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What Tucker Carlson wants Fox News viewers to learn from Hungary's Viktor Orbán

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As America grapples with yet another surge of COVID-19 and the ongoing erosion of its democracy at the hands of the Republican Party, Fox News celebrity Tucker Carlson is off getting tips from Europe's most successful anti-democratic leader, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán:

Carlson is in Hungary for MCC Feszt, a conference convened by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium, a government-funded association dedicated to creating a right-wing future. He is set to deliver a speech on Saturday with the fatuous title "The World According to Tucker Carlson," which, to paraphrase the late, great Molly Ivins, would no doubt sound better in the original Hungarian.

Carlson is one of a handful of right-wing elites who are in thrall to what Orbán calls his philosophy of "illiberal democracy," which includes government support for churches, (he calls Hungary a Christian democracy) a program to coerce women to have more "true Hungarian" children so as to reduce any need for immigrant labor and a ban on legal rights for transgender people. He even built a wall on his country's southern border to keep immigrants seeking asylum from entering the country in the name of preserving Hungary's (white) national character.

In other words, Orbán is a great general in the culture wars which makes him a hero to quite a few right-wing intellectuals. For instance, prominent blogger Rod Dreher is one of Orbán's most passionate defenders and has written numerous posts exalting his program. He was even planning to take up a fellowship in Hungary before COVID turned the world upside down. Vox's Zack Beauchamp described........

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