Gyula Kodolányi

Inner Strength and the Gravity of Words – Ronald Reagan Meeting József Antall in 1990

"Reagan realised that it was possible, even necessary, to collaborate on a friendly footing with the new Soviet leader who sincerely embraced a policy of openness. Indeed, he went so far as to magnanimously subscribe to the role in which Gorbachev sought to cast him before the Soviet leadership and, perhaps, the entire world: that of the uneducated, superficial demagogue. In other words, Gorbachev shone in the limelight even as his Soviet Union was fatally bursting at the seams with the centrifugal forces unleashed in the process."

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Zoltán Fekete-Szalóky, Péter Pásztor

“… then they said: malenky robot” – The 681,000 Prisoner-of-war Record Cards Received from Russia in 2019

"We still do not know precisely how many people were taken from Hungary to the Soviet Union. Some of the people taken into captivity died in the holding camps in Hungary or Romania. We know from recollections that the bodies of people who died while being loaded into the railway wagons or in transit were just thrown out of the wagons, without official Soviet record. We have no data whatsoever on these people, so we will never know the full number. We work from various incomplete sources."

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Daniel J. Mahoney

Reflections on the Counter-revolution in France – Democratic Conservatism Confronts Communism, Islam and Western Self-hatred – Part II

"That is a lesson that has been largely forgotten in the present global crisis occasioned by the spread of COVID-19. Individually and collectively, we seem to have put what Aristotle called “mere life” above the “good life” which is the crown of human temporal existence. By all means, we must protect the weak, the vulnerable, those who are at risk of death as the ravages of the pandemic do their work. That is an imperative for all decent people. But shutting down civilised existence hardly reflects the exigencies of Christian charity or Churchillian fortitude."

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István Kiss

The Crisis Management Efficiency of International Organisations – In Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

"The WHO was also sending mixed messages to its members. While they recommended to China exit screenings at their international airports, it advised against the entry screening of people coming from China in other countries, despite admitting that the majority of the cases were actually detected through entry screening. This was the same with temperature checks which they recommended for people leaving China but not for entry screenings. Lastly, while the WHO was reasoning against travel and trade restrictions, its chief epidemiologist, Bruce Aylward was praising China for its successful lockdowns."

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Lívia Mohás

The Pandemic and the Spirit – Four Ways Humanity Can Renew Itself after the Virus Attack

"As the pandemic winds down, we will need to take tally of more things than the aspects we usually hear mentioned. We have of course realised that the economy must be stood back up on its feet quickly, that work producing value must be given a kick-start everywhere. We know that our rivers, lakes and seas, all littered with waste, must be cleaned up. We must radically cut back on unconscionable air pollution levels. Our forests, fields, city parks, streets and even factories must be made as spanking clean as a well-washed wine glass. The list goes on; there is no end to parts of the world in bad need of renewal."

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John O’Sullivan

Cultural Revolutions Then and Now

"As for almost all other Westerners in 1966 and later, we looked at the theory-intoxicated antics of the cultural revolutionaries with amazement and thought “it could never happen here”. Well, it is happening here now, of course, at least in Britain and the United States, and even in parts of Western Europe and the Anglosphere, though less aggressively. The scenes of crowds burning cities, attacking the police, looting small businesses, and then in an illogical but somehow understandable progression, pulling down statues, destroying national symbols, and doing their best to erase familiar signposts and symbols of their (and our) own past leave little doubt about what is going on. It is a revolution against our culture, our history, our countries, and ourselves."

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