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Re “ The Case for Populism ” (Op-Ed,, Oct. 16):. I believe that Maria Schmidt badly mischaracterizes what is happening in Hungary today. The brand of populism she champions is in reality rank authoritarianism. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has converted Hungary’s democracy into a one-party state, doling out favors to cronies and using his powers to punish all those who dare to dissent. He has imposed draconian restrictions on the media and NGOs, and there is ample evidence of his packing the courts, trampling the rule of law. He has demonized immigrants and refugees — harming his country’s economy and drawing the wrath of the European Parliament. As he tightens his grip on po... Full story

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