Saturday, 9 July 2011

Hungary - exemplar or threat?

I make no apologies for featuring Hungary yet again; right now, it's the most interesting nation in Europe. Those of you familiar with previous threads will know that whilst my heart resonates to a new national will based on 'home, family, work, health and order' my head is ringing warning bells. Hence the post below. The BBC is parroting the calls for a new national media regulator 'with teeth' to replace the PCC on the basis that it would control Murdoch; they don't seem to have considered it could equally well control the BBC. Hungary's new constitution protects the rights of the foetus from the moment of conception, reserves marriage for a union between a man and a woman, does not outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and permits imprisonment for whole natural-life terms without parole. But it's in the Preamble to the new constitution that Hungary's new 'national will' is most clearly expressed. I'll let you make your own minds up as I reproduce it below (my brief comments in italics).

National Credo

We, members of the Hungarian nation at the beginning of the new Millennium, bearing responsibility for all Hungarians hereby declare that:

We are proud that our King St. Stephen established the Hungarian state on firm foundations a thousand years ago and made our country a part of Christian Europe.

We are proud of our forefathers who struggled for the survival, freedom and independence of our country.

We are proud of the magnificent intellectual creations of Hungarian people.

We are proud that our people have battled for centuries to protect Europe (from the Moslem East) and have, with their talent and diligence enriched her common values.

We recognize the role of Christianity in preserving our nationhood. Likewise we appreciate the different religious traditions of our country (The Jews).

We promise to preserve the spiritual and intellectual unity of our nation battered by the storms of the past century. We consider the nationalities and ethnic groups living in Hungary as parts of our Hungarian nation.

We undertake to preserve and nurture our legacy, the Hungarian culture, our unique language, the man-made and natural treasures of the Carpathian-basin. We bear responsibility for our children; therefore we will prudently use our material, intellectual and natural resources, so as protect the essentials of life for future generations.

We believe that our national culture provides a rich contribution to the diversity of European unity.

We respect the freedom and cultures of other people; we aspire to cooperate will all nations of the world

We profess that the basis of human existence is human dignity.

We profess that individual freedom can develop fully only in cooperation with others.

We profess that the most important frameworks for our coexistence are the family and the nation, and the fundamental values binding us together are loyalty, faith and love

We profess that the strength of every community and the honour of every person is rooted in work and intellectual performance

We profess the obligation to help the poor

We profess that the common objective of the citizen and the state is the achievement of a good life, security, order, justice and freedom.

We profess that true rule by the people can only exist when the state serves its citizens and manages their affairs in an equitable manner without abuse or bias

[then 5 paras essentially negating everything constitutionally that happened between 1939 and 1990]

We declare that after decades of events in the twentieth century that led to moral decline we have an eminent need of spiritual and intellectual renewal

We have trust in the future we jointly build, the commitment of the young generations. We believe our children and grandchildren will use their talent, perseverance and emotional strength to make Hungary great again

Our Basic Law is the foundation of our legal system; it is a contract between Hungarians of the past, present and future. It is a dynamic framework which articulates the will of the nation, the framework within which we wish to live

We, the citizens of Hungary, are ready to base the order of our country on the cooperation of the nation (this doesn't seem to make sense until you realize that 'nation' is being used in the terms of 'indian nation' i.e. a discrete ethnic group with a common identity)


Anonymous said...

So a proper nation-state then. Get ready for Norfolk to declare independence.

Manganese said...

"...we have an eminent need of spiritual and intellectual renewal"

It does a state good to reflect on its own evolved condition from time to time. Individuals, unlike governments, remain in a relatively constant state.

Unfortunately there is always an active and vocal minority that goes against the silent majority and weak government panders to this dominant voice.

Government must work to implement the will of the majority, otherwise it is a democracy in name only. I had high hopes that Cameron recognised this essential fact but my optimism is fading fast. Hungary might be waking up but I fear we are still sleepwalking into spiritual and intellectual decay.

Demetrius said...

The RMS Carpathia was sunk by a German U-Boat.

Gary said...

While I was raised with the idea that all Americans would work together and tolerance and diversity was a strength, it has not worked out that way.
Western civilization is falling apart, mostly because we don't stand for something (so we fall for anything).
Either Western cultures will find a backbone or they will collapse.
It would be great if we could all "get along" and take from each "according to their ability" and give to each "according to need," but that has been tried and it doesn't work.
Our nations are failing because not because we are not nice enough but because we are too nice.
Either collapse or "blood and iron" are coming. One choice is catastrophic for mankind, the other is bad.
Humanity cannot make a utopia. Whether that is because man is so evil or utopia is such a foolish idea is interesting but ultimately unimportant. We must now fight to maintain some semblance of a decent society, even if we do some wrong in the process.

Curmudgeon said...

I understand your mixed feelings - there is a difficult dividing line where proper conservatism starts to elide into Vichyism.

Greg Tingey said...

There isn't ANY big invisible sky fairy
AND they are heading straight into a christian fascism (was it Iron Arrow, or something like that under Horthy?)