Viktor Orbán’s Work-Based Society

An Examination of the Term Reveals its True Colours

23 April 2020

What is the work-based society coined by the Hungarian Prime Minister based on? A closer examination strongly suggests that it is not a coherent social construct to be followed consistently in good times and in bad. Rather, it is a tool of political communication.

In August 2014, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán delivered a remarkable speech in Bálványos[i], Romania. In this speech he coined the term work-based society: „in accordance with Hungary’s response (to the ongoing crisis of capitalism) we look forward to the era of a work-based society; our intention is to organise a work-based society …which by its nature is not liberal.”

Indeed, at the time of his speech, most of the substantive elements of liberal democracy in Hungary had already been removed.

It is worth examining the work-based society (WBS) in modus operandi during an unprecedented social crisis such as the current one.

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Péter Felcsuti

Retired Bank Executive and former Chairman of the Hungarian Banking Association

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