The difference in the view of Hungarians and Croatians toward internationalism illustrates an important point lost on most Americans: Giving up your sovereignty to a foreign power always, eventually, leads to the loss of your national identity.

A passionate and well-informed tour guide in Budapest spoke to me in front of the national parliament building a few days ago. Without asking for permission or making any apology, she pleaded with our group to explain to Americans back at home the difficult position Hungary has been placed for the past several years. “I know that many foreigners see our President, Viktor Orban, as some sort of right-wing fascist for choosing not to support Ukraine militarily, for blocking illegal aliens from crossing our border, and for preventing transgender activism in our schools. They may not understand the entire situation.”

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