It’s kind of funny how the meaning of a word can be changed according to someone’s political beliefs. Take “democracy” for example.
Students worldwide learn about the ancient democracy which was a direct form of this system. Then they learn about the modern democracy, which incorporates ideas of Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau and the Founding Fathers of the US. This is classical, well known by humanity form of democracy, which includes the rule of law, separation of powers, checks and balances system.
People who continue their education in Law and Administration learn also about mechanisms that led to Hitler’s victory. The theory of legal positivism was rejected during the Nuremberg Trials and replaced in decades to follow, with the doctrine of human rights. This also further enhances the importance of separation of powers, rule of law or checks and balances.
People who go further with their specialist education learn also about the case of Charles de Gaulle’s populist way of circumventing parliament by organizing referendums and getting people’s acceptance this way. Thus it is established in the constitutional law that political parties are important part of a democratic system which can prevent tyrannical actions of a person who holds too much power. It is also stressed in the German constitution, which bans referendums and institutionalizes political parties.
The thing is, all the above mentioned elements are present in Hungary: constitution is a foundation of the legal system, free elections are frequently organized, the government doesn’t mess with their results, human rights are observed, political parties aren’t banned, separation of powers isn’t abolished, Victor Orban rules by the parliament and his political party, not by referendums.
What differs Hungary from other democratic states is the consensus reached in the nation: overwhelming majority of people constantly decides to give power to the same man and his political party and to support his politics.
There is nothing undemocratic in that, on the contrary.