Monthly Archives: October 2012

“Adventures of Misi, the squirrel”: An interesting interpretation

Because I have no idea how long I will have electricity I will try to post a short note as soon as possible. According to information received in our little borough (population 5,000)  25% of households are already without power. So, I’d better hurry.

My topic for today will be somewhat whimsical. I just finished listening to a conversation with László Majtényi, former ombudsman, who is now the director of the Károly Eötvös Institute. Károly Eötvös was the MP and lawyer who accepted the job of defending the Jews of … Read the rest

Ignác Romsics on István Bethlen and Kuno Klebelsberg: the 1920s

I’m taking a break from economics and politics and will turn to popular history.

There are a couple of monthly magazines dealing with history in Hungary: Rubicon and História.  Both are edited by well respected historians and the short articles are written by experts in their fields. Both have been in existence for a long time. Rubicon’s first issue came out in 1990 and História has been in existence since 1979. Both are edited around specific topics; Rubicon often opts for topics that are being discussed in current political … Read the rest

Crowds, the IMF, and the Hungarian budget: a follow-up

Yesterday when I decided to bring up the question of the size of the crowds on October 23 I didn’t realize that in the meantime it had become a hot topic in Hungary. The newly appointed undersecretary for international communications, Ferenc Kumin, was infuriated by all the lies foreign journalists were spreading about the size of the pro-government crowd that marched through the streets of Buda and Pest and ended up on Kossuth tér listening to Viktor Orbán’s speech.

First, let me call your attention to a very old postRead the rest

The Orbán government’s trademark: Constant lies, big and small

Let me start with a footnote to the “war of numbers.” The following letter came from a friend of Hungarian Spectrum. The subject of the e-mail was: Galileo: observe and measure! Here is the letter:

Dear Eva,
Re your blog 23 October ‘war of numbers’:
From what I read and heard from various sources, estimates for Kossuth tér ran from 100 to 400 thousand. No one mentioned, and as far as I know no one publicly questioned, how these estimates were achieved. (Of course, politically no one is interested in Read the rest

Money talks; it also marches

I would like to remain on the topic of the Peace March a little longer because a few days ago I encountered a name that I wasn’t familiar with before: László Csizmadia. His name cropped up as one of the three or four organizers of the march along with Zsolt Bayer, András Bencsik, and Tamás Fricz. Tamás Fricz is an “independent” political scientist while András Bencsik used to be the editor of  party news in Népszabadság during the Kádár regime. And we all know about Zsolt Bayer, a good friend … Read the rest

October 23: The speech of Viktor Orbán about revolution and freedom from speculators

First a few words about “the war of numbers.” Only the truly faithful can believe that while the Peace Marchers numbered 150,000, there were only 20,000 people at the Milla-Solidarity demonstration. Even the 150,000 figure wasn’t high enough for some; later the Fidesz organizers claimed that there were at least 400,000 demonstrators by the time the crowd got to Kossuth Square. There is no way that Kossuth Square can hold 400,000 people. Moreover, I looked at several photos taken on the spot, from which it was apparent that the square … Read the rest

A great speech: Gordon Bajnai, the hope of the Hungarian opposition

I had the good fortune, thanks to modern technology, to be able to see or hear all the important speeches today. As I was listening I took copious notes.

I began my day by tuning into ATV, but within half an hour the interest was so great that their server gave up the ghost. However, I still managed to hear Ferenc Gyurcsány’s speech. At this point I switched to Klubrádió where I caught Péter Juhász. Then I received a direct link from a friend to Milla’s video where I heard … Read the rest