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Tyranny’s new trick: how the Hungarian government is waging war on liberalism

The darkening of the skies in Eastern Europe shows that the optimism of 1989 is long gone

By Nick Cohen   December 2017

The House of Terror in Budapest is one of the most carefully contrived museums I have visited. It uses music, props and video—all the modern curatorial tricks—to recreate the rule of the Nazis and Communists. In a final stunt, a lift inches tourists down to the gallows in the basement, as if guards were pushing our resisting bodies towards the hangman. The House of Terror is manipulative. But ignorant foreigners can console themselves with the thought that it is manipulating in a good cause.

The museum is in the old…

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