I used to know a professor at law school, who was very proud that he has never been to vote at any elections. Ever. Not once. He talked about politics a lot, teaching administration law, he had stuck quite a few political comments to each and every topic. He kept repeating his conviction that not voting entitles him to criticize all political sides as he wishes.
I always thought just the opposite! If you don’t care to share your opinion on the one single occasion it actually counts, then shut the f#@$ up all other times.
As a sociologist, I used to work with politics a lot myself, in my thesis I analized elections in the media. I have never planned to work in politics directly, as a lawyer I am still pretty close to it, but at least in every four years (or a lot more, actually) my sociologist self comes out and makes me see things through a different lense.
Although, referring to my professor, I do think voting gives me the prerogative to share my opinion about whaterver I wish, I consciously try to avoid being political here. So, let me just say this briefly. I am far from being satisfied with how things are going in Hungary lately. I am a strong believer in democracy and international organizations, and these are just two things I believe in that the current government is drifting our country away from.
It is one thing that there is a political party with tyrannical pursuits (there will always be parties like that in every country). The much sadder thing in my opinion is that there is a people that lets them do these things almost without critisism.
As one of my favorite historical figures, István Széchenyi put it: “Every nation has the government that it deserves. If for some reason goofy or nasty people hold down on a wise and honest population, the people will send those poor fellows to the depth of hell in no time. But if a rascal government stays in position permanently, then it is certain that the failure is of the nation. Then that nation is infamous or uneducated.” I think it is the latter for us.
My sociologist self wanted to go into more detailed political analysis, but I stopped her. Maybe some other time. Or some other platform. Instead, let’s see what interested my international lawyer self this week.
/Oh, the pictured quote is of course from Aaron Sorkin, as said by C.J. Cregg on The West Wing./
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Subsequent Practice in the Whaling Case, and What the ICJ Implies about Treaty Interpretation in International Organizations
I did not really care about this case before, but its judgement seems to redefine quite a few concepts of international law.
Witness (3) Arthur Ivatts: Can the United Kingdom’s experience help prevent the mis-education of Roma, Gypsy and Traveler children?
This is a very crucial question in Hungarian politics, one that political parties can gain or loose votes on. I, for one, am a strong belilever in education as the foundation of any solution of the roma issue, so I was extremely happy to read about successes on that front. Make sure to check out the other posts of this series too.