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May 08, 2018 - Dr. Mária Schmidt

On the values of the European Union

The unveiling of the statue of Karl Marx is clearly a salute to the Communist idea and practice. It’s a message of global political significance. If the leaders of the EU do not understand this, it’s a big problem. But if they do understand it, then the problem is even greater because in that case the conflict between us is insurmountable.

The following is adapted from a blog post by Dr. Mária Schmidt, director general of the House of Terror Museum and the XXI Century Institute. The original Hungarian version is available here.

Jean-Claude Juncker has become the most absurd product of the European Union. European decision-makers, exercising a sense of humor, made him the president of the European Commission. Apart from his communication and behavioral disorders, he has taken a number of steps that undermine those common European values that he theoretically means to defend.

The eastern half of Europe suffered more than forty years under communist dictatorship. The western, ideologically quite developed half of Europe should have acknowledged this fact, especially because they are the ones who murmur about those alleged common values on a daily basis, but anti-Communism apparently doesn’t fit. When Fidel Castro died, Juncker expressed his appreciation for the dictator who murdered and imprisoned thousands of Cubans, and who systematically ignored checks and balances. Now, he unveils a statue of Marx in the name of the European Union, saying that “no matter what you think of Karl Marx, no one can deny that, in a way, he shaped our history.”

Let’s not get distracted by the intellectual shallowness that Mr. Juncker characterizes. That was clearly one of the reasons his patrons appointed him to the post because they needed someone of his low caliber that they could control. Set that aside for a moment. If anyone, Adolf Hitler shaped our history in some way more significantly. However, it would never occur to Juncker and his patrons to unveil a statue honoring Hitler. But let’s not get carried away! Marx was a significant thinker, they say, in the same way that Heidegger undoubtedly was. Would any German city dare to dedicate a statue to that unfortunate character? Oh, he was a supporter of Hitler for a few years in 1930s? Marx, however, is the symbol of the terror of the communist dictatorship.

The envisaged unveiling of a statue of Bálint Hóman in Hungary underwent, beginning with President Obama, denunciations from German diplomacy (is there such a thing?) in harmony with the press they support, although his symbolic significance cannot be compared to that of Marx. Hóman was a significant historian and cultural politician, but, however controversial, his legacy does not reach beyond our borders. In the meantime, unveiling the statue of Karl Marx is clearly a salute to the communist idea and practice. It’s a message of global political significance. Marx is the symbol of communist terrorist dictatorship along with the red star and the hammer and sickle. If the leaders of the EU do not understand this, it’s a big problem. But if they do understand it, then the problem is even greater because in that case the conflict between us is insurmountable.

Core EU states seemingly do not respect us. Due to their distorted perspectives, we have to fight again with those communists who were our oppressors for almost half a century. If those “developed” ones in the West want to try socialism, let them do so. But we do not want to experience that adventure again, not even for just a second.

In the EU, threats, blackmailing with budget cuts, hints at the redistribution of cohesion funds and restriction of our voting rights have become common place. Recurrent reports are made by non-existing extreme left-wing politicians, whose names are only known by their anti-Hungarian activities. Tavares, Sargentini… who are they? Why don’t they supervise checks and balances in Portugal and the Netherlands? Because they are unknown and unwanted there? Same here! If they, the “developed” ones, are determined to create a new society in which they could establish that old-new Socialism, then the migration that they are promoting is really the best method. That’s their business.

In the meantime, our task in the elections next year is to send the kind of representatives to the European Parliament who will put an end to the aggressiveness of the western communists and send them where they belong: to the dustbin.