Helplessness induced by Byzantine regulations and hostile authorities game-hunting entrepreneurs and struggling citizens. Continue reading ““Just hand in the papers and see what happens!””
We were in the middle of a translation and the word ‘Izland’ came up. As a native Hungarian I knew it meant the country ‘Iceland’ and moved on without a second thought. Continue reading “You only hear the advice you don’t need”
I used to be big on keeping my promises and I never failed to tell everyone about my precious integrity. Continue reading “The World Wants You To Promise Things Before You Understand Them”
A good choice depends on what your options are. For the women who launch into a long distance marriage to escape their countries – and their humble economic prospects – the options were limited. That helps explain why they did it.
Continue reading “Choice Architecture for Mail Order Brides”
In our previous post on the mail order bride (MOB) industry we saw how a country’s EU-membership gives more opportunities to citizens – so they don’t have to sell themselves in such undignified ways.
Now we turn our attention to the beneficiaries of borders: the rent-seeking men who seek to exchange their birth status for mates who would be out of their league in a dating scene of legal equals. Continue reading “The Men Who Buy Mail Order Brides”
Ethnicity: Hungarian 92.3%, Roma 1.9%, other or unknown 5.8%
Languages:Hungarian 93.6%, other or unspecified 6.4%
Contraceptive prevalence rate: 80.6%
Obesity – adult prevalence rate: 27.6%
GDP – per capita (PPP): $20,000
Mail Order Brides suitability rating:
“Hungary is a member of the European Union and has a thriving economy. There are few Hungarian mail order brides. Hungary is not recommended as a top country to search for a mail order bride, although it is a country of interest for many foreign women from poor countries who wish to immigrate to a more prosperous country.
We recommend that you consider countries with a 3-star rating or higher to find the international woman of your dreams, for romance, love, and marriage, as these countries will provide more of an abundance of beautiful young women that wish to meet you.”
–recommendation about potential mail order brides from Hungary
The mail order bride industry is not a Hungarian issue but it makes you, the individual, appreciate the opening of borders. It should make you think before bashing the EU.
Continue reading “Mail Order Brides Without Borders”
There are eight ways the ruling class of a country can pimp out their human resources. And said human resources even count themselves lucky.
There are three layers to every story you tell: 1) the one you tell the world, 2) the one you don’t tell the world, and 3) the one you don’t even tell yourself. And this is why sometimes others see you better than you can see yourself.
If this blog post makes me a million dollars, I will just keep it a secret and tell everyone that I won the lottery. That would earn me more respect.
The evolution of political leaders since the second world war can be described in three logical stages, following a sadly predictable pattern of decline.
First, there were statesmen with values and convictions. Then came the media-savvy generation of gradually decreasing amount of conviction and vision. But they still followed the rules and still wanted to be loved. If you think they are deplorable, wait for the third generation: the logical endgame of the evolution of political elites. Continue reading “This Generation of Politicians is a Disgrace”