That's a good quote Rudewhy. Did you see the 'Interesting Ethnic Folkways' thread? That was our attempt to talk through these very themes. https://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=14846&highlight=Ethnic
I am reminded of a joke from The New Statesmen - some Frenchie points out 'The English do not have a cuisine. They have brown sauce'. The English breakfast is pretty much the only thing they can hang their hat on, and the people of Ireland and Scotland would snort at that.Sure - how many English nationalists make a point of avoiding curry, pizza, (American) hamburgers, (Sephardic) fish and chips, Dutch/Belgian/German lager, etc.? Not too many, I expect.
No, I completely missed this thread - thanks for pointing it outDid you see the 'Interesting Ethnic Folkways' thread? That was our attempt to talk through these very themes. https://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=14846&highlight=Ethnic
One thing I will say about Orban is that he actually has a notion of high(ish) culture being central to the Hungarian way of being.It is customary to say that culture is a battlefield. Today, when we look west, we see this and react with horror. But here in Hungary, and especially for György Fekete, this struggle means something different. It is a struggle we never fight against others, but always for ourselves. We Hungarians want an alliance between national commitment and autonomous artistic aspirations – as he expressed it in the credo of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. György Fekete understood that in our culture in this part of the world, truth, beauty and goodness have formed an alliance in opposition to the forces of evil and massive disruption. Blessed is the country which has had such sons, which has them, and which will have them. It is our task to raise thought, will, work and works to their fitting place. Indeed it is our task to do even more: to carry them forward in institutions in a worthy form and order, so that the cultural achievements of the Hungarians can be built ever higher – up towards the sky. The life of György Fekete reminds us that Hungarian culture is the creative and sustaining force without which it is impossible not only to survive, but even to live. And perhaps it would not even be worth living. But if we root ourselves in it, if we take nourishment from it, if we draw inspiration from it, if we allow it to unfold, we will not only survive, but we will regain – and even enrich – everything that those before us have left us.