Mária Schmidt on George Soros, the grave digger of the left, Part II

Yesterday I began dissecting Mária Schmidt’s latest propaganda piece,“The Grave Digger of the Left,” which offers up second-hand conspiracy theories about George Soros’s philanthropic endeavors. In the second part of my analysis I will concentrate on the “Hungarian experience” with “Sorosism,” as she calls Soros’s “ideology mix.”

In Schmidt’s view, Hungary was a guinea pig for Soros, who learned the tools of his evil trade in the country of his birth. It was in Hungary that he figured out the kinds of organizations worth investing in, organizations that would then “serve his interests.” He quickly discovered that Prime Minister József Antall and his successor, Péter Boross, both of MDF, were not willing to be partners in his shady schemes. So, Soros had to concentrate on liberal intellectuals in the social sciences and in the cultural sphere in general. He used decoys like programs for the Roma and providing medical supplies to hospitals to lure people into his camp.

He was so successful that by today “left” in Hungary equals “Soros.” All of his pet projects have been adopted by the Hungarian liberals and socialists: political correctness, the environment, feminism, same sex marriage, support of migrants, legalization of prostitution, etc.

Schmidt, who begins her essay with a quotation from Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror,” further exhibits her familiarity with Western pop culture by comparing Soros to “the evil but super intelligent Silva” in the Bond film Skyfall, who “with obsessive and missionary zeal aims at world domination.” Soros’s results, she admits, have been spectacular. For example, “as everybody knows, the network of Soros’s civilians was behind the colorful revolutions in Ukraine, Georgia, and the Arab spring.” In fact, at one point Schmidt charges that Soros himself boasted about his success in creating “a Soros Empire out of the Soviet Union.” I don’t know how we all missed the “fact” that the collapse of the Soviet Union was the handiwork of George Soros. Now, according to Schmidt, Soros’s target is the European Union itself.

Mária Schmidt’s “evil but super intelligent Silva”

At this point we get to the real reason Schmidt wrote this essay. Viktor Orbán’s vicious anti-migrant rhetoric has been extremely effective, with the overwhelming majority of Hungarians now the most xenophobic group in all of Europe. The hatred Orbán planted in Hungarian souls has taken root. The challenge for the Hungarian government is how to keep nurturing this hatred. By now there are no migrants around, and there is fear in government circles that this hatred may wither over time. And if it withers, support for Orbán may wither as well.

The government has therefore begun to personalize the migrant crisis, coming up with enemies who can in one way or another be tied to it. Soros, of course, tops the list. Time and again Orbán has blamed “the migrant crisis” on George Soros. Since Central European University was founded by George Soros and some of the NGOs receive small amounts of money from the Hungarian-American financier, they can be targeted. And Brussels is an old stand-by. Whatever the problem, Brussels is always at fault.

To xenophobic Hungarians the very mention of outside influence or pressure on the country makes them flock to Orbán as their only defense against this “foreign invasion.” And since Viktor Orbán has as his overarching goal to remain in power regardless of the cost to the country and its people, this goal is well served by calling attention in every way possible to the dangers foreigners (migrants as well as international capitalists) pose to the Hungarian way of life.

Central European University is in the government’s crosshairs because, as Schmidt puts it, the university is Soros’s “replenishing base” for liberal cadres in Hungary and elsewhere. An illiberal state, one would think, cannot allow such a place to exist within its borders. But Schmidt doesn’t go that far, most likely because she knows that the tug of war between the Orbán government and CEU won’t end with closing the university in Budapest. So she is satisfied to state the lie that the government, by insisting that the same rules apply to CEU as to other Hungarian universities, only wants to send the message that George Soros “isn’t omnipotent and invulnerable.”

Her final shots are directed not just at Central European University but also at the kinds of universities that exist in English-speaking countries and that are so highly valued worldwide. She tells us how enthusiastic she was when CEU moved to Budapest. Many people, herself included, looked upon it as a sign of the end of the old university system. Soon enough, however, they realized that CEU didn’t contribute to pluralism within the social sciences. On the contrary, it became a supporter of “post-communists.” Instead of employing the old Hungarian Marxists, the university imported western ones. “Discarded American, Canadian, Israeli, Western European Marxists found secure positions for a few pleasant years in the departments of CEU,” she charges. And just as they became disillusioned with CEU, over the years Schmidt and her ideological comrades became disillusioned with Anglo-Saxon type universities in general. Now that she and her comrades speak English and are well informed about the world, unlike in the Kádár years, they know about the intolerance in American and British universities where they don’t want to listen to voices contrary to their liberal tenets. Hungarians “don’t want to have ‘safe spaces’ for those at CEU who don’t want to listen to others.”

Schmidt’s blanket labeling of all those who teach at CEU as “discarded Marxists” shows an ideological blindness that is appalling, especially from someone who has academic pretensions. And her reference to the “safe spaces” inside the walls of CEU is outright frightening. If Orbán, Schmidt, and their ideological partners keep going down the road they embarked on in 2010, the Hungarian younger generation who, according to Schmidt’s own admission, has been poisoned by Soros, will find “safe spaces” outside the country. We are getting close to this point.

April 17, 2017
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András B. Göllner
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Congrats Éva, for your insightful analysis. Mária Schmidt, has been a one-woman wrecking crew of democratic principles in Hungary and of the respect for the dignity of our fellow human beings. Mr. Soros has done exectly the opposite, and so have you. Thank you !!

Joe Simon
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Orbán did not have to plant hatred of migrants, Hungarians are genuinely opposed to third world immigration. Soros is considered persona non grata in many countries in the West as well: a currency manipulator, stock market speculator, supporting left-wing causes, etc. His life-long ambition was to remove G.W. Bush from power, a rather arrogant meddling in US politics. Your epistles here do not offer balanced views, as usual.

Dearieme
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Like many other genuinely self-made persons, he has not always worn the white hat to achieve his wealth. Indeed he is persona non grata to some countries in the West. To be fair to those countries he is judged to exploited a weakness that people and governance failed to address. So naturally this person wold make enemies. Oh wait, I’m getting myself mixed up. You were talking about Soros, but I was thinking about Orbán. Interesting that they could be painted with the same brush. But there’s a key difference: Soros actually made his wealth by taking risks over his lifetime rather than being a lifelong hack politician who has managed to enrich his family greatly with many family homes and properties that we know about. By the way Soros’ ‘power’ and his applied philosophy by many measures hasn’t been particularly effective especially against the political conspiracy of OV within Hungary. So if one has an independent mind, you have to wonder why OV has spent so much time and effort to go against this person and institutions that he has start which have been so ineffective against his political conspirators. Read a bit of Machiavelli and you will learn… Read more »
Reality Check
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You must be equally appalled with the Koch brothers and Mercer’s meddling in US politics. And the Russians meddling must drive you crazy. You are after all interested in balance.

Orban may not have to have planted the seed of hatred, but he tended the growth of hatred with all the power of his office.

Guest

It seems that Hungarians hate everybody else – remember the Pirez?
Is that a kind of inferiority complex?

Not too much OT:
The German boss of the employers’ association says Germany needs 200 000 immigrants a year and asks everybody to work against the crazy right wingers like Fidesz, pardon in Germany it’s AfD.

Guest
to Joe Simon And how has Orbán amassed his sudden fortune? And how has Rahel, Orbán’s daughter, amassed hers, and how has Orbán’s wife suddenly acquired at least 30 bits of valuable property, and how have Orbán’s buddies suddenly managed to buy palaces and villas on Andrássy út? They have done it by stealing EU moneys, which were earmarked for hospitals and schools. And why shouldn’t Soros “meddle in politics”, to try and prevent the likes of Orbán and his criminal fraternity, who haven’t earned their wealth, but have stolen it. Schmidt’s diatribe against Soros is the most incredible and mind-boggling expose of the ignorance of how the business world operates and how democracy works, and is an insight into the limitations of her mental facilities – in short, to use a “Western” phrase, she is “a few sandwiches short of a picnic”. But I can see how she would appeal to those uneducated Hungarians who are as ignorant, and revel in their stupidity, as she is. As the country under Orbán is lapping up the diatribes against foreign universities as their latest hate campaign, I suggest that those universities, one in the UK and one in Switzerland, if I… Read more »
Guest

You won’t get an answer from Joe on Orbán’s family and its wealth, I’m sure.
Except maybe that like the other Fidesz billionaires they earned it of course …

DAISNAID-syndrome!
Do as I say – not as I do …

Ferenc
Guest

“universities…….. repeal their degrees”
I wish/hope/dream that those girls will really learn something at those foreign universities, so that they see that their father’s ways are wrong and will strongly and openly speak out against them

petofi
Guest

What I’ve noticed is an evolutionary change in Hungarian people–they have developed the longest tongues of any in the human family!

Member
Speaking of xenophobia in Hungary (remember the story of a Hungarian mother whose little son asked her one evening: “Mommy, when the “migrants” come, may I carry a knife with me to defend myself?”, https://kolozsvaros.com/2016/09/24/olvasoi-level-anya-ha-bejonnek-a-migransok-hordhatok-magamnal-bicskat/): Many of the ingredients of this hatred are present in all too many other nations as well: fear of the unknown, fear of losing however tiny a part of one’s “hard-earned” standard of living, fear of change. Plus the Eastern European “empathy deficit” which arises from disappointment: after the breakdown of Socialism, we were supposed to reach the Western standard of living, all of us, but now we are still poor. So the Modern Western values (including equality and human rights etc.) obviously don’t work and we should return to the good old 1930s, when nobody questioned the Christian traditions or patriarchal “family values”, when everybody knew that white people are smarter than black people, and at least the self-esteem of a white heterosexual middle-class family father was still unbroken. Of course, for many Eastern European nations, self-pitying (“boo-hoo, nobody has suffered more than us”) nationalism is a quasi-religion, but in Hungary, this national self-pity has very deep roots. From the 16th century on, Hungarian… Read more »
Guest

One might add that there are other groups hated generally.

We have a neighbour who represents all this:
Though he’s a hard working man, has been to Austria for work often (and to Croatia etc for holidays) he still shows his xenophobia openly. For him “buzi”, “zsido”, “cigany” are adjectives like “rosz” or “hülye” – he uses them in every conversation to describe anyone/anything he doesn’t like (or doesn’t understand …), comes totally naturally to him.

PS:

On the other hand, my wife had several talks with our visitors over Easter and they all agreed re the Fidesz Kleptocracy. There are many examples in Eastern Hungary (where they live, but I won’t give details …) of exclusive buildings and areas kept closed to the public – owned by Fidesz politicians’ family members …

The number of billions stolen is probably even higher than we dare think!
And add to this the failure of lustration – there surely are very old connections, from glorious Horthy times via “Socialist” exploitation to the current thieving establishment.

Guest

Excellent comment! Add to this that Hungarians tend to blame everyone else instead of trying to address their own problems and the attitude toward Romas and the picture is complete.

jopa
Guest

George Szaros paying you guys?

Ferenc
Guest

jopacska:
Ki mint él, úgy ítél?
Evil doers are evil dreaders?

Guest

Only someone who gets paid himself would ask that silly question!
Why do you think that a powerful Satanic monster like Soros is interested in a shitty little third rate country like Hungary and its lunatic fascist-light government which is the laughing stock of the civilised world?
Btw North Korea is even funnier in a way – but also more dangerous …

Ferenc
Guest

wolfi,
für jopacska, zwei Möglichkeiten aufs Deutsch:

1.Man sucht keinen hinter dem Ofen, man habe denn selbst dahinter gesteckt
2.Man sieht keinen hinter dem Busch, hinter dem man nicht selber gesteckt hat

Member

Did you know that Ofen is my birthplace. It is the old name of Budapest in german? We are not many people that use that name today.

Guest

Jopa, how are things going at the Ministry of Truth?

Observer
Guest

Joppa – жопа,

Soros didn’t offer me enough, even if it was times over the crumbs the Orban gang pays here. I think, you know, and that makes me more expensive.

petofi
Guest

One of Machavelli’s discoveries is that, when people are kept down busy with making a living, they have just enough strength to battle one another and not the power structure.

Guest

Yes, that’s how “Socialism” in East Europe worked – everybody being envious, looking if their neighbours had any “extras” or got some “Bückware” (articles sold under the counter – because they were not available officially).
And Hungary is on a different system: Everything is available – if you have enough money …
It’s obviously very frustrating and you “have to look” for the one who’s responsible – maybe the Jew is a good candidate?
Because of course for a real Hungarian it’s always someone else’ fault!

Ferenc
Guest

OT
Coming saturday next “Peace March – Békemenet”
details at https://www.facebook.com/events/1429929357077726/
“For the Government and Russia – Against Everything Else”

Obsever
Guest

Tnx. Great humor again from the Two Tails Dog Party.

Ferenc
Guest

OT
Ask help for as correct as possible translation, all corrections/additions appreciated.

Orbán 1988: Azok a felelősek, akik belekényszerítik az embereket, hogy csak elkergetni lehessen a rendszert
https://444.hu/2017/04/17/orban-azok-a-felelosek-akik-belekenyszeritik-az-embereket-hogy-csak-elkergetni-lehessen-a-rendszert
„Az a politikai rendszer, ami nem hajlandó tárgyalni, nem hajlandó a társadalom megszerveződő erőivel tárgyalni, az csak önmagának tehet szemrehányást később, amikor rálőnek. Csak magának!
És nem a lövöldözőket kell, hogy terhelje a felelősség, hanem azokat, akik nem voltak hajlandóak a békés szándékúakkal tárgyalni.
Elismerni azokat, és működni hagyni. Erről van itt szó. A felelősség őket terheli.
Elzárkóznak a párbeszédtől, lehetetlenné teszik azt, hogy azokat az indulatokat, amik felgyülemlenek ebben a társadalomban, normális, civil polgár módjára, szerveződve levezessék.
Ezt teszik lehetetlenné. Aztán amikor majd kergetik őket az utcákon, azt fogják mondani, hogy akik kergetik őket, azokat terheli a felelősség. Egy nagy fenét!
Őket terheli, akik belekényszerítik az embereket, hogy csak elkergetni lehessen őket.”

Ferenc
Guest

So far came to this:

Orban 1988: Those are responsible, who force the people to the only left over possibility, to chase away the system.

“The political system, which is not willing to discuss, refuse to discuss with the organised forces in society, can only blame itself later, when it is shot at. Only itself!
And not the people who shot should be bearing the responsibility, but those, who were not willing to discuss with the people with peaceful intentions.
Recognize them and leave to work. This is the case here. The responsibility lies with them.
They refuse an open dialogue, make it impossible for ………………………
They make it impossible. Then when chasing them through the streets, they will say that those who chase them, they are liable. Big bullshit!
Those are responsible, who force the people to the only left over possibility, to chase them away.

Obsever
Guest

Good effort, but hardly worth it: in his shifty political career Orban has said everything and it’s opposite too. E.g. after 20 years of anti Russian tirades ..
Lying/cheating is the sly gypsy’s life form.

(I know, I know guys, it’s not PC).

Ferenc
Guest

OT
Corruption at work, relating to an old post about the “Dagaly Uszo Monstrum”.
A new bicicle bridge (span ca.10mtr) over the ‘Rakos’ stream, for the corruption-in-action price of 400 million HUF (incl.VAT, so 1.33 million EUR).
Article: http://index.hu/belfold/budapest/2017/04/18/a_400_millios_kerekparos_hid_titka/
Google streetview at the current bidge over the ‘Rakos’ stream: https://www.google.com/maps/@47.5422559,19.0672001,3a,75y,270h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdAol1s8Zm0Jx3jGdZr8Yiw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Hell, the workers have to come from the Panama Islands? Or is the biggest part of the money only going there………….

Obsever
Guest

Orban is very afraid, says a psychologist, in Hungarian.
Point of interest, since in dictatorships, much more depends on the personality of the dictator.
http://www.vasarnapihirek.hu/fokusz/sancho_panza_kiralysaga

Ferenc
Guest

But what will happen after “Sancho Panza kingdom”?
How big is the chance that Fidesz is able to continue with something like “Orban-light”, lead by e.g.current EU commissioner Navracsics?
I have my fears…….

Observer
Guest

I don’t think there will be second, “light” phase. If Orban retires (quite a far fetched proposition) or suffers an act of God (the more probable and preferred option) the regime will collapse befo, as usually happens with such cases.

The dupes/zemberek are always those footing the bill, no exception there, as we already can see in the falling behind Hungary.

Observer
Guest

…the regime will collapse before long …

wrfree
Guest

‘Since Don Quixote de la Mancha is a crazy fool and a madman, and since Sancho Panza, his squire, knows it, yet, for all that, serves and follows him, and hangs on these empty promises of his, there can be no doubt that he is more of a madman and a fool than his master’

Cervantes

You know we’d have to think time can only tell who, arguably the quixotic VO plugging on in his quest of a new Hungary or all the patient and believing peasant ‘Sanchos’ , will be the first to disavow themselves of their delusions, hallucinations and imaginations of their views of reality. And with that insight the stuff of enchantment will no longer
feed a scandalized and corruption plagued fairy tale.

petofi
Guest

No collapsing before the boys loot the Paks money…

wrfree
Guest

And look for the collapse into that burning ‘ring of fire’ where the taste of ‘money’ is sweet. Time for a Johnny Cash moment..

‘Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money’

Fidesz.. look to be Europe’s ‘worrisome worry-warts’…

Ferenc
Guest

interview with Hack Péter, jurist, university teacher:
“in the coming weeks/months will be decided, if Hungary can remain (to be called) a constitutional state (Jogállam)”
http://www.atv.hu/videok/video-20170417-hack-peter

feldmann
Guest

Poor Hack, Hungary long ago ceased to be a Rechstsaat.

Observer
Guest

Pls note that Hack teaches in a state owned uni.

More importantly, he kept listing examples pointing to the lack of rule of law, without explicitly saying it. Only at the end, answering the closed end question, he agreed that the Constitutional Court ruling on the matter of the “CEU law” will determine “whether we can still call the state a rule-of-law one”.

His implicit opinion was quite clear, although legally difficult to assault.

Arthur Nadas
Guest

Dear Ms. Balogh,

You write “The hatred Orbán planted in Hungarian souls has taken root.” I’m afraid you give Viktor a bit too much credit, because xenophobia is no newcomer to Hungarians; witness as one example the forcible expulsion of thousands of Swabians after WWII. No doubt Viktor gave it plenty oxygen, but the embers were certainly there.

Sincerely yours,

Guest

Rather OT but very interesting re the economic policies of Fidesz:
http://www.portfolio.hu/en/economy/hungary_competitiveness_dilemma_solved_in_one_fell_swoop.32845.html
A scathing, damning analysis of the new ideas of Fidesz – among them new tax laws (which are of course not called tax laws but …)

It’s absolutely crazy – seems they’re going after anything/anyone that merits the adjective “global” or “international”.

PS:
The linked article is one of the few free ones on portfolio – you don’t have to be a subscriber.

wrfree
Guest
Re: challenge for the Magyar government: ‘how to keep nurturing this hatred’ Looks a ‘back to the future’ political motif. If this is what was learned from history well………..As they said in Apollo 13, ‘Houston we have a problem’. And it appears don’t look to them to help solve the great problems of our day. They’re knee deep in their own hoopla with those migrants, refugees, bevandors or whatevets et al plus US agit-propers giving them headaches. Don’t know how long the propagation of hate filled tirades can exist in the new illiberalist stronghold. To think of all the energy wasted on that. Magyarorszag’s blood pressure must be sky high. But I’d venture to say when looking back the ‘isms’ of the 20th (fill in blanks) didn’t have a strong record in longevity due to invariably indulging in grave excess. But those legacies and some of their qualities indubitably live on showing how bankrupt they are in freeing themselves from various ‘oppressions’. The country sure is adrift like that Apollo capsule once was. Pretty soon they’ll be on to Pluto folks if they don’t latch on to a tether. And if they get ‘out there’ that illiberalism will be cold… Read more »
Guest

Again rather OT but interesting and important:

The World Economic Forum has published a new analysis on the competitiveness of tourism and travel (more than 200 pages!) and of course there’s a ranking.
Hungary fell back 8 places to no 49 (behind Slovenia and Croatia but in front of Slovakia). Like last time Spain, France and Germany are the first on that list – world wide!
http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TTCR_2017_web_0401.pdf

A lot of details info on the risks and possibilities of this important part of the economy – where Hungary again is falling back! Just think about the difficulties of finding qualified people – everbody tries to get away to the DACH countries etc.
This summer will be “interesting” at the Balaton, we’ll see how restaurants, hotels etc cope with this.

Member
On March 23, the government’s alt-right website 888.hu curiously reported on a Facebook post by political consultant Beth Myers. It was about Arthur Finkelstein being OK and back to work: “while we were there, he received via Saturday Fedex delivery, a fat survey book of roughly 600 pages, filled with cross tabs and numbers concerning a relatively small European country.” I could not find the Facebook page of Beth Myers, and Google brought up nothing similar to the screenshot from the mobile phone the 888 article displays. So, I have no idea of the source’s validity and why the article’s anonymous author felt compelled to post it. It is tempting to speculate that the “small European country” is Hungary, and Finkelstein was consulted, via think tank/stealth ministry Századvég and Habony before launching this political campaign. But whether or not Finkelstein personally participates, let us consider that the Party leadership, after evaluating the considerable uproar abroad and at home, decided to continue the war against the “Empire of Soros.” Operating under the hypothesis that they value their probable gains higher than their probable losses, the events highlight the regime’s value system. A. We know that the regime evaluates the public opinion… Read more »
pappp
Guest

The National Consultation isn’t too popular.

In 2011 the government collected 920,000 answers out of 8m letters sent.

These days the yield is a bit smaller, until now only 112,000 letters were returned to the government. Probably the real numbers are smaller although Fidesz claims only 1/3 of the people received the package.

Member

Fideszs private hooligan army have apparently listened to Orbans and Bayers call to arms/incitement to hatred:

http://magyarnarancs.hu/villamnarancs/ceu-ellenes-tuntetest-szerveznek-a-szabadsag-teren-szombaton-kotekedo-kopaszok-103621

In short, Ferencvaros soccer thugs (who have come to the regimes rescue several times before) are planning a pro-regime rally on Saturday at Szabadsag Ter.
Expect all kinds of racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and general anti-social behaviour.
Sanctioned at the highest level, no doubt and all in the name of Christian (sic) Hungary

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