Street Fighting Man – An Interview with Hungary’s Communist Party President

Remnants of the Warsaw Pact were evident as soon as we passed into Slovakia and Hungary. Decaying, twelve story housing projects from the Soviet era loom above city suburbs. Ashen, dormant factories crumble along the Danube River. They are conspicuous reminders of a society quite removed from the billboards and big box stores that now often occupy the same landscapes. The degree of commercialization we’ve seen in these former satellite states seems to indicate few reservations about practicing capitalism.

It was during a conversation with a Hungarian journalist, however, when we learned that not everyone’s satisfied with the direction things have gone in the last 22 years; there is still an older population who misses the communist regime for its sense of job security and national power, as well as a younger generation who has become disillusioned by the promises of capitalism and direct democracy.

Our thought was, how can there still be people who advocate communism after the failure of the Soviet Union? We decided to reach out to the president of Hungary’s hardline Communist Party, Gyor Thurmer, for a firsthand account.

The meeting was surprisingly easy to set up – which made more sense once we learned the party only represents about 0.5% of Hungarian voters, and is essentially barred from most media outlets.  Nevertheless, Mr. Thurmer offers interesting points, with the language of communism adapted to the 21st century economy.

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2 Responses to Street Fighting Man – An Interview with Hungary’s Communist Party President

  1. pH says:

    Fabulous interview by Chris. Bravo for this awesome coup of providing the ostracized Hungarian opposition with an outlet to the world and their national constituency via PostulateOne’s mike. I also commend the Communist Brother for taking this outlet seriously. Now for the content: fewer softballs! Why, in the name of the glory of the Human, should we spend any time at all regurgitating a system that has failed billions of people for a century?! While we are at it, why should we not revisit the Klu Klux Klan? How about interviewing the French royal descendants and pontificating on the merits of a return to feudal systems? Postulate One is looking for new voices for the 21st century, and when confronted with mouth pieces for gignol institutions of 20th century statesmanship, me think the first question would be “What the #%€& are YOU still doing here?”

  2. I would like to know more about the communist party and that would be great to have the information.

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