisis. This strategy seems to work, by the way.
Let me insert here a cartoon I liked very much. It appeared in Népszava.
Caption: "Heeeelp, we are sinking!"
NWO thought that I look at the policies of MDF and SZDSZ (yesterday’s blog) through tinted glasses while, obviously, he and others who think similarly to him, look at events as they really are (which, of course, is as impossible for him to do as it is for me). He incorrectly infers that he is right and I’m wrong. He may be right or I may be right. Or we both may be wrong. I find it hard to understand why it would be good for either MDF or SZDSZ to have early elections. Sure, they could distinguish themselves from MSZP this way, but then what? Would they be willing to sacrifice their parliamentary representation? Nice distinguishing! Let me insert here another cartoon that appeared in today’s Vasárnapi Hírek.
Gyurcsány stands on a ball called "Budget," carefully balancing, while Ibolya Dávid and Gábor Fodor are pulling him this way and that way. Dávid says "We are not going to vote for it." Fodor says: "Neither will we." And the caption reads: "Be careful because in the end we may all fall on our faces!" It seems that I’m not alone in thinking that this may be the wrong strategy. But the best thing is to wait and see. Or perhaps we will not see because it is always possible that they will reconsider and change their tune.