A talk by writer and political analyst Peter Zilahy exploring the parallel universes of political thinking, the floodgates of populism, Orbán, Trump, Europe and the refugees
The morning after the 2016 US election, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán welcomed the results in a live radio interview. “The world will be a better place with the new American president,” Mr. Orbán declared, adding that Brexit was “the knock on the door, but now we have crossed the threshold.” While Orbán and Trump have much in common ideologically, Orbán’s post-graduate studies at Oxford were sponsored by Soros Foundation, and in the early 1990s he became the leader of the young liberals and a shooting star of progressive politics. His politics have come a long way since then, for he has managed to achieve what Trump has until now only dreamed of. He has actually built a wall on the southern border, and made Europe pay for it.
Join us at Princeton as Zilahy takes us on a journey into the bizarre, parallel universes of political thinking today, in an attempt to draw a bigger picture concerning post-election realities. Zilahy will invite us to be responsibly scared and will explain why populism is surpassing the liberal agenda, why conservatism is gaining ground worldwide, and the importance of breathing normally despite these developments. He will also address the far-reaching consequences of the new paradigm, elaborate on the thin line between facts and fiction within the context of infotainment and social media, discuss how the internet is changing democracy, and shed light on the long-term effects of fear-mongering, if only to point out why there is still hope in hopelessness.
Co-sponsored by PIIRS Research Initiative - European Crises, and the Department of English