American author and journalist Rod Dreher will be working for the Danube Institute in Budapest from October, and wants to help build a conservative network.
Well-known American conservative author and journalist Rod Dreher told Hungarian public radio that he has decided to move to Hungary. Speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Miami last week, he said that he fell in love with Hungary in the summer of 2021 and discovered that “it really is a great country.” Rod Dreher spent time in Hungary as a visiting fellow at the Danube Institute and spoke at several major conferences.
The author of The Benedict Option and Live Not By Lies – who is also a senior editor for The American Conservative magazine – will move to Budapest in October. “I will be working at the Danube Institute, trying to help build a conservative network in Europe and even in America, so that there can be collaboration between like-minded intellectuals, conferences on issues that are important to us,” he said.
Dreher said Hungary was “spoken about in a disparaging and slanderous way in the American and Western media.” “It will also be a great pleasure for me to introduce Hungary to as many American conservatives as possible and to put Hungary at the center of the American conservative dialogue,” he added.
Dreher also told Kossuth Radio that conservatives need to build a network against globalism, because a smiling, soft version of totalitarianism is emerging in the United States.
“This week at the NatCon conference in Miami, a wealthy American observer, upon hearing that I’ll be moving to Budapest this fall to work at the Danube Institute, said that I was lucky to be headed to a country governed by a man who cares more about his own people than he does about the European Union’s ideology,” he wrote last week.
Speaking to Kossuth Radio, Dreher called US President Joe Biden’s recent speech outrageous. “If you looked at the background of the stage, it looked like some Nazi rally. It was a chilling speech, and it is chilling to see an American president say something like that. He claimed that about half the American people are a threat to democracy,” the author explained. In his view, Biden is preparing his voters and the US establishment to persecute those who support Donald Trump.
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