by Ian R. Henderson

As the West faces a polarizing identity crisis in the 21st century, the traditional left and right that once defined our political system seem to be drifting father and farther apart.

As the self-described progressive democratic socialists of society advocate for the slow destruction of traditional gender norms, the nuclear family and religious based morality, they simultaneously demand the limitless flow of peoples from cultures who come from very traditional, religious cultures who don’t share the same liberal outlook on shaping society. These same progressives also demand for an expansion of the welfare state to provide for all the needs of said foreigners, thus draining the nation’s capability to provide for its people. You can’t have socialism and open borders. It is simply unsustainable.

In response, this has created within the last decade a revival of traditionalism across the western world. What were considered fringe conservative political parties and ideas are now becoming more mainstream. This is the inevitable backlash to the Cultural Marxism that has enveloped the mainstream left-wing parties. The conservatism that was once defined by lowering marginal tax rates and balancing budgets is the conservatism of the past. The conservatism of preserving a nation’s heritage, traditions, religious morality and priority of its own people over foreigners has taken its place.  This, in turn has caused the left to double down on their rhetoric. Under leaders like Obama, the goal of bringing society to the left was gradual. With leaders like Justin Trudeau, Jeremy Corbyn and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the left is now fully open about their Marxist ideas. This has led the to West’s trajectory as a civilization to a major tipping point. The cultural Marxism that has permeated our media, education system and our politics has created a natural backlash of nationalist traditionalism. This has developed into two vastly different ideologies that have begun to dominate the mainstream of left and right politics. No leaders in the Western World could better reflect that divide than Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a darling of left-wing progressives, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, an unapologetic avid nationalist. Both these men have nearly polar opposite views on the direction their respective nations should take. This is reflective of the West as a whole.

Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau’s ascension to the Canadian premier ship was met with applause by celebrities and media talking heads. Global media outlets fawned over his victory and his “progressive” positions on immigration, the family, gender and international affairs. Trudeau has been at the forefront of the dismantlement of his nation’s tradition, culture and heritage making statements stating that “There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada” and that Canada is the “first post-national state”. Upon taking the premiership, Trudeau was asked by a reporter why having a cabinet with an equal number of men and women was important to him, he responded with the soundbite answer of “because its 2015” to much fanfare. Trudeau failed to elaborate as to why stating the current year was a factor in his decision. In regards to immigration, Trudeau seems hell-bent on opening the doors to as many foreigners as possible to ensure racial, religious and cultural diversity while simultaneously lambasting Canada’s Franco-British, Christian heritage.

His government has significantly eased immigration restrictions to further push the multicultural agenda that his father, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, so dearly promoted. Trudeau has further exacerbated the slow erasure of the Canadian identity by conceding to the demands of Islamists. In March 2017, under Trudeau’s Liberal Party majority, the Canadian parliament passed a motion 201-91 to address islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims. The motion would require the government to collect data on hate crimes, conduct official assessments of affected communities and present findings to parliament within eight months. What’s more is that Trudeau is open to allowing former ISIS fighters that hold Canadian passports to come back to Canadaand assist with de-radicalization. Trudeau said at in December 2017 that he believes returning ISIS fighters can be rehabilitated into "powerful" voices against radicalism within Canada. This is all while ignoring the fact that these men participated in terroristic activities on behalf of a jihadist organization whose goal is to establish a global caliphate.

While Trudeau welcomes the slow drip of Islamism into mainstream Canadian society, he simultaneously promotes a radical LGBT agenda. In June 2017, the Trudeau government signed into law a bill that criminalizes misgendering transgender individuals. Those accused could be subject to jail time, fines and mandatory anti-bias training. In 2016, the Canadian Supreme Court deemed that most forms of bestiality are legal.The court issued the ruling stating that sex acts with animals are legal as long as there is no penetration involved.

All the while, Vancouver is slowly becoming another province of China, with all the high amounts of Chinese immigration, investment and business swallowing up the city and metro area. As of 2018, 53 percent of the City of Vancouver’s population does not speak English as their first language. 27.7 percent of the city proper is of Chinese ethnic origin and as of 2011, just under 20 percent of the greater Vancouver metro area was Chinese. This has compounded into situations like the current Huawei crisis, and Chinese corporate elites acting with impunity in a nation that is gradually losing its sense of identity. While his country rots from within, Trudeau has diluted himself that the policies his government has taken will lead to a harmonious society.

Enter Viktor Orban

While Canada continues to erode itself of its heritage and identity, Hungary has taken quite the opposite approach. Prime Minister Viktor Orban took the mantle of the premiership in 2010 after previously serving as prime minister from 1998-2002. His national conservative Fidesz party sailed to victory in the 2010 parliamentary elections and Orban has been in power ever since. A stunning opposite of Trudeau, Orban has embraced his nation’s heritage, history, religious traditions and has prioritized his people over that of immigrants. In response to the nation’s declining native birth rate, the Orban government announced in 2017 that they would be introducing an action plan to dramatically increase the birthrate through tax incentives. The goal is to increase the current birthrate of 1.5 to 2.1 by 2030.  This would include student debt forgiveness for parents who have 2 or more children, mortgage assistance for parents of 3 or more, tax credits for parents of two or more, etc. This coupled with a very restrictive immigration system bodes well for the nation’s demographic future.

On the immigration front, the Orban Government came to international fame in 2015 during the European migrant crisis for constructing a border fence between Hungary and their neighbors. He further sent sent armed troops to the border to stop the flow of Islamic migrants into Hungary. This was to the dismay of the EU and the open border lobby, but Orban stood his ground and realized the negative impact of letting in millions of middle Easterners and North Africans into Hungary. He even went as far as stating that “Some people say that the solution is to bring migrants to Europe because they think it will be good for their country. The Hungarian position is that we don’t want this. There is an ideological difference. This isn’t a solution for Africa, nor for Europe. In this case, our culture, which we have been cultivating in Europe for two thousand years, would be destroyed.” Orban further touted a policy to accept what he called “true refugees” “Germans, Dutch, French and Italians, terrified politicians and journalists who here in Hungary want to find the Europe they have lost in their homelands.”

His government has taken a strong stance against Hungarian-born financier George Soros as perpetrating and promoting mass migration into the West. Orban’s government has even gone to the lengths of passing a law last summer titled the “Stop Soros Law”. The legislation in question would outlaw assistance to illegal migrants coming into the nation. Violators of this law would face jail time.

On the area of feminism and LGBT rights, Orban has taken a traditionalist stance contrary to that of his Canadian counterpart. In October of 2018, Viktor Orban’s signed into law a bill that banned gender studies degrees. In signing the bill, Orban stated, “The government’s standpoint is that people are born either male or female, and we do not consider it acceptable for us to talk about socially-constructed genders, rather than biological sexes. They lead their lives the way they think best, but beyond this, the Hungarian state does not wish to spend public funds on education in this area.” Orban has also received flak for speaking in favor of traditional gender roles and promoting the nuclear family at the International Organization of the Family (IOF)’s annual conference in 2017. At the conference, he claimed that “It's important to say that it's a national interest to restore natural reproduction. Not one interest among others — but the only one. It's a European interest too. It is the European interest". Mr. Orban seems reluctant to buckle under the pressure of the pressure of the global elite, as he seems adamant that his actions are necessary to counter the mounting pressures of Cultural Marxism and globalism that have enveloped many of his counterparts in the West.

Two Different Directions

It is evident that the cultural trajectory of the West is heading in to radically different directions. Individuals like Justin Trudeau have become the norm in left-of-center politics. The natural response to this radical cultural Marxism is nationalist traditionalism. It is not the time for moderate centrists or classical liberals to lead the fight against this slow decay of our civilization. A more hardline, unapologetic, patriotic movement is necessary to counter the Marxism that has infected our society for the past century.

It is time to ask ourselves, between Trudeau and Orban whose direction would be more beneficial for the preservation of a stable, functioning society with agreed upon cultural norms and morals? I think you know the answer.