August 10, 2014

THE MASK IS OFF: Hungary’s Viktor Orbán has openly renounced Western-style democracy for the nationalist authoritarianism of Putin’s Russia. “His speech confirms what his domestic and foreign critics have said for years about his managed democracy and what until now his propagandists and loyal followers have heatedly denied. For he has now publicly, and proudly, declared his preference for an ‘illiberal state.’”

When liberal democracies look weak and confused, tyrants flourish.