Friedman on the importance of nations

“Global citizens” don’t exist, because life is meaningless without duty, sacrifice and loyalty – and you can’t be loyal to everything and everybody, George Friedman, Hungarian-born founder of the Geopolitical Futures said at the Brain Bar festival in Budapest last week, according to Mandiner‘s report on Saturday.

According to Friedman, nations are the basis of liberalism, because the demand of liberalism was not only democracy, the national autonomy, the democracy of nations. He stressed that nations are the framework in which citizen’s rights can be ensured, and the right of autonomy referred to the self-governance of nations, instead of being parts of empires.

Friedman said that technocracy, choosing “experts” to govern harms national sovereignty. He reminded that when Brussels didn’t like the result of the Italian elections, EU bureaucrats wanted to undermine the new government. “If you don’t believe in nations, you’re not a liberal”, he stressed.

When asked about the migration crisis, he said it’s not his business, the Hungarians should decide how their country reacts to is.

Hungary Journal


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