Monday February 2, 2015
Hungarians are supposed to be good at math. After all, the father of the hydrogen bomb, the inventor of the Rubik's Cube, and a whole lot of really brilliant mathematicians are all Hungarian. Indeed mathematics and the arts derived from it are seemingly endemic to the Hungarian DNA -- have a look at all the Hungarian chess masters.
However when it comes to the science of regime change, mathematics can most often be an impediment rather than an advantage.
For example, a rally which took place over the weekend -- the latest attempt to overthrow the democratically-elected government in Hungary -- drew only an estimated 3,000 protesters.
Nevertheless, rally organizer Balazs Gulyas is convinced that 3,000 constitutes an absolute majority in a country of ten million people. Said Gulyas, a former politician of the opposition Hungarian Socialist (formerly Communist) Party, "We want to show that the country is not equal to Orban, that the majority does not support his policies going closer to Vladimir Putin."
In the seemingly non-mathematical mind of Gulyas, 3,000 is a majority in 10 million.