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The Dutch Election and the Snides of March

Yesterday, the Dutch held their general election. At the time I’m writing this, the results aren’t in yet. However, yesterday was also a holiday commemorating an important event in the history of Hungary, which is fast becoming my second country. March 15th is National Day (Nemzeti ünnep), honoring the Revolution of 1848, in which Hungarians revolted against Austrian rule.

More so than other European peoples, the Hungarians don’t take kindly to being ruled by foreigners. During the Cold War, Hungary was the first Eastern Bloc country to rebel against Soviet dominance, in the uprising of 1956. While the revolution ended in defeat—while the Hungarians succeeded in ousting their communist government, the Soviets sent in troops to quell the uprising—it led to permanent changes in Hungarian culture. The communists so feared another revolt that they were forced to introduce free market reforms, mockingly called “goulash communism,” that made Hungary into the wealthiest country in eastern Europe at the time.

Similarly, the Revolution of 1848 was a loss that nonetheless paved the way for Hungarian freedom. Much like the Revolution of 1956, the Austrians were nearly defeated by the Hungarians until the Russians intervened (I’m noticing a pattern here). Yet because of this, Austria was forced to reform itself with the Ausgleich: the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867. This agreement created the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary, gave Hungarians self-governance, and made them equals with the Austrians in administering the empire.

Even today, Hungary stands firm against the evils of the day: globalism, multiculturalism and deviancy. Their nationalist government has actively fought against the Muslim invasion of Europe (misleadingly called a “refugee crisis”), building a wall to keep migrants out. Hungarians are helping lead the resistance to the European Union and its attempts to crush its member states’ sovereignty, and the country is also in the process of expelling George Soros’ NGOs. The left-wing opposition here has been reduced to a rump of ex-communists flipping the bird at Vladimir Putin.

Not bad for a country that was forcibly dismembered after World War I, then repeatedly occupied by foreign powers.

Nationalism may be hitting speed bumps and blockades in the West, but in eastern Europe, it’s ingrained into the national fabric. Increasingly, it looks like it will fall to the “backwards” nations of Europe—Hungary, Poland, Russia and others—to lead the charge against the forces of globalism and poz.

If nationalism is forestalled in the Netherlands, I’ll be disappointed, but I won’t be worried. The spirits of the peoples of eastern Europe have been battered, but they haven’t been broken. America, Britain and the formerly great powers of the white world may have slid into degeneracy and despondency, but the soul of white Europe will never be totally extinguished.

Glory to Hungary! May the Hungarian people never be slaves!

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