November 10, 2009
Now that Poland and the Czech Republic had their turns in bringing Central European surrealism into the EU, it is Hungary’s turn with naming the oddest Commissioner-in-waiting. Mr Andor’s my prove to become a surprising talent but his past makes him the least likely member of Europe’s (kind of)government, the European Commission.
Mr Andor’s is a non-executive member of EBRD, Europe’s development bank. He was ejected to this position when his small circle of far-far left intellectuals in a far-far left periodical called Eszmélet (Consciousness) stood behind the most right-wing pragmatist later prime minister and party chief, Mr Gyurcsány in the Hungarian Socialist Party. Mr Andor has been the editor-in-chief of this magazine that was the successor of the former Communist party’s left-wing opposition. He was among the few young men who put against the Soviet-like Communists that they were no real Marxist, who claimed that you do not need to defend Stalin in order to see Lenin’s truth. The periodical, where he still sits (in his London exile) on the top of the editor’s board, writes in its latest issue about
[…] three topics. We are continuing the presentation of a reading of the systematic change according to which all the negative consequences of the capitalist restoration had been – in essence – foreseen already in 1988-89. […] In our world the fate of political Islam is an important topic, and its future development according to some (leftist) authors is still open, that is there is a possibility of a leftist scenario while the traditional Marxist approach cannot imagine such a scenario taking into account the reactionary tendency of this current and considers political Islam finally serving the logic of imperialism. […] At last, this issue also addresses the question of the internal and external conditions of the practical problems related to the development of the “Bolivarian socialism” in Venezuela.
Mr Andor’s closest experience to executive power was the headmaster’s role in an autonomous student union within the Budapest University of Economics Sciences (than plural, now Budapest Corvinus University). I was a member of that union and I have to say that I might have some subjective bias, having written my first published criticizing about Mr Andor’s bogus science trying to create a ‘synthesis’ between Lenin and Keynes. He was not nice in his reply. He was a kind of a politician, every bending the truth, also a gentle man, a guy who liked to play soccer with the students, who had strange friends ‘in the movement’ in Western Europe. He was never elected to any other position, never ran for office and never took a job in any branches of the government of his country. He does not have an entry in the English language version of Wikipedia.
Even blind chance can create great leaders and talented managers. However, Hungary’s commissioner has a very unorthodox CV for such an executive job in a so-called beaurocracy. I still hope that Mr Andor will be stage a better act within the Commissioner than Mr Klaus among the heads of states. His nomination is just yet another sign of contingency within the transition elites in Central Europe.