Balázs Orbán, the prime minister’s political director, addressed a panel discussion about John Lukacs. The politician talked about the differences and similarities between conservative politics in Hungary and in the West.
A panel discussion entitled “John Lukacs and American Conservatism” was held on Monday at the National University of Public Service (NKE).
Balázs Orbán, the prime minister’s political director, said that the main driving force behind Hungarian conservatism is national interest, and that this is the basis of Hungarian conservative governance. “This also means that Hungarian conservatism will never conform to other national or Anglo-Saxon conservative thinking, only to the Hungarian tradition,” he added.
Fact John Lukacs (1924-2019) was a Hungarian-born American historian and author of more than thirty books. He was a professor of history at Chestnut Hill College until 1994, and chaired the history department from 1947 to 1974. He was a president of the American Catholic Historical Association and member of both the Royal Historical Society and the American Philosophical Society.
John Lukacs’ work as a historian is a bridge between Hungarian and Anglo-Saxon conservative thought, the politician added. The experience of the past helps us to understand the present and the future, and this approach is seen as the enemy of left-wing progressive thinking, as the study of the past is a complete rejection of the left-wing globalist program that demands the abolition of the past, Orbán explained.
Being a conservative is a way of life, a natural human trait, and we Hungarians in particular are like that,
the politician stressed. Orbán also said that stable government, personal freedom, parliamentary sovereignty, and national self-determination are indispensable conditions for the realization of national interest. “This is why Hungarian political logic will never meet Western standards, but there are common points, such as the importance of history and the desire to know history,” he added.
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