Kettős Mérce (Double Standard) had been established in 2008 as one single blog by András Jámbor. Its original purpose was to shed light on the incorrigibly erroneous nature of the far right ideology and to ridicule its representatives. In a large part this was a reaction to the strengthening the Hungarian extreme right, the Jobbik party and its satellite movements, which unfortunately were quite successful in popularizing their political worldview, particularly among the youth.
Later on a number of new members joined Kettős Mérce which was hence transformed into a group of young intellectuals. A large number of journalist and authors have published more than 2000 articles on the blog ever since. Currently the blog community is on its way towards becoming an activist network and group of mobilization aimed to be able to respond in real time to the unacceptable steps of the political elites. A new website is to be launched in the near future, and, on the long run, the members are strongly determined to contribute to the formation a new leftist movement in Hungary. Kettős Mérce has now more than 50 members, around 20 members being involved in running current projects.
With the help of social media Kettős Mérce continuously reports on ongoing events, demonstrations and incidents. Its Facebook page has more than 50 000 followers.
Kettős Mérce pays special attention to the following issues: real time reactions to the actions of the political actors deemed problematic, faulty or irresponsible by the authors and editor; the diverse instances of social inequality; the respect for, and extension of, social rights; active citizenship; homelessness; gender issues, etc. Occasionally global topics also come into the spotlight. Articles cover both current affairs as well as generally important matters that should be brought on the public agenda. The analyses and proposals manifestly adopt a New Left ideological perspective.
Recently, Kettős Mérce has organized two demonstrations as a reaction to the removal of the editor-in-chief of the biggest Hungarian news website, Origo. Gergő Sáling was removed from his position because of the pressure of the government on the owner, Magyar Telekom (a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom). A couple of thousand people participated in the demonstrations, this level of mobilization can be considered more than impressive in the context of other demonstrations’ size.