Comment on the article Hungarian coffee shop idolises UK philosopher Sir Roger Scruton by Oliver Moody in The Times, 15 June 2021.
Viktor Orban is a most loyal pupil of the Communist regime. He was the leader of the Communist Pioneers organisation in high school. Only the most trusted ones coming from a ‘proper’ background were chosen for this function. He allegedly underwent a transformation while in the army, before university.
For those familiar with realities of life under Communism Orban is a typical representative of the most privileged circle. Many of them were selected to play the role of a fake opposition to Communism. The same game was played in Poland, where many children of the hard core Communists were assigned roles of ‘dissidents’. Dissident is a largely Communists’ own creation. There was simply no way to oppose the system, in which nobody would lift a finger to help you. You were alone.
It is a longer story, how the West believed the dissidents were the real deal.
Appropriating someone’s names and ideas, including conservative ones, in the way presented in the article is nothing surprising in Eastern Europe. Polish university, from which I was expelled in 2015 for political reasons was named in the 1950s after a great Polish 19th century poet Adam Mickiewicz, a great humanist, who was a figure of an exactly opposite kind to the Communist folk.