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2011-12-05

A spectre haunting communism

With its two-thirds majority Fidesz dominates the present, with the Fundamental Laws supplanting the current Constitution it seeks to control the future, and now Fidesz seeks to make its view of history the definitive one as well. To this end, it has introduced a law on communist crimes and how belated justice might be achieved at least in some cases.
A spectre haunting communism

With its two-thirds majority Fidesz dominates the present, with the Fundamental Laws supplanting the current Constitution it seeks to control the future, and now Fidesz seeks to make its view of history the definitive one as well. To this end, it has introduced a law on communist crimes and how belated justice might be achieved at least in some cases. The biggest problem is not with Fidesz’ view of the past, though it surely would have helped if broader professional and political consultations had preceded the always volatile effort of mixing historical analysis with legislation. The real problem is that the real goal of using history as a bludgeon against Fidesz’ main political rival, MSZP, is all too apparent. This undermines what could and ideally should have been a legitimate undertaking.

Fidesz' law proposal on the 'sins of communism' can be downloaded from here.



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