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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 02:15 PM

Most hopeful news all year. "Czechs Defeat a Populist, Offering a Road Map for Toppling Strongmen"

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/world/europe/czech-populism-strongmen.html

“Populism is beatable,” said Otto Eibl, the head of the political science department at Masaryk University in Brno, the South Moravian capital. “The first step in beating a populist leader is to suppress individual egos and to compromise in the interest of bringing a change.”

The biggest showdown could come in Hungary, where Prime Minister Viktor Orban has promoted himself as Europe’s standard-bearer for “illiberal democracy,” while his Fidesz party has steadily stripped away democratic checks, squeezing independent media and the judiciary. Mr. Orban has staked out right-wing political positions — including hostility to immigration, the European Union and L.G.B.T.Q. rights (if also proving adept at adopting left-wing welfare policies) — that have been emulated by his allies in Poland, the governing Law and Justice party.

In recent years, champions of liberal democracy have been confounded in their efforts to battle their way back into power against nationalist leaders skilled at stoking fear and presenting themselves as saviors. Faced with well-oiled and well-financed political machines, like Mr. Orban’s Fidesz party or Mr. Babis’s party, Ano, opposition forces have been notoriously divided — until now.
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This weekend, six Hungarian parties will complete a weekslong opposition primary race, the first of its kind, to whittle down the list of potential contenders in every electoral district to oppose Mr. Orban’s party. The coalition includes groups ranging from nationalist conservatives to leftists, who disagree on most things but share a fervent desire to dispatch Mr. Orban.

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 02:17 PM

1. That is good news!

There’s another “strongman” going to be toppled as well. It may take until ‘24...but he’s going down.

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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 02:31 PM

2. "stoking fear and presenting themselves as saviors"

Trump in a nutshell

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