According to the statue-topplers, the past can be rewritten in the spirit of liberal intellectual terror
Familiar yet unsettling pictures and videos have spread across the globe in recent days. The insanity that has pervaded the Western world following the death of an African-American criminal as a result of a violent altercation with the police – in itself a deeply reprehensible act – is no longer expressed in peaceful demonstrations nor takes the form of mere rioting, looting and robbery, but has moved on to the desecration and toppling of statues and the tossing of them into rivers. In the present essay, I will make a brief attempt to explain this phenomenon.
What could be going through the minds of those spray painting the statues of respected politicians and statesmen? What could lead them to saw the head off a statue of Columbus in Boston, scrawl across a memorial to Queen Victoria in Leeds, and throw into a river a statue of Edward Colston, the former slave trader who used his profits from the “black cargoes” to make his city flourish?
Before I try delving deeper into the matter, I should mention that there is always a moment when the toppling of a statue cannot be viewed without a great sense of tragedy, be it the statue of the greatest dictator, the tearing down of Stalin’s statue in Budapest in October 1956, or that of Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War. It is at that moment when a statue falls onto its face (or back), crashing into the pedestal or the surrounding concrete. Since we are talking about human figures, no matter how great the malefactor, the observer inevitably imagines, at the moment of the fall, that the figure, in defense, raises its hand in front of it to protect itself from tumbling to the ground. But no, the statue strikes the concrete rigidly and motionlessly, for it is lifeless matter. And this inability to defend itself involuntarily evokes a measure of compassion within us.
Adjacent to this is the impossibility for us to define in a sentence what a statue is. After all, it can be just as much a cult relic or work of art, as it is a means of historical memory. Vast distances separate the haughty statues of the Assyrian kings from Michelangelo’s Pietà, yet we grace both with the same name. In the present context, we may perhaps proceed from the position that in most cases, a statue (also) bears a symbolic content, that its meaning extends beyond itself. And in all likelihood, this symbolic meaning is also operating in the minds of those who now find joy in the desecration and destruction of statues.
Because those statues which are slated for ruination are, in most cases, representations of historical figures, they are in this sense historical symbols. And this is of profound importance, for history is nothing other than the essence of man unfolded through time. If we are looking for an answer to the tricky question of what is man, it is perhaps enough to point to human history and say: ‘this is you’. José Ortega y Gasset rightly says that ‘a man has no nature; what he has is history’. He then adds, shrewdly, that what distinguishes Madame Pompadour from a Neanderthal female is history (It should be added that this path can not only go forward, but also in reverse).
Statues of historical figures are points where historical time translates into space. Statues, apart from their symbolic nature, represent encapsulated points and concentrated expressions of history. So when these statue-topplers begin their disgraceful work, they are actually declaring war on history; they simply wish to erase certain people and periods from the collective historical memory. In modern parlance, they want to reset or even delete them. The statue-topplers believe that the mutilation or tearing down of a statue is tantamount to eradicating that part of the past symbolised by the statue itself.
It is at this point that we encounter the ultimate driving force behind this pathetically tragic series of events of recent days; it is nothing more than the elimination of that revealed identity which constitutes the very essence of our being, which we call history, or rather the historical narrative. Individuals, and even groups of individuals, are composed of many different identities. However, one of the guiding principles of present-day ultra-liberal democracies is the breaking down and eliminating of all kinds of identity, for it is by relying on these identities that people gain self-identity. This is why there are almost daily attacks upon the Christian faith as one of the strongest factors in identity formation. This is why they attack the nation, and the localities within it, as so many forms of attachment, and also why they launch assaults upon the ultimate element of all human existence – the family.
The smashing of historical identity likewise fits in as the ultimate element of this process, for the latter not only tells us who we are, but also how we have become who we are. Attacks committed against the statues of noted historical figures are an attempt to carry out this very process, whether the statue abusers are aware of this or not. The ultimate goal is to cultivate a structureless human mass without any identity, a spreadable Nutella-man, who can be manipulated at will by the ‘Lords of the Earth’ with the powerful participation of global media.
During the Great French Revolution, some tried to free themselves from the rule of the Christian era – and of the historical past in general – by shooting church towers into bits; now they would slay historical time encapsulated in space in the form of statues. But they will not succeed; for what has happened in the past can not be undone, whether they realise this or not.
Our brief discussion concerned statues, and we shall end it with statues. A few years ago, the renowned British sculptor, Antony Gormley, erected hundreds of cast-iron human figures at Crosby Beach near Liverpool under the name Another Place. The figures, standing in the sand and water of the beach, staring stiffly towards the west into the light of the setting sun, make a startling impression; they gaze westward in the same manner as their distant ancestors, the creators of the culture Oswald termed Faustian – the Vikings. And their expressionless faces seem lost in thought, pondering what is happening with their counterparts over there, across the ocean, in the final stage of the twilight of the West.
The ‘anti-fascists’ who have been organising in the West for decades are now active in Hungary as well. While previously, groups of a few dozen communists and anarchists formed the core of the anti-fascist resistance here in Hungary, imported grievances are now surfacing here as a result of the American unrest. Why is the oppression of blacks and the struggle against ‘institutional racism’ a matter of interest in Hungary today? Who is supporting the Hungarian Black Lives Matter movement and what is their ideological background?
The presence of left-wing activists was already significant in February of this year when they countered an ‘honour day’ commemoration organised by far right groups. Nearly a hundred members of the Rhythms of Resistance global network appeared, along with activists from the Antifa international organisation. Encouraged by this, Hungarian members of Antifa attacked several memorials they considered to be far right.
Influenced by the American unrest of recent weeks, they have started organising things here in Hungary as well. Hundreds took part in an advertised anti-racism commemoration held 7 June in front of the US Embassy, mostly involving foreigners. The movement’s spokespersons expressed solidarity with the American Black Lives Matter protestors, and then the participants knelt for nine minutes in memory of George Floyd who died during an encounter with police.
But why is this overseas affair of interest in Hungary, and why do the left-wing activists think we need them here? The main organiser of the Hungarian Black Lives Matter demonstration, Gergely Komáromy – known as G Ras, told Demokrata, that the movement is impelled not only by police violence against blacks, and especially not just the case involving Floyd, but by a fundamental, systemic injustice that pervades society as a whole. The singer-activist believes that racism against people of browner-skinned ethnicity also exists in Hungary, something reinforced by the government’s ‘anti-immigration’ propaganda.
– The USA is one of the role models and symbols of a hypocritical world order based on exploitation and violent repression. And so, positive, radical, and systemic changes taking place there, for which I now see the opportunity, can have a beneficial effect for the entire world – Komáromy believes.
It is always easier to point out someone else’s failings. After the demonstration, some 50-100 people, mostly Roma, also protested on Szabadság square against antizigansim in Hungary. Many of the participants later expressed their dissatisfaction, saying that it is easier and more fashionable for the majority society to express solidarity with blacks in distant America than with the Roma.
G Ras does not believe that solidarity with blacks is a ‘brand’. He says they helped with the other event as well, but acknowledged that Black Lives Matter now ‘communicates better’, and that it is ‘much harder to move forward’ with racism against the ‘culturally integrated’ Roma. He is confident, that with proper teamwork, the Hungarian civil rights movement can also gain strength from this current global movement.
One of the most significant propaganda platforms for Hungary’s left-wing movements is Facebook. They operate a number of pages, regularly sharing false and inciting news and posts that violate social media rules, but which are of no concern for a social site that otherwise regularly censors right-wing content.
Their pages rouse their audiences with communist stock phrases from the 20th century. They stand in constant struggle against the ruling class and talk at length about the terror of the capitalist powers, the class struggle, and the intertwining of fascism and capitalism. According to them, whites view their skin colour as a birthright, and they stress that those who do not support Black Lives Matter are racists, and those who do not sympathise with Antifa rioting are, by definition, fascists.
One prominent Hungarian anti-fascist Facebook page, No Pasarán, in the commentary for one of its videos, calls for the lynching of ‘Roma haters’. “This is how Roma haters should be treated here in Hungary” – they write under a video from America showing three black men attacking a white man, hitting and kicking him on the ground.
AntifaInfo Budapest write about looting and mass lynching as a natural part of an uprising. In their view, it is all about recovering the goods produced by the sweat of society’s brow, and ultimately freeing our own lives from the ‘bondage of money’. The organisation emphasises that property ‘is not a sacred thing, but our enemy’. A common feature of these sites is that nations and states are not recognised, so their struggle against ‘capitalist power’ does not take legal constraints into account; and they regularly call Hungary’s largest – and governing – party FideSS [instead of Fidesz].
As in America, the mainstream media in Hungary also provides full across the board support for the rebellion against the ‘system’: left-liberal media outlets such as Mérce and 444 work hard to whitewash the antifascists and adopt their narratives without criticism. And in many cases, through fake news and deliberate misinterpretations, they dispose their readers against state and law enforcement agencies both in Hungary and in the US.
Komáromy is unaware of the existence of organised anti-fascist and anti-racist action groups in Hungary. According to him, self-organised civic activism in Hungary is still in its infancy, and is distinguished by a lack of organisation and resulting inefficiency.
– I simply organised an event for Szabadság square on Facebook, invited my friends to it, and then we teamed up with some enthusiastic young people, and made the rounds of anti-racists groups and foreigners, predominantly Americans and Africans, living in Hungary – said the activist. The event was also shared by anarchists, communists, and many Momentum-connected social pages.
A Facebook group called Black Lives Matter Hungary was created in early June. The membership of the community, nearly a thousand people – mostly foreigners, shows a rather mixed picture. There are a good number of CEU students and LGBT activists, and the group also accords well with communists, anarcho-syndicalists, and other members of the ideological far-left. The Hungarian members mostly come from a multicultural background, some have partly Hungarian origins or have a foreign partner. In the case of Hungarian girls in their twenties, a completely different phenomenon can be observed. Many of them seem to be enthusiastic members of consumer society, not ideologically motivated, but rather searching for something exotic and ‘trendy’.
Although it can be concluded from the diversity of the group, that tolerance is a basic value within their circles, the posts and comments suggest just the opposite. The logic of the Hungarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi, “who is not with us is against us”, prevails in the group: they make it clear in their description, that “if you are indifferent to justice, it means you are against us”.
In their posts, they cite as examples to follow those white civilians, police, and politicians, who kneel in front of black protestors. Videos showing the removal of statues in addition to violent attacks committed against persons and police officers deemed racist are uniformly cheered. It is a common view, that the police are a terrorist organisation that, like slavery, must be abolished forever. You don’t have to look far to find comments against the Hungarian government. According to one commentator, the Orbán cabinet is worthy of the same resistance and treatment as the former apartheid state before its fall.
G Ras is not a member of Black Lives Matter Hungary, so he cannot speak on their behalf, but as the organiser of the Hungarian Black Lives Matter protest, he said he condemns violence against living things and personal property.
– I support nonviolent methods, but at the same time, symbolic violence against inanimate objects that symbolize repressive power, such as tearing down statues, fits in, and may even be necessary to achieve radical, systemic change.
– This whole movement is all about replacing a global system of violent, destructive exploitation, about working together instead of pulling apart, for a better, fairer world for all – the activist says. However, it seems most of his colleagues would rather fight with fire and iron to achieve what they deem a just world. It is somehow reminiscent of their predecessors in the first decades of twentieth century Russia.
Damage inflicted upon the statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Budapest is just the beginning. If we do not act with sufficient determination against Antifa, the same will happen to important figures from our own Hungarian history. Opinion.
As has become apparent in the events of recent weeks, participants in the unrest in the United States would rewrite history in the spirit of utopian, left-wing social aspirations: they would damage and tear down the statues of those they deem racist one after the other.
In the age of globalism, it is not surprising, that this left-cultural “folk revelry” spread to Europe within moments, with anti-fascists and human rights activists turning against statues on the old continent as well. (My colleague, Dávid Filipp, wrote a great article about the self-hating mentality of the statue-breakers, which can be read here).
By the logic of their own ideology, anyone can be a racist, so there are not many historical personalities who would not be threatened with posthumous condemnation. Needless to say, white politicians, writers, poets, painters, and businessmen will start with an advantage, but a darker skin colour no longer affords protection today: in Washington and London, for example, statues of Mahatma Gandhi, the former Indian independence activist, were damaged, saying he had made “racist” statements during his lifetime.
As was unfortunately expected, the anti-statue fever reached Hungary as well. The first victim was a statue of Winston Churchill in Budapest, upon which – presumably – anti-fascist perpetrators scribbled the words “racist”, “nazi”, and “BLM”.
(It is no longer worthwhile to delve into the logical contradiction of how the former British Prime Minister could have been a Nazi when before and during the Second World War he was one of Hitler’s main critics and then his enemy. We are already accustomed to the “left-liberal revolutionaries” being interested in everything in the heavenly world – except facts…)
The desecration of Churchill’s statue in Városliget would hardly be newsworthy on its own, because – let’s be honest – the former British Prime Minister is not an overly positive political figure: we were recipients of Anglo-Saxon Allied bombing during World War II as well. If, on the other hand, we put events in context, it becomes clear that this is just the beginning, that Churchill’s humiliation is merely a warm-up.
The Antifa movement, which operates as a de facto terrorist organisation in the United States and Western Europe, is also present in Hungary, riding a foreign tailwind in carrying out its destructive efforts to subvert society. Fortunately, the situation is still manageable here in Hungary, there are not many violent anti-fascists, and most of the actions so far have been more of a farce than any real threat. But seeing what is going on in the West, it is far from certain that this will remain the case – a snake is worth trampling on, even before it hatches from the egg.
If, on the other hand, we do not act with sufficient determination against Antifa, our statues will come next after Churchill’s. In the blink of an eye, well-known figures from Hungarian history and literature may become “racist”, “Nazi”, “misogynistic”, “homophobic”, or even “anti-Semitic”. Let us have no illusions, for them equally unacceptable will be, say, St. Stephen (according to the inconsequent logic of the anti-fascists: a Catholic bigot, who trampled upon the liberal values of religious tolerance), János Hunyadi (an Islamophobe, who defended the country instead of kneeling before the Turks), and possibly Lőrinc Szabó (a racist, who proclaimed white superiority in his children’s poem The Snow is Falling with the lines: The road is now white | The Russian’s now white | The negro’s half-black | And there’s no Black Jack…). Ignoring the circumstances of a given age, they impose their standards on everyone retrospectively, without batting an eye.
The cultural struggle that has been going on for hundreds of years, and spinning at a higher speed since 1968, has now reached its zenith: the foundations of our values and way of life are in danger. Churchill today, our statues tomorrow, our mere existence the next day.
Today, the line can still be drawn. It will be too late tomorrow.
The mood has not calmed down in either America or Western Europe, where radical left-wing and anarchist organisations marching under the banner of anti-racism smash and destroy, set fires, loot, murder, and tear down statues. Hungary has only experienced a small taste of the conditions prevailing abroad, when someone defaced a statue of Winston Churchill in the City Park with the word “Nazi” and the abbreviation for “Black Lives Matter”.
It was only a matter of time before the domestic Left would invoke BLM with respect to the Roma issue.
This moment arrived when Anna Donáth, Momentum’s Member of the European Parliament, adopted the Black Lives Matter slogan to Hungarian conditions. Donáth posted a photo saying “Roma lives also matter” on her Facebook page.
Anna Donáth’s declaration can easily be labeled hypocrisy if only because she regularly attacks the Roma Vice-President of the European Parliament, Lívia Járóka. Donáth made every effort to prevent the appointment of Járóka, who – throughout her career in the EP and now – has represented the cause of minorities, disadvantaged groups and the poor on the European stage. Of course, Anna Donáth’s problem with Járóka is not that she is of Roma origin, but that she is Fidesz.
We know, however, that Momentum shows up wherever they think they can draw even the smallest momentary political gain.
This Facebook post is yet another demonstration of this. If extraterrestrial lives were a matter of discussion two weeks hence, a new Facebook post would be in the works.
However, we very much hope neither Momentum nor its parent organisation, Renew Europe, wish to import street violence into Hungary as well.
There are a number of unanswered questions regarding the allocation of funds to the Open Society’s front organizations
– Soros’ entire European network is based on the distribution of funds among its various elements – The Norwegian state is one of the main financiers of the Soros Empire – Where did the billions of forints for operating costs in Budapest go?
The 2015 financial statement for the Bratislava Open Society Foundation discloses the organisations supporting the Foundation and the amounts donated. Based on this, the Foundation received in 2015 [all figures converted from euros to Hungarian forints in the original article – tr.]: HUF 265.7 million from the Brussels-based Financial Mechanism Office which supervises the management of the Norwegian Fund within the framework of the European Economic Area; HUF 153.7 million from the Slovak National Lottery (TIPOS); HUF 8.1 million as contributions from natural persons for activities organised by the Open Society Foundations (OSF); HUF 54.3 million from the OSF in the US and Switzerland; HUF 6.5 million from the Open Society Foundation in Serbia; HUF 9.2 million from the Open Society Foundation Prague; HUF 3.2 million from the US Embassy in Slovakia, Bratislava; more than half a million forints from Central European University (CEU); and HUF 7.5 million from the Soros-funded Frontline Club in London, which organises journalistic gatherings.
According to the 2015 statement, the total revenue for the Bratislava Foundation amounted to HUF 560 million, of which more than HUF 200 million went to Slovak NGOs and associations according to the reported projects. It is likely, that similar to other European branches of the OSF, Soros’ money went from Bratislava to all over Europe.
Thus, out of a total revenue of HUF 560 million, HUF 266 million came from the Norwegian Fund, HUF 154 million from the Slovak Lottery, and HUF 70 million from OSFs in Switzerland, the United States, Prague, and Serbia, not including other Soros-connected interests such as the CEU.
The Open Society Institute Foundation in Budapest operates on a similar basis. For example, it provided HUF 49 million to the Centre for Adult Education Validus in Zagreb for a period of three years commencing 2013. Of the HUF 16.5 billion distributed by the Budapest Foundation from donations, only HUF 1.2 billion went to Hungarian organisations and associations. Most of the money may have gone abroad (the total income of the Budapest Foundation in 2015 was HUF 22.4 billion). The reason for this may be that the Open Society Institute in Budapest is listed on the OSF global website as a regional administrative and operational center for Soros initiatives in Europe.
As some analysts have already pointed out, the Budapest Foundation’s operating costs of HUF 4.6 billion [more than EUR 1.3 million] in 2015 can be said to be unusually high, since – according to calculations – this amount was sufficient to cover the full-wage costs of 800 employees at average wages, and this would still leave more than HUF 1 billion for material expenses. In contrast, the OSF Foundation in Budapest employs barely 100 people. Who and how many were paid, and what were the material and personal expenses for which the Open Society Institute Foundation paid HUF 4.6 billion in one year? Where is the transparency here?
An incited negative campaign with a professional veneer, outsourced for 1 billion forints –Sham organisations and associations in Soros’ Hungarian press and other left-wing media
In 2015, George Soros paid some four million dollars, that is HUF 1.2 billion to dozens of opposition organisations and associations in Hungary. With the help of an Open Society publication (Magyar Támogatottaink [Our Hungarian Recipients] 2015), we looked at the financial background and public profile of these organisations. In this publication, the grants are listed in dollars, and are converted into HUF here.
The situation is clear: the American billionaire has essentially “outsourced” a negative political campaign to support the left-liberal opposition with the support of hundreds of millions of forints a year; however these anti-government attack campaigns are often given a professional veneer in the partially Soros-financed opposition press. Only a negligible part of Soros’ subsidies went to associations that can be said to be truly apolitical. The objective is to politically discredit Fidesz and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán personally – something pursued more than once in the form of blatant attempts at character assassination.
1.2 billion forints of Budapest money handed out in Hungary in 2015 to ‘small and medium-sized political players’ – Almost 40% went to TASZ and the Helsinki Committee
Percentage of total funds
Beneficiaries (in detail)
Nyitott Európáért Egyesület [Association for an Open Europe]
This organisation is responsible the Eurologus blog on one of Hungary’s most read news sites – Index. Their articles reach sixty thousand individual users a week, their Twitter feed has hundreds of followers, and their Facebook page has 7,000 users. In 2015, HUF 6.9 million of Soros’ money went to the association.
Történelemtanárok Egylete [Association of Hungarian History Teachers]
In 2015, the organisation received HUF 2.9 million to analyse textbooks. The organisation has spoken out on the issue of textbooks many times: it has criticised the quality of experimental history textbooks, and according to them earlier textbooks can no longer be used due to the state’s restrictive textbook policy in the marketplace (based on a 9 January 2017 article on Index).
Menedék Migránsokat Segítő Egyesület [Hungarian Association for Migrants]
The organisation, which received a Soros grant of HUF 5.8 million in 2015, sharply attacks the government’s migrant policy and talks about legislative changes for political purposes. In an Index article from 16 March 2017, for example, the association’s director criticised the fact that in his opinion it was not at all as easy for refugees to access various social benefits as it is for Hungarians, and also criticised the annulment of the income supplement integration agreement. The article was given the title: “The government does not spend a forint on the integration of refugees” – which is a lie. Last year, the Office of Immigration and Asylum received a budget of HUF 16.3 billion, of which HUF 6.7 billion was for refugee benefits alone (including education).
This left-liberal policy analysis institute (ltd.) received HUF 6.1 million in 2015 to launch the website Képviselőfigyelő [Representative Observor], a portal repeatedly advertised by the left-wing press (168 Óra, HVG and so on) and referred to in their articles. For example, it was featured in a 24.hu article entitled: “Viktor Orban almost never votes in Parliament” (19 December 2016). Sometimes, of course, an opposition politician is mentioned in articles that otherwise generally attack the parliamentary activities of Fidesz and conservative politicians.
Független Újságírók Alapítványa [Independent Journalism Foundation]
In 2015, the foundation received a grant worth HUF 44.2 million through Soros, and some of the foundation’s programs were funded by the Norwegian Fund and the Ökotárs Foundation. The journalists it supports, for example, were able to write articles for 168 Óra and 444.hu. Thus the Foundation, which is not independent at all, in effect, “supplied” professional recruits for the negative anti-government political campaign.
The non-profit company that stands behind this news portal received HUF 56 million for its noticeably one-sided political propaganda activities aimed at smearing the government with corruption scandals. In this way, the Soros network essentially “outsourced” the usual negative campaign during traditional election periods (the essence of which is to discredit a political opponent with corruption charges, for example, in hope of political success), so this task will not be left primarily to the left-wing parties, but to the Átlátszó website, and the bought domestic press.
Similar to Átlátszó, K-Monitor deals with public funds and corruption, receiving around HUF 28 million in 2015. On 29 May 2017, the group’s executive disparaged the government on Hír TV, said they were building their own clientele from EU taxpayers’ money, and simply accused the central bank of corruption. Denoted as an “NGO” on Index, which receives half a million unique visitors per day, the association regularly seeks to discredit the government side.
NIOK [Non-Profit Information and Training Center]
The organisation’s mission is, in principle, to strengthen Hungarian civil society and increase its importance by putting together civic initiatives for the implementation of educational programs. Thus, it received HUF 6.9 million from the Open Society in 2015. One of the member’s of the Center’s board of Trustees is Miklós Marschall, director of Transparency International, also funded by Soros. The Center’s programs are also financed by the Norwegian Civil Support Fund, the Ökotárs Foundation, and Eötvös Károly Public Policy Nonprofit Ltd. As the news journal Demokrata wrote, the head of NIOK, which in 2015 had total revenues of HUF 60 million forints, received a salary of nearly HUF 7 million forints. Meanwhile, that same year, the Center received barely HUF 88,000 through 1% donations [The 1% law allows Hungarian taxpayers to direct 1% of their previous year’s paid income tax to a non-profit organisation – tr.].
The company standing behind this decidedly opposition-oriented analysis institute received HUF 55 million in 2015, for research related to migration and populism research, among other things. Political Capital has never been independent: when the left-liberal governments were in power, the analyst firm operated as a paid political agency, receiving a state commission of HUF 432.2 million between 2006 and 2010, of which HUF 190 million came from the National Security Office (NBH). Nothing is known about some of the materials prepared for the ministers at that time, and full public access to their work for the NBH had been classified until 2027 (then they allegedly asked they be declassified), but the full disclosure of documents remains incomplete. Capital’s experts regularly appear in the left-wing media, and this will likely be their role in an election campaign as well. In 2015, the company received more than HUF 2 million (as a separate grant) for mentoring a single employee for six months.
TASZ [Hungarian Civil Liberties Union]
The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, a human rights organisation that operates as a political battering ram, received HUF 220 million in 2015 based on information in the above-mentioned Our Hungarian Recipients publication. As the TASZ received only a total of HUF 6.3 million through 1% donations in 2015, the funds from Soros were needed. Leaders of organisations supporting TASZ often take part in anti-government movements. TASZ and its supporters, in a number of their activities, support the political campaigns of the opposition. The organisation is also commonly referenced in the opposition media.
Hungarian Helsinki Committee
In 2015 the Committee received HUF 226 million in support with respect to law enforcement, criminal justice, rule of law, equal treatment, and the legal protection of refugees and migrants. The anti-right, anti-government organisation is regularly active politically; it is noteworthy, that last autumn, for example, the ‘Helsinki people’ called on the electorate to vote on the [migrant] quota referendum: they campaigned for the casting of invalid votes (apparently, the discrediting of one of the basic instruments of democracy is also an integral part of the rule of law and civil rights). Due to the political discreditation campaign, László István Mészáros, the former Free Democrat vice-chairman of the Partliamentary Committee on Human Rights, resigned from the organisation which had degenerated into a political handmaid.
Transparency International Hungary Foundation
This is the Hungarian branch of the world’s largest anti-corruption organisation possessing a liberal commitment. The organisation, which wants to portray itself as independent, received almost HUF 35 million from Soros’ people in 2015 (and does not conceal it on official grounds) for communication activities, social campaigns, and for reaching and addressing the widest range of people possible. The amount is also impressive in light of the Foundation’s HUF 152 million in revenue. Hungarian Transparency had been operating for 11 years and has been selectively responsive up to now, for example, early last May it held a corruption conference in Budapest with the participation of the opposition parties and former participants of the OLAF scandal. The organisations was already extensively operating when the left-liberal governments had fallen into corruption, when, for example, Alstom SA provided billions of forints in bribes to BKV [Budapest Transport] through other companies. It is enough to recall the HUF 4.5 billion in damages caused to the Hungarian budget and taxpayers during the HospInvest debacle, achieved with the assistance of the then Socialist and Free Democrat government. Chaotic hospital privatisations and the theft of billions in public funds were less of a concern then for the Soros-funded foundation.
A number of the Soros-foundations which support Roma integration maintain their political commitments to an extreme level. Thus, for example, the chairman of the board of Partners Hungary Foundation, founded in 1994, the psychologist János Rudas – apparently in the spirit of Roma legal protection – published a book in 2012 summarising his writings, entitled Orbán Viktor és te [Viktor Orbán and You], in which he psychologically analyses Orbán the person along as well as the readers’ relationship with the “Orbán regime”. Attacks on Orbán’s person with the help of psychologists have long been a popular tool among the left-liberals, which is also partly why this Soros-funded Roma rights defender may have taken on the role of the well-established, partisan writer Péter Kende. According to the above-cited Open Society publication, Partners Hungary received HUF 38 million in 2015 under four different legal titles.
Eötvös Károly Közpolitikai Intézet [Károly Eötvös Social Policy Institute]
In 2015, this institute, headed by László Majtényi, former ombudsman and candidate for President in the spring of 2017, received a grant equivalent to HUF 27 million. The data comes from OSF Budapest, but we also found different information. The institute, which often appears in the media, constantly accuses the government of undermining the law. The organisation is otherwise padding its weight, having doubled its amount of financial support in 2016.
[This article requires a preamble. On 13 June 2017, the Hungarian Parliament adopted Act LXXVI of 2017 on the Transparency of Organizations Supported from Abroad. It obliges associations and foundations that receives at least 7.2 million HUF [roughly 20 thousand Euros] annually from a foreign source to register with the court as an organization receiving foreign funding, to annually report about their foreign funding, and to display the label “organization receiving foreign funding” on their website and publications. The list of foreign funded NGOs is also published on a government website.]
A conference was organised in Budapest by Hungarian holdouts of the Soros network. It became clear at the session that the Soros-funded organisations would embark upon a military operation on three fronts: they would boycott the civil law, launch a propaganda campaign against transparency involving 220 organisations, and put pressure on Hungary through its international relations.
A mini conference entitled Conference on Civil Disobedience and the Boycott of the NGO Law was organised by the Eötvös Károly Policy Institute (EKINT) in Budapest on Tuesday. The event took place three weeks after the adoption of the law allowing for the more transparent operation of non-government organisations and more than a week after Alexander Soros’ visit to Hungary. The event, held under a rainbow flag, was filled with some of George Soros’ well-known model workers.
Upon opening of the conference, László Majtényi, EKINT chairman, stated they were not subject to the civil law: it only imposes obligations on associations and foundations, and EKINT is a non-profit public benefit company. At the same time, Majtényi made it clear that their non-profit would welcome with open arms those “civil society” groups who do not want to comply with the stricter accounting obligations contained in the new legislation. So, henceforth these groups would also not have to report the details of their funding from Soros – facts which Soros’ Hungarian lobbyists would prefer to keep rigorously concealed.
Here we note that the opportunity put forward by Majtényi would pave the way for a much more centralised operation for the organisations appearing on George Soros’ pay roll. Majtényi has always been a Soros man, so it would not be surprising if the American billionaire and his son, Alexander Soros, who recently held a briefing in Budapest, wanted to organise the NGOs (“civil society” groups), which have displayed little success so far, into a new spearhead.
The next speaker at the conference, Zoltán Miklósi, a reseacher at EKINT and a lecturer at Soros’ university (read: Central European University) said that in some instances civil disobedience can be interpreted as a form of political expression. This is because in such cases civil disobedience serves as a means of persuasion. He tried to support these deeply bolshevist thoughts by saying that in his opinion not all citizens of Hungary can be considered equal and free today.
Another speaker, lawyer Somody Bernadette, repeated countless times: “If we interpret the law in this way” and “If we look at the legal framework in this way”. The essence of endless legal posturing can be summarised in that persons and organisations intending to break the rules refer to their fundamental human rights in possible proceedings, thus representing their violations of the law as expressions of opinion (cf. human rights).
The lineup of speakers included Márta Pardavi, co-chair of the naturally pro-Soros Hungarian Helsinki Committee. Pardavi stated they will not obey the civil law. Moreover, a counter-campaign will be launched with the involvement of 220 organisations. Describing it as a pervasive and inescapable concern, she explained that the law is terribly stigmatising and exclusionary, as well as intimidating. If pressure achieves nothing, then the issue will have to be taken to the international stage. Pardavi’s confidence is not accidental, as their network has infiltrated the judiciary, as our blog has pointed out elsewhere. There was no mention of how these 220 organisations wanted to fund the “counter-campaign” and what database they were working from.
Szabó Máté Dániel, the program director at the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), also spoke. Szabó offered legal advice to those disobedient citizens, who want to express their opinion by breaking the law. They even offer pointers before any action is undertaken. How should this be undertaken in such a way that the action does not give rise to serious legal liability? And after the action, of course, they are also happy to take up the defense of the persons involved.
Bálint Misetics, one of the fixed stars in the ‘salvation history’ of the Sorosistas, closed out the list of speakers. The uselessness of the pathetic intelligentsia is best illustrated by the fact that Misetics spoke of the relationship between civil disobedience and spiritual opposition. He wanted to legitimise disobedience on spiritual grounds. According to him, an activist taking part in such an action is the greatest friend of the constitution and the last just bastion of the rule of law. And citizens should function as 8 million small constitutional courts.
In closing the conference, Majtényi himself finally took the floor and, encouraged by the stale air and the pronouncements of the previous speakers, formulated a harsh message of war for Hungary: If I were in the state’s place, I’d think twice about whom I’m picking a fight with, especially if that person is smarter than me.
The Open Society Foundations, founded by billionaire George Soros, is one of the most intricate societies in modern history, penetrating all walks of life. Moreover, they have recently become political actors without social authority, whether in the United States, Hungary, or the Balkans. They do not hide the fact that their main goal is to build vibrant and inclusive democracies around the world. Of course, all this is based on Soros’ principles with Soros’ money for Soros’ goals.
Soros network is everywhere
Founded by George Soros, the organisation has been operating for more than 40 years, and currently supports thousands of projects in more than 120 countries each year. In fact, we are talking about a transnational organisation which is also a platform for various organisations to actively influence everyday life. In their view, they support independent individuals and organisations, but it is clear to everyone that “independent” actually means Soros’ doctrines. The most significant guarantee of this is that to this day the president of the organisation is George Soros himself and his son Alexander Soros.
Unsurprisingly, the Open Society Foundations has grown into the world’s largest private humanitarian society that, in principle, fights for human rights in all areas of life. Since its inception, it has spent a total of more than USD 15 billion to achieve its goals. It has distributed a huge amount of money in areas such as democratic practice, economic fairness and justice, judicial reform and fundamental rights, human rights, the press, higher education, and so on. Unsurprisingly, we can all remember countless examples of the fighting in these areas between Hungary and George Soros’ people.
Soros network operations
Each year, thousands of projects are supported that carry out activities that meet the goals of the network, such as judicial reform, transparency or open debate on issues currently of interest to the society. Suffice it to think of the current American riots, where there is more news spreading that Soros has been actively supporting the rioting organisations. One such organisation is Black Lives Matter, which is one of the main organisers of the recent wave of protests that has erupted in Minneapolis. Moreover, it is not impossible to imagine that a person who openly attacks the American President’s policies is also capable of using tools approaching that of war in order to help the democrats gain ground, without shying away from a possible coup either.
We are witnessing similar open political intervention in Europe, because where they encounter weaker and more permissive governments they play an open role and actively influence nations. In Brussels, through the Open Society European Policy Institute, they are constantly present at every level of European decision-making, right up to MEPs and individual European Commissioners. This is when we can recall the series of images of the former president of the European Commission hugging and kissing George Soros in Brussels. It is no coincidence that all such occurrences have been followed by a significant collection of measures in European policy. The network operates in more than 120 countries, maintaining its own offices in most locations and supporting cells of all sizes (individuals, NGOs, and so on). The people who work here are principled soldiers, who stand fast in the most difficult circumstances and in the presence of social rejection, relying on the network’s support. The network is based on various Foundations (more than 20) and Programs (16 thematic and 7 geographical), which are managed by separate Committees. The Committees are governed by a Network Advisory Board, coordinating their activities and the means used to achieve their goals. The strategy and final large-scale decisions are made by the Steering Committee, which is still chaired by George Soros.
Soros network cash flows
With more than USD 15 accumulated over the years, it has reached almost every corner of the world. More than one-fifth of the money is directed to the US for projects such as racial discrimination, facilitating immigration, or combating economic and political inequalities. In connection with the latter, it is worth noting that since Donald Trump has been in power, they have increased the amount of money available on an annual basis by almost a third. There may be further evidence for this in Soros’ attacks against Trump not only in the press, but also in his deeds.
As mentioned earlier, the Soros network does not ignore Europe either, supporting the vision of an even more inclusive (read: accepting more migrants) and more democratic (read: left-liberal) Europe with nearly USD 100 million a year. From the outset, as one of the main proponents of the 2015 migrant crisis, Soros’ organisation have been actively involved in homogenizing Europe’s population. They will seize every political, economic, and legal means to facilitate the settlement of illegal migrants in Europe, not neglecting efforts to make the work of governments more difficult. As we have seen before, Soros’ people in Brussels are doing significant work and are able to influence European politics. In addition, in all countries, including Hungary, where the liberal democracy they represent has not gained ground, significant support is given to those (pseudo) NGOs and political parties that swear allegiance.
Africa, where George Soros began his philanthropic activities, is still monitored today and more than 10% of the budget is spent on projects supporting the democracy his people envision in each country. In North Africa and the Middle East countries, their activities have picked up after the migrant crisis, and their disbursements have since increased by more than 10% a year. One of their main activities in the region is support for Syrian refugees, and they use any means to bring them to Europe. And in Israel, an educational institution has been established with the specific goal of fostering critical thinking, laying the foundations for a subversive philosophy opposed to the current government.
Following the fall of Communism, they also actively expanded their activities in Eurasia and Asia, openly interfering in the formation of fragile political systems. A good example is the establishment of the National Anti-Corruption Institute in the Ukraine, or the various programs promoting transparency in other countries. These measures sound good in principle, but in reality they are a great opportunity for the people of Soros’ network to intervene in political life on the front lines. In this region, too, they are actively promoting the movement of migrants seeking a better livelihood from Asia to the Arabian Gulf, East Asia or even Europe.
Soros network slaves
Over the past 40 years, George Soros has single-handedly built a flawless, web-like organisation. Despite his old age, he is still actively involved in the work of the Open Society Foundations. He ceaselessly pours the profits from his financial speculations into programs to achieve his selfish goals: to spread open and liberal thinking, to destabilise governments, and probably to gain even more money and power for himself. All responsible governments, on the other hand, need to be careful and not allow themselves to fall for the siren’s call, otherwise they will easily find themselves in a situation where they become puppets having lost control. Through history, many may have experienced that behind any good deed there has always been some insidious ulterior motive, such as the creation of a new social order, in which they become slaves of Soros’ network.
According to Prime Minister Orban’s Chief Domestic Security Advisor, illegal immigration to Europe would be halted if the political will existed.
During an in-depth discussion of the subject in Budapest on Tuesday, György Bakondi stated that due to the coronavirus epidemic European states introduced very strict border measures which significantly reduced the movement on the Spanish, Italian, and Balkan illegal immigration routes in recent months.
With the lifting of restrictions, however, migration has resumed with an intensity exceeding the same period in 2019, he pointed out. If there was the political will, then “yes, illegal migration could be stopped, so the liberal mantra to the contrary is not true,” he assessed. At the same time, György Bakondi called it a realistic goal to stop illegal immigration outside the borders of the European Union.
Regarding the development of the migrant situation, he recalled that on 28 February, encouraged by press reports about the opening of the borders, groups of migrants in the hundreds left the Turkish refugee camps one after the other bound for the EU. György Bakondi called it remarkable that they included only a negligible number of Syrian refugees, most of whom arrived in the Asia Minor country via the Turkish-Iranian border.
György Bakondi said that by 22 May, the Turkish authorities had detained more than 56 thousand migrants at the border, including migrants from Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and the Maghreb and Subsaharan regions, which represents a significant increase, along with a slight increase of those detained in Turkish territorial waters.
He noted that there were also 3,579,000 Syrian refugees registered in Turkey by 22 May, and that 285,000 had returned to Syria in early March as a result of the ceasefire in Idlib. So far this year, some 9500 migrants have arrived from the direction of Turkey, including around 9000 that arrived by March, before the pandemic restrictions had been introduced, he said.
György Bakondi continued that in Greece, where there are currently 150,000 asylum seekers, the main elements of a new migration policy were announced earlier this month. Among others, he mentioned that management of the reception centers would be placed under direct government control, that the asylum process would be further accelerated, and that biometric access would be introduced into the camps.
The Greek police and army were placed on higher alert last Wednesday, as they had information some 6000 migrants had moved to the Turkish side of the border, the internal security advisor recounted, indicating that no attempts had been made to break through the border so far.
Migration has increased significantly in Northern Macedonia compared with recent periods, and has seen an extreme rise compared with last week – he continued. More than 5000 people have been registered since the beginning of the year and almost 570 illicit border crossings have been detected on the country’s southern border, typically committed by Afghans, Pakistanis, Iraqis, and by a smaller number of Syrians.
Regarding the situation in the Western Balkans, György Bakondi recalled that the Foreign Minister in Bosnia-Hercegovina had resigned because he did not agree with the handling of illegal immigration. Some 7,000 migrants have crammed into the country, “causing a difficult situation”.
Serbian authorities placed more than 9000 people in camps in early May, three thousand of whom “slipped away” with the lifting of the state of emergency only to turn up later at the Bosnian, Romanian, and Hungarian borders, he announced.
The chief advisor reported there had been a 35 per cent reduction in illegal immigration in Croatia during the first four months, however more and more people had been trying to enter the country in recent days.
At the same time, in Slovenia there has been a 70 per cent increase in the number of illegal immigrants compared with last year; more than 3000 illegal border crossings have been registered in the first five months; and two weeks ago a further one thousand officers were ordered to the Slovenian-Croatian border and a special anti-trafficking unit has been set up, György Bakondi recounted. He then characterised the Slovenian Interior Minister’s announcement that the country is “strenuously opposed” to a mandatory quota as an important statement.
The number of arrivals in the Mediterranean in Malta, Italy and Spain has shown a threefold increase by the end May, with almost 6400 migrants registered on the route compared with 2000 last year, he indicated.
Regarding the closure of the transit zones, György Bakondi noted, that the 2017 decision of the European Court of Human Rights had still not classified staying in a transit zone as detention. However, the decision of the European Court is binding with respect to Hungary.
The chief domestic security advisor said, that the new European Commission is working intensively on changing the “failed” migration policy. György Bakondi spoke in detail about the main elements of the European Migration Pact as well as Hungary’s diplomatic positions regarding them.
Regarding the situation in Hungary György Bakondi stated that more than 10805 attempted border crossings have been made this year at the southern border, of which more than 2000 were prevented, while in more than 8000 cases those making the attempt had to be escorted back to the other side of the fence. Up to Sunday of this year 134 human traffickers have been apprehended, compared with only 53 for the whole of last year.
In closing, the chief advisor said that the earlier projection that the number of attempted border crossings on the Hungarian border would increase with the removal of the anti-pandemic measures in the western Balkan countries has been confirmed as the daily average is now already over a hundred.
If the opposition were to win in 2022, they would certainly ratify the Istanbul Covention, but since some of its elements are contrary to [Hungary’s] Fundamental Law, the Constitutional Court could annul the decision, explained István Kovács, Strategic Director for the Center for Fundamental Rights (AK) during an in-depth interview with our paper yesterday.
The AK, together with the Polish organisation Ordo Iuris, has launched a European-wide campaign collecting signatures to petition against the EU’s accession to the Convention. Now with the support of fifteen organisations and more than thirteen thousand signatories, they have written an open letter addressed to Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, stating they do not support the attempt to use the issue of combating violence against women to spread gender ideology. The Istanbul Convention is “a wolf in sheep’s clothing, officially aimed at curbing violence against women, but it is not suitable for this, as it deepens social contradictions instead”. The fundamental aim of gender ideology is to break down the traditional family model, which is incompatible with Hungary’s Fundamental Law. According to the AK’s strategic director, there is increasing pressure on the part of the EU and various NGOs as well as demands by the domestic opposition to ratify the convention which has already been rejected by a parliamentary resolution. According to Eszter Párkányi, an analyst with the AK, the collection of signatures will continue until September. Although the European Union’s accession to the convention is legally debatable, it cannot be ruled out, the analyst noted. She also mentioned that the solution to the problem of violence against women is not to be found in proclaiming such a document, but in prevention and victim assistance, and that Hungary has already taken serious steps in this direction. It should be noted, there has been no reduction in violence where the convention has been ratified, although it is true that the growing number of migrants in the countries concerned may also play a role.
More hidden camera footage from the American Project Veritas. This time they made recordings within the ranks of Antifa, where they are training their members. The Atlanta leader of an organisation called Refuse Fascism admits that they applied for and received money from the American stock market speculator George Soros – writes V4NA News Agency.
In recent days, Antifa has shown their true colours amid the riots in the United States. It is not surprising that American President Donald Trump has also swung over to recognising it as a terrorist organisation.
Investigative journalists go undercover
Project Veritas, an investigative journalism team working with hidden cameras, has managed to infiltrate Antifa. A member of the group was able to get into an Antifa Fight Club operating in New York, where members are taught various martial arts.
Trained to the level of brutality
In the recording, the instructor explains to those present, that strong blows aimed at the liver or kidneys will paralyse an attacker, and that broken ribs are also painful.
We call this a safe place where you can practice aggression – explains one of the instructors, Chris.
Various defense techniques that can be useful in riots are also demonstrated. Among other things, defense against blunt objects was presented and strangulation was also discussed.
In its latest operation, Project Veritas was able to penetrate an organisation called Refuse Fascism (RF). RF was created in 2016 by radical leftists, including the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, with the goal of overthrowing the Trump administration.
Trump’s resignation is the goal
Project Veritas managed to get the head of the Atlanta branch of Refuse Fascism, Tee Stern, to talk on hidden camera. Stern explained that
the ultimate goal is for people to step out of their comfort zone and for millions to hit the streets and demand the departure of the Trump-Pence regime.
We had previously applied to Soros for support at a particular moment, when I was involved in protecting abortion rights and clinics. We also received support from him when we launched the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers.
Stern also said that in order to reach millions, millions of dollars would be needed. One of Refuse Fascism’s most memorable actions took place in 2017, when the gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos was prevented from speaking at an event at the University of California. The protests directed against Milo soon turned into a riot, with several injured and participants setting fires and committing vandalism.
Following the incident, the American news site Daily Caller wrote that the radical left-wing group that organised the demonstration enjoyed the support of organisations funded by George Soros. The Tucson-based Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ) is a financial sponsor and organiser of Refuse Fascism. In a facebook post made at the time – which is no longer available – the organisation inferred that the incident at the Berkeley campus was not a violent act. The organisation explained that it was the laws advocated by Trump and Yiannopoulos that bred violent acts.
Millions of dollars changing hands
The Alliance for Global Justice 2017 financial documents reveal that they received substantial sums from a Soros-backed organisation called the Tides Foundation. The Tides Foundation provided the AfGJ with more than $261,000, while Tides in turn received more than $2.8 million from the Open Society Foundations in 2017. Amnesty International also handed over $10000 to the AfGJ. This is the same Amnesty International that Soros padded with more than $4 million in 2017 alone. The Astraea Foundation supported the AfGJ with $5000, with Astraea also receiving half a million dollars from Soros.