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Re: <nettime> Hungarian government chasing CEU
rebe on Sat, 1 Apr 2017 13:13:23 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Hungarian government chasing CEU


Dear Morlock,

I understand well that the gravity of Soros funding had more distorting
effects in Middle-Eastern Europe than elsewhere, given the income
situation and the amount of funding from that source. I mean a situation
where a graduate would earn far less serving in a government department
than his Soros-funded "civil society" colleague, and the tensions this
created. So there was some backslash effect which stems from overdose.

I also understand that some of his efforts are problematic, e.g. the
project-syndicate op-ed authors in the context of the Greek/Eurozone
currency crisis.

BUT:

- The antisemitic narrative is just disgusting. I found it particularly
shameful when US right wing bullshit media used his own account of life
under persecution against him, depicting his family as kind of Shoa
collaborators.

- As a billionaire he is free to spend his money as he likes and he
supported quite a lot very good causes in his country of origin, that
sounds pretty "patriotic" to me in a good sense. Other foundations could
learn a lot. His support of the Roma cause alone should have got him the
Nobel.

- Soros funding comes with no micromanagement as opposed to almost any
other donor.

I beg to differ in your assessment of the article, in my view Heise
presents a narrative that does feed pretty well into the far right
conspiracy sermon.

Otherwise there is little to add to Felix Stalder's analysis except that
I would prefer to live in a sinister Soros-dominated "open society" in
Hungary over a sinister Hungarian "illiberal democracy".

LG,

André

On 31.03.2017 18:26, Morlock Elloi wrote:
> The proposed evil-ness of the ruling party does not automatically make
> its opponents angels. Here is a point of view (from today) that
> doesn't come from far right:
>
> https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Ungarn-Soros-Universitaet-sieht-Existenz-gefaehrdet-3671938.html
>



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