A Political Lesson From Viktor Orban on Populism

Updated: Apr 4

"With populism on the rise in both Europe and America, we now know it may very well be the future of the conservative ideology on a global scale."



Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary, has invited former President Donald Trump to Hungary to help bolster his re-election campaign in advance of the country's April 3rd election after President Trump endorsed Orban.

"Viktor Orbán of Hungary truly loves his Country and wants safety for his people," Trump said. "He has done a powerful and wonderful job in protecting Hungary, stopping illegal immigration, creating jobs, trade, and should be allowed to continue to do so in the upcoming Election. He is a strong leader and respected by all. He has my Complete support and endorsement for re-election as Prime Minister!"

Many would say Hungary's former Prime Minister's politics stem from an older and more traditional-oriented take on President Trump's bombastic and flashy populist model. However, populism is not a new movement in Europe.

Orban's ideology ideally reflects this movement, prioritizing traditionalist values over liberal and progressive ones; these traditionalist values associated with the populist movement include a pro-nationalistic, free speech, and religious agenda.

Mr. Orban has been in office since 2010 when he managed to shock a progressive Europe by winning a 2/3rds majority in the parliament. He has maintained this majority to this day while pursuing his promised agenda of promoting conservative values within Europe. Orban’s government successfully amended the constitution in 2020, defining family as "based on marriage between a man and a woman and the parent-child relationship." This action successfully ended the left's attack on the nuclear family we see so often today in America.

Orban would also ban the teaching of gender studies in 2018 and promote conservative youth groups in colleges enabling the Hungarian University classroom to be a less politically divisive place that can promote traditional values.

On immigration, in 2015, Orban successfully built the infamous wall on Hungary's southern border and stood up for the rights of individual Europe's nation's right to choose whether they want to allow immigrants into their country.

Mr. Orban has also been fighting for freedom of speech across the nation. Orban has also garnered support from journalists; as Tucker Carlson commented, Budapest has more free expression than New York City, which requires a bodyguard for a person to express himself candidly in modern society.

Mr. Carlson was astounded by the climate in which people were free to express themselves. Not only has Orban defended Hungary's borders, Christian values, and family, but he has also crucially shown the world that populism can work long term as a political strategy for the government.

Mr. Orban's political party Fidesz has now won three elections in a row and is gearing up for a fourth. With populism on the rise in both Europe and America, we now know it may very well be the future of the conservative ideology on a global scale.

Jonny Szani is the leader of Gerilla, a Hungarian Activist, Commentator, and American Populist Contributor.