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PI Newsletter #82

 1. The Case for Populism

We Hungarians have rarely had easy lives. As was the case with other nations

that came under the direct domination of the Soviet Union in the 20th century,

we had to struggle to retain our national culture and way of life. Yet our trials

have prepared us well for the challenges of the 21st century.


The nonliberal shift promoted by Mr. Orban and the spread of populism that it heralded were consequences of an imbalance within the liberal order, one that favored elites over the needs of everyday citizens. As liberalism runs out of steam, true majoritarian democracy, and popular representation is returning to Hungary.

While some may not be able to accept it, the old world is disappearing. It can’t be saved. What can and should be saved is Western (Christian) civilization. We must realize that as

the historian Niall Ferguson once wrote, “the biggest threat to Western

civilization is posed not by other civilizations, but by our own pusillanimity

— and by the historical ignorance that feeds it.”


2. Danish academic study finds diversity is not a strength.

An academic study by Danish researchers has found that ethnic diversity has a negative impact on communities because it erodes trust.

The idea that “diversity is a strength” is obviously false. It may be politically correct to repeat the slogan ad nauseam, but it has no basis in actual reality.

The new peer-reviewed study, entitled ‘Ethnic Diversity and Social Trust: A Narrative and Meta-Analytical Review’, was conducted by Peter Thisted Dinesen and Merlin Schaeffer from the University of Copenhagen and Kim Mannemar Sønderskov from Aarhus University.

The review clarified the core concepts, highlighted pertinent debates, and tested core claims from the literature on the relationship between ethnic diversity and social trust. Several results stood out from the meta-analysis.

The researchers wanted to know whether “continued immigration and the corresponding growing ethnic diversity” was having a positive impact on community cohesion, but the study found no evidence of this notion that has been aggressively advanced by the establishment.

Studying existing literature and also carrying out a meta-analysis of 1 001 estimates from 87 studies, the Danish academics concluded, “We find a statistically significant negative relationship between ethnic diversity and social trust across all studies.”

previous studies from the US and Denmark have found that diversity causes a loss of social trust, or the ability of people to interact freely and with an expectation of fair treatment. This follows many years of research indicating that diversity and community are incompatible.

Robert Putnam found in his landmark study, ‘E Pluribus Unum: Diversity and Community in the Twenty-first Century’, that diversity decreases trust and the tendency to interact with social commons or other people, even among members of the same race.

“New evidence from the US suggests that in ethnically diverse neighborhoods residents of all races tend to ‘hunker down’. Trust (even of one’s own race) is lower, altruism and community cooperation rarer, friends fewer.”


3. Sorry Bernie Bros But Nordic Countries Are Not Socialist

As the American left embraces a platform that continues to look more and more like a socialist’s dream, it is common for those on the right to counter with the example of Venezuela as the nightmare of socialism in reality. A common response from the left is that socialism (or democratic socialism) works just fine in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. It is certainly true that Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark are notable economic successes. What is false is that these countries are particularly socialist


The myth of Nordic socialism is partially created by confusion between socialism, meaning government exerting control or ownership of businesses and the welfare state in the form of government-provided social safety net programs. However, the left’s embrace of socialism is not merely a case of redefining a word. Simply look at the long-running affinity of leftists with socialist dictators in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela for proof many on the left long for real socialism.


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