There were two speakers from Hungary at the CPAC Japan political conference in Tokyo this weekend. The political director of the prime minister and the head of the Center for Fundamental Rights spoke about the experiences and goals of Hungarian conservative politics.
“Hungary can operate in the 21st century with a consistent right-wing vision by showing significant achievements and offering an alternative, by pursuing a realistic foreign policy that puts national interests first and defends families and borders,” Balázs Orbán, the prime minister’s political director said at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Japan conference in Tokyo this weekend.
In his speech, he compared the current Hungarian policy-making process to the famous Hungarian invention, the Rubik’s cube. According to Balázs Orbán, the Rubik’s cube is “exactly like politics: you have to start from a random arrangement, and you cannot focus on just one side of the problem, you have to look at the whole because it is this combination that determines the final outcome”.
“Good policy-making requires a step-by-step approach and a lot of time, effort, and commitment to achieve success”, he said. “Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we sometimes get stuck: that’s when we need to ask our friends for help”, he added.
@JCPAC_Official I talked about ’s recipe for success & explained that the Rubik’s Cube is exactly like politics: even if you do your best, smtms you just get stuck. This is when you reach out to your friends for help.
Miklós Szánthó, the director of the Center for Fundamental Rights (Alapjogokért Központ) also spoke at the conference. The conservative think tank organized the CPAC in Budapest in May in cooperation with the American Conservative Union, the first European event in the major conference series that started in the United States in 1974. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán also spoke at the CPAC Budapest and at the CPAC Texas in August.
Szánthó spoke about how the continuous struggles for freedom in Hungary’s past have developed a “special form of ingenuity”, the ability to use smart power in the face of hard and soft oppression. He added that this is why Hungary approaches major international conflicts with caution and “strategic calmness”, with the goal of peace and security.
The protection of families is a matter of national security, and demography is a matter of national strategy,
The latest CPAC was held in Mexico in November with Hungarian Chancellery Minister Gergely Gulyás and Miklós Szánthó.