Selected Writing

“Budapest’s conservative carnival,” The Washington Examiner, June 16, 2022

The strange meeting of American and Hungarian conservatives at CPAC Budapest.

“Europe’s long peace was built on ethnic cleansing,” The Washington Examiner, June 2, 2022

As the war in Ukraine draws on, Europeans would do well to remember the brutal history behind the peace they’ve long enjoyed.

“Hungarian Election Results Defy Easy Narratives,” Newsweek, April 8, 2022

Did Viktor Orbán rig the vote?

“Where Europe ends and the war begins,” The Spectator, March 21, 2022

The Hungarian border town of Záhony in the midst of a refugee crisis.

“Even Hungary has soured on Vladimir Putin,” The Spectator, March 2, 2022

The mood in Budapest at the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

“Can Viktor Orbán’s conservatism work in America?” The Spectator, November 29, 2021

Why Orbánism is a hard sell across the Atlantic.

“Czech your privilege,” The Washington Examiner, November 4, 2021

“Market-dominant minorities” in Eastern Europe and across the globe.

“Land of his birth,” The Critic, October 23, 2021

On Transylvania and the short stories of Miklós Bánffy.

“How Hungary became the American Dream,” UnHerd, August 10, 2021

A guide to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

“The culture war comes to Hungary,” The Washington Examiner, July 8, 2021

University protests as a window into the Hungarian culture war.

“Playing dress up with the creative class,” The Washington Examiner, April 29, 2021

Will American style survive the decline of the professions and institutions that gave us our most iconic clothes?

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Cuck,” The Washington Examiner, February 21, 2021

George Smiley, cuckold.

“The Dystopian Hellscape of Online Learning,” The American Conservative, January 20, 2021

Online learning is awful and we should never do it again.

“Hungary’s Post-Pandemic Political Future,” Newsweek, January 6, 2021

The vaccine rollout highlights Hungary’s awkward position within the EU.

“A time to keep your distance,” The Washington Examiner, May 4, 2020

What monks can teach us about surviving quarantine.

“Rural Hungary’s homebrew culture,” The Washington Examiner, February 13, 2020

The history and culture of pálinka, Hungary’s signature fruit brandy.

“No Time for Heroes,” National Review Online, January 3, 2020

A qualified defense of “great man” history.

“A Transylvanian Tale,” National Review, June 24, 2019

A review of a new translation of The Transylvanian Trilogy, a lost classic of Hungarian literature from Miklós Bánffy.

“Bloody, Cosmopolitan Sarajevo,” The American Conservative, November 14, 2018

Sarajevo is one of the last remnants of Eastern Europe’s cosmopolitan past.

“Meet the Good Soldier Švejk, Patron Saint of Malingerers and Saboteurs,” Reason Magazine, October 2018

Revisiting a classic Czech antiwar novel.

“The Secret History of Dune,” Los Angeles Review of Books, September 16, 2017

Frank Herbert borrowed liberally from The Sabres of Paradise, a gripping account of Islamic resistance to Russian imperialism in the 19th century Caucasus.