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Public Sentiment and History Make A Big Difference

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Submitted by Dave (United States), Aug 3, 2018 at 14:43

I agree that Hungary's Orban is the star, but it helps that he has a sympathetic public. The experience with Soviet Communism sensitized eastern Europeans to tyrannical ideologies and overall cultural threats, making the job of cultural defenders a lot easier.

As one looks west, it's apparent that the "civilizationists" have a much tougher sell, although it's been encouraging to see Italy and Austria wake up. The irony is that it's possible to be too civilized (read that as nice) to effectively defend one's civilization. Britain comes to mind.

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