Hungarian media is reporting on a two-day conference hosted in Budapest by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium. According to the V4 Agency report:
October 4, 2022 As Europe and Hungary are facing serious challenges and trials, radical changes will be needed to address the economic problems caused by the war and sanctions, participants heard at the two-day conference hosted by the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) in Hungary’s capital. 20 international speakers and experts from ten countries and 15 from Hungary shared their views at the 4th MCC Budapest Summit between 29 September and 1 October. The conference was attended by around 800. Recent history decided the theme of this autumn’s MCC Budapest Summit, with the focal point being the Russia-Ukraine war and its ensuing economic effects. Numerous experts contributed to the two-day event, which kicked off with a presentation delivered by Tuomas Malinen on Thursday evening, MCC’s statement reads.
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The report goes on to summarize the participants’ views which appear to have been negative in their entirety, with no speakers viewing the war in Ukraine as anything but catastrophic for Europe. The most notable speaker at the conference was John Laughland, identified only as a lecturer in political science and history and a visiting fellow at the MCC. A paper by Laughland dated two days earlier is titled “The world economy as a tool of war, The West tried to turn the world economy from a pledge of peace into an instrument of war.” An excerpt from Laughland’s paper centers on the conspiracy theory known as “the Great Reset.”
The West is imposing strong sanctions, with the aim of “waging a total economic war against Russia” and “causing the collapse of the Russian economy” (in the words of French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire in March 2022), trying to turn the world economy from a pledge of peace into an instrument of war. The same Western companies that should have ensured that Russia’s foreign policy, and indeed its entire culture, was aligned with that of the West by their presence in Russia were forced to close down and return home. Regardless of the question of whether sanctions work and whether Europeans suffer more from the effects of sanctions than Russians, this is a very unexpected development. The West seems to have given up its 30 years of globalist ideology to adopt instead something most reminiscent of Napoleon’s continental blockade (1806–1814), which aimed to bring Britain to its knees In reality, however, this apparent turn revealed the reality behind the apparent liberalism of globalist ideology. As we can see from the language of the “Great Reset”, globalist ideology is not about increasing freedom, but about increasing leadership control through top-down policies decided by elites. Every word that leaves Klaus Schwab’s mouth is based on the assumption that human society is dangerously anarchic and that it must be governed centrally, on a global scale. The globalists’ hostile attitude toward national sovereignty is not because they support individual freedom in the face of the supposed authoritarianism of states, but because sovereignty for them embodies that (collective) freedom and unpredictability that they cannot tolerate. [Google Translated from Hungarian]
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An Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) report describes the “Great Reset” conspiracy theory as follows:
February 2021 The Great Reset is the name of an initiative launched by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in June 2020 that called for “fairer outcomes” and a rethinking of global investment and government expenditure in order to revive the world’s economy in light of the catastrophic economic effects of the pandemic. Conspiracy theorists believe this initiative is in fact a plot to destroy capitalism and enact a one world government under the cover of COVID-19.
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A Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) investigation revealed in August 2021 that Russia had launched a disinformation campaign spreading “the Great Reset” conspiracy theory in the West.
The GIOR reported earlier that Laughland is a British national and conspiracy theorist with close ties to Russia who recently spoke at this year’s opening of the MCC, a Hungarian education facility associated with the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Russia’s closest partner in the EU. A GIOR report on the new National Conservative alliance explained the role of the MCC in the Orbán government’s struggle to control Hungarian higher education and to create a platform for rightwing figures.
Aside from his role at the MCC, Laughland is director of the Forum for Democracy International, an arm of the Dutch far-right, populist political party known as the FvD. In July of this year, the GIOR reported that Laughland was scheduled to deliver a keynote at a pro-Russian propaganda event sponsored by the FvD, where the Russian ambassador to the Netherlands was expected to participate. Since that time, the GIOR has covered the following actions by Laughland and the FvD:
- The FvD posted “A petition for affordable energy in the EU.” seeking an end to EU sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
- Laughland published an article titled “The Americans Did It,” attempting to cast doubt on the idea that the Russians were likely behind the recent suspected sabotage of the Nordstream 2 gas pipelines.
- Thierry Baudet, the leader of the FvD, was featured on a podcast with US rightwing extremist Steve Bannon and used the occasion to promote the “Great Reset Theory.”