Opinion Letter in the New York Times

My letter to the editor was published today in The New York Times. As a reply to a recent front-page article, I discuss some points regarding the nature of Viktor Orban’s regime in Hungary.

” Mr. Orban’s electoral victories were a result of the disillusionment that most Hungarians felt after 20 years of democracy. Their resentment was rooted in the policies of technocratic elites, who as ardent followers of neoliberal orthodoxy promised that Hungary would catch up with the West.

Crony capitalism is not merely a feature of the regime, but rather its main goal. Mr. Orban’s illiberal rise to power served one crucial objective: wealth accumulation for his inner circle. Thus, corruption is not a side effect, but rather the regime’s main ambition.”