....Hungary knows that Islam is rising up again out of the East...and that the last time Muslims got up a head of steam they made it all the way to Budapest.
Have you read the Jobbik manifesto? It’s very impressive! Many of the “conservatives” here on FR won’t like it, however, mainly because it is a truly patriotic and traditionalist program — in other words, a truly conservative program — that has nothing to do with the kind of free-market, Rush Limbaugh chamber-of-commerce “conservatism” we celebrate here in the States.
“... wore traditional uniforms”
Hmmm ... hmmm ... you know, I’ve seen pics of Austrian monarchist gatherings where some of the participants were decked out in the regalia of the old Kaiserlich-und-Koeniglich army.
Damn Woodrow Wilson for involving the USA in the break-up one of history’s few somewhat successful experiments in multiculturalism.
Austria-Hungary may have been the “Ramshackle Empire,” but we owe that description to rabidly anti-Hapsburg British historians. When you look at how it really operated, the Hapsburg empire was one of the better-governed states of Old Europe, largely because the bureaucracy was so inefficient they to a large degree left people alone.
I am vastly oversimplying for effect here.
Freepers, if you have the time, treat yourself to one of Erich von Keuhnelt-Leddihn’s books, especially his late opus “Leftism Revisted.” The way he explains it, the only way to have a multiethnic, or as we would say today, multicultural, society is under a monarchy.
The king or emperor is supposedly above petty ethnic strife, and the protector of all his subjects.
This is again a simplification, and a hard concept for Americans to understand. I’ve read a lot of von K-L and I think I get it on a gut level, even if explaining his ideas stretches my writing abilities.
Also on a gut level, I now realize that the Great War may have been the last chance to bottle up the demons unleashed by the French Revolution. A victory by Germany and Austria-Hungary would more than likely have produced a much more stable post-war balance of power. I know it’s hard for Americans to think of our allies France and Britain so humiliated, but they paid for their victories in so much blood and treasure that they would have lost their empires anyway.