“Should the United States be a member of the European Union we would have to put out an editorial, demanding swift and severe action against the US”, states a rather ironic opinion piece originally published on valasz.hu, written by András Bódis. The article tackles the issue of Norwegian funds, lighting the issue in a different way.
Unacceptable, unbearable, and inhumane dictatorship rears its ugly head in the United States. What’s more it is a dictatorship that shows striking resemblance to Putin’s Russia. According to the latest news, elements of the US justice system aim to go after think-tanks, NGOs which dare to accept funds from foreign powers, among them Norway. Democrats and Republicans both support this shameful action against freedom of speech.
It all began when The New York Times (a pro-government daily) stoked emotions against Norway and other petrostates. This paper claimed : these governments want to influence American politics by buying their way into NGOs and independent think-tanks. These organizations then campaign and lobby for issues important to these governments, in return for the funds.
But we must ask, where will this all lead to? When American politicians trying to outdo each other, howl it into the world : “It must be made clear that these are not independent think-tanks. We are not dealing with NGOs but paid political activists, and these political activists are trying to serve foreign interests in the United States”. But what about the free movement of capital?
Should the United States be a member of the European Union we would have to put out an editorial, demanding swift and severe action against the US. What’s more we should raise the possibility of the exclusion or expulsion of the US from the EU in defense of European values. The US intimidation of NGOs, must stop, we have had enough of American attempts to limit the free market and the freedom of thought. If the United States is unwilling to change course in its anti-NGO efforts, the Hungarian government should consider greatly supporting the independent institutions which seek to limit the spread of Putinism in America.
The original article was written by publicist András Bódi, and may contain traces of irony.