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Isn't authoritarianims a threat to Wetsern values?

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Submitted by Boris, Aug 19, 2018 at 08:35

Unlike many dieheart supporters of Orban, you acknowledge the validity of criticisms of Orban's authoritarian tendencies but don't seem to be too troubled by these. Don't you see these as a big threat to the values of western civilization, such as democracy and the rule of law? Doesn't he show a striking similarity with Erdogan, only with Christian leanings?

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Yes, too much control over the media or the judiciary are problems. But they are potentially temporary problems that the next election can fit, whereas the civilizationist issues are existential and permanent. That is why I focus so much more on the latter.

And Orbán is no Erdoğan. Where are the tens of thousands in jail on trumped-up charges?

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