Category: Essay

THE TURN OF THE CONCEPTUAL BASE
OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

New Dimensions in EfficiencyPart II INTRODUCTION Sustainable development encompasses three dimensions of welfare—economic, environmental, and social issues—that involve complex synergies and trade-offs. The social dimension emphasizes the importance of well-functioning labour markets and high employment, of adaptation to major demographic changes such as ageing population, equity considerations, and a willingness

THE PROBLEM WITH EXPERTS

Science and Scientism in the ‘Post-truth’ Age For the last five years, we have heard frequent reference to the idea that we live in a ‘post-truth’ age. Certainly, in this time, the status of formal expertise has fallen, and experts increasingly find that, to a sizeable and growing minority, their

VOX POPULI *

‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.’ Students of pop song will know this pathos-ridden refrain from the 1970s hit song, ‘Me and Bobby McGee’. Of course, the lyrics actually describe the life of a drifter: drugs, panhandling … the usual stuff. But for me it has always

EUROPEAN UNION
OR THE NEW TOWER OF BABEL

‘Reading the history of nations, we find that, like individuals, they have their whims and their peculiarities; their seasons of excitement and recklessness, when they care not what they do. We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object and go mad in its pursuit; that millions

WHAT THE EU LEARNED FROM EUROPEAN
HISTORY AND WHAT IT REPRESSED

What Happens to Economic Freedom? 1. THE DECLINE OF EUROPE For more than one hundred years, or since the beginning of the First World War, Europe has been in decline. Before that, the great powers of Europe dominated the world. Although the United States is located outside of Europe, one

AGREEMENT

On the Abrahamic Faiths in Europe Preparing for this occasion1 at the Archabbey of Pannonhalma, I was wondering if I could refrain from speaking about football this time, because ever since I was ordained as a rabbi in 2005, I have referred to football in a couple of teachings each month.

TWO POEMS

Pilgrimage Chaucer caught me up a month before my birth, sent a signal through the amniotic soup to cue my DNA: remember, pilgrimage is part of your green heritage. I dropped to earth with boots and stick a faint prophetic sign, advancing Zechariah’s promise to those aged Jews. Then Bunyan

BOOK REVIEW

A Nation Dismembered A poet is compelled to write, even if only a grey sparrow. And my feathers will be whirling down, with ink dripping from the ste Árpád Farkas, ‘Open Skies’, 1991 This selection of work* by thirty-seven Hungarian poets, stretching from 1918 to the year 2000, was based on

REDEFINING THE CONCEPT OF THE HUNGARIAN NATION

Part II In 2010, the parties of the conservative coalition, the Alliance of Young Democrats (Fidesz)–Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) led by Viktor Orbán won a two-thirds parliamentary majority and were able to launch a new kin-state policy that involved the redefinition of the nation on an ethno-cultural basis to

UNIVERSITY TEACHING IN HUNGARIAN AT THE NOVI SAD FACULTY OF LAW

A Retrospective after Fifty Years This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the success that launching concurrent instruction in Hungarian at the Novi Sad1 Faculty of Law meant to many of us. Alas, none of this survives today, except in memory. Yet my friends tell me that I should at