Category: Essay

A RECKONING OF ACCOUNTS – THOUGHTS ON PÉTER ÁKOS BOD’S BOOK

A Reckoning of accounts* Thoughts on Péter Ákos Bod’s Book Péter Ákos Bod is undoubtedly one of the most diligent economists working in Hungary today. During a career of more than four decades to date, not once has he missed an opportunity – or the self-imposed duty – to share his thoughts, feelings, observations and suggestions

‘THE CAGE OF THE VISIBLE’: GYÖRGY SPIRÓ’S CAPTIVITY

“The cage of the visible”: György Spiró’s Captivity* Captivity’s captive is the son of a Jewish silk-importer in first-century Rome, and a freeborn Roman citizen. A petty bourgeois, in effect. His civil name is Gaius Theodorus, but he is known to intimates – and to us – by the Hebrew name

ROBERT CONQUEST AND THE UNDERSTANDING OF WORLD COMMUNISM

I first heard a poem by Robert Conquest when I was thirteen years old and an English master at my secondary school read out the “Excerpt of a Report to the Galactic Council”. It was rather an interesting science fiction type of poem. So I knew him as a poet

PRIVATE LAW CODIFICATIONS THROUGH THE LENS OF CULTURAL HISTORY

I. INTRODUCTION The collapse of Communist regimes left the legislatures of the affected states with the duty to satisfy two fundamental economic and social demands. The first consisted of enacting laws to enshrine the democratic transformation of the structure of executive power, specifically in terms of reshuffling the relationship (the

CONSTITUTIONALISM, POLITICS AND JUDICIAL POWER

Budapest Talk, 27–28 September 2017 The gist of my talk is this: We have a problem in the democratic world with robed, ex-lawyer mandarins who remove issues from the political sphere by declaring them to be constitutional in nature and thereby put them beyond discussion and resolution by mere citizens